12 months
25600 GBP/year
11900 GBP/year
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Want to join this expanding field and learn from the very best? Our flagship Information Security programme at Royal Holloway University of London  was the first of its kind in the world.


The creation, transmission and storage of huge volumes of electronic data is one of the defining features of our age. Whilst these technologies bring us untold benefits, they also expose businesses, governments and individuals to repeated threats, such as fraud through data manipulation, deliberate sabotage and blackmail. 

As a result, businesses, governments and individuals around the world rely on the expertise and innovations of information security specialists, without which global communications systems would grind to a halt.

Career opportunities

By the end of this  Information Security programme at Royal Holloway University of London you will possess the knowledge and skills to pursue a career as a cybersecurity professional, and an ideal basis for moving on to further postgraduate research if you prefer. 

You will have an advanced knowledge and understanding of the latest breakthroughs and techniques, as well as key challenges and opportunities in the field. 

This programme will also give you valuable transferable skills such as advanced IT skills, data handling, analysis, research, communication, problem solving, time management, adaptability and self-motivation.


The programme has been developed by academics within the Information Security Group (ISG) [external link] at Royal Holloway, University of London, one of the foremost academic security groups in the world.

ISG awarded Centre of Excellence status - Royal Holloway, University of London has been recognised for its world class research in the field of cyber security by UK intelligence agencies GCHQ.

The ISG is at the cutting edge of research into the design and evaluation of smart cards, electronic commerce, security management, mobile telecommunications security, and the integration of security techniques into specific applications. The ISG was awarded a Queen's Anniversary Prize in 1998 in recognition of it providing "a unique national resource for the training of information security specialists".

Founded in 1885, Royal Holloway is one of the six largest Colleges of the University of London and is home to the Information Security Group (ISG), one of the largest academic security groups in the world.

The ISG brings together expertise in education, research and practice in the field of Information Security. It offers world-leading Masters and Postgraduate Diploma programmes (campus-based and online). The ISG also includes the Smart Card Centre of Excellence which it founded with Vodafone and Giesecke & Devrient. In recognition of its work, the ISG received a prestigious Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Security Management
  •  Network Security
  •  Computer Security (Operating Systems)
  •  Security Technologies
  •  Secure Business Architectures
  •  Digital Forensics
  •  Security Testing
  •  Cyber Security

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

There are no deadlines for postgraduate applications, but popular degrees become full quickly. 


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Normally we require a UK 2:2 (Honours) or equivalent. Students without the required first degree but with appropriate industrial experience will also be considered.
  • All teaching at Royal Holloway is in English. You will therefore need to have good enough written and spoken English to cope with your studies right from the start.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    25600 GBP/year
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    Based on the tuition of 25600 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    11900 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 11900 GBP per year during 12 months.

Living costs for London

1137 - 2157 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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