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Information Security

**Why choose this course**
In a forever expanding digital age, protecting our data is of vital importance.

Our MSc Information Security course sits within our renowned Department of Computer Science and our outstanding Surrey Centre for Cyber Security. Your teaching will be informed by excellent and internationally-visible research, and you will benefit from our strong links with academia and industry.

This course is fully certified by the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) and taught by leading experts in cybersecurity. It will equip you with the theoretical knowledge and hands-on experience necessary to pursue a successful career in information security.

**What you will study**
Protecting digital information from unauthorised access and use, and ensuring the resilience of underlying network infrastructure and systems, are significant challenges for the continued technological development of our society.

The science behind our MSc Information Security connects various disciplines, from computer science, electronic engineering and mathematics, to design concepts, mechanisms and technologies for effective protection of digital information, communication infrastructures and computing systems.

You'll learn about important information security concepts, mechanisms and technologies and study both fundamental and advanced topics in important areas of modern information security. This course strikes a balance between theoretical foundations and practical experience.

Entry requirements

MSc: A minimum of a 2:2 UK honours degree in either Computer Science, Electrical or Electronic Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, related disciplines with demonstrable exposure to programming and mathematics, or other alternative subjects related to data analysis, data science or informatics, or a recognised equivalent international qualification. We'll also consider relevant work experience if you don't meet these requirements.

English language requirements
IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with 6.0 in Writing and 5.5 in each other element.

Course modules

Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability, student demand and/or class size caps.

FULL-TIME

Year 1 (full-time)

MSC DISSERTATION - Core
ASYMMETRIC CRYPTOGRAPHY - Compulsory
INFORMATION AND NETWORK SECURITY - Compulsory
INFORMATION SECURITY MANAGEMENT - Compulsory
SYMMETRIC CRYPTOGRAPHY - Compulsory
CLOUD COMPUTING - Optional
DATABASE SYSTEMS - Optional
INFORMATION SECURITY FOR BUSINESS AND GOVERNMENT - Optional
MULTIMEDIA SECURITY AND DIGITAL FORENSICS - Compulsory
PROJECT MANAGEMENT AND BUSINESS STRATEGY - Optional
SECURE SYSTEMS AND APPLICATIONS - Compulsory

Optional modules for Year 1 (full-time) - FHEQ Level 7

Students must choose 2 out of 4 optional modules

PART-TIME

Year 1 (part-time)

ASYMMETRIC CRYPTOGRAPHY - Compulsory
INFORMATION AND NETWORK SECURITY - Compulsory
INFORMATION SECURITY MANAGEMENT - Compulsory
SYMMETRIC CRYPTOGRAPHY - Compulsory
CLOUD COMPUTING - Optional
DATABASE SYSTEMS - Optional
INFORMATION SECURITY FOR BUSINESS AND GOVERNMENT - Optional
MULTIMEDIA SECURITY AND DIGITAL FORENSICS - Compulsory
PROJECT MANAGEMENT AND BUSINESS STRATEGY - Optional
SECURE SYSTEMS AND APPLICATIONS - Compulsory

Optional modules for Year 1 (part-time) - FHEQ Level 7

Semester 2 - optional modules

Year 2 (part-time)

ASYMMETRIC CRYPTOGRAPHY - Compulsory
INFORMATION AND NETWORK SECURITY - Compulsory
INFORMATION SECURITY MANAGEMENT - Compulsory
SYMMETRIC CRYPTOGRAPHY - Compulsory
CLOUD COMPUTING - Optional
DATABASE SYSTEMS - Optional
INFORMATION SECURITY FOR BUSINESS AND GOVERNMENT - Optional
MULTIMEDIA SECURITY AND DIGITAL FORENSICS - Compulsory
PROJECT MANAGEMENT AND BUSINESS STRATEGY - Optional
SECURE SYSTEMS AND APPLICATIONS - Compulsory

Optional modules for Year 2 (part-time) - FHEQ Level 7

Semester 2 - optional modules

Year 3 (part-time)

MSC DISSERTATION Core

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
MSc Part-time September 2019 36 Months
MSc Full-time September 2019 12 Months

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