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MSc Information Management and Security

Course Overview

The course is designed for computing and non-computing graduates wanting to develop skills and experience in managing data securely in business environments.

It offers a broad overview of information management and security, as well as technical knowledge of networking and security. It is ideal for those keen on a governance/compliance role, or for roles requiring you to take charge of data management.

This course aims to provide you with a business perspective within the field of telecommunications. The main aim of the programme is

• to develop your critical understanding of the field of information management, and to develop your ability to recognise and critique current approaches;
• to enhance your analytical and evaluative skills so that you can argue and justify a solution to an information management problem and to understand the varying context in which you are working;
• to develop your ability to apply your knowledge to come up with a working solution for a range of varying, and often complex, information management scenarios;
• to expose you to the emerging techniques and tools being used by the information management and security industry.

Key information

    Course name

    MSc Information Management and Security

    Total academic credits

    180 credits

    Qualification awarded

    MSc

    Awarding body

    University of Bedfordshire

    Professional recognition

    No

    Academic level

    Postgraduate (QCF_NQF Level 7)

    Study mode

    Full time - Classroom

    Duration

    12 months

    Tuition fees

    £11,000

    Intakes

    September, November, January, March, June, July

    Work placement

    Yes

    Course location

    Luton

Academic entry requirements

A good UK honours degree or equivalent in the area of Information Systems.

For those without a first degree you may be granted entry on the basis of your industrial work experience. Such work experience should total five or more years in a related subject area.

English entry requirements

IELTS score of 6.0 overall with no less than 5.5 in any subcomponent; OR evidence that you have been instructed and assessed predominantly in English for a significant part of your educational career.

Assessment methods

Throughout your course you will be exposed to a wide variety of assessment techniques including: written examinations, case studies, practical coursework assignments, problem worksheets, presentations and vivavoce (voice) examinations.

The key philosophy of our assessment strategy is to allow you to apply the knowledge and understanding that you have gained during the learning phase, to a variety of challenging and complex practical situations.

Progression route

Further postgraduate study (e.g. MSc by Research) or students can also continue onto MPhil or PhD by research that can lead to a career in higher education.

Career opportunities

On completing this course you are likely to progress into career areas including Information Architect, Data Modeller, Information Security and Network Management, Information Business Consultant.

Modules

Semester 1

  • Emerging Technologies (15 credits)
  • Data Modelling and Management (15 credits)
  • Professional Project Management (15 credits)
  • Managing IS Strategy and Security Risks (15 credits)

 

Semester 2

  • Networking Administration and Management (15 credits)
  • Data Governance and Compliance (15 credits)
  • Computer and Network Security (15 credits)
  • Ethical Hacking Tools and Techniques (15 credits)

 

Semester 3

  • MSc Project – Information Management and Security (60 credits)

 

Reasons for choosing this course

  • Study areas including: computer security, data modelling and management, emerging technologies, advanced security countermeasures, professional project management, networking administration and management, information security management and data governance and compliance
     
  • Explore the career opportunities presented by the growth area of information security
     
  • Develop your technical and managerial skills, with valuable experience of managing systems security strategy
     
  • Gain valuable experience and industry links by working on projects for real businesses through our Academic into Business Computing (ABC) centre
     
  • Benefit from a course which qualifies you roles including Information Architect, Data Modeller, Information Business Consultant, in  Information Security and Network Management or go on to further study on an MSc by Research, MPhil or PhD

 

Main learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, graduates should be able to:-

  • LO1: Communicate your knowledge and demonstrate a critical understanding of complex issues relating to Information Management and Security using a variety of communication media (e.g., formal written reports, essays and PowerPoint presentations with supporting oral communication)
     
  • LO2: Undertake a substantial piece of original research within the area of Information Management and Security and to critically analyse, synthesise and evaluate your results and present them in the form of a written dissertation
     
  • LO3: Use an appropriate form of advanced problem solving along with creativity and innovation in order to develop an appropriate solution to advanced problems within the area of Information Management and Security (e.g. development of a critical information systems strategy)
     
  • LO4: Demonstrate an appropriate level of knowledge and critical understanding, including the ability to synthesise, criticise, develop, integrate and intellectually challenge material that you have met in the taught component of your course
     
  • LO5: Critically evaluate, apply and develop tools by utilising appropriate techniques and methodologies within a specialist area of Information Management and Security (e.g. Auditing) to investigate, critically analyse and design systems that address complex problems within the chosen area
     
  • LO6: Challenge and question current thinking and consider possible future developments in the field of Information Management and Security (i.e. Emerging Technologies) within a wide variety of challenging contexts

 

How this course will enhance your career prospects:

You will gain valuable skills for a career within Information Management and Security as well as those relevant for the wider world of IT and business.

The unit ‘Professional Project Management’ requires you to work in a team to apply a current project management methodology that embraces all of these knowledge areas in an integrated way while going through the stages of planning, execution and project control. You will work as part of a team, take responsibility and make autonomous decisions that impact on the project team performance.

The final project fosters independent and autonomous study. You learn to take up the responsibility of conducting your project, typically derived from your own ideas, in collaboration with a dedicated member of the teaching staff as project supervisor.

This programme is ideal for both Computing and non-Computing graduates who are looking for a course that allows them to gain skills and experience in managing data securely with respect to a business environment. It provides a balance of concepts and technical (hands-on) aspects and allows a graduate to demonstrate proficiency in management, as well as hands on approaches to information management.

 

Graduate impact statement

Areas such as security auditing, risk management, network administration and distributed computing environments are covered. This course is therefore ideal if you are looking to gain more than just technical experience in the area of information management and security. It is applicable to both computing and non-computing graduates (who have substantial IT experience).

· Gain experience of managing systems security strategy, and apply this in your future career;

· Gain real-world experience through projects run by our Academic into Business Computing (ABC) centre;

· Explore the ever-increasing landscape of information security and the career opportunities that it presents.