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The University College Isle of Man (UCM) has launched Cybersecurity and Advanced Computer Science degree certifications. This follows the launch of the IT and Education ‘Nunnery Campus’ last year. Isle of Man residents will now be able to enrol on two more UCM courses: a Cybersecurity undergraduate degree, and a Masters in Advanced Computer Science. The courses will also provide opportunities for apprenticeships and research projects in some of the Island’s technology companies, including Derivco, Manx Telecom and PDMS, offering students exposure to the relevant industries.

The three year BSc (Hons) in Cybersecurity addresses the global dangers of internet security, and will give students an understanding of these threats, developing their skills to investigate and react accordingly. Students will be introduced to mathematics for computing, cyber legislation and investigation.

The MSc Advanced Computer Science is a one or two year postgraduate course to build on students’ knowledge, and will tackle the college says increasing employer demand for expertise for computer-based technology.

Both courses will host guest lecturers from on-Island technology companies as well as the police, and will give students exposure to international case studies. Students will also be provided with practical exercises to hack, defend and protect.

Jo Pretty, Principal, UCM, said: “We are delighted to announce these brand new courses, which add to the existing opportunities available. We are committed to supporting our students’ futures and believe these courses offer a strong foundation for employment. The MSc offers an excellent opportunity for Manx graduates to return to the island, continue their studies and take advantage of the excellent career opportunities here .

“Employability is at the heart of our offering, and we aim to provide rigorous and intellectual challenges, along with practical relevance. 91 per cent of our students gain relevant employment at or before graduation, and we continue to work closely with local businesses to provide ‘real world’ work experience.”

UCM is an Associate College of the University of Chester, which accredits the awards and degrees.


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