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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 8.49k / Year
  • Foreign: $ 19.1k / Year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English


    Cyber crime against businesses and electronic attacks against states are on the rise. The need for information security is obvious, and it is too challenging for any narrow field like cryptography or risk management. Security experts of the future will need a broad overview and awareness as well as technical skills, and this programme aims to cover this range.

    The programme benefits greatly from the Department's strong links with industry. Guest lectures with about ten different speakers will provide an up-to-date view of the rapidly changing realities of information security. The guest lecturers are senior security experts from large international corporations, SMEs and government agencies.

    The research strengths of the Department underpin the programme. The Department has been very successful in e-voting and in watermarking and multimedia security. Network security is taught by the very successful group in the Centre for Communication Systems Research (CCSR).

    This degree aims to train computer and information security professionals with in-depth, state-of-the-art knowledge and relevant skills in response to the rapidly changing landscape in security technologies and applications. Many of today's security technologies involve a combination of different fields, and this programme includes such technical areas as multimedia security, cryptography, network security, watermarking and web security.

    Compulsory modules
    * Network Technologies and Security
    * Information Security Management
    * Introduction to Multimedia Security
    * Technologies and Applications
    * Security and Cryptography
    * Advanced Multimedia Security
    * Web Hacking Countermeasures

    Optional Modules
    * Project Management and Business Strategy
    * Cloud Computing

    In addition, one of the options can be taken from a range of modules from the other computing programmes.

    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.


    Candidates should have a first degree in computing or cognate disciplines from a UK university or the international equivalent. They should have obtained the degree at Upper Second or higher level.If your first language is not English, we will require some evidence of your proficiency in the English language. Applicants must be able to demonstrate an ability to understand and express themselves in both written and spoken English. You may be required to take an approved proficiency test examination and/or attend a course of English language study before admission.The following qualifications/tests are suitable as evidence that you meet our minimum level of competence: * Cambridge Proficiency Examination (Grade C) * GCSE/GCE Ordinary Level in English (Grade C) * International English Language Testing System (IELTS) (Band 6) * NEAB Test in English * Test in English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) (score of 550 on the paper-based test or 213 on the computer-based test) * AEB Test in English for Educational Purposes (Grade III) English Language Requirements CAE score: (read more) Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IETLS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever. 60 (Grade C)
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