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MSc Advanced Security and Digital Forensics

MSc Advanced Security and Digital Forensics

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Full time | Merchiston Campus | 12 months | JAN

Study mode

Full time

Duration

12 months

Start date

JAN

Key information
DATA SOURCE : IDP Connect

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Security Computer Forensics

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

This popular NCSC certified Masters degree delivers modern enterprise Cybersecurity, coupled with Digital Forensics and incident response.

Overview

Computer security is one of the key challenges in contemporary computing. You will gain critical knowledge within the cybersecurity and digital forensic domains, combining academic principles and industrial practice.

The course is informed by current research in security and digital forensics and is underpinned by our experience with external partners in law enforcement, the cybersecurity industry, financial institutions and other knowledge transfer activities.

Course specialisms include network security, penetration testing, incident response, malware analysis, cryptography, audit and compliance, and host and mobile digital forensics.

The specialisation you gain in the taught modules is further developed through an extensive research-based MSc dissertation project, leading towards a mastery of a subject area and enhancing your particular specialism.

Course details

Computer security is a growth industry and is vital in modern computing environments. You will gain foundation knowledge in all the key areas of cybersecurity, both defensive and offensive, as well as post-incident response and malware analysis.

The digital forensic aspects of the course include network and computer forensics, allowing you to develop the knowledge required to conduct computer-related investigations across networks, systems, and other digital devices.

Careers

The continued growth in the current requirement for cybersecurity and digital forensics professionals means there are a wide range of careers which can be followed after graduating from the course, such as:

  • Security Consultant/Analyst
  • Penetration Tester
  • Network Security Analyst
  • Forensic Investigator
  • Audit/Compliance Consultant
  • Security Certification Engineer
  • Incident Response Analyst
  • Sys Admin
  • Network Engineer

The programme develops a range of key skills currently needed in industry, covering areas such as network security, penetration testing, security monitoring, incident response, malware analysis, operating systems, network and computer forensics, virtualisation and malware analysis. Materials from many professional courses are integrated into the curriculum, towards helping students prepare for sought after professional certification such as:

Cisco Security Certifications
Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP)
Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats (CREST)

Careers

The continued growth in the current requirement for cybersecurity and digital forensics professionals means there are a wide range of careers which can be followed after graduating from the course, such as:

  • Security Consultant/Analyst
  • Penetration Tester
  • Network Security Analyst
  • Forensic Investigator
  • Audit/Compliance Consultant
  • Security Certification Engineer
  • Incident Response Analyst
  • Sys Admin
  • Network Engineer

The programme develops a range of key skills currently needed in industry, covering areas such as network security, penetration testing, security monitoring, incident response, malware analysis, operating systems, network and computer forensics, virtualisation and malware analysis.

Modules

The focus of this module is to provide a core understanding of the fundamental areas of cryptography and host-based security. It focuses on two core areas: Cryptography; Host-based integration with domain infrastructures.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£6,330

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£5,202

International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£16,386

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£12,227

Entry requirements

The entry requirement for this course is a Bachelor (Honours) Degree at a 2:2 or above in a Computing discipline such as Computing; Computer Science; Computer Networking; Software Engineering or Cyber Security). Other IT disciplines may be considered provided a minimum of 50% of the modules undertaken in the last two years of study were Computing related. We may also consider lesser qualifications, or even none at all, if you have sufficient relevant work experience from industry.