IT Information and Network Security Course MSc/PgD/PgCert

MSc Information and Network Security

1. Overview

An increasing number of organisations store, manipulate and communicate valuable and confidential information electronically. However, a number of threats compromise the security of this information.

The MSc Information and Network Security aims to produce computing specialists who are able to design and maintain secure information systems and networks.

This course is designed to satisfy the demands of industry and IT providers for software developers and computing practitioners who:

  • know the legal requirements of information security and are able to implement current information security standards;
  • are proficient in the use of state-of-the-art principles, techniques, tools and methodologies for& the design, implementation and maintenance of secure information systems;
  • are able to design and maintain secure computer networks;
  • can safely recover an information system or network from a successful security attack.

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MSc Information and Network Security Leaflet (PDF 127KB)

2. What you will study

  • Computer Security 
  • Database Security  
  • System Programming and Security
  • Network Management (CISCO CCNA) 
  • Network Security
  • Web System Development 
  • Professional Development and Research Skills 
  • Project 

The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our Course Disclaimer for more information.

3. How you will learn

Throughout the course, content is complemented by practical work, allowing you to support your theoretical development by providing real-life simulation. You will be taught through a mixture of lectures, tutorials, labs and external speakers. You will also be supported through our online virtual learning environment where you can access a wide variety of resources and other support materials.

The course will include industry sessions.

The individual project provides an opportunity for applying specialist knowledge together with analytic, problem-solving, managerial and communication skills to a particular area of interest within the secure information systems and networks. Working with the full support and guidance of an allocated project supervisor, you will be given the opportunity to propose, plan, specify, develop, evaluate, and present a substantial project.

4. Entry requirements

This course is ideal for students who possess an honours degree in computing or with significant computing content. This requirement may be relaxed for candidates with significant relevant industrial experience.

All international students, for whom English is not their first language, must provide evidence of linguistic ability, by gaining either IELTS 6.0 or its equivalent prior to receiving an unconditional offer of a place on the course.

IELTS 6.0 or equivalent means: 

  • IELTS 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each of the 4 individual elements 
  • TOEFL 80 overall with a 18 in reading, 17 in listening, 20 in speaking and 17 in writing 
  • Pearson PTE 59 overall with a minimum of 51 in each of the 4 individual elements

We also accept alternative qualifications which can be found on the page:

English Language Requirements
International students who do not meet our direct entry requirements for this course can gain additional entry points through our International College at Robert Gordon University.

5. Placements and accreditations

Students who perform particularly well during their first semester of studies will be invited to apply for any long placement opportunities (40-45 weeks) found by the Placement Office; alternatively, all students can seek their own long placement or a short placement.

However, permission to undertake a placement is at the discretion of the School.

6. Student Funding

Scholarships

Applicants to this course may be eligible for a scholarship. More information can be found on the Computing Scholarships pages.

7. Course Fees

For Academic Year 2017/2018

Scottish/EU Students

Full-time

  • £3,400 for the entire MSc course

Part-time

  • £1,700 for stage 1
  • £1,700 for stage 2
  • No fee for stage 3

Rest of UK Students

Full-time

  • £6,750 for the entire MSc course

Part-time

  • £2,530 for stage 1
  • £2,530 for stage 2
  • £1,690 for stage 3

International Students

Full-time

  • £12,820 for the entire MSc course

Part-time

  • £4,809 for stage 1
  • £4,809 for stage 2
  • £3,200 for stage 3

For Academic Year 2016/2017

Scottish/EU Students

Full-time

  • £3,400 for the entire MSc course

Part-time

  • £1,700 for stage 1
  • £1,700 for stage 2
  • No fee for stage 3

Rest of UK Students

Full-time

  • £7,480 for the entire MSc course

Part-time

  • £3,740 for stage 1
  • £3,740 for stage 2
  • No fee for stage 3

International Students

Full-time

  • £13,700 for the entire MSc course

Part-time

  • £5,150 for stage 1
  • £5,150 for stage 2
  • £3,400 for stage 3

For Academic Year 2015/2016

All Students

Full-time

  • £320 for a short placement
  • £1,000 for a long placement

Scottish/EU Students

Full-time

  • £3,400 (entire course)

Part-time

  • £1,700 Year 1
  • £1,700 Year 2
  • No Fee Year 3

Rest of UK Students

Full-time

  • £7,200 entire course

Part-time

  • £3,600 Year 1
  • £3,600 Year 2
  • No fee Year 3

International Students

Full-time

  • £13,700 entire course

Part-time

  • £5,140 Year 1
  • £5,140 Year 2
  • £3,420 Year 3

For Academic Year 2014/2015

Scottish/EU Students

Full-time

  • £3,400 (entire course)

Part-time

  • £1,700 Year 1
  • £1,700 Year 2
  • No Fee Year 3

Rest of UK Students

Full-time

  • £7,000 entire course

Part-time

  • £3,500 Year 1
  • £3,500 Year 2
  • No Fee Year 3

International Students

Full-time

  • £12,800 entire course

Part-time

  • £4,800 Year 1
  • £4,800 Year 2
  • £3,200 Year 3

For Academic Year 2013/2014

Scottish/EU Students

Full-time

  • £3,400 (entire course)

Part-time

  • £1,700 Year 1
  • £1,700 Year 2
  • No Fee Year 3

Rest of UK Students

Full-time

  • £5,000 entire course

Part-time

  • £2,500 Year 1
  • £2,500 Year 2
  • No Fee Year 3

International Students

Full-time

  • £11,500 entire course

Part-time

  • £4,310 Year 1
  • £4,310 Year 2
  • £2,880 Year 3

Disclaimer

All course fees are reviewed annually and subject to change. Published fees apply to the course's mode of delivery. You will also be liable to pay a graduation fee of £40 before receiving a University award.

For further information see Student Finance pages

 

8. How to apply

All students can apply online by visiting Apply Online at www.rgu.ac.uk/applyonline/

If you have any application queries, please contact our Admissions Office:

If you have any queries regarding the content or format of the course, please contact the course leader:

9. Prospects

The course prepares you for a career in information and network security. Job openings include: IT security engineer, information and data security analyst, network manager, IT security developer, IT risk and fraud specialist and e-business security analyst.

Aberdeen is home to many multinational oil and gas companies and associated suppliers such as mainstream software houses, IT providers to major oil-related companies, specialist software consultancies, and venture capital start-ups.

The university is involved in a number of commercial collaborations on a local, national and international scale with organisations such as BP, British Geological Survey, Wood Group PSN, Accenture, WIPRO and many Aberdeen-based software development companies.

The course also prepares students for research careers by providing the skills necessary of an effective researcher. Suitable MSc graduates may continue to PhD programmes within the school. Further information can be found the School of Computing and Digital Media Postgraduate Research pages.

10. Meet Your Course Leader

Hatem AhrizHatem has an undergraduate degree in Computer Engineering and both an MSc and a PhD in Artificial Intelligence. He teaches databases and intelligent systems modules and is involved in the supervision of MSc and PhD students and in commercial projects.

Hatem’s research focuses on using Artificial Intelligence techniques to solve real-life combinatorial and optimisation problems, such as scheduling and resource allocation. Hatem is an Educational Affiliate Member of the British Computer Society (BCS).

Hatem Ahriz's staff profile 

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MSc/PgD/PgCert

Start date

September & January

Course length

Full-time September start 12 months, January start 17 months; Part-time 24-36 months

Mode of Attendance

Full-time / Part-time on campus

Academic school
School of Computing Science and Digital Media
More information:
Dr Hatem Ahriz Course Leader
01224 262787
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