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Information and Network Security (MSc)

Course Description

The MSc Information and Network Security aims to produce computing specialists who are able to design and maintain secure information systems and networks.

This course is designed to satisfy the demands of industry and IT providers for software developers and computing practitioners who:
- know the legal requirements of information security and are able to implement current information security standards;
- are proficient in the use of state-of–the-art principles, techniques, tools and methodologies for the design, implementation and maintenance of secure information systems;

- are able to design and maintain secure computer networks;

- can safely recover an information system or network from a successful security attack.

See the website https://www.rgu.ac.uk/computing/study-options/part-time-learning/information-and-network-security

All international students, for whom English is not their first language, must provide evidence of linguistic ability, by gaining either IELTS 6.0 or its equivalent prior to receiving an unconditional offer of a place on the course.

IELTS 6.0 or equivalent means:
•IELTS 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each of the 4 individual elements,
•TOEFL 80 overall with a 18 in reading, 17 in listening, 20 in speaking and 17 in writing,
•Pearson PTE 59 overall with a minimum of 51 in each of the 4 individual elements.

Please note, UKVI are currently not accepting TOEFL as proof of English Language for Full Time International Student Visas.

What you will study

- Computer Security
- Database Security
- System Programming and Security
- Network Management (CISCO CCNA)
- Network Security
- Web System Development
- Professional Development and Research Skills
- Project

How you will learn

Throughout the course, content is complemented by practical work, allowing you to support your theoretical development by providing real-life simulation. You will be taught through a mixture of lectures, tutorials, labs and external speakers. You will also be supported through our online virtual learning environment where you can access a wide variety of resources and other support materials.

The course will include industry sessions.

The individual project provides an opportunity for applying specialist knowledge together with analytic, problem-solving, managerial and communication skills to a particular area of interest within the secure information systems and networks. Working with the full support and guidance of an allocated project supervisor, you will be given the opportunity to propose, plan, specify, develop, evaluate, and present a substantial project.

Placements and accreditations

Students who perform particularly well during their first semester of studies will be invited to apply for a 45-week internship.


The course prepares you for a career in information and network security. Job openings include: IT security engineer, information and data security analyst, network manager, IT security developer, IT risk and fraud specialist and e-business security analyst.

Aberdeen is home to many multinational oil and gas companies and associated suppliers such as mainstream software houses, IT providers to major oil-related companies, specialist software consultancies, and venture capital start-ups.

The university is involved in a number of commercial collaborations on a local, national and international scale with organisations such as BP, British Geological Survey, Wood Group PSN, Accenture, WIPRO and many Aberdeen-based software development companies.

The course also prepares students for research careers by providing the skills necessary of an effective researcher. Suitable MSc graduates may continue to PhD programmes within the school.

If you want to find out how to apply, click here - http://www.rgu.ac.uk/applyonline

Visit the Information and Network Security (MSc) page on the Robert Gordon University website for more details!

Student Profiles

Computing Merit Scholarships - 20+ Awards

The School of Computing and Digital Media is pleased to offer a number of merit scholarships to outstanding students who wish to study an MSc course at the School either in January 2016, September 2016 or in January 2017. Please read through the following information carefully. - Number of awards in academic year 2015-16: around 25-30- Value of awards in academic year 2015-16:
Part-fee: £1,000-£2,000 per award.- Who can apply: You may be an international student or you may be a UK / EU student wishing to study on a full-cost course (a course with a fee of at least £7000 for home/EU students)- You need to complete an application form and return it to the School together with supporting documentation

Value of Scholarship(s)

£1,000-£2,000 per award


Eligible Courses:
- Software Technology with Network Management PgCert/PgDip/MSc
- IT for the Oil and Gas Industry
- Information and Network Security MSc/PgD/PgCert
- Data Science MSc/PgD/PgCert

Application Procedure

See the website

Further Information


Entry Requirements

This course is ideal for students who possess an honours degree in computing or with significant computing content. This requirement may be relaxed for candidates with significant relevant industrial experience.

Course Fees

Scottish/EU Students £3,400, Rest of UK Students £7,200, International Students £13,700

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