Graduate Choices: MSc Ethical Hacking & Cyber Security at Abertay University

Graduate Choices

Have you thought about doing further study? Whether you are just about to graduate, or wanting to go back into education after some time away, there are many benefits to doing postgraduate study. It makes you more likely to get a job, and can increase your potential salary too!

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be highlighting a range of engaging and diverse courses being offered by our university partners. If you’re interested in any of them, please get in touch with us at or find out more through your Gradintelligence account.


Mode: Full-time
Duration: One year
Start date: September

This postgraduate course builds on your existing graduate skills by providing detailed knowledge of electronic attacks and how to defend against the methods used to gain access and exploit a system.

Why choose this course?

  • Abertay is the only university in the UK that offers a Masters programme in Ethical Hacking.
  • It provides the core skills to allow you to take positions in a variety of companies where computer security is a major issue.
  • Graduates will be at the forefront of new developments in security.
  • Benefit from an active teaching group with a growing reputation based on industry links and Knowledge Transfer projects.
  • It is delivered in a project based, entrepreneurial and enterprise culture.

Our students are passionate about their subject area and developing their knowledge. Ethical Hacking is the process of evaluating the security of a computer system by simulating an attack by a malicious hacker. The course is designed to teach students how to think like a hacker, providing them with a deep understanding of security issues and concerns.

We aim to change the way you think. We encourage lively debates about pertinent ethical and security issues. Students develop the hacker mindset, determined to ‘do their bit’ to improve security in the world of Computing.

What our students say about this course

“This is a great course and is everything I expected it to be. I came from a traditional computing background; programming, networks and the normal stuff, but I wanted to do some sort of course that would set me out from the crowd and greatly improve my job prospects.

“I’ve always been interested in computer security and hacking but was disappointed that it wasn’t really covered in my undergraduate degree. I was taught how to be a programmer, but didn’t really know how to write secure programs, or why that was important. This course covers everything that I think I’ll need to get a job, and most importantly, a job I’ll love!”

Your future

There is an emerging job market for ethical hackers as companies become increasingly aware of security risks. Some large organisations employ security testers and others use contractors to audit their systems. Graduates can also set up their own companies offering ethical hacking services.

Graduates from this programme will also be able to use their existing knowledge of programming, databases, networks or web development to find employment in these fields, with a deep understanding of security issues.

If you’re interested in this opportunity, or others like it, please get in touch with us at or find out more through your Gradintelligence account.


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