OVERVIEW

Robust and efficient digital infrastructure and systems are central to Singapore’s vision of becoming a Smart Nation. The ongoing digital revolution has transformed many areas of life in this techno-savvy island nation, from the growing popularity of E-Payments and the consolidation of data such as the National Electronic Health Record (NEHR) to the development of the SingPass national digital identity for verified access to services and more.

With the advent of such a range and number of digital innovations, Infocomm Security has a key role to play in Singapore’s Smart Nation aspiration, to safeguard systems, protect data and preserve privacy. As more systems are developed and added to the network of digital ecosystems that are the backbone of the Smart Nation vision, efforts must be made to minimise and neutralise cyber threats.

The National University of Singapore (NUS) Master of Computing – Infocomm Security (MComp InfoSec) specialisation aims to train Information Technology (IT) professionals to focus on building and reinforcing the cyber defences of the digital technologies and innovations that drive Singapore’s Smart Nation initiative, regional digitalisation and global technological advancement.

Students in the MComp InfoSec programme will gain the skills and knowledge to evaluate and understand technology and information security risks, as well as the technical know-how to respond to any gaps they may find. The programme curriculum includes topics to do with legal issues in information security, cryptography, biometric authentication and the Internet of Things (IoT).

By integrating a sound understanding of the fundamentals with good awareness of the latest developments in the field, the MComp InfoSec programme will empower its graduates to take their place at the frontlines of cybersecurity, able to design and implement robust systems to safeguard important data, and ready to respond to evolving threats.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Admission to the NUS MComp InfoSec programme is granted on a competitive basis as places in the programme are limited. Applicants should possess the following minimum requirements:

Academic 
  • Bachelor's Degree (preferably with Honours) in Computing, or
  • Bachelor's Degree with Honours in a related discipline, or
  • Bachelor's Degree (preferably with Honours) in a business-related discipline
Skill/Experience

For holders of undergraduate qualifications other than a Bachelor's Degree with Honours in Computing, (see above), two years of information technology (IT) industry experience

English Language

Applicants whose native tongue and medium of university instruction is not completely in English:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) minimum score of 90 (Internet-based), or
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) minimum Academic score of 6.0.
Note: TOEFL / IELTS scores are valid for two years from the test date and should not have expired at point of application. Expired scores will not be considered for the application.

Other

International applicants:

  • Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) minimum scores of 320 (Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning) and 3.5 (Analytical Writing), or
  • Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) minimum score of 650, or
  • Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) scores for graduates from Indian universities.
Candidates may be required to sit for other tests as prescribed by the School.

Note: GRE scores are valid for five years from the test date and should not have expired at point of application. Expired scores will not be considered for the application.


MODE OF STUDY AND PROGRAMME CANDIDATURE

The NUS MComp programme is offered on the following basis (with estimated time to complete the programme indicated below):

 Full-time  18 months 
 Part-time  30 months

Note: International applicants must be accepted into an approved full-time course in Singapore to apply for a Student’s Pass. Part-time courses and courses conducted in the evening or on weekends are not eligible. For more information, refer to the Singapore Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) website.

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

The NUS MComp InfoSec is a 40-modular credit (MC) coursework-based Master’s Degree programme that offers two pathways to complete the programme: 

  • Project Option, which comprises:
    • Computing project (8 MCs),
    • Specialisation modules (minimum 16 MCs), and
    • Non-specialisation modules (16 MCs).
Note: Of the modules required above, a maximum of two may be CS/IS Level 4000.
  • Dissertation Option, which comprises:
    • Dissertation (16 MCs),
    • Specialisation modules (minimum 12 MCs), and
    • Non-specialisation modules (12 MCs).
Note: Of the modules required above, a maximum of two may be Level 4000.

Note: Most level 5000 modules are conducted in the evenings.

Specialisation Modules

View Modules

Module Code Module Title MCs
CS4236 Cryptography Theory and Practice 4
CS4238
Computer Security Practice
4
IFS4101
Legal Aspects of Information Security
4
IS4231
Information Security Management
4
IS5008
Technology Risk & Cyber Resilience
4
IS5114
Global IT Project and Vendor Management 4
IS5151
Information Security Policy and Management
4
CS5218
Principles and Practice of Program Analysis 4
CS5219
Automated Software Validation
4
CS5231
Systems Security 4
CS5321
Network Security
4
CS5331
Web Security
4
CS5332
Biometric Authentication
4
CS5439
Software Security
4
CS5476
IoT Security
4
CS6230
Topics in Information Security
4
CS6231
Advanced Topics in Security and Privacy
4

Note: For more information about the modules listed above (as well as other modules offered in the current academic year), please visit the School of Computing Course Catalogue or NUSMODS.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

To graduate from the NUS MComp InfoSec programme, students must meet the following requirements:

Programme and/or Specialisation

Read and pass a total of 40 MCs.

Module and/or Graduate Certificate

Refer to the respective Option in the Programme Structure above.

Cumulative Average Point (CAP) 

Minimum 3.0 (out of maximum 5.0)

Please see also the University’s minimum standards for Continuation and Graduation Requirements; specific programmes may implement stricter or additional requirements.

Other 

Not applicable


FEES AND FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

Kindly note that all fees for the NUS MComp InfoSec programme quoted on this page are exclusive of prevailing GST, unless otherwise stated. The University reserves all rights to review fees as necessary and adjust accordingly without prior notice.

Tuition

S$48,000 (excluding GST)

Note: The tuition fee stated above is for 40 MCs. Students who are required to take more than 40 MCs for programme completion are subject to supplementary tuition fees.

Financial Assistance

Students in this programme have in the past been eligible for, or received funding support from:

Singapore Digital (SG:D) Scholarship (Postgraduate) (Singapore Citizens only)

MComp Study Awards

For more about loans and other financial assistance, please refer to the NUS Office of Admissions.


Application

S$50 (inclusive of GST)

  • Non-refundable and non-transferable
Acceptance

S$5,000 (excluding GST)

  • Payable upon acceptance of offer
  • Non-refundable and non-transferable
  • Will be credited towards tuition fees
Miscellaneous Student Fees

As published by NUS Registrar’s Office

  • Payable every regular semester

Programme at a Glance*
Upcoming Webinar(s):
Mon, 15 Nov 2021,
8.30pm–9.30pm (SGT):

Master of Computing Info Session

Coming soon!


Next Intake:
Application Period:
1 Jan 2022 — 15 Mar 2022

Coming soon!

* For full details, please refer to main write-up.

Video
MComp Webinar Q&A Highlight

For enquiries, please email us at pgc@nus.edu.sg.

 
29 July 2021