Modes of Study
The MSc in Information Security can be studied in a variety of ways. Part-time students are particularly encouraged to apply and therefore the MSc is offered in a number of delivery modes, several of which are designed to accommodate students currently in full-time employment.
- Full-time study – A one-year course which is studied on campus with weekly lectures (see below). Please note that a Year in Industry option is also available to full-time students (starting September 2015 onwards).
- Part-time (Day Release - one or more days per week) – A two-year course which is studied on campus with weekly lectures (see below).
- Part-time (Block Mode) – A two-year course which is studied on campus, but with each module taught in a single one-week block (see below).
- Part Time (Distance Learning Study) – A two- to four-year course in which course material is supplied and studied online and not on campus.
- Continuing Professional Development (CPD) – Modules are taken as required using any of the three delivery modes (Part-time Day Release, Part-time Block Mode, Part-time Distance Learning). Students take between three and five years to complete the MSc.
Students complete the course in one academic year (50 weeks). The students attend lectures presented weekly for the first two terms, and complete exams at the start of the summer term. Normal full-time students complete their project during summer. Students study four core modules in the first term and two optional modules in the second term.
Students taking the year in industry take two years to complete their MSc. They complete exams at the start of the summer term and then proceed to their placement, after which they return to Royal Holloway to complete work on their project.
Part-time (Day Release - one or more days per week)
This way of studying is ideal for students in full-time employment who can secure 'day-release'.
Students complete the course in two academic years (100 weeks). Part-time students on day release (one or more days per week) attend the same lectures as full-time students; however the lectures are scheduled so that part-time students may only need to attend campus for one or more days per week.
Students typically take two of the four core modules in their first term of study, up to two optional modules in the second term and sit their first set of exams in their third term. In the second year, they take the remaining two core modules in the first term, up to two optional modules in the second term, and sit their remaining exams in the third term.
Part-time (day release) students typically submit their project in their second year.
Part-time (Block Mode)
Block-mode study is ideal for students in full-time employment who find it easier to take weeks away from work rather than 'day-release'. Block mode study is broadly similar to day release except that each module is taught in a one-week block. Students are therefore only required to be on campus for the specific weeks that each module is run. The student is expected to complete all the required research and revision during the remaining time.
Specific block-mode modules are offered in designated weeks of alternate years, thus allowing a student to complete the full course within two years. Please see the block mode timetable.for the current academic year.
Block-mode modules are normally run on campus, but may also be delivered, by arrangement, at an organisation's own site.