The International Advanced Diploma in Network and Computer Security is designed to train students to administer local and wide area network, enforce security policies and procedures in software development as well as network infrastructure design and monitoring. A key area of focus is on web application security. The programme equips students with a strong academic knowledge and skills that aims to support them in the pursuit of a career as a network administration/security specialist.

Combination of lectures, tutorials and workshops in a classroom environment at Informatics Academy campus. Lessons are typically in blocks of 3-hour sessions. The following is the lecturer-student ratio:
a) For theory- 1:40
b) For practical- 1:32


Course Duration

Full-Time 10 Months

Part-Time 14 Months


Advanced Diploma

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Module Descriptor:
This module focuses on application, digital and network security. Topics covered include discussion of methods that a host could be compromised as a result of flawed programmes or network design in the context of today’s business environment.

Module Descriptor:
This module provides students with an overview of the data communication and networking technology of computer hardware. Students will learn to demonstrate an understanding of computer architecture and data communication. The topics covered include characteristics and performance of contemporary computer equipment, principles and implementation of instruction codes, representation of storage and transmission data and concepts of data communication, networking and their applications.

Module Descriptor:
This module provides students with a key understanding of mathematical terminology and concepts. Students are required to apply cognitive skills in logical problem solving and in making deductions. The topics covered include Sets and Logic, Combinatorics, Vectors and Matrices, Relations and Function and Statistics.

Module Descriptor:
This module provides students with the knowledge of the management concepts of information systems and data management. The topics covered include EDP auditing, Charge out concepts, End user computing and Security.

Module Descriptor:
This module equips students with a conceptual understanding of standard technologies used today in networking for computer communications. This module is structured along the four layers of Arpanet communication architecture: Application, Transport, Network and Physical.

Module Descriptor:
This module introduces the essentials of developing secured software in accordance with current industry standards. It leads students through the tasks and activities that successful computer programmers navigate on a daily basis, from reading and analysing requirements, choosing development tools, to guarding against software vulnerabilities and attacks. The module also covers coding with built-in quality and security measures, and follow-up testing once a project is completed.

Module Descriptor:
This module aims to build the foundation and understanding of software engineering approaches in a computing environment. The topics covered include Principles of Software Engineering, Software Life Cycle, Formal Methods and Software Quality Assurance Techniques.

Module Descriptor:
This module introduces students to the foundation of system intrusion and computer forensic investigation, looking into the processes and tools used by hackers and computer forensic and investigation professionals.


Course Fee
Full-Time S$ 5,992.00 S$ 8,346.00
Part-Time S$ 5,992.00 NA
(Fee Protection Scheme)
S$ 41.94 S$ 58.42
Non-Refundable Application Fees S$ 107 S$ 321
Student Pass Processing and Administrative Fees NIL S$321

All fees stated above are indicative and inclusive of 7% GST. Refer to the personalized PEI-Student Contract for detailed fee payment schedule.

Admission Criteria


Minimum Age: 19

Academic Qualifications:
International Diploma in Information Technology and Communication or International Diploma in Networks and Cybersecurity or Diploma in Information Technology from Informatics OR PEI qualification that articulates into year two of University Degree programme OR Polytechnic Diploma in IT or computing related fields with exemptions for direct entry to Advanced Diploma programme.

English Language:
Certificate in Proficiency in English from Informatics OR GCE ‘O’ Level – C6 OR IELTS 6.0 and equivalent for TOEFL (PBT) or TOEFL (iBT).


Mature candidates (30 years old and above) with 8 years of relevant working experience may be considered for mature entry on a case-by-case basis.

Assessment Structure

Students will be assessed through a combination of coursework, project and examinations. Coursework may be in the form of class tests and assignments. Assessment methods may vary according to individual module requirements.

Assessment Structure Test Assignment Project Exam
Application and Infrastructure Security   NA   NA   100%   NA
Computer Architecture and Data Communication   25% 25%   NA   50%
Discrete Mathematics   50%   NA   NA   50%
Information Management   25%   25%   NA   50%
Networks and the Internet   30%   70%   NA   NA
Security in System Development   NA   NA   100%   NA
Software Engineering   25%   25%   NA   50%
System Intrusion and Computer Forensic   NA   NA   100%   NA

Graduation Requirement

Upon successful completion of all modules, students will be eligible for the International Advanced Diploma in Network and Computer Security awarded by Informatics Academy.

Progression Pathway

Upon successful completion of the International Advanced Diploma in Network and Computer Security awarded by Informatics Academy, the student is eligible to apply for a Bachelor Degree programme in Information Technology discipline.

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