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The award
MSc, Postgraduate Diploma

How long you will study
find out

Domestic course fees
GBP 5360

How you will study
full-time, part-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
GBP 18120

All study options

About Network Security at Heriot-Watt University

The masters in Network Security teaches the theory, methods and tools of computer network security. It'll give you the knowledge to help you keep networks safe from attacks and threats by hostile parties. Plus the skills to formulate policies, deploy network security solutions and validate their effectiveness. The course also offers a detailed understanding of contemporary issues in network security research areas. Our masters in Network Security is ideally suited for honours graduates with an IT background.

Course length

The full-time Network Security masters starts in mid September and lasts one year. The course can also be taken part-time over two years, or as a nine month Postgraduate Diploma.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMSc, Postgraduate DiplomaHow you will studyFull-time, Part-timeHow long you will study find out
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 5360International course feesGBP 18120

Notes about fees for this course

Status*Full-timePart-timePer course
Scotland / Non-UK EU£5,360£2,680£670
England / Northern Ireland / Wales£5,360£2,680£670
Overseas£18,120£9,060£2,265

* If you are unsure which category you fall in to, you should complete a fee status enquiry form, which allows us to assess your fees.

** Fee per course

Scholarships and bursaries

We aim to encourage well-qualified, ambitious students to study with us and we offer a wide variety of scholarships and bursaries to achieve this. Over £6 million worth of opportunities are available in fee and stipend scholarships, and more than 400 students benefit from this support.

View our full range of postgraduate taught scholarships.

Entry requirements

For entry at MSc Level one of the following:-

  • 2nd class honours degree or equivalent including substantial academic knowledge of Computing or IT.
  • Membership of an IT professional institution that normally requires an honours degree in Computer Science or IT for entry.
  • Pass at an appropriate transfer mark in Postgraduate Diploma examinations. This is the transfer route where the normal level is that which would be a pass at MSc Level - in this case requiring an average mark of 50% for the taught courses, no course at less than a D and F21RP at 45% or more.
  • For entry at Postgraduate Diploma Level one of the following:-

  • An honours degree or equivalent involving substantial academic study of Computing or IT.
  • Membership of an IT professional institution that normally requires an ordinary degree for entry.
  • HND or equivalent certified qualification equivalent to that suitable for entry into 3rd year of IT undergraduate degree PLUS 4 years of relevant post qualification experience in a job exercising skills in software engineering, IT, computer systems or database management with evidence of project leadership skills.
  • HNC or equivalent certified qualification equivalent to that suitable for entry into 2nd year of IT undergraduate degree PLUS 6 years of relevant post qualification experience in a job exercising skills in software engineering, IT, computer systems or database management with strong evidence of proven project leadership skills.
  • 8 years of relevant experience in a job exercising skills in software engineering, IT, computer systems or database management at a project leader level PLUS either interview or pass in 2 courses on the programme and with the permission of the Dean.
  • English language requirements

    Important: If your first language is not English, or your first degree was not taught in English, we'll need to see evidence of your English language ability.

    The minimum requirement for English language is IELTS 6.5, we also accept TOEFL (scores of 79 and higher).

    We also offer a range of English language courses to help you meet the English language requirement prior to starting your master's programme:

    • 14 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with no more than one skill at 4.5);
    • 10 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with minimum of 5.0 in all skills);
    • 6 weeks English (for IELTS 5.5 with minimum of 5.5 in reading & writing and minimum of 5.0 in speaking & listening)
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