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MSc Cyber Security and Pen Testing

MSc Cyber Security and Pen Testing

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1 year full time 2 years part time
Full Time Part Time
Fees (Total)
Annual Breakdown
Year 1 - 35,000 Year 2 - 35,000 (Part Time)

The MSc Cyber Security and Pen Testing programme will provide students with intensive practical training and a profound theoretical education which covers strategic and organisational issues alongside the technicalities of network security. Students will be prepared to take roles such as training specialists,  systems and business analysis managers or university lecturers and work in: programming, telecommunications engineering, network management, and computer and network security. The programme is designed in response to the increasing demand for cybersecurity solutions due to the rise in security issues.

Students will focus on critically evaluating the needs for security provisions using the security policies and regulations, analysing and evaluating security applications and techniques, and proposing new measures to improve security. They will develop the ability to: analyse possible security risks that a communication system might face and recommend possible solutions; evaluate new threats and implement solutions to combat them; make functional security designs and implement them successfully thus empowering them for their future careers.

Why Study MSc Cyber Security and Pen Testing?

The MSc programme will provide you with:

  • An understanding of the fundamental importance of computer, network, and communication system security for all organizations.
  • The ability to involve both the management and the user in the process of awareness, decision and implementation with regard to computer and network security.
  • The skills to analyse the security risks a communication system may have and to propose/devise solutions.
  • The knowledge necessary to evaluate new threats to authentication, confidentiality and privacy with a view of implementing solutions to combat such threats.
  • The ability to make a functional security design for a communication system and implement it successfully.
  • A balance of theory, advanced practical skills and experience to enable students to develop a sound knowledge and analytical ability to facilitate their intellectual and professional development.
  • Students have an edge as the University works with companies such as Microsoft, Dell EMC, IBM, Oracle and SAP in addition to being Cisco Net Academy – meaning the student will have access to the latest equipment and can make use of specialist teaching materials and workshops.
  • Programme content is enriched by providing industry engagement opportunities to students through industry speakers and field trips.

Mode of Study Options

Due to the current global situation, your mode of study options could change for the upcoming September 2022 intake. We are monitoring any possible changes closely and will keep all applicants and students informed in case of any updates. Please keep checking this page on our website here to stay up-to-date on the current regulations for studying online and in-person. If you have any questions about studying at Middlesex University Dubai, please reach out to our Admissions Team at

  • Opportunity for professional certifications e.g. CCNA, Dell Associate certificate in Cloud Infrastructure and Services
  • Opportunity to work on industry projects as part of final year projects and coursework
  • Opportunity to engage with high profile professionals at invited guest talks and field trips
  • Opportunity to participate at various IT competitions and Hackathons under faculty mentorship
  • Entry to various events and talks open only to Universities that have MoU with the British Computer Society – Middle East section

The MSc Cyber Security and Pen Testing programme is studied over one year on a full time basis and two years on a part time basis. The programme is divided into study units called modules. A module is a unit of study with credits according to the subject and nature of learning. Students take 180 credits, with each 30 credit module representing approximately 300 hours of student learning, endeavour and assessment.

Please refer to our Academic Calendar for further information:

Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.

  • Year 1

    • Cyber Security and Legal Regulations (15 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module provides you with a solid introduction to the subject of cyber security and information assurance. This includes a broad understanding of the security technologies available to support information assurance and security requirements and vulnerabilities corresponding to attack vectors. It will also explore Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA), E-commerce Bill and Key Escrow.

    • Penetration Testing and Forensics (30 Credits) - Compulsory

      The aim of this module is to provide you with the knowledge and experience in methodological approach to computer forensics and evidence analysis. It will familiarise you with the methods intruders use to gain unauthorised access to an organisation's networked systems and then compromise them.

    • Security Solutions and Applications (30 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module covers the concepts and critical issues of security with an emphasis on security architecture and mechanisms, standards, protocols, solutions and applications. It will provide you with an understanding of security technologies, algorithms and solutions as well as an understanding of the design criteria in security, basic system security analysis, and security solution synthesis.

