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Full-time: 1 year
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About the course

Course content

The MSc in Computer Security and Forensics is ideal for a graduate of Computer Science. Graduates of this course are well-prepared for careers in computer or network security and forensic investigation – with skills in demand by UK employers. 

The mixture of hands-on experience and theoretical background will enable you to understand network security, scripting, cryptographic protocols and forensic data analysis using the latest commercial tools (Encase and Forensic Toolkit). 

You will also discover legal frameworks and legislation relating to computer crime, and be able to present evidence to a court of law. 
Intermediate qualifications available: 

• Postgraduate certificate – 60 credits at Masters level 
• Postgraduate diploma – 120 credits at Masters level 

There are six entry points through the year. This allows you to start when it is most suitable. The entry points are: 

• September 
• November 
• January 
• March 
• June 
• July 

Course detail

• Study in a specialist vocational area identified by UK employers as having a shortage of qualified practitioners – with career opportunities in security analysis, consulting or cybercrime protection/prevention in the public sector (eg government and police forces) as well as a multitude of medium to large private sector organisations 
• Explore areas including computer security; forensics data acquisition and analysis; emerging technologies, professional project management; advanced security countermeasures; networking administration and management; advanced digital forensics and cryptography and cryptanalysis 
• Develop practical skills using state-of-the-art computer security and forensics tools and facilities supported by dedicated technologists 
• Gain in-depth skills in terms of security auditing, development, planning and managing security techniques, tools and methodologies 
• Benefit from developing expertise and understanding of professional codes of conduct equipping you for a career as a security associate, security consultant, penetration tester, network security analyst, systems administrators or in further study on an MSc by Research, MPhil or PhD.


• Network Systems and Administration 
• Systems and Network Security 
• Research Methodologies and Project Management 
• Digital Forensics and Incident Response 
• MSc Project - Computer Security and Forensics


Your work will be assessed using a balance of written reports, formal invigilated examinations, practical (coursework) assignments and computer-based assessment 

You will also have the opportunity to engage into formative assessment throughout the course, especially during exercises in the practical sessions where feedback on progress and performance will be given by tutors for each of the tasks allocated.


This course gives you skills that are valuable for a career within Computer Security and Forensics but it is also relevant for a much wider range of applications. 

The unit ‘Research Methodologies and Project Management’ in particular requires you to work in a team to apply current project management methodology that embraces all of these knowledge areas in an integrated way while going through the stages of planning, execution and project control. You will work as part of a team, take responsibility and make autonomous decisions that impact on the project team performance.

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