Taught course

Information Security

University of Surrey · Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences

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Entry requirements

A minimum of a 2:2 UK honours degree in either Computer Science, Electrical or Electronic Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, related disciplines with demonstrable exposure to programming and mathematics, or other alternative subjects related to data analysis, data science or informatics, or a recognised equivalent international qualification. We'll also consider relevant work experience if you don't meet these requirements.

IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with 6.0 in Writing and 5.5 in each other element.

Months of entry

February, October

Course content

In a forever expanding digital age, protecting our data is of vital importance.

Our Information Security MSc sits within our renowned Department of Computer Science and our outstanding Surrey Centre for Cyber Security. Your teaching will be informed by excellent and world-class research. You’ll also benefit from our strong links with local and international industry.

This course is fully certified by the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) and taught by leading experts in cybersecurity. It will equip you with the theoretical knowledge and hands-on experience necessary to pursue a successful career in cyber security.

What you will study

Protecting digital information from unauthorised access and use, and ensuring the resilience of supporting network infrastructure and systems, are significant challenges for the continued technological development of our society.

The science behind our MSc Information Security connects various disciplines, from computer science, electronic engineering and mathematics, to design and critically analyse concepts, mechanisms and technologies used in the depth and breadth cyber security.

Not only will you learn the foundations of systems and information security, such as cryptography, but you'll also be educated on advanced, modern and up-to-date concepts such as the inner makings of electronic payments or distributed ledgers..

The additional option of an MSc with a placement year will allow you to discover the business value of cyber-security, as well as its research and development in industry. The University has strong, established links with many national and international businesses and institutions, including Airbus, BAE Systems, CGI Group, DSTL, IBM, Infineon, Microsoft, Sophos and Sky TV. Our MSc Information Security without placement is accredited by GCHQ. For this placement-enriched MSc, in April 2021, we will also be seeking accreditation from the National Cyber Security Centre of the UK Government, which is the new education-certifying part of GCHQ.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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