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MSc Cyber Security and Forensic Information Technology

University of Portsmouth
Program overview
1-3 years
Full time/part time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
English
Start dates
Portsmouth
September 2021

Portsmouth
January 2022

Program description

MSc Cyber Security and Forensic Information Technology

If you're looking to further specialise your IT career and branch into digital forensics, this course is the perfect next step. This MSc Cyber Security and Forensic Information Technology Master's degree will develop your IT skillset and give you the lowdown on civil, corporate and criminal litigation procedures.

You'll unpack the core themes in Cyber Security and Forensic Information Technology, including data analysis, risk management, computer security and cybercrime. You'll learn to apply your skills to the generation and presentation of digital evidence for use by the courts, in legal or other formal proceedings.

Once you graduate, you'll be equipped to tackle a career in forensic information technology within law firms, enforcement agencies and IT practices.

Admission requirements

Qualifications or experience

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

English language requirements

  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.


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Program content

Core modules currently include:

  • Computer Forensic Investigation and Cryptography
  • Master's Engineering Project
  • Master's Study Project
  • Mobile Forensics: Issues and Practice
  • Systems, Security and Hacking

Optional modules currently include:

  • Big Data Applications
  • Business Intelligence
  • Cloud Computing
  • Computer Security
  • The Global Landscape of Cyber Security

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Program delivery

Duration

  • 1 year full-time
  • 3 years part-time

Tuition fees

February 2021 Start

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students

  • Full-time – £7,800
  • Part-time – £2,600 per year

International students

  • Full-time – £16,400
  • Part-time – £5,470 per year

September 2021 and January 2022 Start

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students

  • Full-time – £7,950
  • Part-time – £2,650 per year

International students

  • Full-time – £17,600
  • Part-time – £5,870 per year

Qualification

On this course, you'll:

  • Investigate hacking, fraud and deception using a range of digital forensic tools
  • Learn how to identify the digital trail left by intruders and detect inappropriate use of internet applications, in order to compile detailed evidence for prosecution
  • Investigate case studies based on real life and experience investigation in realistic simulations, crime scenes and court.
  • Study the approaches to protect information systems (cyber security) and the techniques used to penetrate systems (ethical hacking).
  • Use our specialist facilities, including multi-platform network suites, pervasive computing lab for high performance computing, usability lab with eye-tracking equipment, and forensics lab
  • Complete your own engineering or study project, relevant to the field of forensic IT

Continuing studies

You could also go on to further research study at PhD level.

Career opportunities

Police investigations and civil disputes increasingly involve the investigation of computer systems, mobile phones or other information devices, and the skills you'll get on this course are in demand in both the public and private sectors.

When you graduate, you'll be qualified to work in fields including:

  • Law enforcement
  • IT auditing
  • Information security
  • High-tech crime units
  • Commercial investigation
  • National security bodies
  • Systems administration
  • Security analysis

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About this institute

University of Portsmouth

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Why study at University of Portsmouth

Portsmouth is consistently within the top-ranked institutions in the UK for student satisfaction, which is reflected in the teaching quality, but also the experience that students enjoy with us.

Students can live a few minutes' walk away from their faculty buildings on campus, with only a 5-10 min walk to the seaside.

The cost of living and accommodation in Portsmouth are significantly lower than in the larger cities in the UK, meaning you'll be able to live more comfortably here. The city is so compact that you don't need to take any public transport and most students/lecturers get around by bike.

The city has a population of around 200,000 and over 10% of this is made up of our student population. We have 5,000 students from overseas on campus.

Contact info

University of Portsmouth

Winston Churchill Avenue
PO1 2UP Portsmouth Hampshire
United Kingdom

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www.port.ac.uk

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