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MSc Syllabus

The MSc in Information Security has three main elements:

  • A core element made up of four core modules (4/9ths of the total assessment);
  • An options element made up of two optional modules (2/9ths of the total assessment);
  • A project element (3/9ths of the total assessment).

Students may opt to also register for a Track, the choice of which will limit their choices with respect to all three elements of the degree programme, i.e. the core, the options, and the project. Successful completion of an MSc track will indicate that the student has achieved a degree in a specialist sub-area within Information Security, and this will be acknowledged on the degree transcript. 

For current and prospective MSc Information Security students, please see

Details of the programme structure in more detail can be found below:

A: Core Element

Students must follow either Core A or Core B and take four core modules.

The core element has two different forms, the selection of which depends on the interests and background of the student and their likely future career. Both forms of the core involve four taught courses.

Core A:

Core B:

C: Project Element

Students must take the following compulsory element:

The project is a major individual piece of work. It can be of academic nature and aim at acquiring and demonstrating understanding and the ability to reason about some specific area of information security.


A student may optionally register for one of the following six tracks. These constrain the choices of the student in the following ways:

TrackCoreMandatory OptionsProject
Cybercrime Core A IY5605 and IY5609 Related to Cybercrime
Smartcards and RFID/NFC Core A IY5606 Related to Smartcards or RFID/NFC
Cyber Security Core A or Core B IY5612 Related to Cyber Security
Security Testing Core A IY5610 Related to Security Testing
Digital Forensics Core A IY5609 Related to Digital Forensics
Secure Digital Business Core B IY5521 Related to Secure Digital Business

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