MSc Cyber Security - HKU SPACE: Cyber Security, Data Science courses
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Computing and Data Science Cyber Security

MSc Cyber Security

Awarded by
Manchester Metropolitan University, United Kingdom
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Start Date
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24 months
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Deadline on 10 Jan 2022 (Mon)

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 1970-IT065A Apply Online Now
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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 (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, EPS, WeChat Pay Or Alipay

Course fees can be paid by cash, EPS, WeChat Pay or Alipay 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 specify the programme title(s) for application and the applicant’s name.. You may either:

  • bring the completed form(s), together with the appropriate course or application fees in the form of a cheque, and any required supporting documents to any of the HKU SPACE enrolment centres;
  • or mail the above documents to any of the HKU SPACE Enrolment Centres, specifying  “Course Application” on the envelope.  HKU SPACE will not be responsible for any loss of payment sent by mail.
3. VISA/Mastercard

Applicants may also pay the course fee by VISA or Mastercard, including the “HKU SPACE Mastercard”, at any HKU SPACE enrolment centres. Holders of the HKU SPACE Mastercard can enjoy a 10-month interest-free instalment period for courses with a tuition fee worth a minimum of HK$2,000; however, the course applicant must also be the cardholder himself/herself. For enquiries, please contact our staff at any enrolment centres.

4. Online Payment

Online application / enrolment is offered for most open admission courses (course enrolled on first come, first served basis) and selected award-bearing programmes. Application fees and course fees of these programmes/courses can be settled by using "PPS by Internet" (not available via mobile phones), VISA or Mastercard. In addition to the aforesaid online payment channels, continuing students of award-bearing programmes, if their programmes offer online service, may also pay their course fees by Online WeChat Pay, Online Alipay and Faster Payment System (FPS). Please refer to Enrolment Methods - Online Enrolment  for details.


  • If the programme/course is starting within five working days, application by post is not recommended to avoid any delays. Applicants are advised to enrol in person at HKU SPACE Enrolement Centres and avoid making cheque payment under this circustance.
  • 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, WeChat Pay, Alipay, cheque or PPS (for online payment only) will normally be reimbursed by a cheque, and fees paid by credit card will normally be reimbursed to the payment cardholder's credit card account.
  • 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 team for details.
  • Fees and places on courses cannot be transferrable from one applicant to another. 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.
  • Receipts will be issued for fees paid but HKU SPACE will not be repsonsible for any loss of receipt sent by mail.
  • For payment certification, 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. 

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