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MSc Information Security

Course Description

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.

Visit the website http://www.surrey.ac.uk/postgraduate/information-security


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:


Find out how to apply here - http://www.surrey.ac.uk/apply/postgraduate

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

(Student Profile)

Andy Smith

After my Computer Science BSc, I stayed on at Surrey to take up an MSc in Internet Computing. I’ve always had an interest in the internet and related ever-evolving technologies, and wanted to expand my knowledge just that little bit more before stepping onto the career ladder, plus the campus and staff are lovely here – Surrey feels like home to me.

You’re well supported when you come to Surrey. I have fortnightly meetings with my dissertation supervisor, who guides me through my project, keeping me on track. Lecturers, too, make themselves available outside of seminars and respond quickly to emails.

Some of my favourite modules include Agile Web Development and Enterprise Systems Development as they both focus on current technologies for building dynamic applications, and in terms of facilities, both Windows and Linux computers are available for use at any time, which is extremely useful.

You’ll get the opportunity to network and develop links with industry on Surrey’s MSc in Internet Computing, too. We’ve had several guest lecturers visit and we’ve not only been able to ask them questions about the industry, but also make key contacts.

Outside of my studies, I’ve worked with the Head of the Department of Computing, departmental staff and course representatives to organise the annual departmental sports day. I also received the chance to DJ for 1,000 students in the Students’ Union nightclub during my MSc, which was a massive personal highlight for me.

I feel like my degree has not only given me extensive internet computing knowledge which will be useful in my career, but also important skills including project management, time-keeping and professional communication. I’ve been lucky enough to have been offered my dream job already; I’m looking forward to starting as a Graduate Developer for the BBC after my course ends.

(Student Profile)

Marios Shiatis

One of the things I liked most about Surrey was the opportunity to talk and exchange ideas with lecturers, which really inspired me and helped me to succeed in my career.

I currently work for Cyprus Research and Innovation Center (CyRIC) and previously worked as a Software Developer at Qobo as part of a team that develops Cloud, Web and Android Applications, taking on tasks such as implementing web services that transmit information among systems or developing extensions on popular web platforms.

I would advise anyone who wants to develop their ability as a software developer to consider studying at Surrey.

The Masters course I took – MSc Internet Computing (now replaced by an updated course, MSc Information Computing) – helped me develop my programming skills rapidly across the most popular web frameworks such as Spring MVC and Django.

Demanding modules like Cloud Computing and Collective Intelligence really give you the opportunity to push your boundaries and advance your coding abilities.

The course enables you to get familiar with all the new technologies in the field, preparing you to face the challenges of a demanding working environment.


Discounts for Surrey graduates - No. of awards TBC

If you are a self-funded UK, EU or international student who has studied for an undergraduate degree at the University of Surrey campus in Guildford, you could be eligible for a ten per cent discount on our taught postgraduate Masters programme fees. This scheme is for applicable to Postgraduate Taught entry students only and is reviewed annually.Students who graduated in 2013 are eligible, as well as alumni from previous years, on receipt of evidence of the award from Surrey and where we can identify that you actually studied in Guildford. Students from SII-DUFE are eligible for this scheme.Associated Institution students are not eligible. Not available to modular self-pacing students.

Value of Scholarship(s)

10% tuition fee discount


Self-funded UK, EU or international student who has studied for an undergraduate degree at the University of Surrey campus in Guildford

Application Procedure

If you have any enquiries regarding this matter please contact the Student Fees and Funding Office on [email protected]


GREAT Surrey Scholarships India - 6 Awards

Funded by the University and the UK government’s GREAT Britain campaign, up to six scholarships worth £5,000 (paid in the form of a fee discount) are being offered on postgraduate taught courses from the following subjects:- Chemical and Process Engineering
- Chemistry
- Civil and Environmental Engineering
- Computer Science
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering
- Environment and Sustainability
- Mathematics
- Mechanical Engineering Sciences
- PhysicsWHO CAN APPLY?You can apply for a GREAT Surrey Scholarship if:- You hold a high first-class degree from an Indian university (the minimum requirement is 65 per cent from a prestigious university or 70 per cent from a regional university).
- You hold an offer from Surrey to study any MSc course within the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, as listed above (you must hold an offer before submitting an application for a scholarship)

Value of Scholarship(s)



The GREAT Scholarship – India programme is aimed at high-calibre Indian students who want to study for a postgraduate programme in engineering.

Application Procedure

To apply, you will need to complete the online form - http://www.surrey.ac.uk/content/great-scholarships-india-2016

Further Information


Entry Requirements

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

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