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Master of Computer Science (Information Security and Assurance)


Programme Code: S303
Medium of instructions: English
Credit hours: 43
Duration of Studies:
- Full Time: 3 semesters
- Part Time: 4 semesters
Programme Option: Mixed Mode

Background of the Programme

  1. After completion of the study a student will be awarded with Master of Computer Science in Information and Security Assurance via mixed mode [MCompSc (Information and Security Assurance)
  2. The total credit for the Program is 43 credit. The program will be conducted fully in English. The mode of study could be either on fulltime or part-time basis.
  3. The program consists of 50% taught subjects and 50% on research. The first 50% is considered as course work that consists of lectures, tutorials, assignments, presentation by students, guided and independent studies.
  4. The duration of study is 18 months or three semesters for fulltime students and 24 months or four semesters for part-time students.


Objectives of the Programme

The main objective of the programme Masters Computer Science (Information Security and Assurance) is to produce graduates with knowledge, skills and ability to integrate the knowledge of software engineering and information technology into computer science knowledge (especialy in the field of Information Security and Assurance) considering the aspects of ethics and social responsibilities.

The Master of Computer Science Programmme in Information Security and Assurance will ensure that the following objectives and  aims are fulfilled:   

  1. To produce graduates that can integrate and apply the knolwedge and experience in Information Security and Assurance for producing good quality research besides giving good services to government sectors, educational sector, research organization and sectors in information technology and communications locally and globally.    
  2. To produce graduates that are able to lead and involved in team work for solving problem and be able to dessiminate new knowledge in their field and outside their fileds through their ability to communicate effectively.
  3. To produce graduates that are always try to improve their knowledge and ability with the ICT as enabler to generate bussiness opportunities in education sector, research organization and information and communication technology sector locally and globally.   
  4. To produce graduates that are able to practice esthetics values and professionalism in giving services to educationa sectors, research organization and informationm and communication sector locally and globally.

Admission to Master’s Degree by Mixed Mode

  1. A relevant bachelor’s degree with honours with a minimum CGPA of 2.75/4.00 or equivalent from the University or any other institutions of higher learning recognised by the Senate; or
  2. Other qualifications equivalent to a bachelor’s degree with honours AND relevant professional work experience; or
  3. A bachelor’s degree or equivalent with minimum CGPA of 2.50/4.00 and not meeting CGPA of 2.75/4.00, can be accepted subject to rigorous internal assessment; or
  4. In case the CGPA does not meet the requirement of 2.50/4.00, the selection will subject to a minimum of 5 years working experience in relevant field.
  5. The number of credit hours for the relevant bachelor’s degree and advanced diploma shall be as follows: (a) bachelor’s degree ≥ 120 credit hours (b) advanced diploma ≥ 90 credit hours

Note: 1-year work experience is equivalent to 0.05 CGPA

(1)  An applicant shall show evidence of proficiency in the English language based on the following criteria: 

  1. TOEFL minimum score of 180 (computer-based) or 64 (internet-based); or
  2. IELTS minimum score of Band 5; or
  3. MUET minimum score of Band 3; or
  4. graduated from institutions that use English as the main medium of instruction, AND will be required to seat for University English Proficiency Test (UEPT) with minimum score of Band 3; or
  5. graduated in the field of Teaching of English as a Second Language (TESL), English Language Studies (ELS) and equivalent from a university recognised by the Senate; or
  6. a native speaker of English.

(2)  Research-mode applicant who intends to write his/her thesis in Arabic will be required to fulfil the criteria as follows:

  1. TOEFL minimum score of 150 (computer-based) or 52 (internet-based); or
  2. IELTS minimum score of Band 4; or
  3. MUET minimum score of Band 2; or
  4. UEPT minimum score of Band 2.

(3)  An applicant who does not fulfil any of the criteria under (1) & (2) will be allowed to register conditionally and is required to fulfil any of the criteria under (1) or (2), within 12 months (for Master’s students) and 24 months (for Ph.D. students).

ProgrammeModeTotal Fees

Local Full Time

Local Part Time


Master of Computer Science (Information Security & Assurance)

Mixed Mode

9,051.00 MYR

9,098.00 MYR

15,465.00 MYR

The fees that stated are subject to change from time to time without any prior notice by the University. Student are advised to check the CGS Website for any changes before the of each semester registration. All fees must be paid upon registration.

The university has the right to withdraw this offer or to terminate you from your study if you are found to suffer from or to be a carrier of contagious/infectious diseases, or to suffer from a medical condition requiring continuous medical care that will adversely affect your study at USIM.

(1) Communicable Disease

Type of Disease / Problem Example



  • Contagious
  • Difficult and require prolonged treatment
  • Expensive treatment
  • HIV / AIDS
  • Hepatitis B
  • Hepatitis C


  • Infectious
  • Treatable within certain period of time.
  • Tuberculosis


  • Infectious
  • Treatable within short period of time.
  • Malaria
  • Typhoid
  • Syphilis (VDRL)


  • Communicable Disease defined as epidemic by MOH
  • Japanese encephalitis,
  • SARS
  • Avian flu

(2)   Chronic Non-communicable Disease 

Type of Disease / Problem Example



  • Condition that can endanger to himself or others.

  • Recurring repeatedly and affecting his study

  • Epilepsy

  • Schizophrenia


  • Expected to be prolonged.

  • Obvious and serious symptoms.

  • Prolong treatment schedule.

  • Dialysis

  • Cancer


  • Addiction or drug abuse as stated in AUKU or Malaysian Law.

  • Drugs.

  • Drugs


  • Continuous medication.

  • No serious symptoms.

  • Treatment does not affect study

  • Hypertension

  • Diabetes Melitus


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