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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 Masters in Information Security is a specialist version of the MSc (Computing Science) which will provide you with a thorough grounding in computational aspects of information security together with experience of conducting a substantial development or research project focussed on Information Security techniques, preparing you for responsible positions in the Information Security and IT industries.

Why this programme

  • The School of Computing Science is ranked 7th in the UK (Complete University Guide 2020).
  • 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

  • PROGRAMMING AND SYSTEMS DEVELOPMENT (H)
  • RESEARCH AND PROFESSIONAL SKILLS (M)
  • INTRODUCTION TO DATA SCIENCE AND SYSTEMS (M)
  • ENTERPRISE CYBER SECURITY (M)
  • CYBER SECURITY FUNDAMENTALS (M)
  • CYBER SYSTEM FORENSICS (M)
  • CRYPTOGRAPHY AND SECURE DEVELOPMENT (M)
  • SAFETY-CRITICAL SYSTEMS DEVELOPMENT (M)
  • HUMAN-CENTRED SECURITY (M)
  • MSC PROJECT FOR COMPUTING SCIENCE+

Optional courses: choose one from

  • ADVANCED NETWORKING AND COMMUNICATIONS (H)
  • ADVANCED SYSTEMS PROGRAMMING (M)
  • CONSTRAINT PROGRAMMING (M)
  • BIG DATA: SYSTEMS, PROGRAMMING, AND MANAGEMENT (M)
  • HUMAN COMPUTER INTERACTION DESIGN AND EVALUATION (M)
  • INFORMATION RETRIEVAL (M)
  • INTERNET TECHNOLOGY (M)
  • MOBILE HUMAN-COMPUTER INTERACTION (M)
  • RECOMMENDER SYSTEMS (M)
  • ROBOTICS FOUNDATIONS (H)
  • PROGRAMMING LANGUAGES (H)
  • WEB SCIENCE (M)

Please note the availability of optional courses is dependent on staff availability and timetabling constraints.

Programme alteration or discontinuation

The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student contract.

Career prospects

You will be well qualified for responsible software development positions, not only in the IT sector but also in many other sectors such as education, engineering, health services, financial services, government, manufacturing, retail, and transport. Expertise in information security is particularly prized by employers. You will also be well qualified to proceed to a PhD in computing science.

Graduates of this programme have gone on to responsible information security and software developer positions.

More Information on this Programme


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

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