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Course content

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 2nd in Scotland (Complete University Guide 2019).
  • The MSc in Computing Science is accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS) and the Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET).
  • Our specialist MSc graduates in Computing Science, Software Engineering and Information Security are recognised by the British Computer Society (BCS), the Chartered Institute for IT, for the purposes of fully meeting the further learning academic requirement for registration as a Chartered IT Professional (CITP Further Learning) and partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Scientist (CSci). These programmes have also been awarded the Euro-Info Master Label.
  • 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

And at least four of the following:

Optional courses

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

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.

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.


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

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