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IT Security

1 Year
September 2022
Campus Taught

We need to respond to more threats from illegal or unwanted activities as we increase our use of communication technology and information-based applications. Delivered in Burnley, our MSc in IT Security will develop your computing skills in the theory and practice of computer security.

You’ll gain an in-depth understanding of the problems and techniques of IT security development and improve your employability prospects.

You’ll be able to choose additional modules to complement your interests and career goals, such as forensics or software development.

And you’ll have the opportunity to work on a substantial project of your choice in the field of computer security.

Why study with us

  • You’ll plan, carry out and evaluate a substantial IT Security related project where you’ll practice and develop your self-management, communication, critical evaluation, and technical skills.
  • You’ll investigate current trends and research which will help you to develop a systematic approach to security policy and planning.
  • To enhance your work experience, we’ll help you with an industrial placement or industry-based project, which’ll also extend your study time.

What you'll do

  • On this course you’ll learn about the tools and procedures used to identify computer security weaknesses to help prevent the loss of sensitive computer data.
  • You’ll develop the necessary skills to become an IT security problem-solver to meet the growing demand for specialists in this area.
  • You’ll develop transferable skills in evaluation of ideas and concepts, effective communication, synthesis of ideas and become a reflective practitioner.

Module Overview

Course Delivery

Following the pandemic, we have found that some courses benefit from a blended learning and teaching approach. Therefore, the majority of your teaching will be face-to-face on campus, with some online teaching where we have learnt it works best.


Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information. However, our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may cause alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses. Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies or revisions to subject benchmarks statements. As well as to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

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With an MSc in IT Security there’s a range of careers in systems management and computer security that you can pursue.

You’ll develop the necessary skills to become an IT security problem-solver in order to meet the growing demand for specialists in this area. Many of our graduates go on to be employed in the security industry within the UK.

Fees and Funding

Full-time£7100 per year
Part-time£785 per 20 credits
Full-time£14500 per year
Part-time£785 per 20 credits
Full-time£14500 per year
Full-time£7800 per year
Part-time£867 per 20 credits
Full-time£14500 per year

Scholarships and Bursaries

We have a wide range of scholarships, bursaries and funds available to help support you whilst studying with us.

Select your country and see eligibility information and how to apply by selecting more info on the cards below.


This course is based in the School of Psychology and Computer Science located in the Faculty of Science and Technology

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information

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