Cryptography - MSc

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Why study this course?

Our Cryptography MSc course will give you the opportunity to explore a specialist area of study relating to information security that is based on mathematical theory and computer science.

The high demand for cryptography specialists in the business and technology industries offers defined and fulfilling career opportunities and facilitates entry into roles that require a master’s specialism.

More about this course

Whether you want to understand the potential of blockchain or examine how your identity and data is protected online, our Cryptography MSc course will give you the tools to examine and learn about information security in the digital age.

Cryptography is based on mathematical theory and computer science. It is the construction and analysis of protocols that prevent third parties or the public from reading private messages. Information security underpinned by cryptographic techniques is key to life in the digital age, with social media and e-commerce increasingly reliant on strong algorithms to protect sensitive personal data. This course is, therefore, an excellent starting point if you want to have a career in developing and applying information security algorithms.

The skills you’ll gain on this course will be applicable to the wider information security area, including:

  • digital communication platforms (protecting calls and texts)
  • banking (card technology and account protection)
  • internet protocols (protecting transaction details using SSL, SSH)
  • corporate computer security and the delivery of integrity confidentiality and authenticity

Assessment

You’ll be assessed by a combination of coursework and short answer tests to evaluate your skills in using cryptography methods and tools. Exams will also assess your level of understanding of analysing and designing crypto systems and implementing algorithms.

Your final project will be a dissertation, which aims to assess your theoretical knowledge, analytical and technological skills, and decision-making potential.

Fees and key information

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Entry requirements

You will be required to have:

  • a 2.1 undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in mathematics, computer science, data science, software engineering, computing, ICT, physics or economics. Please note your undergraduate degree must have included at least basic training in maths and computing.

Programming skills with one of the popular languages, such as Java or Python, would also be a great advantage.

Applicants with a 2.2 at undergraduate level may also be considered and will be required to attend an interview.

To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Tier 4 student visa you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

If you need (or wish) to improve your English before starting your degree, the University offers a Pre-sessional Academic English course to help you build your confidence and reach the level of English you require.

Modular structure

Year 1 modules include:

  • Discrete Mathematical Structures
  • Number Theory for Cryptography
  • Cybersecurity and Cybercrime
  • Application in Cryptography and Cryptanalysis
  • Information Security
  • Machine Learning
  • Terrorism and Counter Terrorism
  • Security Auditing and Penetration Testing
  • MSc Project

After the course

Cryptography applies in many areas of industry where extensive data processing, electronic communications or software development takes place. As a result, this cryptography qualification will provide wider employment opportunities than a traditional computer, software or network engineering degree.

Knowledge of cryptographic solutions will enhance your employment opportunities with large businesses, including online retailers, banks and companies in the financial technology industry, corporate enterprises, electronic entertainment vendors and network service providers.

Additional costs

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

How to apply

Use the apply button to begin your application.

Non-EU applicants looking to study part-time should apply direct to the University. If you require a Tier 4 visa and wish to study a postgraduate course on a part-time basis, please read our how to apply information for international students to ensure you have all the details you need about the application process.

When to apply

You are advised to apply as early as possible as applications will only be considered if there are places available on the course.

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