The Programme aims to develop research-based practice in professionals working within the Information Security area. As a result of the rapid growth in both the availability of global information structures (e.g. internet) and the number of users, information security professionals are facing major challenges to provide services that are accessible and yet safe. Keeping business channels flexible and easy to use whilst guarding against the e-criminal is the on-going project.
The IT and Internet Law module provides a background to governance of the technology and the humans who use it whilst Seizure and Examination of Computer Systems provides a response platform for situations where potentially a crime has been committed.
The Professional Doctorate in Information Security believes research is fundamental to maintaining this balance between access and safety. Applied Research Tools and Techniques provides a basis to develop in the student a sophisticated toolset of research techniques. This is augmented in Research Methods for Technologists with highly specialised approaches.
There are three modules tailored to link the student’s workplace with their research-based learning: Work-based Planning, Work-based Practice and Project Portfolio.
The Research Conference module is designed to encourage more reflective, innovative ways of presenting research findings and responding to feedback.
The Research Thesis, lasting over 3 years, connects the research, student work experience and the challenges faced by modern technological infrastructures.
The Programme is currently unique in offering a professional doctoral qualification in the expanding but still relatively modern area of information security. Most of the Programme is based on negotiated learning, where students construct research-based learning around their interests and life experience. Three of the modules are purely workplace-focussed and will require tutors visiting the student and their employer.
All students admitted to the Programme must have at least recent 5 years in a senior position within the information security area and on entry be employed in the same discipline.The normal entry requirement for the degree of PhD via MPhil registration or Professional Doctorate is a first or upper second class Honours degree of a United Kingdom Higher Education Institution, or a qualification which is regarded by Research Degrees Subcommittee as equivalent to such (e.g. a verifiable overseas qualification).