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Hi! I just want to figure out does this major (information security ) need to face computer everyday and write programs day and night using all kinds of different programming languages?
Actually, I'm not computer science guy. My bachelor degree is about electric and control Engineering.
Some of my modules involved software design and programming. I learned how to write programs using C++. Not just a little bit, we finished the Object-Oriented Programming (Class things). And it turns out that i am quite good at logical things.
But if this major is all about programming, I think i may go down compared with computer science guy. In this position, I'd like to choose MSc major in electric or something.

This is all my concern.

Thank you very much if you can give me some advise, i am lost!
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Well, just in case people run into this thread

You don't need to know program everyday, depending on the course you choose, you probably won't program that much. You won't be programming full fledged software, but more algorithmic type problems such as elliptic curve, maybe integer factorisation algorithms, but not THAT much honestly. Some useful programming you will need to know is definitely python and c. There are some projects which needs to know machine learning and (in your case) electrical engineering and hardware knowledge, so you are more than suited. Look at side channel attack if you are interested in the cryptanalysis side (code breaking)

For one of the compulsory module compsec II you will need to know how to use linux, wireshark, understanding of tcp/udp and IP but those are taught from the bottom up, so you don't need to worry.
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(Original post by J_Ly)
Well, just in case people run into this thread

You don't need to know program everyday, depending on the course you choose, you probably won't program that much. You won't be programming full fledged software, but more algorithmic type problems such as elliptic curve, maybe integer factorisation algorithms, but not THAT much honestly. Some useful programming you will need to know is definitely python and c. There are some projects which needs to know machine learning and (in your case) electrical engineering and hardware knowledge, so you are more than suited. Look at side channel attack if you are interested in the cryptanalysis side (code breaking)

For one of the compulsory module compsec II you will need to know how to use linux, wireshark, understanding of tcp/udp and IP but those are taught from the bottom up, so you don't need to worry.

Your message is very much appreciated. I've been looking in the forums for information about the MSc information Security bur it seems that people don't talk too much about it, maybe you're right and there is not too much interest in the program?

I applied to the program to start this September but haven't received a reply yet. Is that a bad sign? It's been 7 weeks and nothing my application shows "under assesment". I'm a little worried since I am an electrical engineer, and not a CS major, but I hold a Java Programming certification so I hope that helps. However my toefl scores are not what UCL requested. Unfortunately I didn't have time to retake the test before the deadline. I comply with the 100 mark since I got a 103, but I didn't score 24/30 in writting as requested and got a 22/30 instead.

The wait is killing me, from your experience do you think I have a shot to be accepted?

I graduated from electrical engineering with a GPA of 3.65, worked two years a software consultant (non security software), and took 3 courses in Ethical hacking, Digital Forensics, and web hacking
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