Information Security MSc - 2017/8

Awarding body

University of Surrey

Teaching institute

University of Surrey

Framework

FHEQ Level 7

Final award and programme/pathway title

MSc Information Security

Subsidary award(s)

Award Title
PGDip Information Security
PGCert Information Security

Professional recognition

Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ)

Modes of study

Route code Credits and ECTS Credits

JACs code

I100

QAA Subject benchmark statement (if applicable)

Computing (Master)

Other internal and / or external reference points

N/A

Faculty and Department / School

Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences - Computer Science

Programme Leader

GILLAM L Dr (Computer Sci)

Date of production/revision of spec

21/11/2017

Educational aims of the programme

The programme will provide students with advanced knowledge and understanding of information security theory and concepts. The programme will teach foundations and methods from several information security disciplines such as data security, network security, cryptography, formal security analysis, secure systems and web applications, multimedia security, digital forensics, privacy-enhancing technologies, and human-centred security.

The programme will teach students to apply their knowledge of scientific methods and gained information security skills in practice through lab sessions and individual dissertation projects where students will be offered an opportunity to analyse, evaluate and interpret existing information security mechanisms and/or carry out their own research activities.

The programme will support students in carrying out their own scientific investigation under the guidance and advice of their supervisor. Students will be able to identify information security problems and find suitable information security protection mechanisms based on their skills and relevant literature sources.

Programme learning outcomes

Attributes Developed Awards Ref.
Knowledge and understanding of the general information security aims and challenges K PGCert, PGDip, MSc
Knowledge and understanding of technical and mathematical concepts and mechanisms for the protection of digital data and information K PGCert, PGDip, MSc
Knowledge and understanding of technical concepts and mechanisms for digital forensics K PGCert, PGDip, MSc
Knowledge and understanding of technical concepts and mechanisms for the development of secure computing systems and applications K PGCert, PGDip, MSc
Knowledge and understanding of technical concepts and mechanisms for securing network communications and infrastructures K PGCert, PGDip, MSc
The ability to critically evaluate information security mechanisms and technologies with respect to their functionality, security properties and application challenges K PGCert, PGDip, MSc
The ability to implement or apply existing information security mechanisms and technologies in practice K PGDip, MSc
The ability to design, develop and analyse secure systems and applications by taking into account both technical and non-technical perspectives K PGDip, MSc
The ability to critically evaluate new ideas, develop own ideas and conduct supervised research in information security K MSc
The ability to analyse and solve problems of technical nature under consideration of various risks and constraints C PGCert, PGDip, MSc
The ability to make effective and efficient decisions in an environment of conflicting interests C PGCert, PGDip, MSc
The ability to think strategically C PGCert, PGDip, MSc
The ability to synthesise and critically evaluate the work of others C PGDip, MSc
The ability to apply fundamental knowledge to investigate new and emerging technologies C PGDip, MSc
The ability to carry out an independent research investigation aiming to improve the state-of-the-art knowledge in the field C MSc
Ability to come up with technical solutions to a range of problems P PGCert, PGDip, MSc
Ability to use concepts and theories to make judgements on the suitability of solutions, their advantages and disadvantages P PGCert, PGDip, MSc
Ability to implement mechanisms and apply them in a wider context of more complex systems P PGDip, MSc
Ability to present their opinions and findings and to produce a high-quality report P PGDip, MSc
Ability to communicate concepts and results in a clear and effective manner T PGCert, PGDip, MSc
Time and resource management planning T PGCert, PGDip, MSc
Ability to work with available resources, to collect and analyse research-oriented material T PGDip, MSc

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Programme structure

Programme Adjustments (if applicable)

N/A

Modules

Year 3 (part-time) - FHEQ Level 7

Module code Module title Status Credits Semester
COMM002 MSC DISSERTATION Core 60 Year-long

Opportunities for placements / work related learning / collaborative activity

Associate Tutor(s) / Guess Speakers / Visiting Academics Y
Professional Training Year (PTY) N
Placement(s) (study or work that are not part of PTY) Y Yes: possible as summer internship within the dissertation projects (up to 2 months)
Clinical Placement(s) (that are not part of the PTY scheme) N
ERASMUS Study (that is not taken during Level P) N
Study exhange(s) (that are not part of the ERASMUS scheme) N
Dual degree N

Quality assurance

The Regulations and Codes of Practice for taught programmes can be found at:

https://www.surrey.ac.uk/quality-enhancement-standards

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.