Royal Holloway, University of London

Royal Holloway, University of London

Information Security with a Year in Industry

Our two-year Information Security programme with a year in industry will equip you with the knowledge and skills you need to join the rapidly expanding field of information security. We will prepare you to work at the forefront of some of the most exciting developments in 21st century technology. You will gain first-hand experience of working in professional teams and applying your academic studies to real-world problems and scenarios. The mass creation, transmission and storage of electronic data is one of the defining features of our age. Whilst the associated technologies bring us untold benefits, they also expose us to threats that require the specialist skills and experience of cyber security experts. Our postgraduate Information Security programmes were the first of their kind in the world. They are certified by GCHQ, the UK Government Communications Headquarters, and led by academics and industrial partners in one of the largest and most established Information Security Groups (ISGs) in the world. Our groundbreaking ISG is a UK Academic Centre of Excellence for research and an Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Centre for Doctoral Training. In year 1 you will learn about cryptography, fraud detection, system security, network security, device security and all the technical, legal and commercial aspects of the industry, including how security itself should be managed. Your second year will include a full-time work placement, which will attract a salary and be assessed towards your final degree. On returning to campus you will complete a supervised dissertation on a topic of your choice. If you decide not to complete the second year you can revert to the standard MSc Information Security (1221) and complete your dissertation a year early to graduate at the end of year 1. Our academic staff are renowned specialists in the field, with backgrounds in computer science, engineering, mathematics, statistics and social sciences. You will have access to our virtualisation software for experimenting with network security settings and ideas, as well as our Penetration Testing Laboratory and industry-sponsored Smart Card Centre. We offer a friendly, supportive learning environment and you will have a dedicated personal advisor to guide you through your studies. The skills you gain will provide a solid foundation if you wish to progress to a PhD. Our graduates are in demand for their cutting-edge grasp of the field, their first-hand work experience, and their transferable skills such as data handling, analysis, problem solving, research, time management, team working, self-motivation and professionalism.

Entry requirements

UK Lower Second Class Honours degree (2:2) or equivalent.

Students without the required first degree but with appropriate industrial experience will also be considered.

English language requirements: IELTS 6.5 overall and minimum of 5.5 in each subscore.

Course modules

Mandatory modules: Project; Security Management; Introduction to Cryptography and Security Mechanisms. A range of optional modules are also available.

Assessment methods

We use a range of teaching methods, including seminars, lectures and lab work. There is a strong focus on small group teaching and practical work. The programme has a flexible, modular structure, combining mandatory courses with a range of optional modules, optional specialist pathways that require certain module choices, a supervised dissertation, and a year in industry. During your studies you will be invited to attend an intensive, two-day revision course to prepare for the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) exams, which you will then be able to sit on campus, through an established arrangement with (ISC)2.

Your work placement will begin in the summer of your first year, after your examinations in May/June. You will be assigned a supervisor by your host company and they will be responsible for directing your work. You will also have an academic supervisor who will visit you to check that you are integrating successfully, assess your progress and ensure that you are being given appropriate work to do. Although the responsibility for finding a placement is ultimately yours, our Careers Service will help you to identify suitable opportunities from a large database of companies, make applications and prepare for any interviews. You will be invited to attend jobs fairs and companies will visit in year 1 to introduce their placement opportunities. We regularly highlight opportunities through our mailing lists and on social media.

Please note that progression onto a placement is conditional on good academic performance during year 1. On returning to campus after your placement in year 2 you will complete your MSc research project, to be submitted by September of that year.

Assessment is through a combination of end-of-year examinations in year 1, the written dissertation, and feedback and reports from your assessed year in industry.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Sandwich including industrial placement September 2017 GBP 10,050 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MSc Sandwich including industrial placement September 2017 GBP 10,050 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
MSc Sandwich including industrial placement September 2017 GBP 10,050 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years
MSc Sandwich including industrial placement September 2017 GBP 10,050 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 2 years
MSc Sandwich including industrial placement September 2017 GBP 10,050 per Year 1 (EU) 2 years
MSc Sandwich including industrial placement September 2017 GBP 10,050 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
MSc Sandwich including industrial placement September 2017 GBP 17,000 per Year 1 (International) 2 years

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