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    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Computer Science

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  • Course Duration

    1 year full time, up to 60 months part time

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  • Last Updated

    29 November 2018

The digital revolution is changing our world in deep and lasting ways. The Internet of Things – networked devices that are capable of sensing, transmitting and acting on data to improve our quality of life – is an area of development that is widely expected to require the services of millions of new developers over the coming years. Study the Internet of Things at Royal Holloway, University of London and you’ll acquire the skills and experience you need to become a part of an exciting, fast-expanding area of computer science with excellent graduate employability prospects.

This new and exciting programme has been developed to help students break into a rapidly expanding area of computer science. A flexible programme structure lets you choose from a range of optional modules, including Programming for Data Analysis, Machine Learning, software Security and The Semantic Web.

You’ll study in a department renowned for cutting-edge,research-led teaching and be able to contribute your own findings during your Individual Project. You'll hace access to a range of advanced facilities including a laboratory for experimenting with networked physical devices, and a cluster facility for processing and analysing real data sets.

Study The Internet of Things at Royal Holloway and you’ll graduate with a Masters degree in a field with excellent graduate employability prospects. You'll develop a range of skills and knowledge that will make you a highly employable candidate to many new and established businesses.

  • Study in a highly regarded department, ranked 11th in the UK for the quality of research publications (Research Excellence Framework 2014).
  • Benefit from strong industry ties, with close proximity to ‘England’s Silicon Valley’.
  • Graduate with a Masters degree in a rapidly expanding field offering excellent graduate employability prospects.
  • Tailor your learning with a wide range of engaging optional modules.
  • Choose from a one-year programme structure or add an optional year in industry.

All taught Masters are offered with an optional paid year in industry.

Course structure

Core modules

  • Interconnected Devices
  • Data Analysis
  • Advanced Distributed Systems
  • Wireless Sensor and Actuator Networks
  • Smart Cards, RFIDs and Embedded Systems Security
  • Introduction to Information Security
  • Individual Project

Optional modules

In addition to these mandatory course units there are a number of optional course units available during your degree studies. The following is a selection of optional course units that are likely to be available. Please note that although the College will keep changes to a minimum, new units may be offered or existing units may be withdrawn, for example, in response to a change in staff. Applicants will be informed if any significant changes need to be made.

  • Visualisation and Exploratory Analysis
  • Programming for Data Analysis
  • Semantic Web
  • Intelligent Agents and Multi-Agent Systems
  • Advanced Data Communications
  • Machine Learning
  • Large-Scale Data Storage and Processing
  • On-line Machine Learning
  • Network Security
  • Computer Security (Operating Systems)
  • Security Technologies
  • Security Testing - Theory and Practice
  • Software Security
  • Introduction to Cryptography and Security Mechanisms

Teaching & assessment

Assessment is carried out by a variety of methods including coursework, practical projects and a dissertation. 

Your future career

Study The Internet of Things at Royal Holloway, University of London and you can expect excellent graduate employability prospects in an exciting, fast-expanding area of computer science. You’ll develop a wide range of transferable skills, including cybersecurity, botnet detection, cloud computing, data mining and network analytics. You’ll also benefit from Royal Holloway’s proximity to the M4 corridor – also known as ‘England’s Silicon Valley’ – offering fantastic networking and placement opportunities with some of the country’s leading tech companies. 

Recent alumni have gone on to enjoy rewarding careers in areas such as financial analytics and Big Data and some have gone on to do a PhD. The Department of Computer Science is located within easy reach of our College Careers service, providing you with help, support and advice regarding the next steps in your career.

  • 90% of Royal Holloway graduates in work or further education within six months of graduating.
  • Strong industry ties help to provide placement and networking opportunities with some of the country’s leading institutions.
  • On-site College Careers Service provides help and support for students. 

Visit the The Internet of Things - MSc page on the Royal Holloway, University of London website for more details!




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