Excited by the role of mathematics in securing the modern electronics and communications that we all rely on? This intensive MSc programme explores the mathematics behind secure information and communications systems, in a department that is world renowned for research in the field.
You will learn to apply advanced mathematical ideas to cryptography, coding theory and information theory, by studying the relevant functions of algebra, number theory and combinatorial complexity theory and algorithms. In the process you will develop a critical appreciation of the challenges that mathematicians face in facilitating secure information transmission, data compression and encryption. You will learn to use advanced cypher systems, correcting codes and modern public key crypto-systems. As part of your studies you will have the opportunity to complete a supervised dissertation in an area of your choice, under the guidance of experts in the field who regularly publish in internationally competitive journals and work closely with partners in industry.
We are a lively, collaborative and supportive community of mathematicians and information security specialists, and thanks to our relatively compact scale we will take the time to get to know you as an individual. You will be assigned a personal advisor to guide you through your studies.
Mathematicians who can push the boundaries and stay ahead when it comes to cryptography and information security are in demand, and the skills you gain will open up a range of career options and provide a solid foundation if you wish to progress to a PhD. These include transferable skills such as familiarity with a computer-based algebra package, experience of carrying out independent research and managing the writing of a dissertation.
In addition to these mandatory course units there are a number of optional course units available during your degree studies. The following is a selection of optional course units that are likely to be available. Please note that although the College will keep changes to a minimum, new units may be offered or existing units may be withdrawn, for example, in response to a change in staff. Applicants will be informed if any significant changes need to be made.
You will initially choose 8 courses from the list of available options, of which you specify 6 courses during the second term that will count towards your final award. You will also complete a core research project under the supervision of one of our academic staff.There is a strong focus on small group teaching throughout the programme.
Assessment is carried out through a variety of methods, including coursework, examinations and the main project. End-of-year examinations in May or June will count for 66.7% of your final award, while the dissertation will make up the remaining 33.3% and has to be submitted by September.
By the end of this programme you will have an advanced knowledge and understanding of all the key mathematical principles and applications that underpin modern cryptography and communications. You will have advanced skills in coding, algebra and number theory, and be able to synthesise and interpret information from multiple sources with insight and critical awareness. You will have learnt to formulate problems clearly, to undertake independent research and to express your technical work and conclusions clearly in writing. You will also have valuable transferable skills such as advanced numeracy and IT skills, time management, adaptability and self-motivation.
Graduates from this programme have gone on to carry out cutting-edge research in the fields of communication theory and cryptography, as well as to successful careers in industries such as: information security, IT consultancy, banking and finance, higher education and telecommunications. Our mathematics postgraduates have taken up roles such as: Principal Information Security Consultant at Abbey National PLC; Senior Manager at Enterprise Risk Services, Deloitte & Touche; Global IT Security Director at Reuters; and Information Security Manager at London Underground.
The campus Careers team will be on hand to offer advice and guidance on your chosen career. The University of London Careers Advisory Service runs regular, tailored sessions for mathematics students, on finding summer internships or vacation employment and getting into employment.
Risks emerging from the cyber-sphere are a global and national concern, so studies in cyber security are critical within industry and government. The MSc in Cyber Security gives focus to the strategic deployment and implementation of cyber security strategies.
This course is designed for those wishing to develop or advance a career as a cyber security professional, or those seeking to take a leading technical or managerial role in an organisation that is critically dependent on data and information communication technology. The programme is suitable for those from a computer science or information technology education background, or those with no formal studies in computer science but who can demonstrate significant interest in cyber security.
The course covers all aspects of cyber security, including network, computer and information security. You will learn the most important technical concepts of security, such as encryption, intrusion detection, penetration testing, access control, digital forensics and investigation, risk management, security governance and network security. Alongside this, the course focuses on the business context, so that students can progress their careers more rapidly.
Each module is delivered in a one week block of lectures, tutorials and seminars. Assessment is through coursework, essays and case studies.
Our purpose-built School of Computing and Technology hosts a dedicated cyber security lab where students can practice their skills in a digitally protected environment, with an isolated network. The centre also has breakout areas for workshop sessions, and the latest computing and technology software.
