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Is the MSc right for me?

An MSc Information Security is the right qualification for anyone seeking a broad holistic view of information security and cyber security. Our students come from a vast range of different backgrounds. They range from new students who seek a foundation for a professional career in information security, mature graduates seeking a change in career, applicants without degree level education but with appropriate experience in the information security sector and/or industry certificates, through to very senior security managers (from blue chip enterprises) seeking a formal qualification in information security with many of our graduates going to interesting careers in Cyber Security.

Graduates who know how to protect data from online attacks are in high demand

Why Cyber Security is a Safe Choice for a Postgrad Degree (The Guardian, June 2014).

Cyber Security Education, Qualifications and Training (Professor Keith Martin, June 2015)

MSc Information Security graduates are expected to find employment in both industry and government as information security experts, and the need for such experts is likely to be very high for the foreseeable future. many of our 3000 alumni are now in very senior positions in a wide range of organisations, from large financial institutions, telecommunications companies, government, large consultancies, through to technology and research oriented organisations.

Interviews with previous graduates: Ian McKinnon and Andy Smith.

Please click on the names for profiles of some of our MSc graduates:

 Kerry Davies -- An ISG GraduateMr Kerry Davies

Graduated: 2009

Former Director of Information Protection and Business Resilience, KPMG LLP



Simon Owen -- An ISG Graduate

Mr Simon Owen

Graduated: 1997

UK Lead Partner, Information Technology and Risk, Deloitte




Academic Inspiration Sessions: Keith Martin, Richard Martin and Richard Walton.

Masters programmes are quite different, and to an extent complementary to professional qualifications. 'Securing a good degree' is an article which discusses the value of masters programmes and was first published by the Institute of Information Security Professionals (of which the ISG is an Academic Partner) in their Spring 2011 edition of Pulse and is reproduced with their kind permission. The author Steve Furnell is Professor at the Centre for Security, Communications and Network Research at the University of Plymouth.

Why study MSc Information Security at Royal Holloway?


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