This MSc will equip you to become a security expert of the future, broadening your awareness and expert knowledge with in-depth, practice-oriented technical skills in cyber and information security.
Our Information Security MSc benefits from the internationally visible, high-quality research activity and multiple links with academia and industry provided by the Department of Computer Science and Surrey Centre for Cyber Security. Our course is taught by experts, and equips you with the solid theoretical background and hands-on experience demanded by the information-security sector.
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The electronic collection, transmission, processing, storage and retrieval of digital information are present in all spheres of our modern computerised society. Most existing commercial and private services can no longer be imagined without the underlying infrastructure and technology for handling the digital information. As such, protection of digital information from unauthorised access and use (as well as resilience of the underlying network infrastructure and systems to various sorts of attacks and their proactive protection against the prevalent cyber threat) has become one of the main challenges of the technological development of our society.
The science behind our Information Security MSc connects various disciplines (from computer science, electronic engineering and mathematics) and aims to design concepts, mechanisms and technologies for effective protection of digital information, communication infrastructures and computing systems.
Focused on key information security concepts, mechanisms and technologies, our MSc examines fundamental and advanced topics in important areas of modern information security, striving to achieve a balance between theoretical foundations and practical experience.
The programme consists of six compulsory (C) modules which span:
- Information security principles, challenges and goals
- Network security (incl. Internet security protocols and technologies, e.g. PKI)
- Cryptographic algorithms and protocols
- Information hiding (incl. multimedia data protection, watermarking and steganography)
- Digital forensics (incl. concepts, technologies, tools)
- Security of operating systems and software (incl. malware)
- Security of Web and mobile applications
- Security of cyber-physical systems (incl. wireless security)
- Privacy-enhancing technologies (incl. online privacy protection and anonymity)
- Human-centered and usable security, security economics
- Security applications and technologies
Teaching and assessment
Taught Masters programmes in the Department of Computer Science utilise our research-active staff in conjunction with state-of-the-art facilities. We provide a range of learning experiences, including lectures, tutorials, directed study, practical laboratories and project work, which prepare graduates for their professional life. Students of the MSc Information Security programme will have access to a modern Applied Security Lab that features modern computer infrastructure that can support a variety of security-related experiments and research activities.
We are particularly keen to develop, in all our students, a broad range of generic skills to complement the core technical or scientific competencies of their chosen subject area. Our modular programme format, coupled with the increasing use of innovative teaching and learning strategies involving e-learning, provides a flexible study environment whilst maintaining academic rigour and quality.
Our MSc in Information Security programme has been evaluated by the British Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) and awarded GCHQ-certified status. The present certification status of provisional reflects the relative recency of the programme, and full status will be sought. For more information about GCHQ certification, please visit: http://www.cesg.gov.uk/AwarenessTraining/academia/Pages/Masters-Degrees.aspx
Find out how to apply here - http://www.surrey.ac.uk/apply/postgraduate
Candidates should have a first degree in computing or cognate discipline from a UK university or the international equivalent. They should have obtained the degree at 2.2 level or higher. In exceptional circumstances, work experience may also be considered if the candidate has achieved less than a 2.2. English language requirements: IELTS minimum overall: 6.5; IELTS minimum by component: 6.0