About the course
The MSc Information Security Management aims to develop your technical competencies in information assurance, incident management, information governance alongside the enhancement of your leadership skills and ability to contribute to the development of organisational information security strategies, board-level risk and crisis management strategies.
The Programme is designed specifically to enable you to update, extend and deepen your knowledge in Information Security and related Management and wider digital leadership and information security subjects, in order to enhance and accelerate your career opportunities. The MSc will enable you to develop and enhance your learning capability and to make sense of the need to continually improve your professional practice and career development in the areas of Information Security and related management issues.
- Designed for those wishing to develop or accelerate a career in Management of Cyber Security, including policy development and the management of remote teams
- Work-related assessment wherever possible, designed to deliver impact in your organisation
- Learn how to protect the integrity, authenticity, availability and confidentiality of all classes of information including cyber security risk assessment
- Explore contemporary Information Security Management issues that consider the implications of if its impact and the alternative strategies that could mitigate or avoid its consequences
- Delivered over 2 years in Part-Time mode – up to 14 weekends with supporting online or face to face tutorials as required
- Structured professional practice support for career development or transition, including a career review and development plan
What will I study?
The MSc Information Security Management Programme is designed specifically to enable you to update, extend and deepen your knowledge in Information Security and related Management and wider digital leadership and information security subjects, in order to enhance and accelerate your career opportunities.
The programme aims to develop you as a modern, well rounded and outward-looking professional capable of taking responsibility for and effectively leading cyber security and technology projects and people, capable of making good decisions and improving the performance of yourself, your people, your areas of responsibility and your organisation.
By completing the MSc in Information Security Management you will be able to demonstrate capabilities in the areas of Digital Leadership, Information Governance and Cyber Security, Information Assurance and Cyber Risk Management, Contemporary Issues in Information Security Management, Digital Forensics and Incident Management, Research Methods for Professional Practice and Computing and Digital Technologies Project.
There is a growing demand for specialists who able to combine the softer skills of communication and leadership to develop organisational information security strategies, board-level risk and crisis management strategies. This demand is creating a shift at a mid to senior-level towards the management of information security and progressively the management of geographically dispersed technical specialists working in large complex projects. The ability to demonstrate these capabilities in the workplace is central to your career development and progression and in support of this, the development of your personal professional practice is embedded into the programme.
How will I be taught and assessed?
- You’ll be taught using a range of methods such as workshops, tutorials, directed study and discussion forums.
- You will be encouraged by your tutor to integrate your work practice in the module content and development of assessments. By following this approach there are opportunities to connect learning delivered during the module to your role and vice versa.
- For each module, you can expect 24 hours (for non-technical modules) or 30 hours (for technical modules) of overall contact time delivered through interactive workshops and face-to-face classroom sessions.
- You will also be expected to engage in independent study, between 170-176 hours for each module. This will be supported by your module tutor and will consist of pre-class reading preparation, research, assessment preparation, skills development and online testing and diagnostics.
- The assessment for this programme is 100% coursework.
- Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) is embedded throughout the course with tools such as the ‘Blackboard’ eLearning Portal and electronic reading lists that will guide your preparation for seminars and independent research.
- We offer extensive student support in and outside of the classroom with a dedicated student support team based in London.
Careers and further study
Increasingly managers in a senior position find that they have become accountable for information security management in their organisation, particularly with GDPR, as the scope of their role creeps to include risk handling, management of cyber technologists and governance.
This MSc has been designed to ensure that graduates have a foundation in a range of information security competences such as information assurance, incident management and the information governance knowledge to support senior managers, in order to bridge the technical gap and contribute to organisational strategies and contingency planning.
You may be working in a variety of organisation types including the IT sector as a departmental or senior manager with responsibility for maintaining information security.
Academic entry requirements
- Minimum 2:2 or above from a recognised university in any discipline (except Cyber Security)
- Professional qualifications that are equivalent to an honours degree
Non-standard entry requirements
- Relevant qualifications and/or work experience, such as CompTIA, Cisco, Microsoft, (ISC)2 , Amazon AWS or any other related certifications, will be taken into consideration where the applicant has the judged potential to benefit from the programme. Requests will be considered on an individual basis by the Programme Leader and relevant module tutors where appropriate.
International entry equivalencies
We accept a wide range of international qualifications. Please visit our entry requirements page for country-specific qualifications.
Please note that if your qualifications are not in English, we might need certified translations in order to proceed with your application.
Please note: we are not currently able to sponsor international students to study this programme. If you require sponsorship to study as an international student, this course will unfortunately be unavailable to you. For alternative options, have a look at our full-time programmes.