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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Computer Science

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    12 months full-time; 24 months part-time

  • Course Type

    MSc

  • Course Fees

    glasgow.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/informationsecuritymsc/#

  • Last Updated

    15 January 2018

Course Content

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 this programme

  • 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.

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 positions such as:

Web Developer at Bazookas Studios.


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

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