Academic Timeline and Duration

Part-time and full-time students taking the MSSD programme are expected to complete the programme requirements as follows:

Programme Duration Three consecutive terms Six consecutive terms

A student is required to complete 144 credits to graduate with a Master of Science in Security by Design.

Classes are usually held on weekday evenings from 7.00pm – 10.00pm for both full-time and part-time programme.

The duration for the full-time MSSD programme is three-terms. Each term is 14-weeks in duration with a 1-week break following week six. The course and project work in each term is given in the table below. Students are required to undertake a project or a thesis in Term three. This project is sponsored either by the faculty or by the employer in the case of company-sponsored students. In either cases, the project has to be approved by the faculty committee that oversees the MSSD programme. A limited number of students may have the opportunity to go abroad and work on a project or a thesis with a faculty member in a collaborating university at their own expense.

Term 1 (Sep to Dec) Term 2 (Jan to Apr) Term 3 (May to Aug)
Core Modules
Project or Thesis (Term 1 and Term 2 are preparatory, literature review and discussion)
Elective Modules
  • There will be a programming preparatory class in August. This class is required for students who did not achieve a “pass” for the programming entry test.