Taught course

Information Security

Institution
University of Glasgow · School of Computing Science
Qualifications
MSc

Entry requirements

A minimum of a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent (eg GPA 3.0 or equivalent) with computing as a major subject. Further information regarding academic entry requirements: student.recruitment@glasgow.ac.uk

Months of entry

September

Course content

The Masters in Information Security provides you with a thorough grounding in professional software development, together with experience of conducting a development project, preparing you for responsible positions in the IT industry.

Why Glasgow?

  • The School of Computing Science is consistently highly ranked achieving 2nd in Scotland and 10th in the UK (Complete University Guide 2017)
  • The School is a member of the Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance: SICSA. This collaboration of Scottish universities aims to develop Scotland's place as a world leader in Informatics and Computer Science research and education.
  • You will have opportunities to meet employers who come to make recruitment presentations, and often seek to recruit our graduates during the programme.
  • You will benefit from having 24-hour access to a computer laboratory equipped with state-of-the-art hardware and software.

Programme Structure

Modes of delivery of the MSc in Information Security include lectures, seminars and tutorials and allow students the opportunity to take part in lab, project and team work.

Core courses

  • Crytography and secure development
  • Cyber security fundamentals
  • Cyber security forensics
  • Enterprise cyber security
  • Human-centred security
  • Research methods and techniques
  • Safety critical systems
  • Masters team project

Optional courses

  • Advanced networking and communications
  • Advanced operating systems
  • Algorithmics
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Big data: systems, programming and management
  • Computer architecture
  • Computer vision methods and applications
  • Distributed algorithms and systems
  • Enterprise computing
  • Functional programming
  • Human computer interaction
  • Human computer interaction: design and evaluation
  • Information retrieval
  • Internet technology
  • IT architecture
  • Machine learning
  • Mobile human computer interaction
  • Modelling reactive systems
  • Software project management
  • Theory of computation
  • Web science

Depending on staff availability, the optional courses listed here may change.

If you wish to engage in part-time study, please be aware that dependent upon your optional taught courses, you may still be expected to be on campus on most week days.

Projects

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  • To complete the MSc degree you must undertake a project worth 60 credits. This is a project chosen by you to investigate a challenging but constrained information security problem.
  • The project will integrate the subject knowledge and generic skills that you will acquire during your Masters.
  • We offer a wide range of projects, and each student is normally allocated a different project. We take your preferences into account when we allocate the projects.
  • You will also have the opportunity to propose your own project, subject to academic approval.

Example projects

Here are some typical project titles from recent years:

  • Comparing doodles using graph matching
  • Comparing the usability of doodle and Mikon passwords
  • Family-based authentication
  • Perception of risk towards trading fraud incidents

Furthermore for students hoping to continue into research, we have four major research sections:

  • human computer interaction (GIST)
  • formal analysis, theory and algorithms (FATA)
  • information, data and analysis (IDA)
  • computer systems (GLASS)

Most MSc students choose projects offered by these groups, giving them an opportunity to go on to PhD study. See details of our research.

Accreditation

MSc Information Security is accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS).

Our specialist MSc graduates in Computing Science, Software Engineering and Information Security are recognised by the British Computer Society (BCS), The Chartered Institute for IT, for the purposes of fully meeting the further learning academic requirement for registration as a Chartered IT Professional (CITP Further Learning) and partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Scientist (CSci). These programmes have also been awarded the Euro-Info Master Label.

Industry Links and Employability

  • Computer systems are frequently compromised by the efforts of opportunistic hackers. In many countries, legislation is forcing companies to take information security more seriously. Information security requires a clear understanding of relevant technological, social, and organizational issues, as well as the relationships between them.
  • The programme includes a thorough grounding in professional software development, together with experience of conducting a development project. The programme will prepare you for a responsible position in the IT industry.
  • The School of Computing Science has extensive contacts with industrial partners who contribute to several of their taught courses, through active teaching, curriculum development, and panel discussion. Recent contributors include representatives from IBM, J.P. Morgan, Amazon, Adobe and Red Hat.
  • During the programme students have an opportunity to develop and practice relevant professional and transferrable skills, and to meet and learn from employers about working in the IT industry.

Information for international students

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • overall score 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0
  • or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification:

Fees and funding

UK students
£7250
International students
£19500

http://www.gla.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/informationsecuritymsc/

Qualification and course duration

MSc

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Name
Dr Ron Poet
Email
Ron.Poet@glasgow.ac.uk