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About the course

In a forever expanding digital age, protecting our data is of vital importance.

Our MSc Information Security course sits within our renowned Department of Computer Science and our outstanding Surrey Centre for Cyber Security. Your teaching will be informed by excellent and internationally-visible research, and you will benefit from our strong links with academia and industry.

This course is fully certified by the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) and taught by leading experts in cybersecurity. It will equip you with the theoretical knowledge and hands-on experience necessary to pursue a successful career in information security.

What you will study

Protecting digital information from unauthorised access and use, and ensuring the resilience of supporting network infrastructure and

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Entry Requirements

A minimum of a 2:2 UK honours degree in either Computer Science, Electrical or Electronic Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, related disciplines with demonstrable exposure to programming and mathematics, or other alternative subjects related to data analysis, data science or informatics, or a recognised equivalent international qualification. We'll also consider relevant work experience if you don't meet these requirements.

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Student Profile(s)

Arati Gurung

1779.jpg After a Bachelors degree in Computer Engineering from Pokhara Engineering College, Nepal, I started my career as a Java programmer in a software company. A deep passion for knowledge inspired me to undertake an MSc in Information Systems. The course provides a blend of technical and managerial skills relevant to today’s business market.

Surrey’s academic reputation and status as a research-led institution confirmed my belief in the University. I think that people stay in education to evolve their knowledge base or to increase their career prospects. In my case, it was both.

Graduating from Surrey is a matter of great pride for me. A Surrey degree combined with my past work experience make me confident of finding a job in the UK. The University is a home away from home. Although I am thousands of miles away from Nepal, I have been able to quench my thirst for knowledge in a safe and friendly community.

Surrey is a melting pot for thousands of students coming from different parts of the world with one goal – to enhance their academic knowledge. The teaching staff throughout the Department of Computing and the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences are second to none.

Without their guidance and support, I would not have achieved all that I have. It’s a pleasure to have such enthusiastic staff at the University of Surrey.

George Kapetanios

"I received my bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Crete in Greece. I’m now studying an MSc in Information Systems within Surrey’s Department of Computer Science.

"I’m passionate about developing software and have a real desire to see the managerial and theoretical side of computing. Deciding to come to Surrey to study Information Systems was a natural choice for me as it’s one of the best universities in the UK, and I thought that the Department’s research fields and range of modules will give me an edge over other candidates from other universities. I was a bit terrified at first at coming to a new country, but as I got to know my colleagues, who were wonderful, and with the warm welcome that I received from staff and lecturers, Surrey started to feel like home in no time.

"Some of my favourite modules include ‘Information Security Management’, ‘Challenges for Computing Professionals’ and ‘Project Management and Business Strategy’. The project management module enabled me to participate in the organisation and execution of a conference and I even got to meet an IBM project manager and chat with him, one-to-one.

"I’ve regular meetings with my supervisor regarding the progress of my dissertation. I’m extremely grateful for their availability, willingness to answer questions and also want to stress that it’s not just the supervisors who are good at communication – all lecturers within the Department are more than happy to chat and discuss the subject with you.

"As for the future, I could either take a PhD to progress in university teaching, or apply my knowledge within specific companies. I’m in a great position as Surrey has prepared me well for a career in academia or industry. Acting as the course’s representative also enabled me to represent my colleagues and improve my people skills."

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.


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