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Information Security - MSc

Course Description

Our Masters in Information Security benefits from the internationally visible, high-quality research activity and multiple links with academia and industry of the Department of Computer Science and Surrey Centre for Cyber Security.

Our course is provisionally certified by GCHQ and taught by experts, and equips you with the theoretical grounding and hands-on experience demanded by the information-security sector.


Protecting digital information from unauthorised access and use, and ensuring the resilience of the underlying network infrastructure and systems, are key challenges for the continued technological development of our society.

The science behind our Information Security MSc connects various disciplines; from computer science, electronic engineering and mathematics, to design concepts, mechanisms and technologies for effective protection of digital information, communication infrastructures and computing systems.

Focused on key information security concepts, mechanisms and technologies, our programme examines fundamental and advanced topics in important areas of modern information security, striving to achieve a balance between theoretical foundations and practical experience.


This programme is studied full-time over one academic year and part-time over three academic years. It consists of eight taught modules and a dissertation. The following modules are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.
-Information and Network Security
-Symmetric Cryptography
-Asymmetric Cryptography
-Information Security Management
-Multimedia Security and Digital Forensics
-Secure Systems and Applications
-Information Security for Business and Government
-Project Management and Business Strategy
-Database Systems
-Cloud Computing


The programme will:
-Provide students with advanced knowledge and understanding of information security theory and concepts
-Teach foundations and methods from several information security disciplines such as data security, network security, cryptography, formal security analysis, secure systems and web applications, multimedia security, digital forensics, privacy-enhancing technologies, and human-centred security
-Teach students to apply their knowledge of scientific methods and gained information security skills in practice through lab sessions and individual dissertation projects where students will be offered an opportunity to analyse, evaluate and interpret existing information security mechanisms and/or carry out their own research activities
-Support students in carrying out their own scientific investigation under the guidance and advice of their supervisor. Students will be able to identify information security problems and find suitable information security protection mechanisms based on their skills and relevant literature sources


Knowledge and understanding
-Knowledge and understanding of the general information security aims and challenges
-Knowledge and understanding of technical and mathematical concepts and mechanisms for the protection of digital data and information
-Knowledge and understanding of technical concepts and mechanisms for securing network communications and infrastructures
-Knowledge and understanding of technical concepts and mechanisms for digital forensics
-Knowledge and understanding of technical concepts and mechanisms for the development of secure computing systems and applications
-The ability to critically evaluate information security mechanisms and technologies with respect to their functionality, security properties and application challenges
-The ability to implement or apply existing information security mechanisms and technologies in practice
-The ability to design, develop and analyse secure systems and applications by taking into account both technical and non-technical perspectives
-The ability to critically evaluate new ideas, develop own ideas and conduct supervised research in information security

Intellectual / cognitive skills
-Analyse and solve problems of technical nature under consideration of various risks and constraints
-Make effective and efficient decisions in an environment of conflicting interests
-Think strategically
-Synthesise and critically evaluate the work of others
-Apply fundamental knowledge to investigate new and emerging technologies
-Carry out an independent research investigation aiming to improve the state-of- the-art knowledge in the field

Professional practical skills
-Come up with technical solutions to a range of problems
-Use concepts and theories to make judgements on the suitability of solutions, their advantages and disadvantages
Implement mechanisms and apply them in a wider context of more complex systems
-Present their opinions and findings and to produce a high-quality report

Key / transferable skills
-The ability to communicate concepts and results in a clear and effective manner
-The time and resource management planning
-The ability to work with available resources, to collect and analyse research-oriented material


We often give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities.

In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.

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

(Student Profile)

Andy Smith

After my Computer Science BSc, I stayed on at Surrey to take up an MSc in Internet Computing. I’ve always had an interest in the internet and related ever-evolving technologies, and wanted to expand my knowledge just that little bit more before stepping onto the career ladder, plus the campus and staff are lovely here – Surrey feels like home to me.

You’re well supported when you come to Surrey. I have fortnightly meetings with my dissertation supervisor, who guides me through my project, keeping me on track. Lecturers, too, make themselves available outside of seminars and respond quickly to emails.

