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- Mode of delivery
- Delivery type
- Full-time, Part-time
- Start date
- 1 year
The MSc in Network Security teaches the theory, methods and tools of computer network security. It imparts the knowledge and skills needed to keep computer networks safe from attacks and threats by teaching how to formulate security policies, deploy network security solutions and validate their effectiveness. The programme offers as well a detailed understanding of contemporary issues in network security research areas. Computer Science at Heriot-Watt is ranked 6th in Scotland by The Complete University league tables (2021).
- MSc: 12 months (full-time), 24 months (part-time)
- PG Diploma: 9 months (full-time)
This full-time programme starts in mid September.
September 2024 entry
The deadline for applications from UK students is 30 August 2024. For EU and overseas applicants, we guarantee to consider applications submitted by 2 August 2024.
Full-time students take 4 courses each semester and must normally take all core courses.
- Computer Network Security
- Advanced Network Security
- Research Methods and Project Planning
- Masters Project and Dissertation
- Advanced Software Engineering
- Industrial Programming
- Big Data Management
- Data Communications and Networking
- Data Mining and Machine Learning
- Distributed and Parallel Technologies
- Network Applications
- Rigorous Methods for Software Engineering
- Software Engineering Foundations
After semester 2, students continue full-time on the MSc project.
In the third semester (May-August) students undertake a specialist MSc project which is written up as a 15000 word dissertation. This project enables further development and consolidation of skills introduced in the taught courses, applying them to a challenging practical problem in this subject area.
Fees and funding
Scholarships and bursaries
We aim to encourage well-qualified, ambitious students to study with us and we offer a wide variety of scholarships and bursaries to achieve this. Over £6 million worth of opportunities are available in fee and stipend scholarships, and more than 400 students benefit from this support.
View our full range of postgraduate scholarships.
Entry requires a good honours degree that includes substantial academic and practical knowledge of Computing and IT. Candidates holding a little less than a good honours degree or its equivalent but with compensating qualifications or experience may be admitted to the Postgraduate Diploma programme. Transfer to the MSc will be possible later on if exam and course work performance are at MSc level.
English language requirements
Important: If your first language is not English, or your first degree was not taught in English, we'll need to see evidence of your English language ability.
The minimum requirement for English language is IELTS 6.5 (with no component under 6.0).
We also offer a range of English language courses to help you meet the English language requirement prior to starting your master's programme:
- 20 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.0 with no skill lower than 4.5)
- 14 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.0 with minimum of 5.0 in writing and no skill lower than 4.5)
- 10 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with no skill lower than 5.0)
- 6 weeks English (for IELTS 5.5 with no skill lower than 5.5)
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