Information and Network Security
Duration & study mode
1 year full-time, typically 2 years part-time
Engineering & Computing
Course starting dates
Paisley: January, September
Our MSc in Information & Network Security has been awarded a number of Key Skills Funded Scholarship places from the Scottish Funding Council (SFC).
These scholarships cover the cost of the tuition fees and were awarded on a first come, first served basis to applicants who are normally eligible for SAAS funding.
Our specialist MSc Information and Network Security course teaches security aspects of information and networks to combat 21st century cyber threats.
You will develop practical and hands-on skills, underpinned by theoretical knowledge of the analysis, design and development of solutions for modern day technologies of the internet.
The course content of this programme is 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.
We welcome Scottish, UK and international students and consider all applicants on an individual basis.
Don’t worry if your qualifications are not listed here, we take a range of factors into account when assessing your application and are happy to consider other alternative combinations of qualifications and experience
If you are applying with an EU or non-EU qualification, please check our Postgraduate Entry Requirements page which gives more information about country-specific entry requirements.
You will normally possess a 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 course to Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) sector, you may also be considered with other academic, vocational or professional qualifications in compliance with the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning guidelines.
For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. The qualifications below must have been gained within two years of the start of your course.
General English language requirements at UWS: International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)
All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:
For our research degrees (MRes, MPhil, PhD, DBA, DProf), applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:
For Health, Nursing & Midwifery courses that lead to professional registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:
For our Certificate of Higher Education courses, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:
TOEFL IBT*: 78; no sub-test less than:
* Please note that TOEFL is still acceptable for admission to this programme for both home/EU and international students.
For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use TOEFL to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level courses. We therefore still accept TOEFL tests taken in the last two years for admission to this programme.
West African Senior School Certificate of Education (WASSCE) including acceptance of WAEC Scratchcard*
*UWS will accept a WAEC scratchcard confirming that an applicant has achieved C6 or above as evidence of meeting English language requirement from Nigeria if the student graduated within the last 5 years. After 5 years applicants would be required to provide the WAEC Certificate.
Applicants who do not meet the minimum English language requirements have the option to study one of our preparatory and pre-sessional English courses. The UWS courses available are:
Our MSc Information and Network Security course is research-informed. It will build upon your computing and networking expertise which focuses on the understanding and development of information and network security solutions that meet the increasing business requirements of businesses today.
Our course content is carefully divided into four categories of:
In each of these categories you will gain state-of-the-art knowledge, practical experience and continuous professional development supporting your career and make notable contribution in the growing area of cybersecurity or generally in ICT.
Modules will focus on theoretical knowledge and practical skill development of:
The teaching and learning activities will support your comprehensive understanding of topics and their practical working through hands-on experience.
Our assessment methodology is influenced by the learning outcomes to be tested and employs a range of methods including:
Find out more about the structure, learning outcomes, compulsory and optional modules in this course.
With hands-on experience on state-of-the-art in network and information security methodologies, tools and techniques, you will graduate equipped for the job market within UK/EU and internationally.
Completion of our MSc will greatly enhance your potential to progress to a PhD in relevant areas of future networking technologies and services.
Remote surgery, driverless cars and smooth mobile HD streaming could all become a reality thanks to pioneering research taking place at UWS.
UWS computing researchers Jose Alcaraz-Calero and Qi Wang are the technical leads on the SELFNET project, which is developing a ‘self-healing’ mobile network. The new network is 1,000 times faster than 4G, delivering dramatic improvements to quality of user experience, reliability and security – and unlocking a wealth of new online opportunities.
”SELFNET will allow 5G networks to make possible things that would have been considered science fiction just a few years ago.”
As part of this course, you will hear from PhD students who are working on the 5G mobile project, and the course content will be updated to reflect the findings of this work.
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Fortunately, there is a great deal of financial support available to help students meet the cost of their study. This ranges from:
The sections below provide details of additional costs that your course may involve along with any financial support that may be available.
You can also find additional information in our Postgraduate Money, Fees & Funding section.
Students on certain degrees will incur some additional costs not covered by their tuition fees. These could be for things like specialist equipment, study materials, work placements, graduation, membership of relevant organisations or costs related to carrying out fieldwork.
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Tuition fees are calculated based on where you are from and what you are studying. Some courses also involve additional costs, such as mandatory field trips, equipment or studying abroad.
Scottish students studying at postgraduate level at UWS are entitled to various funds and support towards tuition fees and living costs.
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EU students studying at postgraduate level of UWS may be eligible for SAAS funding, as well as support to meet the costs of childcare and various sources of additional funding.
There are several scholarship and incentive schemes available to international students studying at postgraduate level at UWS, as well as support to meet the costs of childcare and various sources of additional funding.
UWS administer a range of discretionary and childcare funds. These are designed to support students who are experiencing financial difficulty or struggling to meet the costs of childcare.
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If there isn’t a statutory source of funding for you or your course, or you are in need of additional financial support, you may wish to consider more alternative sources of funding such as trust funds and scholarships.
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An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.
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