Advanced Computer Science: Computer Security [MSc]


Individuals, governments and organizations now routinely connect their computers to the Internet to communicate, provide services, and access massive stores of shared information. These on-line activities, many conducted beyond national boundaries, have opened up enormous opportunities for security attacks such as identity thefts, computer hackings, privacy breaches, technical sabotages, etc. Addressing security threats and attacks in this vast and complex distributed environment is an immensely challenging task.

Pathways and specialisation

In the School of Computer Science, we recognise that it is not always possible to know in advance whether and within which academic field you wish to specialise. Therefore, you can start on the ACS course, choose themes and course units following our information sessions during Welcome Week, and even change your specialisation after arriving.

For example a student who enrols on the Advanced Computer Science course might decide during their studies that they wish to have a specialisation reflected in their degree title. If the student's study choices fit one of our pathways, then they can opt to have this pathway added as a specialisation at any time whilst studying at Manchester.

We have also made it easy for a student who enrols on a specialising pathway to decide later that they would prefer to have a broader skills set reflected in their degree title. To enable this we have made it very easy for a student to transfer from a pathway to the Advanced Computer Science course.

Please see the left hand navigation for a list of available pathways.

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