Cranfield University Cyber Defence and Information Assurance

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Cranfield University Cyber Defence and Information Assurance

Cranfield University Cyber Defence and Information Assurance, Designed to develop professionals who can effectively manage and exploit the threats and opportunities of cyberspace at the organisational level. The course specifically focuses on responses to serious present and emerging threats in the information domain.

At a glance

  • Start dateSeptember
  • DurationMSc: Up to 5 years part-time. PgDip: Up to 4 years part-time. PgCert: Up to 3 years part-time
  • DeliveryPGCert: each module is assessed via course work and a reflective portfolio. PgDip: in addition to assessment of the PGCert, PgDip students will be assessed via a large project and presentation. MSc: in addition to assessment of the PgDip, MSc students will be assessed via a dissertation
  • QualificationMSc, PgDip, PgCert
  • Study typePart-time

Who is it for?

Students will be government, corporate and critical information infrastructure staff who are one or more of the following:

  • Managers who need to understand information risk and respond to cyber threats
  • Technicians who wish to understand the operational and business context
  • Procurement staff commissioning critical or sensitive projects
  • Policy and planning staff interested in computer network and security operations
  • Personnel interested in social media and associated concepts such as cyber mobilisation
  • Those charged with accreditation and assessment of security measures.

Why this course?

Cranfield University Cyber Defence and Information Assurance, The course will specifically focus on responses to serious, present and emerging threats in the information domain. The course enables the student to gain an organisational view of cyber, the domain, the drivers and constraints. Whilst a technical understanding is of value, the course is designed to ensure that the bigger, contextual, aspects of cyber is understood thereby enabling decision making in relation to cyber to be undertaken within an organisation.

The course also evaluates the impact of cyber on control systems, leadership and decision making in the command and control environment.

Informed by Industry

The course has an External Advisory Panel, chaired by Sir Edmund Burton, with expert representation from government and industry, including Fujitsu, mobile phone giant EE, GSK and the MOD.

The MSc course holds provisional accreditation from the UK Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ).

Your teaching team

  • Dr Ruth Massie
  • Lorraine Dodd
  • Jeremy Hilton
  • Dr Oliver Buckley
  • Dr Duncan Hodges
  • Robert Black
  • Antoinette Caird-Daley
  • Rebecca McKeown

The course utilises a wide range of external speakers, many of whom are leaders in their field. Lecturing staff bring a wealth of experience from both the public and private sectors and understand the issues of translating the theory of information assurance into practice across a broad spectrum of organisational contexts.

Accreditation

It is intended that accreditation against emerging government and professional body standards will be sought, in consultation with, for example, the UK Government’s Communications-Electronics Security Group (CESG), Institute for Information Security Professionals and the British Computer Society.

This course is supported by the UK Government’s Cabinet Office and Office of Cyber Security and Information Security.

Course details

Cranfield University Cyber Defence and Information Assurance, The course is taught through a flexible blend of compulsory residential courses, online Virtual Learning Environment activities and interaction and project-based learning.

It has three components: a taught component comprising six, 10 credit modules (PGCert/PGDip/MSc); a 20 credit module and a 40 credit work based project (PGDip/MSc); and an 80 credit research project assessed by dissertation (MSc).

Individual project

Students taking the MSc/PGDip must complete a 40 credit project in year 2, focused on a work-based problem-solving context. This allows the student to develop and demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills acquired in the taught modules in the context of a continually changing cyber environment and practical problem context. Where a work-based project is problematic for an individual student, the supervisor will work with the student to identify an alternative problem-solving context.

Dissertation

Students taking the MSc must develop and demonstrate their technical expertise, independent learning abilities and critical appraisal skills by producing a clear and coherent research-based dissertation.

Assessment

PGCert: each module is assessed via course work and a reflective portfolio. PgDip: in addition to assessment of the PGCert, PgDip students will be assessed via a large project and presentation. MSc: in addition to assessment of the PgDip, MSc students will be assessed via a dissertation

University Disclaimer

Keeping our courses up-to-date and current requires constant innovation and change. The modules we offer reflect the needs of business and industry and the research interests of our staff and, as a result, may change or be withdrawn due to research developments, legislation changes or for a variety of other reasons. Changes may also be designed to improve the student learning experience or to respond to feedback from students, external examiners, accreditation bodies and industrial advisory panels.

To give you a taster, we have listed the core modules and some optional modules affiliated with this programme which ran in the academic year 2016–2017. There is no guarantee that these modules will run for 2017 entry. All modules are subject to change depending on your year of entry.