With our Security Masters by Research you can undertake your own security or privacy-related research project from a wide variety of interdisciplinary domains.
Security is a huge challenge in computer science involving high-end technical challenges as well as an understanding and appreciation of the human aspects of systems. Nowadays, computer security is a cross cutting discipline ranging from cryptography via networks and programming, through to data science and the social sciences.
The Research Masters in Security at Middlesex allows students to work closely with one of our security experts to develop and carry out an in-depth research project of their own choice. The interdisciplinary study enables you to become an expert in a specific area of security and equip yourself with the skills and experience to advance a career in the security sector.
A recent HM Government report showed that 75% of large organisations' security breaches are staff-related.
This MSc by Research degree aims to bring together, in an interdisciplinary fashion, security and privacy-related activities from across the University. These may vary depending on your chosen subject, but there are common core activities in network security, security engineering, human aspects, visualisation, forensics, analysis and verification. These will work together to support applications-driven security scenarios.
To support the interdisciplinary nature of this programme, you will have a core activity supervisor (networks, security, verification, visualisation) as well as a supervisor specialising in your chosen application area.
This degree is an entirely research-based Master's programme. The majority of your time will be spent working on your research project in the library, laboratories or elsewhere under the direction of your supervisors.
Alongside your independent study, you will also have tutorial lectures in key areas of security. You will have regular meetings with your supervisor to review progress and plan future activities. You may also spend brief periods at partner sites, for example where your project involves collaboration with industry.
Full-time students are expected to attend for an average of 35 hours per week and part-time students for an average of 12 hours per week.
Assessment will be based on a final dissertation of approximately 30,000 words. Two independent examiners will be appointed who will read and evaluate the dissertation, following which you will be invited to make an oral defence of your work.
A second class honours degree in a science-based discipline and subject to the proposed project being acceptable. A number of projects will be offered each term. Each application will be considered on its individual merits and suitably qualified candidates will be invited for interview. Successful applicants may enrol to begin their studies at the start of any of the three terms during the academic year.
We accept the equivalent of the above from a recognised overseas qualification. To find out more about the requirements from your country, see further information under support in your country.
You must have competence in English language and we normally require Grade C GCSE or an equivalent qualification. The most common English Language requirements for international students is IELTS 6.5 (with minimum 6.0 in all four components).
Middlesex also offers an Intensive Academic English course (Pre-Sessional) that ranges from 5-17 weeks, depending on your level of English. Successful completion of this course would meet English language entry requirements.
This degree is specifically designed to equip graduates with the knowledge and skills required to fulfil corporate security requirements and allow them to progress to the post of security analyst or security architect.
Security analysts are responsible for the security within company infrastructures. They work closely with IT, network administration and security services to explore and understand the security needs within an organisation and support it with adequate measures like enforcing new policies and implementing dedicated security training for staff. The security analyst is also the detective who finds attacks and finds way to prevent them or at least to bin the evidence for forensic purposes. A security analyst works hand in hand with a security architect who is the designer of security controls and their placement within the corporate infrastructure.
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Below are all of the project supervisors and their areas of expertise. Please email them if you would like to discuss your project idea in more detail before submitting a research proposal.
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Email your research proposal, application form and all compulsory supporting documents to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any enquiries please email email@example.com or call us on 020 8411 5739.
Please note that you can apply in this way for a research degree at any time of the year.
Please consult the 'Supervisors' tab above to see those you may wish to work with and contact the appropriate supervisor(s) to discuss your proposal before you begin.
As part of your application, you will need to provide a research proposal. In this, you identify the specific area of research within data science that interests you.
Your proposal should be three to four pages of A4 and should include the following:
Research proposals usually identify a gap in the literature, which you intend to fill. In your proposal, you should demonstrate that you have found an issue that needs to be investigated and the reasons why you feel it is important.
Candidates already based in the UK who wish to enrol on this MSc by Research may also apply by the last day of July using our online application.
To apply for this course please use the MPhil/PhD/Masters by Research form.
Please include 'MSc by Research in Security' in the application form and in your research proposal.
You can start your MSc by Research at three specific times of the year. These are September 15th, January 15th and May 15th. In order to start at a particular time you must apply by the previous entry point. For example, if you want to start October 15th, please apply by May 15th.
If your application is suitable, you will be invited for interview (in person or by Skype) within two and a half months of your date of application.
Full-time students: £4,076
Part-time students: £2,038 (flat fee per year)
Find out about our flexible payment plans for UK/EU students, and how they can help you spread the cost of your course.
Full-time students: £10,500
Part-time students: £5,250 (flat fee per year)
Partial studentships may be available for strong candidates. For more details please contact Course Leader Florian Kammueller.