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Cyber Security and Forensic Information Technology MSc

Cyber Security and Forensic Information Technology MSc

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Full time | Main Site | 1 year | SEP-23

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Full time


1 year

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Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Internet Security Systems Computer Security Systems

Course type


Course Summary


Prevent and prosecute digital crime, by shaping your IT skills for a connected business world that craves your expertise.

You'll study twin, linked disciplines on this Master's: cyber security – protecting data and systems from cyber attack, and forensic information technology – detecting and collecting digital evidence of criminal activity. You'll explore methods used by hackers, and how to prevent or combat them. You'll also learn the procedures to follow after an attack, and how to present this information to investigators or court officials.

In our computer labs and forensic facilities, you'll infect a virtual machine with a virus of your own, overcome anti-forensic tools that try to hide evidence of crime, and make a mock arrest of a cybercriminal. You'll dig into cryptography, hacking and formal computer languages, such as Linux.

When you graduate, you'll be set to enter a sector with a massive need for trained cyber security and forensic information technology professionals. UK government figures from 2022 show

  • 50% of businesses acknowledge having a skills gap in cyber security and forensics
  • , which you'll be ideally placed to fill.

    Careers and opportunities

    Careers this Master's prepares you for

    You'll graduate from this Master's with skills that are in heavy demand. The UK Government's £2.6 billion

  • National Cyber Strategy
  • aims to "ensure the UK continues to be a leading responsible and democratic cyber power", and shows how businesses in the private and public sectors need to fill a large cyber skills gap to meet that aim.


    The learning outcomes of this module are: Investigate and solve a significant practical or (discipline) theoretical problem arising out of the material in their current programme of studies. Plan, manage, evaluate and reflect upon a significant project over an extended period of time. Critically appraise and reflect upon the range of methods, data collection and analysis, in research related to their field and in relation to the dissertation. Select and apply to research, appropriate research methods and apply them to their problems, showing awareness of relevant ethical, social, professional and legal factors. Evaluate and critique research material effectively in the solution of the problem. Assemble a coherent presentation of the outcomes of a masters level project in written and oral form.

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    Entry requirements

    An upper second-class honours degree in a relevant subject, including Computer Sciences, Legal or Social Sciences, or equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications.

    University information

    The University of Portsmouth is an innovative, research-driven institution with a modern, well-resourced campus which is a fantastic place to study at postgraduate level. The university invests intelligently in its teaching and facilities, delivering an internationally respected curriculum and providing a rich and varied student experience. Portsmouth is renowned in areas such as astrophysics, forensics and sports science, and produces an...more

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