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Information Security & Privacy (MSc)

1 year (Full-time) / 3 years (Part-time) / n/a (Distance / E-Learning)

Students taking the Information Security & Privacy degree are given the opportunity to gain external accreditation in Microsystemation XRY, an industry-leading mobile phone forensics tool. The School is one of only five universities in the UK to offer this training

Course Aims

Appropriate security measures are an essential part of any modern enterprise. A detailed understanding of the key threats and the essential techniques for ensuring security, privacy and trust are fundamental requirements for successful information systems.Emerging software deployment and use, through the use of data outsourcing such as in Cloud computing and with the increasing use of social media platforms, opens up significant security and privacy issues which future IT professionals need to be aware of. Professionals in this field are well placed for a wide variety of employment opportunities.

Special Features

Information Security & Privacy

Course Description

This programme addresses the key security issues that are faced by global communications and information systems. The programme provides a mix of business context with core security, trust and privacy issues that challenge the IT sector. As well as studying themes such as trust and identity and forensic investigation, security techniques and network and cyber security, the programme provides an understanding of the e-Commerce and business environment. This combined business/security approach provides valuable training for interacting with organisations, and understanding their business functions in a deeper context.

Using case based analysis the programme also gives you the opportunity to learn about forensic approaches to investigation across multiple platforms. On a practical level, you have the opportunity to gain external accreditation for use of market leading forensic software, as taught in our dedicated network security lab. The School is one of only five universities in the UK to offer training in Microsystemation XRY, an industry-leading mobile phone forensics tool used by more than 85 percent of police forces and all major forensic laboratories in the UK and Ireland.

Course Structure

Full time students study four compulsory modules each semester. Part-time students study two compulsory modules each semester.

Core Modules

Optional Modules

Skills Acquired

Career Prospects

Graduates are well prepared for a career in industrial, commercial, or governmental organisations with particular responsibility for information and process security.

Career destinations include: Information security manager, risk manager, technical security roles in computer forensics, identity management roles, secure systems developer, industrial and university research.

Student Views

'The lecturers are a perfectly balanced mix of Britain’s brightest academic and business minds, who are always there for support and to drive you so that you deliver to your full potential.'

Amir Javed, MSc Information Security & Privacy, 2013-14

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'The Msc Information Security & Privacy provides students with a mix of both academic theory and hands on practical experience with the latest technology, practices and trends in cyber security.

The academic curriculum was designed in such a way that each subject builds on current information security issues and countermeasures, and introduces students to latest ongoing technology. Classes are taught in an interactive fashion where each theory and learning outcome of that class is complimented through practical work, allowing me to build on my own experience by learning from my classmates as well as the lecturer.

The lecturers here are a perfectly balanced mix of Britain’s brightest academic and business minds, who are always there for support and to drive you so that you deliver to your full potential.'

'Cardiff University offers world-leading and excellent research.'

Shada Al-Salamah, MSc Strategic Information Systems, now undertaking a PhD at Cardiff University

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'The MSc Information Security & Privacy has stimulated my thirst and eagerness to broaden my knowledge and skills and prepared me well for the next stage – the doctorate degree. In addition, Cardiff University offers world-leading and excellent research, with appealing research groupsthat match my intellectual desires as well as needs.'

Entry Requirements

Applicants will possess a 2:2 Honours degree in computer science, computing or a cognate subject. Graduates of other disciplines will demonstrate awareness of the broad scope of information systems and their context.

Applicants whose first language is not English are normally expected to meet the minimum University requirements (e.g. 6.5 IELTS, with at least 6.0 in each area).

Tuition Fees:

  • UK & EU Full Time for 2014/15 unless otherwise specified below
    £7,440.00
  • UK & EU Part Time for 2014/15 unless otherwise specified below
    £3,720.00
    Project fee: £930
  • International Full Time for 2014/15 unless otherwise specified below
    £17,000.00

Next intake: September each year

School Contact

Name: Prof. Omer Rana  

Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 554 248 

Fax:  

Email: O.F.Rana@cs.cardiff.ac.uk  

School Contact

Name: Dr Leigh Hodge  

Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 9342 

Fax:  

Email: computing-pg@cardiff.ac.uk  

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