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Information Security MSc (PGDip PGCert)

Information Security MSc (PGDip PGCert)

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Information Security

Course type


Course Summary

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 option – and an independent project. The PGDip comprises the taught modules only, while the PGCert comprises three taught modules, two of which must be compulsory.


There is a huge demand for information security specialists across the world. According to the 2015 Global Information Security Workforce Study, there will be a 1.5 million shortfall in the next five years, while the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook predicts that the demand for information security professionals will increase by 100,000 jobs in the next seven years.

Students will also exit with Pgdip/Pgcert.

Different course options

Full time | Moulsecoomb Campus | 13 months | SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


13 months

Start date



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

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Degree and experience Normally an honours degree at 2:2 in a related subject or relevant work experience.

University information

Located on England’s beautiful south coast, the University of Brighton is a busy multi-campus university with a diverse body of over 3,800 postgraduate students. The university offer over 200 postgraduate courses, many accredited by professional bodies, and most providing flexible study options so that students can balance their studies with other commitments. The University was awarded silver in the Teaching Excellence Framework 2017. The...more