Information Security MSc


The Information Security MSc offers a specialist programme designed to provide a fundamental understanding of information security and to convey practical engineering skills. There are good prospects for highly trained information security professionals and there is a shortage of trained personnel in this area.


Mode of study

  • Full-time 1 year (all applicants)
  • Part-time 2 years (UK/EU applicants only)

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU Full-time: £10,450
  • UK/EU Part-time: £5,400
  • Overseas Full-time: £23,000
  • Overseas Part-time: £11,600

Application date

  • All applicants: 31 July 2014

More details in Application section.


What will I learn?

Students develop an advanced knowledge of information security and an awareness of the context in which information security operates in terms of safety, environmental, social and economic aspects. They gain a wide range of intellectual, practical and transferable skills, enabling them to develop a flexible professional career in IT.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

UCL Computer Science is recognised as a world leader in teaching and research, and was one of the top rated departments in the UK government's recent research assessment exercise.

This MSc is taught by academics who conduct world-leading research, most notably in cryptography and human-centred approaches to security, privacy and trust. Access to industrially led projects and guest lecturers from academia and industry will enhance post-graduation opportunities for careers in security-related research, or employment in cyber security roles. Students from the degree won the first UK cyber security challenge in code cracking in 2013.

UCL's central London location enables students to enjoy the full benefits of life in a vibrant world city with easy access to excellent scientific and cultural centres.


Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of four core modules (60 credits), four optional modules (60 credits) and a research project (60 credits).

Core Modules

  • Computer Security I
  • Introduction to Cryptography
  • Research in Information Security

Options

  • Distributed Systems and Security
  • People and Security
  • Applied Cryptography
  • Computer Security II
  • Information Security Management
  • Language Based Security
  • Relevant options from other MSc degree programmes

Dissertation/report

All MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation (maximum length of 120 pages) and an oral presentation.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, problem classes, tutorials, laboratory classes and projects. Assessment is through written examinations, presentations, vivas, tests, coursework, written reports, formal presentations and the research project.

Further details available on subject website:


Funding

We are offering four MSc Excellence Scholarships worth £4,000 to UK/EU offer holders with a record of excellent academic achievement. Please note that the closing date for applying for this is 30 June 2014.

Scholarships available for this department

Brown Family Bursary

This award is based on financial need.

Childcare Support Grant

Selection based solely on financial need.

Graduate Support Bursary

For a prospective UK Master's student from under-represented background enrolling on a participating programme . Selection based solely on financial need.

Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.


Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor's degree in computer science, electrical engineering or mathematics, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Relevant work experience may also be taken into account. Mathematics graduates should provide evidence of studying courses in algorithmics and computer architecture, electrical engineering graduates should provide evidence of studying courses in algebra and algorithmics, and computer science graduates must provide evidence of studying algebra.

International equivalencies

Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements

English language proficiency level: Good

How to apply

Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

The deadline for applications is 31 July 2014.

Who can apply?

This MSc is designed to appeal to computer science, electrical engineering and mathematics graduates who wish to be involved with the security aspects of information technology. The programme is intended as a foundation to a rewarding career at the more advanced levels of information security.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Information Security at graduate level
  • why you want to study Information Security at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this programme
  • what programming experience you have
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.


Career

UCL graduates are keenly sought by the world's leading organisations. UCL Computer Science graduates are particularly valued as a result of the department's strong international reputation, strong links with industry, and ideal location close to the City of London. Our graduates secure careers in a wide variety of organisations; for example with global IT consultancies, as IT analysts with City banks, or as IT specialists within manufacturing industries.

Graduates destinations include:

  • Crédit Suisse
  • Ernst & Young
  • Google
  • National Institute for Research in Computer Science, Paris

Top career destinations for this programme

  • Ernst & Young, Security Consultant, 2011
  • Microsoft, Software Development Engineer, 2010
  • Yale University, Post-doctoral Associate, 2010

Employability

Some of the brightest alumni of the degree go on to careers in academia. The majority of our students take jobs in the software and consultancy industries, usually in a security-related role such as security standards compliance, secure software design or security consultancy. Students have the opportunity to do industrially based projects with companies such as BT and McAfee. The department is recognised as an Academic Centre of Excellence on Cyber Security and further opportunities to expand both academic and industrial contacts occur through the ACE-CS guest lecture series integrated into the course.


Next steps

Contact

Mrs Tracy Williams

T: +44 (0)20 7679 7287

Department

Computer Science

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