Published: 07 August 2014

GCHQ provisionally certifies Surrey’s Information Security course

MSc formally recognised with a GCHQ provisional certification.

New MSc Information Security, offered by the Department of Computing and the Surrey Centre for Cyber Security, has been provisionally certified by GCHQ for delivering high-standard and industry-relevant cyber security research and education, from internationally recognised cyber security academics.   

Following a competitive process, Surrey’s new course was selected as one of six GCHQ-certified degrees in the UK. The programme is designed to ensure highly-skilled information and cyber security professionals for industry, government and academic sectors, in order to meet the security challenges of the future.

“The need for highly-skilled cyber security experts in the UK cannot be underestimated. There is a major skills gap that needs addressing,” said Dr Mark Manulis, Senior Lecturer within Surrey’s Department of Computing. “Our future economic growth, national security and day-to-day lives depend upon a secure and reliable digital world. Opportunities for graduates in this field are not only growing year on year, but offer careers that are exciting, meaningful and challenging. With students graduating from a GCHQ provisionally certified course, prospective employers will have the assurance that they possess the practical and theoretical knowledge required to meet the demands of this rapidly evolving sector.”

GCHQ’s provisional certification lasts for five years and is the first step towards recognition as an Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Education.

Surrey’s MSc Information Security degree can be studied in full-time mode from 2014 and will be available in a part-time format from 2015. The programme covers main fields of cyber and information security such as network security, cryptography, information security assurance and risk management, system security, digital forensics, multimedia security, and privacy enhancing technologies. Applications from prospective students who wish to study MSc Information Security in Surrey in the coming academic year 2014/15 can be submitted via



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