Taught course

Information Security

Royal Holloway, University of London · Information Security

Entry requirements

2nd class honours degree (or equivalent) in appropriate discipline. Industrial experience may permit exemption from the normal entry requirements at the discretion of the Graduate School.

Months of entry


Course content

The MSc Information Security degree programme at Royal Holloway was the first of its type in the world, launched in 1992 by the Information Security Group, offering an established tradition of information security education. The MSc programme offers highly flexible study modes both on and off campus. It is taught by a large group of academic and industry experts offering an industrially relevant programme that prepares graduates for successful careers in information security and cyber security.

The MSc course is designed in close co-operation with the information security industry, Government and commerce with a very rich structure that provides a unique and diversified learning opportunity. The Core Element has four taught modules which must include Security Management, Cryptography and Security Mechanisms together with a further pair of modules (Computer Security plus Network Security or Security Technologies plus Secure Business Architectures). The Options Element covers two specialist modules chosen from Cyber Crime, Smart Cards / Token Security, Software Security, Digital Forensics, Security Testing, and Cyber Security. The Project Element can be of academic nature or may document the ability to deal with a practical aspect of information security. Tracks prescribe specific choices with respect to all of the above three elements. A successfully completed track indicates achievement of a degree of specialism. There are six specialist tracks: Cyber Crime, Smartcards and RFID/NFC, Cyber Security, Security Testing, Digital Forensics, Secure Digital Business. Students can also opt for a general non-specific track. Our contacts with leading companies allow students to have a privileged view of the latest developments in information security. The MSc is widely regarded as a leading qualification for anyone seeking or already engaged in a career in cyber security. From September 2015, the degree will also be offered with an optional year in industry. For further information about the MSc Information Security at Royal Holloway, please visit: https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/isg/prospectivestudents/home.aspx

Fees and funding

Please see https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/isg/prospectivestudents/prospectivestudents-msc/scholarships.aspx for scholarship details

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations67
Dissertation33 (20000 words)

Course contact details

Emma Mosley
+44 1784 443101