Information Security (MSc PGDip)

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About the course

A world-renowned, GCHQ-certified Master's degree!

The MSc Information Security addresses both the technical and the management aspects of cyber security.

You'll learn about cryptography, computer and network security, and security management. Options include cyber-crime, security testing, smart card technologies and digital forensics. Through this degree you will:

  • Gain cyber security skills required for senior level careers by focusing on principles and best management techniques.
  • Benefit from Royal Holloway’s expertise and consulting experience, which ensures that the degree is up-to-date and commercially relevant.
  • Enhance your career prospects. Our graduates work for financial institutions and consultancies, and as security specialists within a wide range of companies and R&D organisations.

Programme details

  MSc You study 6 modules + project Study period 2-5 years Cost (2017-2018) £15,725 Postgraduate Diploma You study 6 modules Study period 1-5 years Cost (2017-2018) £12,126 Individual modules You study Single modules are ideal to update your professional knowledge. Study any compulsory core module, plus the optional 'Digital Forensics' on a stand-alone basis and earn CPE credits. The fee is £2,055 per module.   You study Study period Cost (2017-2018) MSc 6 modules + project 2-5 years £15,725 Postgraduate Diploma 6 modules 1-5 years £12,126 Individual modules Single modules are ideal to update your professional knowledge. Study any compulsory core module, plus the optional 'Digital Forensics' on a stand-alone basis and earn CPE credits. The fee is £2,055 per module.

The award-winning Information Security Group

The programme is developed by the Information Security Group at Royal Holloway, one of the foremost academic security groups in the world.

 

The Information Security Group performs cutting-edge research in a number of areas including the design and evaluation of smart cards, system and mobile security, cryptography and the integration of security techniques.

The ISG was awarded a Queen's Anniversary Prize in 1998 for providing "a unique national resource for the training of information security specialists" and retained its status as an Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research (ACE-CSR) in 2017.

The MSc Information Security became one of the first distance-learning courses to receive GCHQ certification. Accredited degrees were adjudged "to provide well-defined and appropriate content, delivered to the highest standard".

Career progression

Our students come from a variety of backgrounds, from recent graduates to senior security managers.

Graduates of the programme can be found in many organisations, ranging from large financial institutions and consultancies through to technology and research-oriented organisations. They also act as security specialists within a wide range of companies.

The MSc in Information Security is also a solid foundation for postgraduate research.

"Employers pay for their students to come on to this course – we hear from them year after year. We’re providing what we believe the world needs."

Professor Keith Mayes, Director of the Information Security Group, Royal Holloway

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How you study

The course allows you to study independently, at a time and pace that suits you. As a distance-learning student, you'll receive:

  • Comprehensive learning materials: study guides / handbooks and core textbooks.
  • Access to online library resources:  including e-texts, standards, research publications
  • Virtual student café: interact and network with other students.
  • Outstanding tutorial support: online tutor-supported seminars and discussions.
  • Induction module: for more about learning materials and online support. (Contact support for queries.)

Your time commitment

For each module, you should expect to spend around 200 hours studying and preparing for exams. To complete the degree in the minimum two-year period, you should expect to study around 20 hours per week during the academic session (October–April).

Scholarships

The Department for Culture, Media and Sports (DCMS) has made available tuition fee scholarships for this programme and it is possible that these will be offered again in the future. Please bookmark this page (or Funding your study) to keep apprised of any developments.

Summary of key dates

Information Security Application deadline   31 July Registration deadline   31 August Start studying   Study materials are usually available from mid-August Course starts   1 October Examinations take place   May Information Security Application deadline 31 July Registration deadline 31 August Start studying Study materials are usually available from mid-August Course starts 1 October Examinations take place May

What our students say

Daniel Roethlisberger, Switzerland (2013)

Daniel Roethlisberger, MSc Information Security, Switzerland"My favourite part of the course was the advanced cryptology module. I really enjoyed gaining in-depth knowledge in the field. I would definitely recommend the distance learning MSc in Information Security, especially for people who need the flexibility."

Daniel was a member of SWITCH-CERT during his degree, protecting a number of important infrastructures from security threats. He remains a security incident response professional.

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