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
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.
Where this course can take you
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.