Professional Doctorate in Information Security Prof Doc

    About This Professional Doctorate

    Course Description

    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.

    Visit the Information Security Prof Doc page on the University of East London website for more details!

    Entry Requirements

    Minimum 2.1 Honours in any discipline.

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

    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).

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