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MSc Distance Learning


The Information Security Group also offers a distance (online) learning version of the MSc in Information Security. 

This programme operates through the University of London International Programmes and is ideal for those who are unable to attend the campus version in the UK.  Distance learning is particularly suitable for students in full- or part-time employment, since there are no attendance requirements and the degree can be spread over a number of years according to the amount of time available for study.

How does the distance learning MSc relate to the campus MSc programme?

The distance learning version of the MSc was launched in 2004 and broadly mirrors the campus course, with a slightly reduced selection of modules. All staff supporting the distance learning programme are all members of the ISG or approved information security professionals, including some distinguished past graduates of the MSc programme itself. The content, quality and assessment of modules is very closely monitored between the distance and campus-based version of the programme, so that the degree you obtain by distance learning is to all intents and purposes academically identical to that of the campus MSc. 

How is the distance learning MSc supported ?

Academic support for distance learning modules is provided through a number of online forums and seminars that are provided within a web-based virtual learning environment. Students can expect to join an integrated network of information security professionals studying the MSc concurrently from different countries around the world, which presents exciting opportunities to exchange experiences and perspectives

Is there any need to attend the Royal Holloway campus?

Note that the distance learning programme normally starts at the beginning of October, just as for the campus-based programme, and runs through to the end of April. Examinations take place during May at a centre within your own country, so there is absolutely no need to attend the Royal Holloway campus at any stage of the study programme, although you will always be very welcome to. In order to facilitate relationship building between tutors and students on the distance learning MSc, the ISG organises a distance learning weekend conference where the distance learning community can meet and take part in a weekend of presentations and social activities.

How does the study experience compare with a campus based programme?

Studying by distance learning is a very different experience to studying on campus, but is equally rewarding, as the hundreds of graduates from this programme will testify. All our distance learning graduates also join our extensive MSc Alumni Network of over 2000 MSc graduates and have the opportunity to build their future careers through the contacts that result.

If you are contemplating studying the distance learning MSc Information Security but are unsure if distance learning works for you then there is also an option of studying some specific modules first as short courses. These can then be credited towards the full MSc should you decide to take the degree programme forward.

For more information, see planning your studies

For a flavour of the types of issue explored on the MSc, please watch this academic inspiration video from former student  Andy Smith

How do I learn more ?

Further information about the distance learning MSc Information Security  including structure & syllabus, fees and application form is available from University of London International Programmes, including sample 'taster' material, a list of modules, syllabuses, brochures and application forms. You are also welcome to request further information about the distance learning programme by directly contacting Prof Peter Komisarczuk (Distance Learning Programme Director) or Claire Hudson (Distance Learning Administrator).


Application deadline is 17 August. To apply for the distance learning MSc or Post Graduate Diploma, apply here

Weekend Conference

Royal Holloway University hosts an annual weekend conference for students and Alumni of the Distance Learning programme. Full information and booking details for this year's conference  and details of previous years' conferences can be found here 




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