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Our MSc programmes

Our MSc programmes

The Information Security Group at Royal Holloway launched its flagship MSc Information Security masters degree programme in 1992, which was the first such programme in the world. Since then over 4,000 students from more than 100 countries have graduated from this programme. Today, the ISG currently supports the following MSc programmes:

There are many reasons why Royal Holloway is the right place to study for an MSc in Information Security (Masters in Cyber Security). Here we highlight some of them

Our MSc in Information Security has been certified by the NCSC (a part of GCHQ) against its stringent criteria for a broad foundation in Cyber Security. Royal Holloway is also recognised by the NCSC as an Academic Center of Excellence in Cyber Security Research.

The strength and breadth of the expertise of the ISG and its network of security professionals underpin MSc the programme. This is demonstrated by the diverse set of optional modules offered. There are few MSc programmes in the world backed by such a large interdisciplinary group of experts. 

The MSc Information Security is offered using different study modes, many of which are designed to support students in full-time employment. Students can complete the MSc over 1 year (Full-Time), 2 years (Part-Time) or 3-5 years (Continual Professional Development, CPD). In addition to this, our students can attend our lectures weekly over the terms or in block-mode (each full module is delivered on a single week).

The MSc syllabus is informed, designed and taught with the assistance of the ISG's extensive industrial contacts. The focus of the MSc is to prepare graduates for successful careers in the information security profession, and thus information security professionals are closely involved throughout the programme.

Over 4000 Royal Holloway MSc Information Security graduates are now working as information security professionals throughout the world. By studying our MSc programme you will join a proud international network of information security professionals.

The size of the ISG information security community also allows us to provide many extras that are not available on other MSc programmes. For students attending the campus, we run several specialist short courses, industrial seminars, an information security careers seminar and are regularly visited by organisations recruiting information security professionals.

There are several scholarships available to study an MSc at Royal Holloway. You can find more information about the scholarships offered here.

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