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Information Security MSc

Course Description

Course in brief

The Digital Age is dependent on software systems that support the full spectrum of human activity, from real-time banking transactions to the operation of critical infrastructures such as transportation, power and telecommunications.

Securing these systems is of strategic importance to industry and government, increasing the demand for graduates who have the knowledge and skills to support their engineering and maintenance.

The course is developed in consultation with individuals from the Information Risk Management and Assurance Group of BCS and various commercial organisations.

Taught modules are mostly delivered by researchers, who contribute to international research literature, ensuring that the course is relevant and up-to-date. Underpinned by a strong foundation in research, you will benefit from learning the technical skills and knowledge needed to practice on real-world problems throughout the course, equipping you with the expertise needed in systems engineering and network security.

You will have the opportunity to engage with research activities and projects that are relevant to the latest industry challenges. You will also have the chance to attend professional networking events, take part in hacker sessions and meetings of the Secure and Dependable Software Systems (SenSe) group, which feature talks from leading researchers, government agencies, local businesses and relevant societies.

Your learning will also be supported by access to facilities including computer and research laboratories, which include industry-standard software developed by our researchers at Brighton.

Course structure

Teaching methods include lectures, tutorials, workshops and guided independent study. You will build your understanding of the foundations of information security through a series of seminal books, and keep up to date with the latest developments through leading journals in the field.

The course consists of six taught modules – five core, one optional – and an independent project. The PGDip comprises the taught modules only, while the PGCert comprises three taught modules, two of which must be compulsory.

Core modules

Security and Dependability
Secure Information Systems Engineering
System and Network Security
Information Security Management
Research Methods

Optional modules

Software Architecture
Distributed System Principles
Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery in Data

Visit the Information Security MSc page on the University of Brighton website for more details!

Entry Requirements

We operate a flexible admissions policy – this means that you could receive a lower conditional offer than the typical offer, informed by our assessment of your complementary non-academic achievements and experiences.For courses that require interview or portfolio review, this may also be considered in the level of any conditional offer that follows if your application is successful.Degree and/or experience:Honours degree at 2:1 or above, or equivalent work experience.For non-native speakers of English:IELTS 6.5 overall, with 6.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in the other elements.

Course Fees

UK/EU (full-time) £5,580, International (full-time): £13,840

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