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Gain a NCSC-certified MSc in Information Security by distance learning

Gain a NCSC-certified MSc in Information Security by distance learning

This NCSC-certified master's degree addresses both the technical and management aspects of cyber security. Learn about cryptography, computer and network security, and security management from one of the foremost academic security groups in the world.

By studying this degree, you will:

  • Gain the cyber security skills required for senior level careers.
  • Enhance your career prospects as a security specialist with a wide range of companies.
  • Benefit from Royal Holloway’s expertise and consulting experience.

The Information Security Group (ISG) at Royal Holloway performs cutting-edge research in many areas of information or cyber security. These include the design and evaluation of smart cards, system and mobile security, security of embedded devices and the Internet of Things, cryptography, and the integration of security techniques. The ISG was awarded a Queen's Anniversary Prize in 1998 and became an Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research in the UK in 2012. It also hosts a Centre for Doctoral Training in Cyber Security, one of just two in the UK.

The MSc in Information Security was one of the first distance learning courses in cyber security to receive GCHQ certification. This is now certified by the National Cyber Security Centre in the UK (NCSC).

Career Prospects

This degree will help you gain the cyber security skills required for senior level careers by focusing on principles and best management techniques. The expertise and consulting experience at Royal Holloway ensures that the degree remains commercially relevant to the marketplace. Our graduates can be found in many organisations, ranging from large financial institutions and consultancies through to technology and research-oriented organisations. They also act as security specialists within a wide range of companies.

Your time commitment

This programme is offered online, enabling you to fit your studies around work and family commitments. To complete in the minimum study period you will need to study 24 hours per week during the academic session (September-April). To complete the degree in four years, which is normal for those in full time employment, you will need to study about 12 hours per week over the academic session.

Excellent support

Fully supported by a Virtual Learning Environment, you will take part in online tutor-supported seminars and discussions; a virtual student cafe allows you to interact and network with other students.

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