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Network and Information Security MSc

Network and Information Security MSc

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Information Security Computer Security Systems Computer Communications And Networking

Course type


Course Summary

This course aims to equip you with technical knowledge of current and emerging technologies and an understanding of the underlying theory of cryptography, networking and network security technologies. You will learn to assess, plan, design and develop secure and reliable networks and systems. You can combine this course with management studies. This course is a Provisionally NCSC Certified Master's and also accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT. The course is taught in a specialist data communications lab with access to the latest networking and security equipment from vendors such as Cisco, Microsoft and Clavister. Current and emerging technology will also be demonstrated by representatives from industry. You will have the option to work in one of our state-of-the-art research labs, called WMN (Wireless Multimedia and Networking). WMN is involved in EU and UK research collaborations and offers opportunities for advanced research and short-term research fellowships on completion of your MSc degree. You will gain a critical awareness of the current developments and future trends in cryptography, network security and wireless security, starting from the mathematical principles behind cryptographic algorithms and moving on to secure network protocols. As security and dependability are inextricably linked, the course also covers dependable and highly available architectures. The Management Studies route will set your technical knowledge in a management context.

Different course options

Full time | Penrhyn Road Campus | 1 year | JAN-20

Study mode

Full time


1 year

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This core module provides an overview of cryptography and various applications in information security, communication and computer science. This module deals with mathematical principles on which cryptography is based to include cryptographic algorithms, including practical examples of breaking codes. Additional techniques such as information hiding and secret sharing are progressively introduced. On successful completion of the module, students will be able to review concepts in computational number theory and their relevance for the design of secure and efficient techniques in cryptography; describe and deploy common symmetric and asymmetric encryption algorithms used as standards in modern cryptosystems; compare and contrast the properties of hash functions and attacks on them, and be familiar with their use in digital signature algorithms and their role in security protocols; explain techniques for information hiding and secret sharing, and analyse their applications in security; analyse cryptographic protocols for implementing a wide range of security requirements; and critically discuss applications of cryptography including the latest and future trends.

Tuition fees

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


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Entry requirements

Students need to have a good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject, or substantial work experience.

University information

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