The programme has been developed with Royal Holloway, University of London (RHUL). Royal Holloway is ranked among the top 25 universities in the UK by the 2022 Guardian University Guide, and is highly regarded for its strong industry ties, dynamic and engaged community of professional alumni, and its foundational commitment to diversity and inclusion.
Royal Holloway is recognised as a UK Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research (ACE-CSR) and has received an ACE-CSE Gold Award in recognition of the institution’s excellence in cyber security education by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC). The Information Security Group at Royal Holloway also recently earned an Athena SWAN award recognising its commitment to, and excellence in, advancing gender equality.
Royal Holloway is in the top 25 per cent of UK universities for research rated ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ in the latest REF 2021* (Research Excellence Framework).
Dr Konstantinos Mersinas is an Associate Professor in Information Security at Royal Holloway, University of London. He has a PhD and an MSc from the Information Security Group at Royal Holloway, and an MSc in Mathematics from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. He has worked as a security professional before he moved from the industry to academia. He is a Fellow for Teaching and Learning Support in Higher Education, with the Higher Education Academy, a Lead Auditor in Information Security Management Systems, and a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).
Konstantinos is the Director of the Distance Learning MSc programme in Information Security and the new Online MSc Programme in Cyber Security; he is the Academic Lead for Cyber Security Placements at RHUL, creating and maintaining collaborations with the industry and bringing companies on campus.
He has conducted research consultancies with KPMG Netherlands (‘Attacker Economics and Threat Modelling’) and has served as an Expert Advisor for the UK Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) (‘Framing the Nature and Scale of Cyber Security Vulnerabilities within the Current Consumer Internet of Things (‘IoT’) Landscape’ and for the UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the Office for Product Safety & Standards (OPSS) (‘Study on the Impact of Artificial Intelligence on Product Safety’).
He co-founded the research group HIVE (Hub for research into Intergenerational Exploitation to Vulnerability) with colleagues from Law and Psychology. Projects of the group include protecting adolescents and the elderly from cyberbullying/cyberstalking and financial abuse. In 2021, he provided input for the Online Harms Bill to the UK All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Cybersecurity. In 2022, he served as a member of the Fraud Act 2006 and Digital Fraud Committee with the UK Parliament. His research has been funded by the National Cyber Security Centre in the UK.
Please note that the Programme Director is unable to respond to individual enquiries relating to the MSc Cyber Security. If you have any questions, please contact us via the enquiry form, or register your interest in the programme via Coursera.