M.Sc. Information Security (MSc)

University of Glasgow

Tuition fee: Not specified
Start date: September  2015
Duration full-time: 12 months
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  • English
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Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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Key facts·MSc: 12 months full-time; 24 months part-time

·PgDip9 months full-time; 21 months part-time

·PgCert9 months full-time; 9 months part-time

·Contact:Dr Ronald Poet: Ron.Poet@glasgow.ac.uk

Why Glasgow

·The University of Glasgows School of Computing Science is consistently highly ranked achieving 1st in Scotland and 2nd in the UK (Guardian University Guide 2014)

·With a 97% overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2014, the School of Computing Science continues to meet student expectations combining both teaching excellence and a supportive learning environment.

·The School is a member of the Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance: SICSA. This collaboration of Scottish universities aims to develop Scotland's place as a world leader in Informatics and Computer Science research and education.

·You will have opportunities to meet industrial speakers who contribute to our professional skills & issues course. Employers also come to make recruitment presentations, and often seek to recruit our graduates during the programme.

·You will benefit from having 24-hour access to a computer laboratory equipped with state-of-the-art hardware and software.

Programme Structure

Modes of delivery of the MSc in Information Security include lectures, seminars and tutorials and allow students the opportunity to take part in lab, project and team work.

Core courses

·Cyber security

·Human-centred security

·Professional skills and issues

·Research methods and techniques

·Safety critical systems

·Trends in information security

·Masters team project.

Optional courses

·Advanced networking and communications

·Advanced operating systems

·Algorithmics

·Artificial intelligence

·Big data: sytems, programming and management

·Component-based software engineering

·Computer architecture

·Computer vision methods and applications

·Constraint programming

·Distributed algorithms and systems

·Enterprise computing

·Functional programming

·Human computer interaction

·Human computer interaction: design and evaluation

·Information retrieval

·Internet technology

·IT architecture

·Machine learning

·Mobile human computer interaction

·Modeling reactive systems.

Depending on staff availability, the optional courses listed here may change.

Projects

·To complete the MSc degree you must undertake a project worth 60 credits. This is a project chosen by you to investigate a challenging but constrained information security problem.

·The project will integrate the subject knowledge and generic skills that you will acquire during your Masters.

·We offer a wide range of projects, and each student is normally allocated a different project. We take your preferences into account when we allocate the projects.

·You will also have the opportunity to propose your own project, subject to academic approval.

Example projects

Here are some typical project titles from recent years:

·Comparing doodles using graph matching

·Comparing the usability of doodle and Mikon passwords

·Family-based authentication

·Perception of risk towards trading fraud incidents

Furthermore for students hoping to continue into research, we have seven major research groups: computer vision and graphics; embedded, networked, and distributed systems; formal analysis, theory, and algorithms; human computer interaction; inference, dynamics, and interaction; information retrieval; software engineering and information security. Most MSc students choose projects offered by these groups, giving them an opportunity to go on to PhD study.

Industry Links and Employability

·Computer systems are frequently compromised by the efforts of opportunistic hackers. In many countries, legislation is forcing companies to take information security more seriously. Information security requires a clear understanding of relevant technological, social, and organizational issues, as well as the relationships between them.

·The programme includes a thorough grounding in professional software development, together with experience of developing a project proposal and conducting a development project. The programme will prepare you for a responsible position in the IT industry.

·The School of Computing Science has extensive contacts with industrial partners who contribute to several of their taught courses, through active teaching, curriculum development, and panel discussion. Recent contributors include representatives from IBM, J.P. Morgan, Amazon, Adobe and Red Hat.

·During the programme students have an opportunity to develop and practice relevant professional and transferrable skills, and to meet and learn from employers about working in the IT industry.

Contents

Programme Structure

Modes of delivery of the MSc in Information Security include lectures, seminars and tutorials and allow students the opportunity to take part in lab, project and team work.

Core courses

·Cyber security

·Human-centred security

·Professional skills and issues

·Research methods and techniques

·Safety critical systems

·Trends in information security

·Masters team project.

Optional courses

·Advanced networking and communications

·Advanced operating systems

·Algorithmics

·Artificial intelligence

·Big data: sytems, programming and management

·Component-based software engineering

·Computer architecture

·Computer vision methods and applications

·Constraint programming

·Distributed algorithms and systems

·Enterprise computing

·Functional programming

·Human computer interaction

·Human computer interaction: design and evaluation

·Information retrieval

·Internet technology

·IT architecture

·Machine learning

·Mobile human computer interaction

·Modeling reactive systems.

Depending on staff availability, the optional courses listed here may change.

Projects

·To complete the MSc degree you must undertake a project worth 60 credits. This is a project chosen by you to investigate a challenging but constrained information security problem.

·The project will integrate the subject knowledge and generic skills that you will acquire during your Masters.

·We offer a wide range of projects, and each student is normally allocated a different project. We take your preferences into account when we allocate the projects.

·You will also have the opportunity to propose your own project, subject to academic approval.

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