Master of Science in Cyber Security | Asia Pacific University (APU)

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Master of Science in Cyber Security

Duration:
Full time (1+ years)
* Only available in full-time study mode

Award:
APU, Malaysia

Intakes:
Full-time:
01 Jun 2020
03 Aug 2020
23 Nov 2020

This programme is specifically designed to provide:

  • Opportunity for professional development at an advanced level within the area of Cyber Security.
  • Enhancement of skills and knowledge in Cyber Security for practising IT professionals.
  • Ability to further develop specialisation gained in taught modules through an extensive research-based and/or technical-based dissertation, to prepare the student to be a subject matter expert in the field.
  • Furthermore, APU is also poised to become a frontrunner in cyber security research through the establishment of the Forensics and Cyber Security (FSEC) Research Centre, through which research activities will be undertaken to challenge boundaries in the application of cyber security.

Admission Requirements:

ProgrammesGeneral Requirements

Master of Technology Management
Master of Business Administration
Master of Business Administration (Euro Asia Business)
Master of Science in Global Marketing Management
Master of Science in International Business
Communications
Master of Project Management
Master of Philosophy in Engineering #

• Bachelor’s degree with minimum CGPA of 2.50 out of 4.00, or its equivalent qualification as acceptable by the Senate.

• Bachelor’s degree with CGPA below 2.50 out of 4.00, or its equivalent qualification can be accepted with minimum 5 years relevant working experience in related field.

• English Requirements: IELTS 6.0

• English Requirements: IELTS 5.0 #

(Bachelor’s degree in Engineering is required for entry to Master of Philosophy in Engineering)

MSc in Information Technology Management
MSc in Software Engineering
Master of Science in Artificial Intelligence*
Master of Science in Cyber Security *°
MSc in Data Science and Business Analytics*Δ
Master of Philosophy in Management #

• Bachelor’s degree with minimum CGPA of 2.75 out of 4.00, or its equivalent qualification as acceptable by the Senate.

• Bachelor’s degree with CGPA 2.50 out of 4.00, but below CGPA 2.75; can be accepted with rigorous assessment (include test, interview or portfolio).

• Bachelor’s degree with CGPA below 2.50 out of 4.00, or qualification which is equivalent can be accepted with minimum 5 years relevant working experience in related field.

• English Requirements: IELTS 5.0

• English Requirements: IELTS 6.0 #

Notes :
Δ Fundamental skills in programming, database, mathematics and statistics would be an added advantage.
° Applicants without a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Cyber Security or Forensic Computing must pass the perquisite modules in Cyber Security
 and Digital Forensics to continue with the Master’s degree.
* Applicants without a Computing-related Bachelor’s degree must pass the pre-requisite modules to continue with the Master’s Degree.

Master of Science in Computing

(Bachelor’s Degree must be in an area of Science and Technology related to Computing)

• Bachelor’s degree with minimum CGPA of 3.00 out of 4.00, or its equivalent qualification as acceptable by the Senate.

• Bachelor’s degree with CGPA 2.50 out of 4.00, but below CGPA 3.00; can be accepted with rigorous assessment (include test, interview or portfolio).

• Bachelor’s degree with CGPA below 2.50 out of 4.00, or its equivalent qualification can be accepted with minimum 5 years relevant working experience in related field.

• English Requirements: IELTS 5.0

Master of Accounting
Master of Accounting in Forensic Analysis 

• Bachelor’s degree with minimum CGPA of 2.75 out of 4.00, or its equivalent qualification as acceptable by the Senate.

• Bachelor’s degree with CGPA below 2.50 out of 4.00, or its equivalent qualification can be accepted with minimum 5 years relevant working experience in related field.

• Relevant professional accounting qualifications equivalent to a bachelor’s degree as accepted by the Senate.

• English Requirements: IELTS 5.5

Master of Finance

(Applicants with Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Economics, Software Engineering, Banking & Finance, Engineering, Actuarial Science, Mathematics and Statistics maybe considered for entry to the Master of Finance programme.)

• Bachelor’s degree with minimum CGPA of 2.75 out of 4.00, or its equivalent qualification as acceptable by the Senate.

• Bachelor’s degree in related field with CGPA below 2.75 out of 4.00 but above 2.50; or its equivalent qualification can be accepted, subject to a minimum of 5 years’ working experience in relevant field.

• Relevant professional accounting qualifications equivalent to a bachelor’s degree as accepted by the Senate.

