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Online course details

Study options

Part-time: 10 weeks

UK/EU fee

£975 (2020/21)

International fee

£975 (2020/21)

Course level



Certificate of Credit

Start date




Online course description

If applying for the May 2021 intake:
Application deadline is 9 May and term starts 24 May, so apply now.

This level 7 Certificate of Credit is the perfect introduction to Cyber Security and the Internet of Things.

The concept of an 'Internet of Things' (IoT) relates to the development, deployment and operation of a broad spectrum of Internet connected devices which are able to communicate with applications, with each other, and with the environment. IoT is becoming the new norm of global computing. These IoT devices are generating tremendous amounts of continuous data that is classified as Big Data.

Cyber security is of crucial importance to all legitimate users of the Internet - from government and commerce through to private users and particularly for IoT user. However, the level, scale and profundity of cyber-attacks and fraudulent activity continue to increase.

As a result, there is a vital and continuous need for organisations to adapt and enhance security in order to keep abreast of ever more sophisticated forms of attack. In parallel, it is necessary to verify the effectiveness of security arrangements, to identify weaknesses (which are always present) and to determine the value gained from financial investment in cyber defence.

Over this 10-week course, we focus on issues relating to cyber security in the perspective of IoT, methods that can be employed in evaluating system security and basic digital forensics techniques which can be used to accrue information leading to an attack. You will be introduced to ethical hacking (also known as penetration testing) techniques by which organisations recruit appropriate professionals who are charged with identifying and reporting on security weaknesses.

This module provides a practical, interdisciplinary introduction to the Cyber Security of IoT perspective. You will be able to critically evaluate the benefits offered in advancing indicative areas of applications and the considerations while developing a secure IoT application.

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What you will study

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

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How you will learn

This course module is part of our Computing and IT MSc programme. You will study with a community of tech professionals from around the world to enrich your learning and gain a global perspective.

This course will be delivered by expert academics who are practising professionals too. This ensures that course content remains up-to-date and highly relevant and brings through pertinent examples from the business world which are current and topical.

All learning resources will be delivered entirely online through our user-friendly student portal dashboard and intuitive digital learning environment. You will interact with your tutors and fellow students through a mix of virtual live classrooms, tutorials and guest lectures. Group discussions and debate are held through forums and community spaces and the use of collaborative tools such as wikis for group projects and assignments. Digital texts, ebooks, journals, databases and more are available electronically via our library.

Study skills

Many of our students are mature learners who may have not studied academically for a number of years. To help you to become an effective student, able to study at postgraduate level, there are a number of advanced study skill resources available to you covering areas such as research skills, critical evaluation in academic context, literature search, referencing, plagiarism and so on.

Pace of study

We recommend about 20 hours of study per week to complete one 20-credit module over a 10-week trimester.

Assessment method

This course is assessed through 100% coursework with a range of methods, such as essays, research reports, presentations, group work and practical reports.

Who will teach you

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Dr Tariq Abdullah
Programme leader

Dr Tariq Abdullah has over 19 years of research and development experience within both industry and academia. He has worked in many roles within Higher Education, as a Lecturer, Programme Leader, Research Fellow and in his current role as Academic Lead in Computing and IT.

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Entry requirements

You should normally have a UK undergraduate degree (at least a 2:2) with honours in any discipline, or an equivalent international qualification.

Applicants with a degree in a non-computing discipline or a lower degree classification in a computing-related discipline may still be considered for entry to the programme where they can demonstrate relevant work experience in a management or supervisory position, and followed by an interview to demonstrate effective communication, learning skills and the motivation to succeed on the programme. However, applications may also be considered where there is extensive evidence of key practical experience and work-based training.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) 

RPL may be available for you based upon past study and experience.

English language qualification

If English is not your first language, or you have not successfully completed your highest level of qualification in English, you will need an English language qualification. For this course you will need at least one of the following:

If you are unable to take an English Language Test locally, you may wish to consider our Derby English Language Test (DELT), which is an online test in two parts: reading and writing, and listening and speaking. Take a look at our Derby English Language test (DELT) page for full course details, online exam dates and how to book.

Fees and funding

2020/21 Fees for new entrants

Starting between September 2020 and August 2021.

 Per 20 creditsModulesCost
UK/EU/International £975 1 £975

2021/22 Fees for new entrants

Starting between September 2021 and August 2022.

 Per 20 creditsModulesCost
UK/EU/International £975 1 £975

About your fees

Prices are correct for the year of entry shown. These are subject to annual increase in subsequent academic years.

Flexible payment plan available

How to apply

Students should apply directly to the University.

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For support with completing your application, view our guide to the application process.

Documents to support your application

You'll need to provide:

*Documents not in English or Welsh must be accompanied by a certified translation by a professional translator/translation company. Each translation must contain:

A list of approved translators can be found on the UK Government website.

Application deadlines

All of our online courses have set start dates throughout the year. We require time to review your application and get back to you with a response before your course starts. Take a look at information regarding applying for an online course to see full details of deadlines and term dates.

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