All students admitted to the Programme must have at least recent 5 years in a senior position within the information security area and on entry be employed in the same discipline. All applications will be reviewed by at least two members of academic staff who will make a decision on whether to interview or not. The normal entry requirement for the degree of PhD via MPhil registration or Professional Doctorate is a first or upper second class Honours degree of a United Kingdom Higher Education Institution, or a qualification which is regarded by Research Degrees Subcommittee as equivalent.
Months of entry
The principal aim of the professional doctorate is to make a significant contribution to the advanced professional and academic development of information security, digital forensics and compliance. Part one, leading up to the Advanced Award, consists of a number of taught elements. Part two, leading to the Professional Doctorate in Information Security, consists of supervised work towards a thesis of 40,000 words.
The doctorate comprises four core modules which make up Part 1:
- Information Technology and Internet Law;
- Research Preparation and Planning;
- Seizure and Examination of Computer Systems;
- Understanding the Research Process and Context.
A variety of learning methods are used including: one module of Distance Learning; three modules of largely work-based supervision; a Block mode module; two research modules offering lab sessions as well as specialised guest lectures; a conference based module; and a supervised thesis. In addition a highly interactive website will support student learning.
Professional Doctorate students will have at least two and not normally more than three supervisors, who together demonstrate an appropriate range of academic and professional experience. One supervisor shall be the Director of Studies with responsibility to supervise the candidate on a regular and frequent basis. During the Research Thesis supervisors meet their students, either physically or virtually, at least once a month. Documentary evidence of these meetings are kept as part of the student's record.
Information for international students
Where English is not the applicant's first language, a minimum IELTS Academic English, or such qualifications as our University deems comparable, score of 7.0 overall, with a minimum of 6.5 in all components, is required at entry for Professional Doctorate students.
Qualification and course duration
DProf by taught
Course contact details
- Applicant Enquiries
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- +44 (0) 208 223 2978