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    Full-time: September start - 12 months; Full-time: January start - 18 months; Part-time - up to three years (day release, no evening classes)

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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. 

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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
  • Mobile Device Evidence & Investigation (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.

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

Our Postgraduate section has more information around applying including visiting UCLan and the support available.

If you want to continue and apply now, 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).


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

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.


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

Email: cenquiries@uclan.ac.uk

Fees 2020/21

Full-time: £6,900 per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £765 per 20 credits (UK/EU)

Further information:

For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

UK Government Postgraduate Loans Scheme

If you're thinking of studying a master's or doctoral degree you could be eligible for a loan from the Government to help you study.

For additional help with financing your studies, UCLan offers a range of Postgraduate scholarships, studentships, bursaries and the Alumni loyalty discount.

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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 to twelve months depending on the length of the placement. Alternatively, there are opportunities to choose an industry-based project. We expect our students to seek employment within a computing environment. This course will provide a framework within which you can take advantage of the opportunities of developing and improving technology to meet business and user needs.

You are responsible for finding your own placement. We will support you in preparation for this with the Faculty Placement Team and UCLan Careers, who can help you plan and develop your CV and applications, and have practice interviews.

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