What will I learn?

The course

Our two-year Information Security programme with a year in industry will equip you with the knowledge and skills you need to join the rapidly expanding field of information security. We will prepare you to work at the forefront of some of the most exciting developments in 21st century technology. You will gain first-hand experience of working in professional teams and applying your academic studies to real-world problems and scenarios. The mass creation, transmission and storage of electronic data is one of the defining features of our age. Whilst the associated technologies bring us untold benefits, they also expose us to threats that require the specialist skills and experience of cyber security experts.

Our postgraduate Information Security programmes were the first of their kind in the world. They are certified by GCHQ, the UK Government Communications Headquarters, and led by academics and industrial partners in one of the largest and most established Information Security Groups in the world. Our groundbreaking ISG is a UK Academic Centre of Excellence for research and home to an Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Centre for Doctoral Training in Cyber security.

In year 1 you will learn about cryptography, fraud detection, system security, network security, device security and all the technical, legal and commercial aspects of the industry, including how security itself should be managed. Your second year will include a full-time work placement, which will attract a salary and be assessed towards your final degree. On returning to campus you will complete a supervised dissertation on a topic of your choice. If you decide not to complete the second year you can revert to the standard MSc Information Security (1221) and complete your dissertation a year early to graduate at the end of year 1.

Our academic staff are renowned specialists in the field, with backgrounds in computer science, engineering, mathematics, statistics and social sciences. You will have access to our virtualisation software for experimenting with network security settings and ideas, as well as our Penetration Testing Laboratory and industry-sponsored Smart Card Centre.

We offer a friendly, supportive learning environment and you will have a dedicated personal advisor to guide you through your studies. The skills you gain will provide a solid foundation if you wish to progress to a PhD. Our graduates are in demand for their cutting-edge grasp of the field, their first-hand work experience, and their transferable skills such as data handling, analysis, problem solving, research, time management, team working, self-motivation and professionalism.

  • You will join a worldwide network as one of over 4,000 alumni information security professionals
  • Equip yourself with the knowledge and skills to work at a high level in the information security industry or pursue further postgraduate research.
  • Benefit from first-hand experience of the world of work during your assessed year in industry.
  • Our strong ties with industry mean we understand the needs of employers and our curriculum will ensure that you are well prepared for employment.

Your future career

Your year in industry will set you apart when it comes to applying for jobs in the information security industry. By the end of the two years you will have the ideal basis for forging a successful, high-level career or moving on to further postgraduate research. You will have an advanced knowledge and understanding of the latest breakthroughs and techniques, as well as key challenges and opportunities in the field. You will also have first-hand experience of applying your skills to real-world scenarios in the world of work.

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Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
£25,600.00 (US$ 35,006) per year
This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

Royal Holloway, University of London

Egham,

Surrey,

TW20 0EX, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students who have Masters degree in an appropriate subject with good grades/GPA from a reputable university will be considered for entry to a Royal Holloway MPhil/PhD programme. Exact requirements will depend upon the programme, but most departments will ask for a GPA of between 3.0 and 3.2/4.0. IELTS: 6.5 overall. No subscore lower than 6.0.

For international students

Students need to have 2:2 UK Honours degree or equivalent. Normally we require a UK 2:2 (Honours) or equivalent. Students without the required first degree but with appropriate industrial experience will also be considered. Students need to have: IELTS: 6.5 overall. No subscore lower than 5.5; TOEFL iBT: 88 overall, with Reading 18 Listening 17 Speaking 20 Writing 17.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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About Royal Holloway

Located among 135 acres of beautiful Surrey parkland, Royal Holloway, University of London is a world-class research institution.

  • Research is top 25 in the UK (Research Excellence Framework)
  • Located on a beautiful 135-acre parkland.
  • Ranked 34th best UK university (Times Higher Education 2020)
  • Just 19 miles from central London

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