COMP0064 MSc Information Security Dissertation

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Academic session






Module delivery

1819/A7P/T23/COMP0064 Postgraduate

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FHEQ Level


FHEQ credits



Terms 2 and 3

Module leader

Groth, Jens


Murdoch, Steven (Primary contact)


Module administrator

Bottomley, Samantha


Students will get the experience of undertaking and completing a piece of research, applying techniques learned throughout the programme, including the technical skills of analysis, design and implementation

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, a student will be able to:

  1. work individually developing a major project.
  2. plan and coordinate development activities.
  3. make realistic work commitments.
  4. present the research done effectively to a deadline.

Availability and prerequisites

This module delivery is available for selection on the below-listed programmes. The relevant programme structure will specify whether the module is core, optional, or elective.

In order to be eligible to select this module as optional or elective, where available, students must meet all prerequisite conditions to the satisfaction of the module leader. Places for students taking the module as optional or elective are limited and will be allocated according to the department’s module selection policy.

Programmes on which available:

  • MSc Information Security
  • MSc Information Security (Part time) (year 1)
  • MSc Information Security (Part time) (year 2)


There are no formal prerequisites.


Students work individually or in groups on a research topic together with a supervisor. Frequently, the supervisor is one of UCL's lecturers on the MSc in Information Security, but students can also work with other academic staff at UCL or with an external supervisor from industry. The workload of the thesis corresponds to four modules.

The project runs from immediately after the examination period (May) with the students responsible for organising themselves and their work, with advice from their supervisor. Students are expected to meet with their supervisor on a regular basis, as agreed with the supervisor. The main report documents the results of the project. The deadline for submission is normally the last week of August. The dissertation text (defined as everything except title page, table of contents, references and appendices) should not exceed 50 pages in 12 point type and 1.5 or double spacing for an individual report. The total dissertation length (main text together with appendices) should under no circumstances exceed 100 pages for an individual report. For group projects, each extra group member increases the allowance by 30 pages in the main body, and 30 pages in the appendices.

Examples of recent project titles

  • Algebraic Attack On Smart Cards
  • Algebraic Cryptanalysis Of Ciphers
  • Anti-Phishing: Secure, Usable and Low Cost Authentication For Secure and Convenient Online Banking Security and Payment Systems
  • Comparing Authentication Methods
  • Computer Security By Strip Searching
  • Cryptanalysis Of Keeloq
  • Defence Against Profile Injection Attacks
  • Fuzzy Private Matching and Privacy Preserving
  • Implementing Default Capabilities To Fight Computer Malware
  • Integration Of Biometrics In Identity Management
  • Maliciously Created Routing Loops In Mobility Protocols
  • Mobile Phone Security
  • Model Checking Security Protocols
  • Modelling The Information Content Of Rumour Propagation
  • Perfectly Secure Communication Over General Adversary Structures In Arbitrary Networks With Feedback Channels
  • Privacy: Dataveillance As Differential Pricing and Social Sorting
  • Private Information Retrieval
  • Topological Characterisation of Email Communications
  • Trusted Computing
  • Verification of TESLA (or Variant Dining Cryptographers) Protocol Using MCMAS


The module is delivered through project work.


This module delivery is assessed as below:



Weight (%)






In order to pass this module delivery, students must achieve an overall weighted module mark of 50%.