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Hello everyone,

I was recently accepted to Royal Holloway for an MSC in Information Security. I am an international student. As a result, I have a few questions. Here's the first half.


Are the summers free for students to take internships?

Are students expected to have mastered coding languages or will these be taught?

Are classes taught by people from the industry or by professors from the university?

Do you offer prep classes/workshops for certification exams?

What is the difficulty level like for tests and coursework?

How would you rank the teaching quality?

How would you rank campus life and sense of community?

Does the school still have a good reputation?

Lastly, any current or former students. How's the student environment? Are people welcoming? Is help readily available? How hard is the dissertation?
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Are students given time to practice skills and theories in class under the guidance of the instructor?
Are the summers free for students to take internships?
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Hi prosector15,

Congratulations on accepting your offer to study with us!

Are the summers free for students to take internships?
There aren’t usually lectures or seminars in the summer months and how you spend this time is ultimately up to you, but it’s worth keeping in mind that you may be expected to be working on a dissertation or final project.

Are classes taught by people from the industry or by professors from the university?
Classes are taught by lecturers from Royal Holloway, who all have a vast array of work experience and some of which are still active in the industry today.

Do you offer prep classes/workshops for certification exams?
The MSc Information Security has been awarded GCHQ certified status from the National Cyber Security Centre, which means that you’ll be graduating from a certified postgraduate degree programme in Information Security.

How would you rank the teaching quality?
We are 11th in the UK for quality of research output (THE REF institutions ranked by subject, 2014).

How would you rank campus life and sense of community?
It’s difficult to rank campus life and community, but we did score 87% in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2018 for undergraduate student satisfaction, which is 4% above the national average.

Does the school still have a good reputation?
Royal Holloway has been ranked in the top 25 of UK universities in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019. We are an internationally recognized institution and as a part of the University of London, you'll have access to a number of London resources such as the Senate House Library.

Lastly, any current or former students. How's the student environment? Are people welcoming? Is help readily available? How hard is the dissertation?
I was a student at Royal Holloway and found that I wouldn’t go a day without running into somebody I knew. This made me feel comfortable and at ease especially as I was an international student too. My friends definitely became my family and the people that I lived with in my first year are still some of my closest friends today. If you do require any assistance, the university offers a number of support options from well-being and international support to careers and employability.

I've had to email the department directly for a couple of the questions as they are course specific, but as soon as I hear back I will let you know. In the meantime, if you have any other questions, please just let me know.

Susana
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Hi prosector15,

I've had a response from the department on your other questions so please let me know if there's anything else I can help you with.

Are students expected to have mastered coding languages or will these be taught?
We don’t teach them but they are not strictly required. Although most of our students come from a computer science background we have students from all kinds of backgrounds. Some optional modules will require good coding skills but you can select optional modules which don’t require those.

Are students given time to practice skills and theories in class under the guidance of the instructor?
This depends on the module. In some cases you will have some time with the instructor (during tutorials, workshops or labs). In some others you will work on things at home but the instructor will always be available to answer your questions.

What is the difficulty level like for tests and coursework?
This can vary per individual, but as any other Higher Education degree, it requires a good amount of effort. This can vary a lot depending on the background of each student, but there are a range of support available if you find that you are struggling with the course load.

I hope this helps, but please let me know if you have any other questions.

Susana
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