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MSc in Information Security with Year in Industry

For full-time students, the MSc is offered with a Year in Industry option. The Year in Industry provides an excellent opportunity to gain industrial experience (which gives you an extra edge when applying for jobs in the future) and acquire skills that can only be fully picked up in a work environment. It also allows you to develop a better appreciation of how what you have learned relates to real-world problems and to put into practice the techniques that you will have been taught. 

How does the MSc with a Year in Industry operate?

You study the taught part of the MSc normally, sit your exams in May and then proceed to your placement. You return to Royal Holloway approximately one year later to continue work on your MSc Project. The placement attracts a salary and is assessed as part of your degree. You will be assigned a supervisor by the host company, who is responsible for directing your work. You will also be assigned an academic supervisor, who visits to check if you are integrating successfully and the type of work being undertaken is appropriate, and supports you in general during your placement. If you cannot or decide not to take a placement, you revert to the normal one-year MSc degree. 

Please note that progression to the placement is conditional on good academic performance during the taught part of your programme.

What about visas and tuition fees?

If you need a visa, you will be given one that will cover the two years of the programme. The fees for the two-year programme consist of the normal full-time tuition fee for the first year, then the fee for the second year is 20% of the full-time fee.

How do I find my work placement?

Although the responsibility for finding a placement is ultimately yours, our Careers Service will help you identify suitable opportunities from a large database of companies, make applications and prepare for interviews. Fairs are organised and companies visit to offer placements, and we regularly post offers through our mailing lists and social media.

How do I learn more?

More detailed information about the Year in Industry option will become available during the coming months. However, if you have any specific queries, please feel free to contact us



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