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The Internet of Things with a Year in Industry MSc

UCAS code
Year of entry 2017
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Course Length
2 years full time
3-5 years part time
Department Computer Science »

The digital revolution is changing our world in deep and lasting ways. The Internet of Things – networked devices that are capable of sensing, transmitting and acting on data to improve our quality of life – is an area of development that is widely expected to require the services of millions of new developers over the coming years. Study the Internet of Things with a Year in Industry at Royal Holloway, University of London and you’ll acquire the skills and experience you need to become a part of an exciting, fast-expanding area of computer science with excellent graduate employability prospects.

This new and exciting programme has been developed to help students break into a rapidly expanding area of computer science. A flexible programme structure lets you choose from a range of optional modules, including Programming for Data Analysis, Machine Learning, software Security and The Semantic Web. 

You’ll study in a department renowned for cutting-edge, research-led teaching and have the chance to contribute your own findings during your Individual Project. You'll have access to a range of advanced facilities including a laboratory for experimenting with networked physical devices, and a cluster facility for processing and analysing real data sets.

Study The Internet of Things with a Year in Industry at Royal Holloway and you’ll graduate with a Masters degree in a field with excellent graduate employability prospects, developing a range of skills and knowledge during your placement year that will make you a highly employable candidate.

  • Study in a highly regarded department, ranked 11th in the UK for the quality of research qualitypublications(Research Excellence Framework 2014).
  • Gain invaluable skills, experience and connections during a rewarding year in industry
  • Benefit from strong industry ties, with close proximity to ‘England’s Silicon Valley’.
  • Graduate with a Masters degree in a rapidly expanding field offering excellent graduate employability prospects.
  • Tailor your learning with a wide range of optional modules.

Core modules

Year 1

Interconnected Devices

Data Analysis

Advanced Distributed Systems

Wireless, Sensor and Actuator Networks

Smart Cards, RFIDs and Embedded Systems Security

Introduction to Information Security

Individual Project

Optional modules

In addition to these mandatory course units there are a number of optional course units available during your degree studies. The following is a selection of optional course units that are likely to be available. Please note that although the College will keep changes to a minimum, new units may be offered or existing units may be withdrawn, for example, in response to a change in staff. Applicants will be informed if any significant changes need to be made.

Data Visualisation and Exploratory Analysis

Programming for Data Analysis

Semantic Web

Intelligent Agents and Multi-agent Systems

Advanced Data Communications

Machine Learning

Large-scale Data Storage and Processing

On-Line Machine Learning

Network Security

Computer Security

Security Technologies

Security Testing

Software Security

Introduction to Cryptography

Assessment is carried out by a variety of methods including coursework, practical projects and a dissertation. 

Entry criteria:

UK 2:1 (Honours) or equivalent in Computer Science, Engineering or other subjects that include a strong element of mathematics and computing, e.g. Physics,

Relevant professional qualifications and relevant experience in an associated area.[SK1] 



English language requirements:

IELTS with 6.5 overall. No subscore below 5.5

If you require Royal Hollowy to sponsor your study in the UK, your IELTS must be a UK government-approved Secure English Language Test (SELT)

International and EU entry requirements

Please select your country from the drop-down list below

Students from overseas should visit the International pages for information on the entry requirements from their country and further information on English language requirements. Royal Holloway offers a Pre-Master’s Diploma for International Students and English language pre-sessional courses, allowing students the opportunity to develop their study skills and English language before starting their postgraduate degree.


Study The Internet of Things with a Year in Industry at Royal Holloway, University of London and you can expect excellent graduate employability prospects in an exciting, fast-expanding area of computer science. You’ll develop a wide range of transferable skills, including cybersecurity, botnet detection, cloud computing, data mining and network analytics. You’ll also benefit from Royal Holloway’s proximity to the M4 corridor – also known as ‘England’s Silicon Valley’ – gaining invaluable skills, experience and industry connections during your placement year.

Recent alumni have gone on to enjoy rewarding careers in areas such as financial analytics, Big Data and some have gone on to do a PhD. The Department of Computer Science is located within easy reach of our College Careers service, providing you with help, support and advice regarding the next steps in your career. 

  • 90% of Royal Holloway graduates in work or further education within six months of graduating.
  • Strong industry ties help to provide placement and networking opportunities with some of the country’s leading institutions.
  • On-site College Careers Service provides help and support for students. 

Home and EU students tuition fee per year 2017/18*: £8,300

Overseas students tuition fee per year 2017/18*: £18,500

The fee for the Year in Industry will be 20% of the first year fee for that academic year.

How do I pay for it? Find out more about funding options, including loans, grants, scholarships and bursaries.

* These tuition fees apply to students enrolled on a full-time basis. Students studying part-time are charged a pro-rata tuition fee, usually equivalent to approximately half the full-time fee. Please email student-fees@royalholloway.ac.uk for further information on part-time fees. All postgraduate fees are subject to inflationary increases. Royal Holloway's policy is that any increases in fees will not exceed 5 per cent for continuing students. For further information see tuition fees and our terms and conditions.

** These estimated costs relate to studying this particular degree programme at Royal Holloway. Costs, such as accommodation, food, books and other learning materials and printing, have not been included.

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