What will I study?
The MSc Information Security Management Programme is designed specifically to enable you to update, extend and deepen your knowledge in Information Security and related Management and wider digital leadership and information security subjects, in order to enhance and accelerate your career opportunities. The programme has been designed to enable you to develop and enhance your learning capability and to make sense of the need to continually improve your professional practice and career development in the areas of Information Security and related management issues.
The programme aims to develop you as a modern, well rounded and outward looking professional capable of taking responsibility for and effectively leading cyber security and technology projects and people, capable of making good decisions and improving the performance of yourself, your people, your areas of responsibility and your organisation.
By completing the MSc in Information Security Management you will be able to demonstrate capabilities in the areas of the Digital Leadership, Information Governance and Cyber Security, Information Assurance and Cyber Risk Management, Contemporary Issues in Information Security Management, Digital Forensics and Incident Management, Research Methods for Professional Practice and Computing and Digital Technologies Project.
The modular content has been designed to allow you to extend and deeper learning in specific areas in the areas of specialism which are relevant to you. For example, the digital leadership module is designed to support future career progression into roles where there is a requirement to manage other cyber specialists. It also provides a useful foundation for those seeking to pursue a career in cyber security in a role where you are required to add something about a specialist module. Knowledge gained from studying the programme will enable you to conduct threat intelligence analysis to keep up to date with the changing threat landscape.
There is a growing demand for specialists who able to combine the softer skills of communication and leadership to develop organisational information security strategies, board level risk and crisis management strategies. This demand is creating a shift at a mid to senior level towards the management of information security and progressively the management of geographically dispersed technical specialists working in large complex projects. The ability to demonstrate these capabilities in the workplace is central to your career development and progression and in support of this, development of your personal professional practice is embedded into the programme.
How will I be taught and assessed?
You’ll be taught using a range of methods such as workshops, tutorials, directed study and discussion forums, and led by experienced lecturers and academics who use their industry and research experience to demonstrate how the theories, tools, technologies and methods you will learn on the programme translate in to real life situations.
As a student working in the computing environment you will be encouraged by your tutor to integrate your work practice in the module content and development of assessments. By following this approach there are opportunities to connect learning delivered during the module to your role and vice versa.
For each module you can expect 24 hours of overall contact time delivered through interactive workshops and face-to-face classroom sessions. This will be supported by a minimum of 12 hours of guided tutor learning which can be delivered virtually, examples include tutorials, tutor led collaborative exercises with peers, discussion forums and video presentations.
You will also be expected to engage in independent study, around 164 hours for each module. This will be supported by your module tutor and will consist of pre-class reading preparation, research, assessment preparation, development and writing as well as skills development and online tests and quizzes.
The assessment for this programme is 100% coursework, with examples including report writing and tangible pieces of work such as a programme or database, portfolio and final project.
Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) is embedded throughout the course with tools such as the ‘Blackboard’ eLearning Portal and electronic reading lists that will guide your preparation for seminars and independent research.
We offer extensive student support in and outside of the classroom with a dedicated student support team based in London.
Careers and further study
Increasingly managers in a senior position find that they have become accountable for information security management in their organisation, particularly with GDPR, as the scope of their role creeps to include risk handling, management of cyber technologists and governance.
This MSc has been designed to ensure that graduates have a foundation in a range of information security competences such as information assurance, incident management and the information governance knowledge to support senior managers, in order to bridge the technical gap and contribute to organisational strategies and contingency planning.
You may be working in a variety of organisation types including the IT sector as a departmental or senior manager with responsibility for maintaining information security.