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Institute of Cyber Security for Society (iCSS)

Director: Dr Virginia Franqueira

iCSS coordinates educational activities related to cyber security, not only at the level of the School of Computing, but across the University of Kent as a whole. Those activities include (but are not limited to) outreach, internal engagement with students on cyber-related topics, external engagement, and cyber-related training and awareness campaigns for students and staff.

Courses in cyber security

iCSS is recognised by the British Government as being an Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research, meaning you will be taught by staff who are top researchers in this area. The University offers three options in the field of Cyber Security.

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This programme focuses on the technical aspects of computer science. You learn to code in several languages, starting with the Java programming language, which is widely used in industry across a range of applications including mobile devices.

Building on these programming skills, you learn the principles and techniques that underpin the algorithms and systems shaping our world today. These include artificial intelligence, computer security, network technology, software engineering, and human-computer interaction.

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On this UK government’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) fully certified programme, you learn the essential skills to support cyber security within commercial and government organisations.

This MSc is aimed at computing graduates with strong programming skills seeking careers as cyber security professionals or careers that need a systematic and deep understanding of the subject. It would also be an excellent starting point for those wishing to carry out further research in cyber security.

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The Computer Science (Cyber Security) conversion course will give you the opportunity to establish a foundation in cyber security from technical and multidisciplinary perspectives.

This is a conversion course intended for graduates with little or no prior knowledge of computer science. For those with prior knowledge of computer science, see our specialist MSc Cyber Security course.

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Educational activities

iCSS also takes part in research and activities to promote cyber security-related awareness in pre-University education. Read about some of our activities below or contact us to get involved.


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iCSS aims to raise awareness and promote interdisciplinary dialogue about the numerous facets of cyber security, therefore, enriching students' experience. I am thrilled to be leading the institute's educational activities, supported by my colleagues, and endorsed by the University's senior management team.

Dr Virginia Franqueira
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