Some of my favourite modules include Agile Web Development and Enterprise Systems Development as they both focus on current technologies for building dynamic applications, and in terms of facilities, both Windows and Linux computers are available for use at any time, which is extremely useful.

You’ll get the opportunity to network and develop links with industry on Surrey’s MSc in Internet Computing, too. We’ve had several guest lecturers visit and we’ve not only been able to ask them questions about the industry, but also make key contacts.

Outside of my studies, I’ve worked with the Head of the Department of Computing, departmental staff and course representatives to organise the annual departmental sports day. I also received the chance to DJ for 1,000 students in the Students’ Union nightclub during my MSc, which was a massive personal highlight for me.

I feel like my degree has not only given me extensive internet computing knowledge which will be useful in my career, but also important skills including project management, time-keeping and professional communication. I’ve been lucky enough to have been offered my dream job already; I’m looking forward to starting as a Graduate Developer for the BBC after my course ends.

(Student Profile)

Marios Shiatis

One of the things I liked most about Surrey was the opportunity to talk and exchange ideas with lecturers, which really inspired me and helped me to succeed in my career.

I currently work for Cyprus Research and Innovation Center (CyRIC) and previously worked as a Software Developer at Qobo as part of a team that develops Cloud, Web and Android Applications, taking on tasks such as implementing web services that transmit information among systems or developing extensions on popular web platforms.

I would advise anyone who wants to develop their ability as a software developer to consider studying at Surrey.

The Masters course I took – MSc Internet Computing (now replaced by an updated course, MSc Information Computing) – helped me develop my programming skills rapidly across the most popular web frameworks such as Spring MVC and Django.

Demanding modules like Cloud Computing and Collective Intelligence really give you the opportunity to push your boundaries and advance your coding abilities.

The course enables you to get familiar with all the new technologies in the field, preparing you to face the challenges of a demanding working environment.


Discounts for Surrey graduates - No. of awards TBC

If you are a self-funded UK, EU or international student who has studied for an undergraduate degree at the University of Surrey campus in Guildford, you could be eligible for a ten per cent discount on our taught postgraduate Masters programme fees. This scheme is for applicable to Postgraduate Taught entry students only and is reviewed annually.Students who graduated in 2013 are eligible, as well as alumni from previous years, on receipt of evidence of the award from Surrey and where we can identify that you actually studied in Guildford. Students from SII-DUFE are eligible for this scheme.Associated Institution students are not eligible. Not available to modular self-pacing students.

Value of Scholarship(s)

10% tuition fee discount


Self-funded UK, EU or international student who has studied for an undergraduate degree at the University of Surrey campus in Guildford

Application Procedure

If you have any enquiries regarding this matter please contact the Student Fees and Funding Office on [email protected]


GREAT Surrey Scholarships India - 6 Awards

Funded by the University and the UK government’s GREAT Britain campaign, up to six scholarships worth £5,000 (paid in the form of a fee discount) are being offered on postgraduate taught courses from the following subjects:- Chemical and Process Engineering
- Chemistry
- Civil and Environmental Engineering
- Computer Science
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering
- Environment and Sustainability
- Mathematics
- Mechanical Engineering Sciences
- PhysicsWHO CAN APPLY?You can apply for a GREAT Surrey Scholarship if:- You hold a high first-class degree from an Indian university (the minimum requirement is 65 per cent from a prestigious university or 70 per cent from a regional university).
- You hold an offer from Surrey to study any MSc course within the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, as listed above (you must hold an offer before submitting an application for a scholarship)

Value of Scholarship(s)



The GREAT Scholarship – India programme is aimed at high-calibre Indian students who want to study for a postgraduate programme in engineering.

Application Procedure

To apply, you will need to complete the online form - http://www.surrey.ac.uk/content/great-scholarships-india-2016

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Candidates should have a first degree in computing or cognate discipline from a UK university or the international equivalent. They should have obtained the degree at 2.2 level or higher. In exceptional circumstances, work experience may also be considered if the candidate has achieved less than a 2.2.

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