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Course content

The Digital Age is dependent on software systems that support the full spectrum of human activity, from real-time banking transactions to the operation of critical infrastructures such as transportation, power and telecommunications.

Securing these systems is of strategic importance to industry and government, increasing the demand for graduates who have the knowledge and skills to support their engineering and maintenance.

The course is developed in consultation with individuals from the Information Risk Management and Assurance Group of BCS and various commercial organisations.

Taught modules are mostly delivered by researchers, who contribute to international research literature, ensuring that the course is relevant and up-to-date. Underpinned by a strong foundation in research, you will benefit from learning the technical skills and knowledge needed to practice on real-world problems throughout the course, equipping you with the expertise needed in systems engineering and network security.

You will have the opportunity to engage with research activities and projects that are relevant to the latest industry challenges. You will also have the chance to attend professional networking events, take part in hacker sessions and meetings of the Secure and Dependable Software Systems (SenSe) group, which feature talks from leading researchers, government agencies, local businesses and relevant societies.

Your learning will also be supported by access to facilities including computer and research laboratories, which include industry-standard software developed by our researchers at Brighton.

Course structure

Teaching methods include lectures, tutorials, workshops and guided independent study. You will build your understanding of the foundations of information security through a series of seminal books, and keep up to date with the latest developments through leading journals in the field.

The course consists of six taught modules – five core, one optional – and an independent project. The PGDip comprises the taught modules only, while the PGCert comprises three taught modules, two of which must be compulsory.

Core modules:

Security and Dependability
Secure Information Systems Engineering
System and Network Security
Information Security Management
Research Methods

Optional modules:

Software Architecture
Distributed System Principles
Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery in Data


You will have access to a suite of computer laboratories that are equipped with modern PCs and industry-standard software. Technicians are available for immediate assistance during the labs' extensive opening hours.

You will also have access to the two research labs of the Secure and Dependable Software Systems (SenSe) group, the security lab and the Internet of Things lab. These facilities include industry-standard software developed by researchers at Brighton, including tools to analyse the security and privacy of software systems.


There is a huge demand for information security specialists across the world. According to the 2015 Global Information Security Workforce Study, there will be a 1.5 million shortfall in the next five years, while the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook predicts that the demand for information security professionals will increase by 100,000 jobs in the next seven years.

The salary for information security professionals has the potential to be the highest in the sector. The Robert Half 2015 salary guide concluded that the highest paid job in technology is that of the Chief Information Security Officer, which averages between £97,500 and £145,250.

Visit the Information Security - MSc page on the University of Brighton website for more details!





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