Royal Holloway, University of London

Royal Holloway, University of London

Mathematics of Cryptography and Communications

Excited by the role of mathematics in securing the modern electronics and communications that we all rely on? This intensive MSc programme explores the mathematics behind secure information and communications systems, in a department that is world renowned for research in the field.

You will learn to apply advanced mathematical ideas to cryptography, coding theory and information theory, by studying the relevant functions of algebra, number theory and combinatorial complexity theory and algorithms. In the process you will develop a critical appreciation of the challenges that mathematicians face in facilitating secure information transmission, data compression and encryption. You will learn to use advanced cypher systems, correcting codes and modern public key crypto-systems. As part of your studies you will have the opportunity to complete a supervised dissertation in an area of your choice, under the guidance of experts in the field who regularly publish in internationally competitive journals and work closely with partners in industry.

We are a lively, collaborative and supportive community of mathematicians and information security specialists, and thanks to our relatively compact scale we will take the time to get to know you as an individual. You will be assigned a personal advisor to guide you through your studies.

Mathematicians who can push the boundaries and stay ahead when it comes to cryptography and information security are in demand, and the skills you gain will open up a range of career options and provide a solid foundation if you wish to progress to a PhD. These include transferable skills such as familiarity with a computer-based algebra package, experience of carrying out independent research and managing the writing of a dissertation.

- Learn from internationally renowned mathematicians, cryptographers and communications specialists.
- Complete a cutting-edge research project under the supervision of cryptography and communications experts.
- Enjoy the flexibility to tailor your degree to your interests and specialisms.
- Join a mathematics department that ranks second in the UK for research impact and fourth for world leading or internationally excellent research output (Research Excellence Framework 2014).
- Feel at home in a friendly department where you will be known as an individual.

Entry requirements

- UK Upper Second Class Honours degree (2:1), or equivalent, in Mathematics.

- Exceptionally, at the discretion of the course director, qualifications in other subjects (for example, physics or computer science) or degrees of lower classification may be considered.

English language requirements: IELTS 6.5 overall and a minimum of 5.5 in all other subscores.

Applicants come from a diverse range of backgrounds and we accept a broad range of qualifications but a solid foundation in mathematics is needed.

Course modules

Mandatory modules: Main Project; Advanced Cypher Systems; Channels; Theory of Error-Correcting Codes; Public Key Cryptography. A range of optional modules are also available

Assessment methods

You will initially choose 8 courses from the list of available options, of which you specify 6 courses during the second term that will count towards your final award. You will also complete a core research project under the supervision of one of our academic staff.There is a strong focus on small group teaching throughout the programme.

Assessment is carried out through a variety of methods, including coursework, examinations and the main project. End-of-year examinations in May or June will count for 66.7% of your final award, while the dissertation will make up the remaining 33.3% and has to be submitted by September.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2017 GBP 7,000 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2017 GBP 7,000 per Year 1 (EU) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2017 GBP 7,000 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2017 GBP 14,500 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2017 GBP 7,000 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2017 GBP 7,000 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2017 GBP 7,000 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MSc Part-time September 2017 GBP 7,000 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 2 years
MSc Part-time September 2017 GBP 7,000 per Year 1 (EU) 2 years
MSc Part-time September 2017 GBP 7,000 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
MSc Part-time September 2017 GBP 14,500 per Year 1 (International) 2 years
MSc Part-time September 2017 GBP 7,000 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MSc Part-time September 2017 GBP 7,000 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
MSc Part-time September 2017 GBP 7,000 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Royal Holloway Egham TW20 0EX South East

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