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Information Assurance for the Public Sector MSc/PgDip/PgCert

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  • Objectives
    Suitable for those working in the public sector who wish to understand the discipline of information assurance as part of business management. The course offers three paths of business management, resilience and forensic computing to allow you to explore the area appropriate to your career aspirations in greater depth. Takes you on to become one of the next generation of managers who can understand and manage information assurance in complex business environments. You will be taught by Cranfield University academic staff at the Defence Academy - College of Management and Technology and external lecturers who understand the issues of translating theory into practice. Lecturing staff bring a wealth of experience from both the public and private sector and understand the issues of translating the theory of information assurance into practice across a broad spectrum of organisational contexts.
  • Entry requirements
    Normally a 1st or 2nd class Honours degree or equivalent in an appropriate discipline. Alternatively, a lesser qualification with relevant professional experience may be acceptable. Students whose first language is not English must attain an IELTS score of 7.
  • Course description
    The aim of the MSc is to enable individuals who work in the public sector to implement and communicate information assurance requirements to senior managers by using concepts and language that are understood in business terms. This necessitates sound technical understanding overlaid with an appreciation of the drivers and constraints within the business, and the knowledge to ensure the gap between the two can be bridged by the use of management tools, techniques and strategies.

    The course is structured as a flexible learning programme, with exit points at Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert), Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) and MSc.


    All pathways follow a common PgCert syllabus and thereafter specialise, offering the following modules:


        * Information Risk
        * Information Assurance Strategy and Architecture
        * Human Factors
        * Security Technologies
        * Information Assurance Management Systems
        * Information Assurance Assessment and Accreditation


    Students must choose six electives from the following list:

    Business Management Path

        * Emerging Technology Monitoring
        * Organisational Behaviour and Process Improvement
        * Professional Issues
        * Project Management

    Forensic Computing Path (both these modules must be taken)

        * Forensic Computer Foundations (1½ modules)
        * Corporate Security for Forensic Computing (1½ modules)

    Resilience Path

        * Resilience Context
        * Business Continuity
        * Corporate Security for Resilience
        * Counter Terrorism

    Cranfield University does not guarantee to offer all electives in a given year but every effort will be made to meet students' wishes.


    Students enrolled on the MSc programme also undertake a project, allowing them to demonstrate their ability to make use of the knowledge gained during the course in a real situation.


    MSc flexible: 3 years. PgDip flexible: 2 years. PgCert flexible: 1 year.


    By coursework and examination through the taught phase followed by a research based thesis and viva voce.

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