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Information Security and Digital Forensics MSc

Information Security and Digital Forensics MSc

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Information Security Computer Forensics Forensic Science (Non-Medical)

Course type


Course Summary

Course Summary

The threat of cyber security attacks is increasingly apparent to individuals and organisations across the globe. From hacking to phishing, scamming to grooming, and botnets to cyber-terrorism, the variety and ingenuity of exploits appear to expand constantly. In this context, this programme addresses system vulnerabilities and the preventative measures that may counter cyber-attacks, including steps to repair systems weaknesses, prevent repeat occurrences, and collecting and examining digital evidence using a variety of digital and mobile forensics tools such as FTK and Cellebrite. You will also develop a detailed understanding of comprehensive cyber risk management practices for ensuring overall security. This course is also available as a two year master's with an industrial placement year.

What we're researching

Our research focuses on key aspects of information security and digital forensics. Our Information Security research was rated world-leading during the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. We continually work towards the design of solutions to detect, prevent, and analyse cyber security attacks. Many of our staff are at the forefront of the battle against hackers and criminals who relentlessly target our digital society. The near future may favour criminals even more as the Internet of Things (IoT) continues to expand possible avenues of attack.

What You'll Learn

The danger of cybercrime is growing and is affecting individuals, governments and organisations across the world. From phishing to hacking, scamming to grooming, and botnets to cyberterrorism, the range and variety of threats seems to expand constantly. This MSC in Information and Digital Forensics addresses system vulnerabilities and explores preventative measures, repair and detection. You will learn to collect and examine digital evidence with a variety of forensics tools. You will find out how to secure virtual crime scenes, and how to put protection in place. You will also apply modelling techniques to simulate and evaluate mobile communication networks, computer system architecture and data centres.

Your Future Career

There is a shortage of skilled personnel in the fields of information security and digital forensics, and graduates of this programme can progress to work in multinational organisations including cybercrime-fighting agencies. In addition, the course will prepare you to sit for ACE Certification (FTK).

Different course options

Full time | University of East London | 1 year | 21-SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



Mental Wealth: Professional Life (Dissertation) - Core
Digital Forensics - Core
IT & Internet Law - Core
Computer Security - Core
Security Management - Core

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Entry requirements

Students need 2.2 honours degree in a relevant subject. They will normally be expected to have Grade C in GCSE English and Maths.

University information

The University of East London has 140 practical, career-focused postgraduate programmes in the areas of: Arts Creative and tech industries Architecture Engineering and construction Cultural studies Social sciences Law Business Education Psychology Health Bioscience Sports Many of these are accredited by professional bodies. The uni is based across two campuses in East London. Stratford has the Olympic Park...more

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