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Information and Network Security, PgCert | PgDip | MSc

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #801 (QS) ,
With the MSc Information and Network Security degree offered at the Robert Gordon University you learn how to store, manipulate and communicate valuable and confidential information electronically. However, a number of threats compromise the security of this information. 2015/16 entry free places available for Scottish/EU Students.


The MSc Information and Network Security, offered by Robert Godon University, aims to produce computing specialists who are able to design and maintain secure information systems and networks.

This course is designed to satisfy the demands of industry and IT providers for software developers and computing practitioners who:

  • know the legal requirements of information security and are able to implement current information security standards;
  • are proficient in the use of state-of–the-art principles, techniques, tools and methodologies for the design, implementation and maintenance of secure information systems;
  • are able to design and maintain secure computer networks;
  • can safely recover an information system or network from a successful security attack.

Job Prospects

The course prepares you for a career in cyber security. Job roles include: IT Security Engineer, Digital Forensics Analyst, Network Manager, IT Security Auditor, IT Risk Specialist and E-business Security Analyst. The course also prepares students for research careers by providing the skills necessary of an effective researcher. Suitable MSc graduates may continue to PhD programmes within the school.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Network Switching and Routing
  • Information Security Management
  • Security Testing
  • Systems Programming And Security
  • Professional Development and Research Skills
  • Incident Management And Forensics
  • Database And Web Security
  • Network Security

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Duration description
      January: 17 months
    • Average part-time duration 36 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration description
      • September: 33 months
      • January: 32 months
  • Credits
    195 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Lower Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Lower Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Applicants normally hold a 2:2 undergraduate honours degree or its equivalent in Computing or related subject such as Electronics and Information Systems.
  • Applicants with a lower degree classification and / or relevant work experience will be considered on a case by case basis.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    13590 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13590 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    5500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5500 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Rest of UK Students


  • £6,750
  • £2,750 for year 1
  • £2,750 for year 2
  • £1,250 for year 3

Living costs for Aberdeen

  • 729 - 1070 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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