Information and Network Security

Course contact

Prof. Jose M. Alcaraz Calero / Dr. Zeeshan Pervez
0800 027 1000 (44 141 849 4101 outwith UK)


  • School of Engineering and Computing

Qualifications and durations

MSc 1 year full-time or 3 years part-time


Start date(s)

  • January 2017

Tuition Fees

Additional costs
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This highly specialist postgraduate programme is designed to teach security aspects of information and networks to combat 21st century cyber threats.
Bachelor Honours Degree (2.2 or above) in Computing or Networking (or closely related disciplines such as Computer Science and Telecommunications) from a UK academic institute or an equivalent 4-year international degree qualification. Considering the relevance of this programme to Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) sector, applicants may also be considered with other academic, vocational or professional qualifications in compliance to University’s Recognition of Prior Learning guidelines. International students must meet the minimum requirement of English language.
The programme focuses on developing practical and hands-on skills underpinned by theoretical knowledge of the analysis, design and development of solutions for modern day technologies of the internet-of-things, cloud computing, mobile/virtual networks, new generation of communication systems, and data driven services. It is important to protect networks from both internal and external threats; however, with the adoption of cloud computing, next-generation communication systems, and bring-your-own-devices it is becoming increasingly important to simultaneously protect network infrastructure, services and information. The MSc Information and Network Security is a research-informed programme designed to build upon computing and networking expertise and focuses on the understanding and development of information and network security solutions that meet the increasing business requirements of modern day businesses.

Your learning

Students will study the latest trends and technologies in both information and network security, along the following specialist and supportive modules together with a MSc dissertation to obtain the MSc degree:
• Cyber Attacks
• Cyber Defense
• Data and Network Security
• Virtual Networks and Cloud Computing
• Managing Information Security
• Supportive Modules
• Ethics for IT Professionals
• Research Design and Methods
• Emerging Topics in Smart Networks

These modules are carefully selected to prepare students to make notable contributions in securing information and network resources of modern day organizations. Equipped with necessary knowledge and hand-on experience this programme will enhance the employability of students within UK and internationally.
By studying this programme students will rightly prepare themselves with practical and demonstrable skills underpinned by state-of-the-art research developments and theoretical knowledge to combat twenty first century cyber attackers. With ever increasing cyber threats faced by the organizations around the world the career prospects of MSc Information and Network Security graduates are very promising as cyber security expert, information and network security officer, cloud architect, data centre manager, data security analyst or researcher.
The risk of cyber-attacks is becoming increasingly daunting with more and more public, business and personal information converted to digital form; approximately 2,000 cyber-attacks are executed everyday around the world, causing a loss of £300bn a year to global economy – estimated by Google and McAfee - BBC Business” @ BBC -

Useful Information

  • This course is recognised by SAAS (Student Awards Agency for Scotland) for access to postgraduate loan funding towards postgraduate tuition fees and living costs. Check our website for updated financial support information.
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