Entry requirements

Applicants should hold a second class honours degree or the equivalent from an international institution in a cognate subject. Applicants should also have approximately five years of relevant professional experience (absolute minimum of two years in exceptional circumstances). In some circumstances, professional experience and qualifications are accepted in lieu of a degree.

Months of entry


Course content

Concerns about cyber security and information risk have led to a growing market for technical specialists, but there is also a need for more senior professionals with an awareness of both the technical and the business issues who can bridge the gap between IT security and business risk. Such professionals would be responsible for drawing up organisation strategies for managing risk, identifying trade-offs between multiple risks and the cost of protection, and advising higher management on these issues. Typical roles of these professionals might include Security Architect, Chief Information Risk Manager, or Chief Security Officer.
This Masters course is aimed at IT professionals with about 5 years experience and is intended to provide them with the skills that they need to progress to a management role in information security and risk. Hence it aims to prepare these professionals for the management roles in Information Security including Security Architect, Chief Information Risk Manager, Chief Security Officer or Chief Information Security Officer. It covers both technical issues such as information security, quantitative risk assessment, and assurance, as well as more business oriented issues such as information leadership and executive development. It will be led from academics by the School of Informatics, with input from Cass Business School and experts from industry.
Why you should study for the MSc in Management of Information Security and Risk (MISR) at City University London: Learn about both the technical and the business issues that can bridge the gap between IT security and business risk, Understand how to communicate these risks to both the technical staff and the executive business team (CEO, CIO, CFO and COO) in a language they share, Focus on human-machine interaction and decision making within today's increasingly complex Political-Economical-Socio-Technical (PEST) systems, Find out about latest industry and government standards, legislation and best practice from leading technical experts, Network with your peers to compare and contrast best practices from different industries.

Information for international students

Those without English as a first language will be asked to provide further evidence of English language competence, such as IELTS, Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English or TOEFL. A minimum score of 7 in IELTS, 600 in TOEFL (250 computer-based) is required.

Fees and funding

Part-time EU: £5,000 per year, Part-time Non EU: £7,250 per year
Scholarships and bursaries
The School offers a range of generous scholarships and bursaries to applicants for this course: UK/EU applicants - Computer Science Scholarships of £2,000, City University London Graduate Loyalty Discount, International Student Scholarships of £2,000, Other scholarships, bursaries and prizes.

Qualification and course duration


full time
9-12 months
part time
24 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations60
Written coursework / continuous assessment20
Dissertation20 (10000 words)

Course contact details

+44 (0) 20 7040 5150
+44 (0) 20 7040 8685