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Master of Science in Information Theory, Coding and
Cryptography --- Seventh Intake

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for admission
into the Master of Science in Information Theory, Coding and
Cryptography at Mzuzu University. This will be the seventh group of
students to go through this training at Mzuzu University.

Introduction:
Information Theory is an area of mathematics dealing with the transfer of information from
one location to another, or the storage of information for later retrieval. Both of these
operations can be regarded as passing information or data through a channel from a
source to a receiver. There are three central aspects of the subject:

  • Efficiency - efficient encoding of the information (source coding or data compression).
  • Reliability - removal of errors caused by noise in the channel (error control coding).
  • Security - protection against eavesdropping, intrusion, or tampering (cryptography)

These three topics, which we collectively refer to as Coding Theory, are live and exciting
areas of research today. The great advances in all types of electronic communication over
the past few years are, in part, due to the continuing developments in Coding Theory. Mzuzu
University is giving a Master of Science program in Information Theory, Coding, and
Cryptography, which will allow qualified Malawians and other interested qualified persons to
become involved at the highest levels of research in the whole area of Coding Theory.

Career options:
Graduates, besides taking part in research at the highest levels, should eventually be able
to apply the knowledge gained in this course to many areas, including mobile telephony,
high density computer and optical disks, digital audio, DVD, financial and internet services,
video-conferencing, digital television, miniaturization in electronic devices, ATM cards and
other smart cards.

The programme is ideally suited to candidates with a Bachelors of Science degree with a
large component of mathematics, particularly those who have done Abstract Algebra and/or
Number Theory. This is a full time programme and will run for a period of two years
beginning from April 2010.  

Details of course:

Title:
MSc in Information Theory, Coding and Cryptography.

Duration:
A total of two years starting September 2011.  There will be two semesters per year. Each
semester will be of 14 weeks duration.

Content:
Full details of the content can be found at Full Details of the ITCC Programme

Project:
The project will be weighted at 40% of the overall marks and will be based on a thorough
study of some aspect of the theory with reference to current applications.

Computer Programming:
Students will use computer algebra packages such as Maple and Magma and C++.

Entry Requirements:
The main requirement for entry is a First Degree with Credit (or Second Class         
Classification) which contains a high level content of mathematics.

Fees:
The following fees will apply :

  • For Malawian Nationals











  • For Other Nationals









Fees may change at any time.

Students are advised to bring along a book and stationary allowance of  $US 350 per year.


Application Procedure:

Preliminary inquiries can be made directly to the Coordinator of the programme,

Professor John A. Ryan on E-mail  jar@mzuzu.org

or

Head, Department of Mathematics on (265) 1 320 575  
E-mail:  lartsgeorge@yahoo.com .

For official application, use the form below, and send it to

The Registrar,
Mzuzu University,
Private Bag 201,
Luwinga,
Mzuzu 2,
Malawi,

or electronically to:
Coordinator of MSc in ITCC   (jar@mzuzu.org)

giving a detailed account of the courses covered in the first degree together with an
academic transcript.
Applications should reach the Registrar before 30th April 2011.


Click here for Application Form.
Mzuni
Maths
Coding
Year
Tuition
Board/Lodge
Medical
Administration
1
MK 250,000
MK 100,000
MK12,000
MK6,000
2
MK 250,000
MK 100,000
MK12,000
MK6,000
Year
Tuition
Board/Lodge
Medical
Administration
1
US$ 2,500
US$ 2,300
US$ 60
US$ 50
2
US$ 2,300
US$ 2,300
US$ 60
US$ 50
Coding
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