Coventry University program

Ethical Hacking

Discover how to assess, exploit and address weaknesses in the security of remote connected systems.

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

Understand the key concepts and methodology of penetration testing

Cyber security is widely recognised as a crucial aspect of company success in the modern world. Many forward-thinking companies now seek to strengthen their systems by employing specialists to attack them and identify weaknesses.

As such, ethical hacking – or penetration testing – continues to grow as a field of specialism within computing.

This program covers the latest techniques of penetration testing and provides practical experience in selecting and applying suitable tools and techniques, as well as assessing vulnerabilities and advising on how to secure cyber systems.


5 courses

Delivered by expert academics

Coventry secured 5 QS Stars for Teaching and Online Learning in the QS World University Ranking 2020 and has received No. 1 in the world for Massive Open Online Courses in MoocLab’s World University Ranking 2021.

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?

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:

  • Discuss the legality and scope of ethical hacking and critically evaluate the legal and ethical issues relating to examples of this technique
  • Evaluate and justify a suitable methodology and tools for penetration testing of a system
  • Conduct an ethically-based system penetration test using an appropriate methodology to explore weaknesses in a system
  • Evaluate and report a penetration test of a system to a professional standard, recommending and specifying suitable countermeasures.

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