Royal Holloway, University of London

Royal Holloway, University of London

Information Security

The creation, transmission and storage of huge volumes of electronic data is one of the defining features of our age. Whilst these technologies bring us untold benefits, they also expose businesses, governments and individuals to repeated threats, such as fraud through data manipulation, deliberate sabotage and blackmail. As a result, businesses, governments and individuals around the world rely on the expertise and innovations of information security specialists, without which global communications systems would grind to a halt. Want to join this expanding field and learn from the very best? Our flagship Information Security programme was the first of its kind in the world. It is certified by GCHQ, the UK Government Communications Headquarters, and taught by academics and industrial partners in one of the largest and most established Information Security Groups in the world. We are a UK Academic Centre of Excellence for cyber security research, and an Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Centre for Doctoral Training in cyber security. We work closely with industry, and much of our curriculum and research is informed and audited by the industry itself. Our teachers are specialists in the field, with backgrounds in computer science, engineering, mathematics, statistics and the social sciences. Our broad curriculum encompasses cryptography, fraud detection, system security, network security, device security and the study of how security itself should be managed. You will learn about the technical, legal and commercial aspects of the industry and have the chance to complete a supervised dissertation on a topic of your choice. In a typical year you could benefit from lectures and seminars given by as many as 50 different guest speakers. You will also have access to our virtualisation software, for experimenting with network security settings and ideas, as well as to our Penetration Testing Laboratory and industry-sponsored Smart Card Centre. We offer a friendly, supportive learning environment and you will have a dedicated personal adviser to guide you through your studies. The skills you gain will open up a range of high-level career options and 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 as well as their technical expertise and transferrable skills such as data handling, analysis, problem solving and research. The programme can be completed in one year full-time, two years part-time, three to seven years through Continuous Professional Development (CPD), or two to four years through distance learning. Join a world-class Information Security Group, recognised as an Academic Centre of Excellence by the UK Government. Learn from an interdisciplinary team of renowned information security specialists who are involved in pioneering research in the field. Gain an industry-recognised Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) qualification as part of your studies, with (ISC)2. Benefit from our close ties with the information security industry. Enjoy the flexibility to tailor your degree to your particular interests and complete a supervised research project of your own.

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 practical lab work. There is a strong focus on small group teaching. The programme has a flexible, modular structure, combining a sueprvised dissertation and mandatory courses that together make up 120 of the 180 credits required to pass, with a range of optional modules on specialist topics, worth 20 credits each.

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.

Assessment is through a combination of end-of-year examinations sat in May or June and the written dissertation, which has to be submitted in September.

Qualifications

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

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