MSc in Information Security & Privacy

Cardiff University

Program Description

MSc in Information Security & Privacy

Cardiff University

MSc in Information Security & Privacy

1 year (Full-time) / 3 years (Part-time) / n/a (Distance / E-Learning)

Students taking the Information Security & Privacy degree are given the opportunity to gain external accreditation in Microsystemation XRY, an industry-leading mobile phone forensics tool. The School is one of only five universities in the UK to offer this training

Course Aims

Appropriate security measures are an essential part of any modern enterprise. A detailed understanding of the key threats and the essential techniques for ensuring security, privacy and trust are fundamental requirements for successful information systems.Emerging software deployment and use, through the use of data outsourcing such as in Cloud computing and with the increasing use of social media platforms, opens up significant security and privacy issues which future IT professionals need to be aware of. Professionals in this field are well placed for a wide variety of employment opportunities.

Special Features

  • Opportunity to gain external accreditation in Microsystemation XRY, an industry-leading mobile phone forensics tool.
  • A systemic view of the relationship between business needs and security solutions is emphasised.
  • Practitioner-led modules integrate the latest research ideas with current best practice.
  • Flexible choice of project topic reflecting your own interests.

Course Description

This programme addresses the key security issues that are faced by global communications and information systems. The programme provides a mix of business context with core security, trust and privacy issues that challenge the IT sector. As well as studying themes such as trust and identity and forensic investigation, security techniques and network and cyber security, the programme provides an understanding of the e-Commerce and business environment. This combined business/security approach provides valuable training for interacting with organisations, and understanding their business functions in a deeper context.

Using case based analysis the programme also gives you the opportunity to learn about forensic approaches to investigation across multiple platforms. On a practical level, you have the opportunity to gain external accreditation for use of market leading forensic software, as taught in our dedicated network security lab. The School is one of only five universities in the UK to offer training in Microsystemation XRY, an industry-leading mobile phone forensics tool used by more than 85 percent of police forces and all major forensic laboratories in the UK and Ireland.

Course Structure

Full time students study four compulsory modules each semester. Part-time students study two compulsory modules each semester.

Core Modules

  • Business and IT Management
  • Dissertation
  • E-Commerce and Innovation
  • Forensics, Trust and Identity
  • Information, Network and Cyber Security
  • Security Techniques

Optional Modules

  • Distributed and Cloud Computing
  • Information Modelling and Database Systems

Skills Acquired

  • Understanding of security theory and practice
  • Use of security techniques for network-based systems
  • Influence of security on business practice and e-commerce
  • Hands-on experience of using security audit, monitoring and assessment tools

Career Prospects

Graduates are well prepared for a career in industrial, commercial, or governmental organisations with particular responsibility for information and process security.

Career destinations include: Information security manager, risk manager, technical security roles in computer forensics, identity management roles, secure systems developer, industrial and university research.

Entry Requirements

Applicants will possess a 2:2 Honours degree in computer science, computing or a cognate subject. Graduates of other disciplines will demonstrate awareness of the broad scope of information systems and their context.

Applicants whose first language is not English are normally expected to meet the minimum University requirements (e.g. 6.5 IELTS, with at least 6.0 in each area).

Tuition Fees:

  • UK & EU Full Time Fees: (Payable annually and those stated are for 2015/16 unless otherwise stated below). £7,560.00
  • UK & EU Part Time Fees: (Payable annually and those stated are for 2015/16 unless otherwise stated below). £3,780.00. Project fee: £945
  • International Full Time Fees: (Payable annually and those stated are for 2015/16 unless otherwise stated below). £17,500.00
  • International Part Time Fees: (Payable annually and those stated are for 2015/16 unless otherwise stated below). £8,750.00. Project fee: £2187

Next intake

September each year

This school offers programs in:
  • English
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2016
Duration
Duration
1 - 3 years
Part time
Full time
Price
Price
7,560 GBP
Information
Deadline
Start date Sept. 2016
Place
United Kingdom Cardiff, Wales
Application deadline Request Info
End date Request Info
Duration 1 - 3 years
Price 7,560 GBP
UK & EU Full Time Fees, UK & EU Part Time Fees: £3,780.00 (Project fee: £945), International Full Time Fees: £17,500.00, International Part Time Fees: £8,750.00 (Project fee: £2187)