Security and Resilience_ Science and Technology
  • Postgraduate taught
  • MSc

Security and Resilience: Science and Technology

Deepen your understanding of the science and cutting-edge technologies that underpin global security.

  • Postgraduate taught
  • PG Cert

Security and Resilience: Science and Technology

Deepen your understanding of the science and cutting-edge technologies that underpin global security.

  • Postgraduate taught
  • PG Dip

Security and Resilience: Science and Technology

Deepen your understanding of the science and cutting-edge technologies that underpin global security.

Deepen your understanding of the science and cutting-edge technologies that underpin global security

Train in the quantitative and qualitative research methods that help organisations meet security and resilience challenges

Benefit from a flexible study programme that allows you to fit learning around your existing career goals

How would you like to study?

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Course key facts

Minimum entry standard

  • 2:1 in a relevant engineering, mathematical or physical sciences subject

  • Non-STEM degrees or 2:2 degrees and relevant experience through studies or work may also be considered

View full entry requirements

Minimum entry standard

  • 2:1 in a relevant engineering, mathematical or physical sciences subject

  • Non-STEM degrees or 2:2 degrees and relevant experience through studies or work may also be considered

View full entry requirements

Minimum entry standard

  • 2:1 in a relevant engineering, mathematical or physical sciences subject

  • Non-STEM degrees or 2:2 degrees and relevant experience through studies or work may also be considered

View full entry requirements

Study option:

Course overview

Discover the science and cutting-edge technologies that underpin global security in this Master's course.

Organisations, communities, cities and nations have a growing need to be secure and resilient.

This course equips you with a broad range of skills to address this need across industry, government and academic sectors.

You'll study how emerging and disruptive technologies are driving both challenges and solutions to security.

You'll examine cyber and physical threats in critical national infrasructure sectors such as finance, transport, energy, space and healthcare.

Additionally, you'll learn qualitative and quantitative research methodologies with significant reference to human cognition and behaviour.

The course is intentionally broad in focus, giving you the foundations for a range of career trajectories in a world of ever-changing security concerns.

Discover the science and cutting-edge technologies that underpin global security in this Master's course.

Organisations, communities, cities and nations have a growing need to be secure and resilient.

This course equips you with a broad range of skills to address this need across industry, government and academic sectors.

You'll study how emerging and disruptive technologies are driving both challenges and solutions to security.

You'll examine cyber and physical threats in critical national infrasructure sectors such as finance, transport, energy, space and healthcare.

Additionally, you'll learn qualitative and quantitative research methodologies with significant reference to human cognition and behaviour.

The course is intentionally broad in focus, giving you the foundations for a range of career trajectories in a world of ever-changing security concerns.

Discover the science and cutting-edge technologies that underpin global security in this Master's course.

Organisations, communities, cities and nations have a growing need to be secure and resilient.

This course equips you with a broad range of skills to address this need across industry, government and academic sectors.

You'll study how emerging and disruptive technologies are driving both challenges and solutions to security.

You'll examine cyber and physical threats in critical national infrasructure sectors such as finance, transport, energy, space and healthcare.

Additionally, you'll learn qualitative and quantitative research methodologies with significant reference to human cognition and behaviour.

The course is intentionally broad in focus, giving you the foundations for a range of career trajectories in a world of ever-changing security concerns.

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Structure

This page is updated regularly to reflect the latest version of the curriculum. However, this information is subject to change.

Find out more about potential course changes.

Please note: it may not always be possible to take specific combinations of modules due to timetabling conflicts. For confirmation, please check with the relevant department.

You'll study the following core modules.

Core modules

You’ll choose two optional modules.

Optional modules

You'll undertake a three-month, full-time long project consisting of a piece of original scientific research with an academic supervisor.

Your studies will be relevant to one of the areas explored throughout the academic year. Industry-sponsored projects are available.

You'll study a series of core modules. The module choices will be confirmed by the programme director prior to the start of the course.

Core modules

You'll study all the following core modules and complete a short project.

Core modules

You’ll choose one optional module.

