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Prof Doc Information Security

Course overview

Start date

September 2021

Subject area





On campus, dual delivery

Course summary

This programme aims to develop research-based practice amongst professionals currently working within the Information Security area. As a result of the rapid growth in both the availability of global information structures (e.g. the Internet) and the number of users, information security professionals are facing major challenges providing services that are accessible yet safe. Keeping business channels flexible and easy to use whilst guarding against the e-criminal is an on-going project.

“Despite the growing space and sophistication of cyber threats there are not enough people equipped with the appreciate knowledge, skills and abilities to protect the information technology for strategic advantage” - Professionalizing Cybersecurity: A Path to universal standards and status (2015).

“81% of IT and Cybersecurity Professionals believe that if the right investments in people, process and technologies were in place, their organisations would be better able to mitigate all future security breaches” - 2014 Ponemon Institute Research Report.

Return to campus: dual delivery

In a Covid-secure environment, enjoy learning on our state-of-the-art campuses and flex between online delivery

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This programme is currently unique in the UK, offering a professional doctoral qualification in the expanding area of information security. It brings professionals and academia together to inform both theory and practice.

The programme is reviewed and enhanced every year to keep up with the rapid changes and challenges in cyber space. Our syllabus is designed and delivered with the assistance of our industrial liaison board.

The profile and the strength of the IS professional students who are taking this Professional Doctorate degree underpin the programme.


What we're researching

Our information Security research was rated world-leading during the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. We continually work towards the design of solutions to detect, prevent and analyse cyber security attacks. Many of our staff are at the forefront of the battle against hackers and criminals who relentlessly target our digital society. The near future may favour criminals even more as the Internet of Things (IoT) continues to expand possible avenues of attack.

Our academic team is involved in major European research projects, including the enhancement of cyber security awareness, the crucial field of software security for mobile devices and cloud computing.

Professor Allan Brimicombe is Head of the Centre for Geo-Information Studies at UEL.  He is an Academician in the Academy of Social Sciences, deputy chair of the National Statistician’s Crime Statistics Advisory Committee, as well as company secretary and executive committee member of the British Society of Criminology. He’s also a chartered geographer and is active in the Royal Geographical Society. His research has been applied to crime, health, education, natural hazards, utilities and business.

Dr Ameer Al-Nemrat is an expert in the field of cybercrime and digital forensics. He has led a cybercrime project with a German institution, which won, for the second time in a row, the “Good Practice Award” from The European Commission as part of the Leonardo da Vinci scheme.

Dr Paolo Falcarin is an expert in the field of software security and service-oriented computing. In 2014, he won a major research grant and became a principal investigator of the European FP7 project ASPIRE (Advanced Software Protection: Integration Research and Exploitation), along with six other companies and universities from across Europe.

Dr Rabih Bashroush’s research interests include cloud computing and energy efficiency whilst Dr Andres Baravalle's main area of investigation is the Darkweb. An article describing Dr Baravalle's work was recently published on the front page of the Times newspaper.

As a team, our research work has a strong reputation across the UK and the rest of the world and we’ve developed key partnerships so we can transfer our knowledge to a range of industrial, commercial, policy-making and government departments.

As a result, our work has a major impact on IT products and services. We’re also improving public awareness of the social, political and financial impact of information and communication technologies.

Making a difference

UEL is one of the UK’s leading modern research universities. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF), 17 per cent of our overall research submission was classified as ‘world-leading’ for its quality and impact – almost double our previous REF score. A further 45 per cent of our work was considered ‘internationally excellent’.

Fees and funding

Below are some ideas on how to fund your postgraduate study:
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Tuition fees

Annual P/T Fee

Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.
Deposits and paying by instalments

International students are required to pay a deposit prior to being issued a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS).

Your remaining balance will be paid in five monthly instalments over your first term. The first of these instalments must be paid when completing your enrolment on arrival at UEL. Please follow the payment instructions here.

After the required payment has been made, you will be asked to complete the online International Student Reply Form to confirm your acceptance of our offer and of our terms of admittance and fees policy.

As part of the Tier 4 student visa requirements, UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) estimate that you will need £1,265* per month to cover your living costs. It includes expenses for accommodation, food and drink, travel within London, text books, entertainment, clothing, toiletries and laundry. Most Tier 4 students are required to show they have sufficient funds to cover the first nine months of the course before they start- a total of £11,385- in addition to the tuition fees. You can find more information about the specific requirements of the Tier 4 student visa here. The amount that you will spend can vary depending on your lifestyle. The UKCISA International Student Calculator can help you plan and manage your money.

