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Security Engineering

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Module description

Aims and Learning Outcomes

This module focuses on how to design and develop secure systems. It also provides a detailed understanding of implementation errors and exploits, including mitigations techniques often built on static and dynamic analysis.

On successful completion of this module, students will:

  • Identify and address security concerns in the design and implementation of secure systems
  • Understand implementation errors and exploits as well as mitigations often built on top of static and dynamic analysis
  • Demonstrate an understanding of security principles and secure programming
  • Perform privilege management and access control


An indication of the types of topics:

Designing Secure Systems

  • security architecture and patterns
  • security models and design principles, including principle of least privilege and fail-safe defaults
  • software security
  • trusted computing base

Developing Secure Systems

  • secure systems development
  • principles of secure programming
  • formal approaches
  • privilege management
  • understanding implementation errors and exploits
  • static and dynamic analysis
  • access control technologies and policies

Assessment details

Please note: the below assessment details for the 2024/25 academic year may be updated. The confirmed details will be available on the Student Handbook and on the module KEATS page at the beginning of the semester.

  • 70% Examination
  • 30% Coursework

Module description disclaimer

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Please note that the module descriptions above are related to the current academic year and are subject to change.