Coventry University program


Develop a thorough understanding of the concepts and theory of cryptography.

This program is part of the MSc Cyber Security degree offered by Coventry University

Discover the ways cryptography secures communications and how attackers try to break it

You will have the chance to discover how cryptography has secured communications throughout history and how cryptanalysis has driven the development of ever more secure ciphers. The underlying mathematics will be illustrated along the way.

Symmetric and asymmetric cryptography will be investigated before moving on to modern cryptosystems underlying much of modern-day life on-line. As part of this program you will also explore the future of cryptography.


4 courses

Delivered by expert academics

Coventry secured a gold rating in the UK Government’s 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and is the University of the Year for Student Experience 2019 in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.

Please note that the staff described in the 'Who will you learn with?' section below may be subject to change.

  • Coventry University

Who will you learn with?

James is a Principal Lecturer at Coventry University and has worked in academia for 18 years, teaching and researching in the areas of operating systems, cyber security and image analysis.

Derrick is a Lecturer at Coventry University. He worked for 18 years in audit and IT consultancy, completed his PhD and joined Coventry in 2012. He teaches cyber security, cryptography and IT law.

Associate Lecturer, MSc Cybersecurity Coventry University Online

Deputy Course Director, Ethical Hacking and Cybersecurity Coventry University

Dr. Christo Panchev is a Senior Lecturer in Cyber Security at Coventry University with more than 20 years experience in industry and higher education, research and teaching in A.I. and Cyber Security.

Supported by Institute of Coding

This program has been developed with the support of the Institute of Coding, a network of employers, universities, training providers and professional bodies working together to create the skills needed for the digital economy.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this program, you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the theoretical concepts and techniques of modern cryptography, methods of application and protocols
  • Describe approaches to cryptography such as symmetric key, key exchange, asymmetric cryptography, digital signatures, digital certificates and authentications
  • Assess the appropriateness of cryptographic protocols and algorithms to different practical requirements
  • Demonstrate a conceptual understanding of current topical research and technological advances within cryptography and its applications

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