Research course

Information Security

Royal Holloway, University of London · Information Security

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirement for an MPhil or an MPhil leading to a PhD degree is the equivalent of a UK Second Class Honours degree in an appropriate subject, although in many cases a Master's level qualification will also be expected.

Months of entry


Course content

The Royal Holloway Information Security Group has a thriving PhD programme covering a wide variety of security related topics. A good overview of our world-leading research interests in the development of highly secure communications and computer systems can be viewed on the ISG website.

All Information Security research students are given at least one named supervisor and an advisor. The supervisor, who will be a member of the academic staff, directs their work. The advisor provides academic welfare support. To be in a position to pursue research successfully, students may have to attend some of the advanced courses offered in the University. There will also be opportunities to attend formal or informal seminars with other research students and academics.

Department specialisms

The design and evaluation of cryptographic algorithms and protocols, smart cards, electronic commerce, security management, and the integration of security techniques into specific applications. Currently, research students are working on cryptography, key recovery, public key infrastructures, electronic payment protocols, risk analysis, smart card security and security for mobile devices.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months

Course contact details

Emma Mosley