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MSc Information Security & Biometrics

Course Description

The Information Security and Biometrics MSc offers an advanced level of learning and provides you with a detailed understanding of the theories, concepts and techniques in the design, development and effective use of secure information systems.

Secure information systems are critically important to modern day businesses and societies. From banking systems and medical systems to power infrastructures or a simple home PC, security is vitally important as they are usually all interconnected directly or indirectly via the Internet or telephony system.

This Master’s programme combines modern engineering and technology with digital media and equips students with the skill set to develop modern security systems with an emphasis on biometric identity management. Graduates of this programme are then capable of adapting to changes in the field and of leading it in innovation.

Visit the website https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/256/information-security-biometrics

About the School of Engineering and Digital Arts

The School of Engineering and Digital Arts successfully combines modern engineering and technology with the exciting new field of digital media.

Established over 40 years ago, the School has developed a top-quality teaching and research base, receiving excellent ratings in both research and teaching assessments.

The School undertakes high-quality research that has had significant national and international impact, and our spread of expertise allows us to respond rapidly to new developments. Our 30 academic staff and over 130 postgraduate students and research staff provide an ideal focus to effectively support a high level of research activity. There is a thriving student population studying for postgraduate degrees in a friendly and supportive teaching and research environment.

We have research funding from the Research Councils UK, European research programmes, a number of industrial and commercial companies and government agencies including the Ministry of Defence. Our Electronic Systems Design Centre and Digital Media Hub provide training and consultancy for a wide range of companies. Many of our research projects are collaborative, and we have well-developed links with institutions worldwide.

Course structure

This programme is taught jointly with the School of Computing. Both schools are at the forefront of research in their areas.

The School of Engineering and Digital Arts has an excellent reputation for research in various aspects of biometrics, including individual biometric modalities, the management of complexity in biometric systems and the testing and evaluation of biometric systems; while the School of Computing has participated in the development of X.509 international standard and the first X.509 privilege management infrastructure (PMI) was built by members of this school.

This Master's programme offers an advanced level of learning by providing students with a thorough understanding of the theories, concepts and techniques for the design, development and effective use of secure information systems, and producing graduates who are capable of adapting to changes in the field and leading it in innovation.

The course is designed for practitioners, professionals and graduates with an interest in information security, access control technologies, and application domains using biometric identification and verification systems.

Programme aims

This programme aims to:

- produce graduate engineers with a broad understanding of how to provide effective information security, and how to develop and use modern security systems, with a particular emphasis on biometric identity management

- equip trained engineers with the necessary system development skills to allow them to adapt to a dynamic and fast-changing industrial environment

- provide you with proper academic guidance and welfare support

- create an atmosphere of co-operation and partnership between staff and students, and offer you an environment where you can develop your potential.


We have developed the programme with a number of industrial organisations, which means that successful students will be in a strong position to build long-term careers in this important discipline.

The School of Engineering and Digital Arts (http://www.eda.kent.ac.uk/) has an excellent record of student employability (http://www.eda.kent.ac.uk/school/employability.aspx). We are committed to enhancing the employability of all our students, to equip you with the skills and knowledge to succeed in a competitive, fast-moving, knowledge-based economy.

Graduates who can show that they have developed transferable skills and valuable experience are better prepared to start their careers and are more attractive to potential employers. Within the School of Engineering and Digital Arts, you can develop the skills and capabilities that employers seek. These include problem solving, independent thought, report-writing, time management, leadership skills, team-working and good communication.

Kent has an excellent record for postgraduate employment: over 94% of our postgraduate students who graduated in 2013 found a job or further study opportunity within six months.

Building on Kent’s success as the region’s leading institution for student employability, we offer many opportunities for you to gain worthwhile experience and develop the specific skills and aptitudes that employers value.

Find out how to apply here - https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/apply/

Visit the MSc Information Security & Biometrics page on the University of Kent website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Paul Oprea

2180.jpg As a recipient of the Ratiu Foundation Scholarship for Romanian students, I was given the privilege to come and study among UK's pioneering researchers in the field of biometrics. The scholarship that I was awarded has been an invaluable support that made it possible for me to take on this MSc programme. I am grateful to have been given this wonderful opportunity that has enriched my experience by allowing me to live and study in a foreign country.

The excellent guidance from our professors and assistants on the course made for an enjoyable, interactive and friendly learning environment and made this MSc a very pleasant experience, helping me to challenge myself, building my working knowledge of the field and consolidating my skills. Coming from an engineering background, this programme has aided me in refining my problem-solving and my programming skills and has made learning new and exciting things very enjoyable. Also, the kindness and helpfulness of EDA's staff helped me feel very welcome and gave me a sense of familiar comfort. I feel that, during my MSc programme, I have received invaluable tools and have gained the confidence in my skills that I need in order to master the challenges of the career I wish to pursue.

