Information and Network Security

Course contact

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 and September

Tuition Fees

Additional costs
Please note that for some programmes of study there may be additional costs involved which are not included in the tuition fee advertised. These could be, for example, for study materials, fields trips or equipment. Programme leaders will be able to provide detail of any additional costs.

This highly specialist postgraduate programme is designed to teach security aspects of information and networks to combat 21st century cyber threats. Accordingly to PwC* Information Security Breaches Survey commissioned by HM Government: 90% of large organisations and 74% of small and medium-sized enterprises reported to have suffered from information security breach.

MSc Information and Network Security is designed for students, professionals and researchers who would like to pursue a career in the growing market of cybersecurity. This programme prepares graduates with technical skills and state of the-art knowledge to secure digital resources and network infrastructure of organisations ranging from small and medium-sized to large enterprises.

The modules in this programme are carefully designed by the academic team having industry and research experience. The team carefully considered the cybersecurity trends and job requirements within UK/EU and international market to ensure graduates of this programme are adequately skilled for the job market. Modules like Cyber Security, Cyber Defense, Data & Network Security, and Virtual Network & Cloud Computing are carefully planned covering topics which are research-informed and well aligned with employers’ expectations from a graduate pursuing a career specifically in cybersecurity and generally in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry.

*PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) is a multinational professional services network in 157 countries and 756 locations. It is the second largest professional services firm in the world - (2015 Information Security Breaches Survey; Technical Report Survey conducted by PwC)

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.

For more information on language and recognition of prior learning please refer to the following links:
Entry & English Language Requirements
Academic Credit & Awards
MSc Information and Network Security focuses on developing practical and hands-on skills underpinned by theoretical knowledge of the analysis, design and development of security solutions for modern day technologies of internet-of-things, cloud computing, mobile/virtual networks, software defined networks, and data driven services.

The course content of this programme is carefully divided into four categories of Knowledge and Hands-on Skills, Supporting Knowledge and Competences, New Research Developments, and Application of Knowledge and Skills. In each of these categories students will gain state-of-the-art knowledge, practical experience and continuous professional development supporting their career and make notable contribution in the growing area of cybersecurity or generally in ICT.

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 an MSc dissertation to obtain the MSc degree:

Knowledge and Hands-on Skills:

  • Cyber Attacks [20 credits]
  • Cyber Defense [20 credits]
  • Data and Network Security [20 credits]
  • Virtual Networks and Cloud Computing [20 credits]
Supporting Knowledge and Competences
  • Managing Information Security [10 credits]
  • Ethics for IT Professionals [10 credits]
  • Research Design and Methods [10 credits]
New Research Developments
  • Emerging Topics in Smart Networks [10 credits]
Application of Knowledge and Skills
  • Master Project [60 credits]

The following is a list of potential Master Projects that a student can take*:

  • Detecting malicious traffic flows within next generation of computer networks 
  • Securing software defined networks with honey-nets
  • Enforcing privacy models in large scale deployment of sensing devices 
  • Securing internet-of-things with block-chain technology
  • Identifying protocol anomalies in multi-tenant clouds 
  • Network function virtualization technologies for mobile base stations 
  • Enhancing security frameworks for big data applications
  • Cybersecurity techniques for modern operating systems (mobile and web)
  • Mitigating stack buffer overflows attacks on forking servers OR
  • Any topic of student’s interest which is relevant to the overarching theme of the programme 

* Students discuss their master project ideas with academic supervisors to ensure relevance with the programme and career prospects within UK/EU and international job markets. In collaboration with academic supervisors students can define their own master project based on their interests, skills, job requirements, and willingness to learn new dimensions of information and network security.

With cyber threats ever increasing, the demand of graduates with knowledge, skills and practical experience to secure information and network resources is on record high levels, yet there are fewer graduates with right skill set to fill in cybersecurity and closely related jobs.

The opportunities for MSc Information and Network Security graduates are unprecedented and highly rewarding. The average salary for Network Security jobs is £55,000*. CISCO** estimated 1 million cybersecurity jobs worldwide only in 2016. Market size of global cybersecurity is expected to gown to £138 billion by 2020***.

The career trajectory of MSc Information and Network Security graduates within UK/EU and international markets are cyber security expert, information and network security officer, cloud architect, Internet-of-Things security expect, 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

* Totaljobs Group (the average salary for Network Security jobs).
** Cisco Systems, Inc., is the largest networking company in the world (Mitigating the Cybersecurity Skills Shortage)
*** Forbes: Cybersecurity Market Reaches $75 Billion In 2015; Expected To Reach $170 Billion By 2020

Useful Information

  • Merit Scholarships available. Non-EU applicants with a minimum 2nd class upper honours degree or equivalent are invited to apply. Applicants who have succeeded despite unusual challenges are particularly encouraged to apply.

    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. 
    Students may apply for other scholarships offered by the University of the West of Scotland. Latest information can be found at 

    Course Delivery Plan
    MSc Information and Network Security is designed to support full time and part time students, professionals and researchers. The programme has to two intakes, January and September. The course content and delivery plan are carefully deigned to ensure students taking different entry points (January or September) have similar learning, development and engagement opportunities.