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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Information Security Computer Security Systems

Course type


Course Summary

The MSc Information Security addresses both the technical and the management aspects of cyber security. Through this degree you will: Gain cyber security skills required for senior level careers by focusing on principles and best management techniques; Benefit from Royal Holloway’s expertise and consulting experience, which ensures that the degree is up-to-date and commercially relevant; Enhance your career prospects. Our graduates work for financial institutions and consultancies, and as security specialists within a wide range of companies and R&D organisations. This course is developed by the Information Security Group at Royal Holloway, one of the foremost academic security groups in the world. The Information Security Group performs cutting-edge research in a number of areas including the design and evaluation of smart cards, system and mobile security, cryptography and the integration of security techniques.

The ISG was awarded a Queen's Anniversary Prize in 1998 for providing "a unique national resource for the training of information security specialists" and is recognised as an Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research (ACE-CSR). The MSc Information Security became one of the first distance-learning courses to receive GCHQ certification. Accredited degrees were adjudged "to provide well-defined and appropriate content, delivered to the highest standard". Our students come from a variety of backgrounds, from recent graduates to senior security managers. Graduates of the programme can be found in many organisations, ranging from large financial institutions and consultancies through to technology and research-oriented organisations. They also act as security specialists within a wide range of companies. The MSc in Information Security is also a solid foundation for postgraduate research.

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Study mode



5 years

Start date



This module will emphasise the need for good security management. Its aims are to identify the problems associated with security management and to show how various (major) organisations solve those problems.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

Fee is £14980 for 2016/17 entry. There may be a slight increase in 2017/18 entry fee.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

Fee is £14980 for 2016/17 entry. There may be a slight increase in 2017/18 entry fee.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need to have an undergraduate degree (e.g. bachelor) which is considered at least comparable to a UK second class honours degree, in a relevant discipline, from an institution acceptable to the University (a relevant discipline includes, but is not restricted to, computer science, electronics, information systems, and mathematics). Students without a degree but with appropriate industrial experience will also be considered on an individual basis.