Optional modules

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Teaching and assessment

Balance of teaching and learning

Key

  • Lectures, tutorials and practicals
  • Projects
  • Independent study

  • 33% Lectures, tutorials and practicals
  • 45% Projects
  • 22% Independent study

Teaching and learning methods

  • Computational exercises
  • Laboratory work
  • Person at lectern giving speech
    Lectures
  • Individual research project
    Individual project work
  • Blackboard virtual learning environment
    Virtual learning environment
  • Online discussions
  • Workshops and case studies

Balance of assessment

Key

  • Coursework
  • Practical
  • Examinations

  • 20% Coursework
  • 10% Practical
  • 70% Examinations

Assessment methods

  • Independent project (four months)
  • Oral examinations
  • Problem sheets
  • Practical work
  • Design project blueprints
    Short group projects
  • A person completing a written exam
    Written examinations

Balance of teaching and learning

Key

  • Lectures, tutorials and practicals
  • Projects
  • Independent study

  • 47% Lectures, tutorials and practicals
  • 13% Projects
  • 40% Independent study

Teaching and learning methods

  • Computational exercises
  • Laboratory work
  • Person at lectern giving speech
    Lectures
  • Individual research project
    Individual project work
  • Blackboard virtual learning environment
    Virtual learning environment
  • Online discussions
  • Workshops and case studies

Balance of assessment

Key

  • Coursework
  • Practical
  • Examinations

  • 20% Coursework
  • 10% Practical
  • 70% Examinations

Assessment methods

  • Oral examinations
  • Problem sheets
  • Practical work
  • Design project blueprints
    Short group projects
  • A person completing a written exam
    Written examinations

Balance of teaching and learning

Key

  • Lectures, tutorials and practicals
  • Projects
  • Independent study

  • 44% Lectures, tutorials and practicals
  • 23% Projects
  • 33% Independent study

Teaching and learning methods

  • Computational exercises
  • Laboratory work
  • Person at lectern giving speech
    Lectures
  • Individual research project
    Individual project work
  • Blackboard virtual learning environment
    Virtual learning environment
  • Online discussions
  • Workshops and case studies

Balance of assessment

Key

  • Coursework
  • Practical
  • Examinations

  • 20% Coursework
  • 10% Practical
  • 70% Examinations

Assessment methods

  • Oral examinations
  • Problem sheets
  • Practical work
  • Design project blueprints
    Short group projects
  • A person completing a written exam
    Written examinations

While individual modules may vary, the balance of assessment represents a typical breakdown of the overall grade for a module.

Coursework includes problem sets and feedback provided will be predominantly formative. 

Practical exercises include communication and presentations with and feedback will be predominantly formative.

Formal examinations will be predominantly summative.

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Entry requirements

We consider all applicants on an individual basis, welcoming students from all over the world.

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How to apply

Apply online

You can submit one application form per year of entry. You can choose up to two courses.

Application deadlines – Round 4 closes on Friday 24 May 2024

Application deadlines – Round 4 closes on Friday 24 May 2024

Application deadlines – Round 4 closes on Friday 24 May 2024

Tuition fees

Home fee – Full-time

MSc

£15,350 total fee

PG Dip

£12,280total fee

PG Cert

£7,675total fee

Home fee – Part-time

MSc

£7,675 per year

PG Dip

£6,140per year

PG Cert

£3,838per year

Overseas fee – Full-time

MSc

£35,600 total fee

PG Dip

£28,480total fee

PG Cert

£17,800total fee

Overseas fee – Part-time

MSc

£17,800 per year

PG Dip

£14,240per year

PG Cert

£8,900per year

How will studying at Imperial help my career?

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Open-up a range of exciting career paths in security and resilience.

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Our graduates are well positioned for career paths in industry, academia, government as well as entrepreneurship.

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Your skills will be highly sought after by companies in the security and resilience sector, which employs over 100,000 people in the UK.

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You will learn from experts with experience working with multiple government departments in the UK and internationally/

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Access to the Enterprise Lab and Advanced Hackspace will help you build your entrepreneurial potential.

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Several recent start-ups launched at the College work within cyber security, next-generation armour and facial recognition.

Terms and conditions

There are some important pieces of information you should be aware of when applying to Imperial. These include key information about your tuition fees, funding, visas, accommodation and more.

Read our terms and conditions

You can find further information about your course, including degree classifications, regulations, progression and awards in the programme specification for your course.

Programme specifications