The university has many links with the cyber security industry, which have informed curriculum development and have helped to ensure that our students develop the skills are those needed the most. These relationships also support opportunities for research.
Each module is delivered in a one week block of lectures, tutorials and seminars. This means that it is easy to fit learning around work and personal commitments.
A wide range of career opportunities are available on successful completion of your MSc, including security analyst, cyber security consultant or chief technical officer.
Whether you are an engineering student or engineering professional, this course will equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to pursue or enhance your career in the IoT industry. The course will also appeal to aspiring entrepreneurs that are keen on starting their own IoT ventures.
This MSc will help you explore a range of technical fields, such as computing, electronics, telecommunications, computer networks, informatics, data analytics, cyber security, and software engineering.
The City, University of London Internet of Things with Entrepreneurship MSc will help you:
The UK Government allocated £40 million in IoT research in the 2015 budget, calling it "the next stage of the information revolution, connecting up everything from urban transport to medical devices to household appliances.”*
You may apply for competitive three- to six-month placements offered by the informal industry advisory group, at the discretion of the companies involved. These currently include a wide range of IoT companies, including LG Electronics, CGI, Tivital.
Academic staff from City’s Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering will deliver modules on this MSc. The Entrepreneurship module will be delivered by the Cass Business School.
The taught modules consist of lectures, tutorials, and laboratory coursework. Lectures will provide you with a solid theoretical understanding of relevant technical and business fields. Tutorials and labs give you opportunities for practical training and experience in each subject.
The programme focuses on a group and individual design project given by the informal industry advisory board or based on your own idea. A project fair at the beginning of the programme will disseminate project ideas and allow you to network with other students and industry advisors.
A Starter Weekend offered by Cass Business School will acquaint you with business plans and inspire new ventures. At the end of the programme, selected individual projects will compete as new ventures, which will be judged but not marked.
Various technical and business seminars will be held throughout the programme, approximately monthly. These seminars will be given mostly by industry professionals to reinforce knowledge in support of the group and individual design projects.
The design project/dissertation aims to provide you with the opportunity to deal with problems in areas where new subject knowledge is required. This involves literature search, assessment of the relevance of previous work, the development of the design task, self-directed research, and the presentation of results.
Assessment of the programme modules comprises written examinations and laboratory coursework. Each individual module coursework is combined with the written module examination to provide an overall module mark.
The Group Design Project will be assessed through an interim group report and a final group report, viva, and poster session.
The Individual Project is assessed primarily through a dissertation, but with contributions from an interim report, work carried out during the project period and oral examination.
Assessment criteria and grade-related criteria will be made available to you via programme handbooks, module specifications, on the virtual learning environment or attached to a specific assessment task.
In order to pass the course, you should complete successfully or be exempted from the relevant modules and assessments and acquire the required number of credits. You will also need to pass each part of the programme in order to progress to the following part.
The pass mark for each module is 50% for both coursework and examination combined.
This MSc is uniquely oriented around practical design projects, guided by an informal industry advisory group of IoT companies, including LG Electronics, CGI and Tivital.
The programme is made up of four core modules, two elective modules, and a final individual project. One of the core modules is a group design project, which will feed into the final individual project of your choice. Also, unique to this programme, another core module on entrepreneurship will be delivered by the Cass Business School on new product development and ventures.
The programme follows a normal 12-month pattern with two terms of taught modules followed by a four-month individual design project/dissertation. The electives are studied in the second term. The third term is reserved for the final individual project. Electronic equipment and labs will be made available for projects.
IoT is about the interconnection of smart "things", combining sensing, processing, communications, and data analysis for a broad range of everyday applications. The course covers the study, design, and development of "things" based on these technologies:
You will learn and apply technologies to design and create your own product that will contribute to the growing IoT industry. By engaging with representatives from industrial partners during the programme, you can develop your knowledge and skills for real-world applications.
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is the major technology influencing all aspects of our life, health, entertainments and society. As a graduate of this course, your skills and knowledge will open up opportunities in a range electronic communications fields that include the Internet, covering:
After your MSc studies, this course will also provide you with opportunities for further study, leading to a PhD.