• English Requirements: IELTS 6.5

ENGLISH REQUIREMENTS
(Only Applicable to International Students)

Please note that under Ministry of Education regulations, only students who have achieved the minimum requirement in the English Language proficiency assessment as indicated above will be allowed to continue their studies in the main study programme. Students who do not have the required English Language achievement may apply for a student visa on conditional basis and are allowed to enrol in an English Language Certification programme at APU upon arrival in Malaysia and, subsequently, appear for the IELTS/TOEFL/PTE/MUET assessment. Students who are unable to obtain the required level of English Competency during the maximum 12 months’ period, will not be allowed to pursue their studies in the main programme and will have to return to their home country.

Students from English speaking countries and those with qualifications taught in English (previous Bachelor’s/Master’s Degree taught in English) are exempted from English requirements. Applications for exemption must be accompanied by supporting documents.

Note: The above entry requirements may differ for specific programmes based on the latest programme standards published by Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA).



The Benefits of The Programme:

On successful completion of this programme, you will be able to :

  • The curriculum covers a wide range of industry relevant subject areas in Security Operations Centre (SOC) and Incident Response, Security Auditing and Assessment, Advanced Ethical Hacking, E-Investigation, Data Analytics in Cyber Security etc.
  • External reviews conducted by Cyber Security Malaysia (CSM), KPMG and F-Secure during the development of the programme curriculum.
  • Programme Support by an Industry Advisory Panel involving cyber security experts from Cyber Intelligence, Cyber Test Systems, Akati Consulting Group and Cyber Security Malaysia (CSM).
  • A fully-functional Security Operations Centre (SOC) that allows students to have hands-on cybersecurity operations platform to monitor live data which allows them to perform real-time cyber security monitoring to fortify network defense with global threat intelligence and launching faster response on cyber security incidents.
  • A full-fledged Cyber Threats Simulation and Response Centre – Cyber Range is also included within the Cyber Security Talent Zone in APU. Cyber Range incorporates latest technologies and a military grade cyber-defence system, enabling students to understand and formulate defence strategies, and practice the entire chain of cyber defence, while preparing them to deal with real cyber threat attack when it happens.
  • A technical project related to Cyber Security as dissertation in the final semester.
  • Research opportunities for students via APU’s Forensic and Cyber Security Research Centre - FSEC.

Who Should Attend:

This programme is geared towards practicing IT/Computing professionals within industry who seek further formal qualifications in Cyber Security. In addition, professionals and managers who wish to enhance themselves with Cyber Security knowledge and skills to postgraduate level will find this programme attractive. Fresh undergraduate students from Cyber Security / Digital Forensics background will also find this programme worthwhile as a path to further enhance their academic qualifications.


Modules & Project:

The programme comprises 3 pre-requisite modules (for non-Computing students), 10 modules including 3 elective modules.

Pre-Requisite Modules (For non-Computing students: to be completed upon 1st month of the programme)
  • Cyber Security
  • Digital Forensics
  • Digital Forensic and Cyber Security Tools
Core Modules

Elective Modules (Choose 3)*

  • Information Security Design
  • E-Investigation
  • Cyber Security & Threats
  • Security Operations Center (SOC) & Incident Response
  • Advanced Ethical Hacking
  • Advanced Digital Forensics
  • Research Methodology in Computing & Engineering
  • Project
  • Network Design & Performance
  • Information Security Architectures
  • Security Audit and Assessment
  • Data Analytics in Cyber Security
  • Applied Scripting in Cyber Security

*Elective modules may be pre-selected for students at the beginning of the semester. If students wish to change these pre-selected elective modules, they can choose from the available modules offered in the semester OR among the intensive delivery modules – however such changes may prolong the study duration.


Project:

As part of this course, you are expected to complete an extensive project paper in relation to Cyber Security for both academic and industry purposes. This project paper will be supervised by a member of academic staff as the main supervisor. It may involve working with an external organization (probably directly relevant to your work or organization or any of our industry partners). You are given considerable flexibility in choosing any Cyber Security related topics to base your project paper. As for the deliverables, you are required to come up with a prototype / simulation / framework etc. (the list is just an example and not limited to only these) and to produce one project paper and a publishable conference / journal paper consists of summary of the work.


Career Options:

  • Cyber Security Analyst / Consultant
  • Information Security Analyst / Consultant
  • Cyber Security Incident Response Consultant
  • Digital Forensic Investigator
  • Cyber Security Engineer
  • Information Security Engineer
  • Cyber Security Manager
  • Information Security Manager

Course Fees:

Malaysian Students

International Students

RM 32,600

RM 38,500 (USD 9,630)

Fees stated above do not include Enrolment Fees, Registration Fees and other Miscellaneous Fees.

(N/481/7/0810) (05/24) (MQA/PA11934) 

All information is correct at the time of publication, but is subject to change in the interest of continuing improvement.