    • Operating Systems for Networked Environments (15 Credits) - Compulsory
      This module focuses on the design and implementation of modern networked Operating Systems The module examines key operating concepts including: processes and threads, memory management, file systems, inter-process communication (IPC), synchronisation, networking technologies, network interfaces and socket programming.  Practical experience of modern Operating Systems will be provided using labs on Linux and Windows 10.
    • Individual PG Project (60 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module is an independent piece of work shaped largely by one’s own decisions and preferences to accomplish and deliver a task via prescribed stages. The module aims to facilitate students’ understanding of designing, planning and conducting applied research. The module encourages students to apply and test theory and to contribute to applications, through enhancing students’ ability to handle data for problem solving and evaluation; to test theory using analysis and simulations, integrating the learning from other modules.

    • Network Security and Mechanisms (15 Credits) - Compulsory

      This is module covers the principles and foundations of network security. It aims at providing students with security issues, technologies, algorithms and protocols used in securing computer networks and associated systems. It will also provide an understanding of possible security breaches, security risk analysis and mechanisms to protect computer and network communication systems. It also includes an in-depth review of commonly-used security mechanisms and techniques, security threats and network-based attacks.

    • Computer Networks and Internetworking (15 Credits) - Compulsory

      During this module, you will develop a systematic understanding of the concepts, protocols and standards for computer networks and internetworking used in current and future communication infrastructures. It is vital in today's networking market that network managers, administrators and engineers have a critical insight and practical experience of the essential tools used for monitoring, managing and evaluating computer networks. This module is designed to equip you with these problem solving and practical skills.

Taught sessions are held at our Dubai Knowledge Park (Block 16, 17, 04 and 19) during the week (Monday to Friday) between 6:30 pm and 9:30 pm. Additional sessions might be scheduled over weekends or holiday periods and you can expect to receive plenty of notice for these. You can expect to attend one session per week per module, except where otherwise specified in the programme timetable and for the Dissertation module in which you will be working individually on your thesis with some supervised elements. Attending scheduled weekly classes is an important requirement for the completion of this programme.

You will be actively involved in a range of learning, teaching and assessment approaches as part of your programme. Such active approaches aim to put you at the centre of your learning so you are involved and engaged in all aspects of your assessment and learning. Your programme will require your active participation in learning activities and engagement with your fellow students both individually and collaboratively, working and learning with other students as part of a small group. Learning activities may also occur both within and outside the classroom.

Your learning will also be supported by technology. Increasingly your tutors will be using existing and emerging learning technologies to engage you in e-learning activities. Your programme may be facilitated using a variety of media and online tools (My Learning on UniHub, podcasts, wikis, etc.) which could allow you flexible access to a diverse range of online resources, quizzes and learning materials as well as collaborative tools with which you can engage and learn with your peers.

Not confined by the time and space associated with traditional teaching methods you may take part in online discussions and learning activities from wherever you are studying. By engaging with e- learning you will also be developing skills which are essential for your learning and are also highly valued by employers. These include but are not limited to: working flexibly, communication, understanding of IT, team working and creating shared understandings based on quality resources and access to global expertise.

Taught modules are devised to ensure active learning both of the subject matter and of the skills essential to postgraduate level study. In addition to scheduled class time, students are expected to undertake independent study doing research work, preparing for lectures and seminars and working in groups.

A number of assessment methods are used at Middlesex University, and these vary depending on the content of the modules being taught.

Assessment comprises a mixture of coursework, peer review, presentations and portfolio work. For example, you may give an oral presentation, read and comment on an academic article or write an academic essay. Case studies are used extensively. In addition, each module has a comprehensive range of on-line resources available to enhance your studies with us. You will receive detailed module handbooks each year with information on teaching and learning strategies, assessment methods and reading materials.

Academic Requirements

  • A second class Honours degree normally classified 2.2 or above in computer science, science, engineering or in a field that provided significant exposure to IT .
  • Candidates with other degrees are welcome to apply provided they can demonstrate appropriate levels of relevant industrial experience combined with extensive IT background.

English Language Requirements (Postgraduate)

All programmes at Middlesex University Dubai are taught in English and applicants with previous education outside of English-speaking countries (such as the UK, the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand), must demonstrate English language proficiency as follows:

English Language Test

Entry Requirement

IELTS Academic

6.5 (minimum 6.0 in each band)

TOEFL Internet-based

87 (21 in listening & writing, 22 in speaking and 23 in reading)

PearsonPTE Academic


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This master’s degree will leave students ideally placed for roles such as training specialist, systems dispenser, business analysis manager, or university lecturer. A majority of graduates in the programme will be in roles directly related to their studies and work in programming, telecommunications engineering, network management, and computer and network security sectors. Graduates could even start their own business or may pursue a career in academia.

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