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    Full-time: September start - 12 months; Full-time: January start - 18 months; Part-time - up to three years

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    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

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    September, January

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Why study this programme?

MSc IT Security helps you to develop your computing skills in the theory and practice of computer security and forensic technology. This requires an understanding of hardware, operating systems, communications software, attention to detail, creative problem-solving, investigative skills and an appreciation of computer threats and security counter-measures. You will also have the opportunity to work on a substantial project of your own choice. These skills can lead to a range of careers in systems management and computer security.

Entry Requirements

Specific entry requirements for the course are a recognised British Honours degree (or its equivalent) with a minimum of a 2.2, or its equivalent, in a Computing or Technology-related subject area; or a recognised British Honours degree (or its equivalent) in a non-computing subject area plus substantial relevant experience; or a BCS postgraduate diploma plus a PGD project; or qualifications deemed by the University to be equivalent.

Applications from all candidates will be considered on their merits. For international students IELTS 6.5, or its equivalent, is a minimum requirement.

Programme at a Glance

Compulsory modules

  • Master's Project (60 credits)
  • Critical Analysis (20 credits) – September to January
  • Advanced Topics in IT Security (20 credits) – September to January
  • Computer Security (20 credits) – January to May
  • Information Security Management (20 credits) – January to May

The Master's Project is undertaken on completion of the taught modules.

Optional modules

  • Digital Forensic Technology (20 credits) – January to May
  • Database Administration & Management (20 credits) – February to May
  • The Expert Witness in the Legal Process (20 credits) – February to May
  • IT Project Management (20 credits) – February to May
  • Trends in Cybercrime (20 credits) – September to January
  • OO Software Development (20 credits) – September to January

There may be timetable constraints that may limit your option choice.

Postgraduate Advice Event

The next UCLan Postgraduate Advice Event will be on Thursday 10th November 2016.
For details and registration for this event please visit our Eventbrite page.
Please contact Course Enquiries with any queries regarding postgraduate study and research.

Further Information

As organisations become more dependent on sophisticated computers and communications to support their operations and to store valuable data, they become more vulnerable to IT-based attacks. The expertise of the information security professional is in managing corporate IT resources, protecting servers and computers, and tracking intruders on their networks. On this course you will learn about the tools and procedures that can be used to identify computer security weaknesses that could lead to the loss of sensitive computer data. You will develop the necessary skills to become an IT security problem-solver in order to meet the growing demand for specialists in this area. 


You will develop transferable skills in evaluation of ideas and concepts, effective communication, synthesis of ideas and become a reflective practitioner. You will have the opportunity to plan and carry out a supervised project in the field of computer security or computer forensics.

How to Apply

You can apply for many of the postgraduate UCLan courses using our Online Application System.

For other postgraduate courses you can apply directly to UCLan by downloading a Postgraduate Application Form (.pdf 190KB) please also see our Postgraduate Application Guidance Notes (.pdf 158KB).

Course Specification and Handbook

For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:


Apply now or see further information about postgraduate study and research. International students should visit our international pages.

Contact Us

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400


Fees 2017/18

Full-time: £6,300 per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £1,050 per 20 credits for first 120 credits studied (UK/EU)

Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated and may be subject to increase annually in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate

Further information:

For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.

New UK Government Postgraduate Loans Scheme

The UK Government has confirmed that a new postgraduate loan scheme will be introduced for students commencing a Full Masters Postgraduate programmes from 2016/17 academic year.

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Learning Environment and Assessment

The School of Physical Sciences and Computing provides an 'electronic learning' environment to facilitate flexible learning. This environment combines traditional face-to-face lecture/tutorial and practical sessions with additional, resource-rich, online materials allowing you to continue independent learning through a variety of approaches.

Assessment methods will include individual and group assignments, presentation, seminars and examinations.

Learning Outcomes & Aims

We aim to explore the concept and principles of IT Security which will enable you to develop skills in critical evaluation and the tools and techniques that are used within IT Security and management. You will investigate the current trends and research that is relevant to IT Security which will enable you to develop a systematic approach to security policy and planning. You will plan, undertake and evaluate a substantial IT Security related project in which you will put into practice and develop your self-management, communication, critical evaluation and technical skills.

Our degree is designed to equip you with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills that are needed within industry.


To enhance your work experience you will have an opportunity to undertake an industrial placement as part your MSc. This will extend your study time by six or twelve months depending on the length of the placement. Alternatively there are opportunities to choose an industry-based project.

The University will support you to seek employment as a security specialist. The skills developed by the course are also valuable in a range of computing environments.

There are opportunities to continue with your studies to MPhil or PhD.