Royal Holloway, University of London: Information Security Group

Royal Holloway, University of London
Information Security Group


Royal Holloway, part of the University of London, has a beautiful 50-hectare campus that is just 35 minutes by train from central London. The Information Security Group, set up in 1992, has a worldwide reputation for information security research and training.

The Information Security Group
The Information Security Group at Royal Holloway is one of the largest academic security groups in the world. It brings together in a single institution expertise in training, research and practice in the field of information security and secure digital business. The Group is unique in the way that it enables academics, industrialists, students and practitioners to share ideas, information and the latest research in an informal and open atmosphere.

MSc courses
These comprise of taught courses and an MSc project, and provide a foundation for academic research or a career in industry. Industrial partners are actively involved through course design, lectures, seminars and project supervision.

MSc in Information Security (part time, full time, block mode or distance learning)
This course, the first of its kind in the world, is widely recognised as a stepping-stone to a career in information security. Alumni now populate security practices in government, telecommunications, banking and IT consulting sectors throughout the world. There are two paths through the MSc: one has a more technical focus, while the other path places more emphasis on the pursuit of secure digital business. Topics include: security management, computer and network security, cryptography, database security, trusted computing and legal and regulatory requirements.

Through its excellent links with industry, the Group is able to offer a range of extracurricular activities that are highly valued by the students. For example, we deliver a two-day revision course for the CISSP exam (which is also held on campus) and a two-day hacker bootcamp. The Group also has a modern penetration testing system that allows students to carry out experiments within a secure environment.

The on-campus MSc takes one year (full time) or two years (part time or in block mode) to complete. The course can also be completed through CPD (continuous professional development) mode by accumulating credits towards the full degree over a (minimum) period of three years to a maximum seven years, with one formally registered year at the end of studies to complete the outstanding components of the MSc programme. The Group also offers a distance-learning (online) version that operates through the University of London External Programme. Due to the exceptional popularity of the programme, applicants are advised to apply early.

MSc in Mathematics for Applications
In this degree, the emphasis is on aspects of discrete mathematics. There is a supervised project. Half of the taught courses are core courses: advanced cipher systems, applications of finite fields, graph theory and error-correcting codes.

MSc in Mathematics of Cryptography and Communications
The MSc in Mathematics of Cryptography and Communications is a highly focused one-year degree giving instruction into some of the mathematics behind modern secure information and communications systems. The programme of study specialises in mathematics relevant for public key cryptography, coding theory and information theory.

MPhil/PhD degrees by research
There is a thriving PhD community working on research projects in areas ranging from the design of cryptographic primitives to investigating the security of future mobile telephone networks, and quantum theory. Funding for these projects comes from the European Union, the UK Government and industry sources.

Smart Card Centre
The Centre was founded by Royal Holloway, Vodafone and Giesecke & Devrient. Its primary objective is to create a worldwide centre of excellence for training and research in the field of smart cards, applications and related technologies.

Entry requirements
A relevant good honours degree or appropriate industrial experience is required.

Postgraduate Admissions
Information Security Group
Royal Holloway,
University of London
Surrey TW20 0EX

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