Apart from the academic experience, I very much enjoyed the diversity and friendliness of the social milieu that the University of Kent has to offer. During my stay here, I have met many wonderful people from all around the world wishing to study here and I have made long-lasting friendships.

(Student Profile)

Adam Gribble

2181.jpg In 2008 I graduated with my bachelor's degree in Computer Information Systems at the State University of New York in Fredonia. For the following two and a half years I worked as a system's administrator in the biometrics sector for multiple U.S. contractors. When my latest contract was completed, I decided I'd like to pursue higher learning specifically in the field of biometrics.

I'm currently in the midst of completing my Msc in Information Security and Biometrics at the University of Kent and couldn't be happier with my decision. I can't say enough about the ISB staff at Kent. Each one is incredibly knowledgeable in their field and enthusiastic about teaching. In addition to the professors, a well defined curriculum coupled with small (usually 5 to 8) class sizes have given me every opportunity to excel.

Living in Canterbury has been a life changing experience as well. Being at an international university has given me the chance to make friends from all over the world. I've also been able to continue playing basketball in the intra-university league (Go Virginia Wolves!). With London just a short train ride away, there is so much to do, see and eat that I have never been bored or hungry. It will be sad to leave but I'll take solace in the fact that I'm more than prepared for the next chapter in my life.

(Student Profile)

Raluca Vasilachi

2182.jpg Between 2007 and 2008, I have pursued the MSc program of Information Security and Biometrics at the University of Kent. After the first contact with biometric technologies, I have developed a strong interest in those and therefore put my focus on corresponding courses.

During my studies I have participated at a competition organized by Electrone, which involved writing a research paper. Mine was on "Emerging iris recognition technologies" and I won the first prize. All my study efforts paid off and I even was awarded with the “Best student of the year” for this MSc. None of those would have been possible without the extremely valuable help and guidance of the ISB’s lecturers and professors.

After my graduation, I have immediately joined Accenture Technology Labs in Sophia Antipolis (France), a dedicated technology Research & Development organization within Accenture. During my first three years at the Technology Labs, I have been actively involved in developing innovative biometric solutions such as Automated Border Clearance, multimodal matching on large scale galleries, introduction of biometric visas and resident cards, etc. Therefore, my biometric background from the University of Kent has been of invaluable help in my career.

The biometric market is expected to grow significantly during the coming years. Therefore, I encourage anyone with interest in IT security to look closer at the ISB MSc program and this exciting topic.


University of Kent Postgraduate Support Scheme 2015 - 20+ Awards

The bursaries are £10,000 each for study on a taught Master's degree programme at the University of Kent.
The bursary does not have to be repaid.
The bursary will contribute to the cost of tuition fees for the Master’s degree and any associated University charges (ie accommodation fees) with any balance awarded as a maintenance grant.
Bursaries are available for full or part-time study (over a maximum of two years).
Students must register for a taught Master’s degree programme at Kent, ie an award of LLM, MA, MSc in September 2015. Apply online.
The bursaries will be distributed in accordance with the following priority until all awards are allocated:
those who satisfy the eligibility criteria (below)
on the basis of their undergraduate degree classification (First or 2.1)
the date that all conditions of the offer are satisfied
We will aim to make the allocations by mid-July 2015
It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all necessary data has been submitted and conditions of offer are satisfied as soon as possible.
The bursary cannot be held in conjunction with other funding except in exceptional circumstances and will not be awarded with any other funding from the University of Kent, for example the Alumni Loyalty Discount or Graduate School Scholarship

Value of Scholarship(s)



“Home” fee paying & UK permanent resident; Completed a 3 year UG degree, starting in 2012, finishing in 2015. Have paid, or be responsible for repaying to Student Loans Company, the higher rate tuition fees in full;
Have achieved a First or a 2.1; Have demonstrated criteria, to include either 1 or 2 below: 1. a household income of £42,620 or lower & either a) a family home postcode in an area of low participation in higher education or b) currently be in receipt of a Disabled Students’ Allowance, 2. be a care leaver; Have made an application and been admitted for a taught Master’s degree programme at Kent.

Application Procedure

Before you can be considered for a bursary you must make an application for an eligible taught postgraduate programme at the University of Kent, and be offered a place
Consideration for a bursary will be dependent on the degree application and you are urged to make an application for a place to study as soon as possible. Further information about the scheme and the selection processes will be made available as they are agreed and it is recommended that you check this page regularly for updates.
Please note: When making an application, please note you must use your family/parental address and postcode in order for us to confirm your eligibility

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A 2.2 or higher honours degree in electronics, computing or a subject with a strong IT component. For detailed information see our English language requirements web pages (View Website).

Last Updated

10 April 2017

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