MSc Cyber Security - HKU SPACE: Advanced Technology & Computing, Data Science courses
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Technology, Aviation, Engineering & SciencesAdvanced Technology & Computing

MSc Cyber Security

Awarded by
Manchester Metropolitan University, United Kingdom
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Start Date
22 Feb 2021 (Mon)
24 months
Course Fee
How to Apply
Deadline on 15 Jan 2021 (Fri)

The programme aims to provide students with the skills to design, implement and manage computer-based systems security, using software and networking technologies. 
The programme also includes the basic, key elements of forensic computing: forensics and the legal and ethical issues involved in any digital investigation.


On completion of the programme, student should be able to:
  • Understand the core security principles that arise in the design, analysis, and implementation of networked and distributed systems ;
  • Have a systematic understanding of knowledge and a critical awareness of current problems relating to the field of network security and its deployment ;
  • Evaluate, plan for, and utilise suitable network development tools in the deployment of secure networked systems ;
  • Demonstrate a detailed knowledge of systematic methodologies for undertaking forensic Investigations ;
  • Apply digital forensic principles and techniques on the investigation of systems ;
  • Relate the results of an investigation to security measures that were taken during the design, development and implementation of systems ;
  • Understand how integrate procedure, practice, and technology to deliver security in networked Systems;
  • Perform the high-level design of secure computer networking applications ;
  • Develop their understanding to cover the security of new and emerging kinds of network;
  • Undertake fundamental research and development activity related to network and information security, and implement and evaluate such activity .
Application Code 1870-IT065A -

Non-Local Higher and Professional Education (Regulation) Ordinance

This is an exempted course under the Non-local Higher and Professional Education (Regulation) Ordinance. It is a matter of discretion for individual employers to recognize any qualification to which this course may lead.

Programme Structure

The entire MSc Cyber Security programme consists of 5 modules with a total of 180 credits pitching at HKQF Level 6 (FHEQ Level 7).

List of modules featured in the programme:        

Advanced Computer Networks and Operating Systems

The unit covers advanced topics in computer networks and operating systems. It focuses on principles, architectures, and protocols used in modern large scale networked systems.

Introduction to Computer Forensics and Security

This unit will introduce both computer security and digital forensics concepts.

Advanced Network Security

This unit will provide student with the necessary skills to design and implement advanced security machanism in a network environment. It will look in depth in relation to wired and wirelss network secrity and the best practice in the field.

Cryptography & Encryption

The unit covers theoretical discussion of the  key encryption algorithms: Diffie-Hellman, RSA, Digitial Signatures, modern symmetric cryptosystems DES and AES. Additionally we will code the algorithms and their variants in a modern programming language and implement cryptosystems over a computer network.

Masters Project

This is a 60 credits individual project. The project will involve practical system creation or experimentation work. 


Graduates from HKU SPACE Postgraduate Diploma in IT Forensics will be granted an exemption of 30 credits from the following taught module:

  • Introduction to Computer Forensics and Security

Graduates from HKU SPACE Postgraduate Diploma in Information Technology will be granted an exemption of 60 credits from the following taught modules:

  •  Advanced Computer Networks and Operating Systems
  •  Advanced Network Security


Applicants shall:

  • hold the Postgraduate Diploma in IT Forensics awarded within the HKU system through HKU SPACE; or
  • hold the Postgraduate Diploma in Information Technology awarded within the HKU system through HKU SPACE; or
  • hold a second-class UK Honours degree (or international equivalent) in a computing-related subject


provide evidence of English proficiency if their bachelor degree is from a university where the teaching medium is not English, such as

  • an overall band of 6.5 or above with no subtests lower than 5.5 in the IELTS; or
  • a score of 575 or above in the paper-based TOEFL, or a score of 230 or above in the computer-based TOEFL, or a score of 80 or above in the internet-based TOEFL; or
  • HKALE Use of English at Grade E or above; or
  • HKDSE Examination English Language at Level 3 or above; or
  • equivalent qualifications.
Application Fee

HK$150 $150 (Non-refundable)

Course Fee
  • HK$120,000

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Enrolment Method
  1. All applicants are required to complete one Application Form (SF26) and, either submit them in person or post them to Ms Alice Wong, College of Life Sciences and Technology, HKU SPACE, at any of the HKU SPACE Enrolment Centres.
  2. All applications, either by post or in person must be accompanied by:
    1. Certified photostat copies of full educational certificates and transcripts.

Note: When submitting your application in person at any of the HKU SPACE enrolment centers, please bring along the originals of your educational certificates / transcripts for certification.  If you are posting your application, please arrange to bring the originals of the relevant documents for certification at any of HKU SPACE Enrolment Centres before the commencement of classes.

Payment Method
1. Cash or EPS

Cash or EPS are accepted at any HKU SPACE Enrolment Centres.

2. Cheque or bank draft

Course fees can also be paid by crossed cheque or bank draft made payable to “HKU SPACE”. Please write the programme title(s)  and the applicant’s name on the back of the cheque. You may either:

  • in person by submitting the payment, completed form(s), and required supporting documents to any of our enrolment centres; or
  • by mailing the above documents to any of our enrolment centres, specifying “Course Application” on the envelope. 
3. VISA/MasterCard

Course applicants, who are holders of HKU SPACE Mastercard, can enjoy a 10-month interest-free instalment period for courses of HK$2,000 and over. For enquiries, please contact our enrolment centres.

4. Online payment

Online payment for short courses (first come, first served) and selected award-bearing programmes is available using PPS, VISA or Mastercard. Please refer to the Online Services page on the School website.


  1. For general and short courses, applicants may be required to pay the course fee in cash or by EPS, Visa or Mastercard if the course is to start shortly.
  2. Fees paid are not refundable except under very exceptional circumstances (e.g. course cancellation due to insufficient enrolment), subject to the School’s discretion. In exceptional cases where a refund is approved, fees paid by cash, EPS, cheque or online PPS will be reimbursed by a cheque; fees paid by credit card will be reimbursed to credit card account used for payment.
  3. In addition to the published fees, there may be additional costs associated with individual programmes. Please refer to the relevant course brochures or direct any enquiries to the relevant programme teams for details.
  4. Fees and places on courses are not transferrable. Once accepted onto a course, the student may not change to another course without approval from HKU SPACE. A processing fee of HK$120 will be levied on each approved transfer.
  5. HKU SPACE will not be responsible for any loss of payment, receipt, or personal information sent by mail.
  6. For additional copies of receipts, please submit a completed form, a sufficiently stamped and self-addressed envelope, and a crossed cheque for HK$30 per copy made payable to ‘HKU SPACE’ to any of our enrolment centres. Such copies will normally be issued at the end of a course.

MMU is a public university located in Manchester, which is one of the best student cities in the UK. It was established in 1970 as Manchester Polytechnic and gained university status in 1992. The university has 6 faculties, research centres across key disciplines and a range of departments, schools and professional support services that support the work of the university. The mission of the university is to discover and disseminate knowledge with a driving ambition, and make higher education accessible and beneficial to all.