Information Security and Privacy (MSc) Part-time

This degree addresses the key security issues that are faced by global communications and information systems. It provides a mix of business context with core security, trust and privacy issues that challenge the IT sector.

The MSc Information Security and Privacy 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. The course builds on previous skills in computer science, to strengthen understanding of this emerging area.

As well as studying themes such as trust and identity and forensic investigation, security techniques and information, network and cyber security, you will gain 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, you will have the opportunity to learn about forensic approaches to investigation across multiple platforms.

Distinctive features

  • Practitioner-led modules integrate the latest research ideas with current best practice.
  • Students will have access to our Cybersecurity and Forensics Laboratory. The 40 PCs are able to host virtual machines and can be used to carry out a number of forensic investigations. They are connected to an isolated, local network which can be configured to better explore the security challenges facing today's professionals.
  • Professionally accredited by the BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT.

Key facts

Next intakeSeptember 2019
Duration3 years
Other ways to study this course
Accreditations"BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT"

Admissions criteria

We welcome applications from computer-literate graduates who have a good honours degree, or equivalent professional qualification in a subject such as Computer Science or a related subject.

Applicants will possess a 2:2 honours degree in computer science, computing or a cognate subject.

If your first language is not English you must provide evidence of competence in English. Our standard requirement is an overall IELTS score of 6.5 with no area less than 5.5.

The University offers English language courses that can help you achieve this.

Please feel free to supplement your application with a detailed CV or any other supporting material you may consider to be appropriate.

Programmes start in September each year but applications are considered as they arrive throughout the year. You apply directly to the University online for a postgraduate taught course.


Find out more about English language requirements.

Applicants who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK must present an acceptable English language qualification in order to meet UKVI (UK Visas and Immigration) requirements

Students study two compulsory modules each semester.

Course Modules:

  • Business and IT Management
  • Digital Forensics
  • Dissertation
  • Distributed and Cloud Computing
  • Information, Network and Cyber Security
  • Secure Applications, Identity and Trust
  • Security Techniques

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2019/20 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2019.

Year one

Module titleModule codeCredits
Distributed and Cloud ComputingCMT20220 credits
Digital ForensicsCMT21320 credits
Secure Applications, Identity and TrustCMT30620 credits

Year two

Module titleModule codeCredits
Information, Network and Cyber SecurityCMT10420 credits
Security TechniquesCMT10520 credits
Business and IT ManagementCMT30120 credits

Year three

Module titleModule codeCredits
DissertationCMT40060 credits
The University is committed to providing a wide range of module options where possible, but please be aware that whilst every effort is made to offer choice this may be limited in certain circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have limited numbers of places available, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, while others have minimum student numbers required before they will run, to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered; some modules require students to have already taken particular subjects, and others are core or required on the programme you are taking. Modules may also be limited due to timetable clashes, and although the University works to minimise disruption to choice, we advise you to seek advice from the relevant School on the module choices available.

How will I be taught?

The School of Computer Science and Informatics has a strong and active research culture which informs and directs our teaching. We are committed to providing teaching of the highest standard and received an excellent report in the most recent Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) review.

This particular course builds on our research strengths in cybersecurity. Many of the case studies used in the course build on our existing research and our work with industry (and other organisations in law enforcement). 

Modules are delivered through a series of either full- or half-day contact sessions, which include lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials and laboratory classes.

Most of your taught modules will have further information for you to study and you will be expected to work through this in your own time according to the guidance provided by the lecturer for that module.

How will I be supported?

As a School, we pride ourselves on providing a supportive environment in which we are able to help and encourage our students.

We believe that providing suitable feedback mechanisms is crucial to ensure that the best programmes of study are available to our students.

We have a student/staff panel consisting of elected student representatives and members of teaching staff who meet to discuss academic issues.

In conjunction with the work of the panel, all students are provided with an opportunity to complete feedback questionnaires at the end of the Autumn and Spring semesters.

These mechanisms allow the School to regularly review courses and ensure our students receive the best provision, delivered in a consistent manner, across all of our degrees.

At the start of your course you will be allocated a Personal Tutor who is an academic member of staff in the School and serves as a point of contact to advise on both academic and personal matters in an informal and confidential manner.

Your Personal Tutor will monitor your academic progress and supply references in support of any job applications that you make.

Your Personal Tutor will monitor your progress throughout your time at university and will support you in your Personal Development Planning. You will see your Personal Tutor at least once each semester.

Outside of scheduled tutor sessions, our Senior Personal Tutor runs an open door policy, being on hand to advise and respond to any personal matters as they arise.


Feedback on coursework may be provided via written comments on work submitted, by provision of ‘model’ answers and/or through discussion in contact sessions.


How will I be assessed?

Modules will be assessed either by coursework, examination, or a combination of both.

What skills will I practise and develop?

Successful graduates will gain skills including:

  • An understanding of security theory and practice
  • Use of security techniques for network-based systems
  • Knowledge of the influence of security on business practice and e-commerce
  • Hands-on experience of using security audit, monitoring and assessment tools

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, and industrial and university research.

Master's Excellence Scholarships

Scholarships available worth £3,000 each for UK/EU students starting a master’s degree in September 2019.

Find out more

Due to the duration of this programme only Welsh and EU domiciled students who meet residency requirements (English domiciled students are excluded) are eligible for a postgraduate loan. See more information about eligibility for UK Government Postgraduate loans.

Tuition fees

UK and EU students (2019/20)

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EU students entering in 2019/20 will pay the same tuition fee as UK students for the duration of their course. Please be aware that fees may increase annually in line with inflation. No decisions regarding fees and loans for EU students starting in 2020/21 have been made yet. These will be determined as part of the UK's discussions on its membership of the EU and we will provide further details as soon as we can.

Students from outside the EU (2019/20)

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