* Please note the Immigration Rules are subject to change and this figure is likely to be increased by UKVI year on year. Please therefore check our ISA page for more information at the time of preparing your visa application.

Our International team at UEL are available for advice and guidance on studying in London, fees, scholarships and visa requirements.


Tuition fees

Annual P/T Fee

Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

Entry requirements

Minimum 2.1 Honours in any discipline

We would normally expect you to have Grade C in GCSE English and Maths. 


(Including European Union)


Applicants must have current significant work experience in a senior position and a proven commitment to professional, personal and intellectual development.

Overall IELTS 6.0 overall with minimum 6.0 in writing and speaking, and 5.5 in listening and reading(or recognised equivalent)

If you do not meet the academic English language requirements for your course, you may be eligible to enrol onto a pre-sessional English programme. The length of the course will depend on your current level of English and the requirements for your degree programme. We offer a 5-week and an 11-week pre-sessional course. Find out more here.

As an inclusive university, we recognise that applicants who have been out of education for some time may not have the formal qualifications usually required for entry to a course. We welcome applications from those who can demonstrate their enthusiasm and commitment to study and have the relevant life/work experience that equips them to succeed on the course. We will assess this from the information provided in your application – in particular your personal statement - to help us decide on your eligibility for the course.

Please note that some courses require applicants to meet the entry requirements outlined on the course page. Our pre-entry Information Advice and Guidance Team are able to provide further advice on entry requirements and suitability for study.
You can speak to a member of our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0)20 8223 3333, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. Alternatively, you can visit our Information, Advice and Guidance centre.

What you'll study

We consistently review and develop our courses and modules to ensure they are up-to-date with sector and industry graduate skills demands. Course structure, modules and options are subject to change.

  • IT and Internet Law (DL) (core)
  • Seizure & Examination of Computer Systems (core)
  • Applied Research Tools & Techniques (core)
  • Work-based Planning (core)
  • Work-based Practice (core)
  • Research Methods for Technologists (core)
  • Project Portfolio (core)
  • Research Conference (core)
  • Research Thesis (core)

How you'll be assessed

Taught modules assessment:

- In all level 8 modules students must obtain: 60% overall with a minimum component mark of 50%

- In all level 7 modules students must obtain: 50% overall with a minimum component mark of 40%

- Students who, after the appropriate reassessment attempts, are unable to pass one or more of core taught modules will not achieve the award of Professional Doctorate.

- Students who are unable to gain enough credits from the taught modules may be eligible exit with a lesser award.

- Students who are unsuccessful in any level 8 module of assessment may be re-assessed on one further occasion only.

- Students who are unsuccessful in any level 7 module of assessment may be re-assessed on three further occasions.

Course specification

How you'll learn

This is an extremely flexible programme that facilitates the professional and academic learning of information security students at different stages of their careers. It offers a range of post-qualifying and academic awards –including the Professional Doctorate in Information Security.

What you'll learn

This unique course offers a professional doctoral qualification in the expanding area of information security. Most of the course is based on negotiated learning, which means you will construct research-based learning around your interests and experience. 

The danger of cybercrime is growing and is affecting individuals, governments and organisations across the world. From phishing to hacking, scamming to grooming, botnets to cyberterrorism, the range and variety of threats seems to expand constantly. 

This Prof Doc addresses system vulnerabilities and explores preventative measures, repair and detection. This course is aimed at professionals working within the information security area who wish to develop their research-based practice. 

As a result of the rapid growth in both the availability of global information structures and the number of users, information security professionals face major challenges to provide services that are accessible and yet safe. Keeping business channels flexible and easy to use, while guarding against cyber criminals, is an on-going project. 

We aim to improve professional practice in the information security area through our research methods.

Our course leaders continuously update their expertise, carrying out leading research within this market.

Your future career

This programme is targeted at those employed in the Information Security area, seeking to enhance the research dimension of their work via a qualification that is tailored to their professional needs. Students who complete the Professional Doctorate regularly achieve enhanced employment status and all continue to pursue fulfilling careers within the fields of Information Security and Digital Forensics.

Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal

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