Computer security is one of the key challenges in contemporary computing. You will gain critical knowledge within the cyber security and digital forensic domains, combining academic principles and industrial practice.
The Advanced Security and Digital Forensics Masters course from Edinburgh Napier University is informed by current research in security and digital forensics and is underpinned by our experience with external partners in law enforcement, the cyber security 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.
How you’ll be taught
Our industry-informed course combines thorough coverage of academic theory aligned with extensive hands-on practical activities, supported by online and blended materials with virtualised lab environments that complement our on-campus specialist cybersecurity and forensic labs and facilities.
This is a full-time course and is split up into three trimesters. You can choose to start in either January or September.
The continued growth in the current requirement for cyber security 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
- System Admin
- Network Engineer
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Programme StructureCourses included:
- Applied Cryptography and Trust
- Computer Penetration Testing
- Host-Based Forensics
- Incident Response and Malware Analysis
- Masters Dissertation
- Network Security
- 12 months
- 30 months
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DisciplinesForensic Science IT Security Cyber Security View 113 other Masters in Forensic Science in United Kingdom
- 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.
- We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
International17370 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 17370 GBP per year during 12 months.
National6720 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 6720 GBP per year during 12 months.
- Scotland, England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Republic of Ireland: £6,720
- Overseas and EU: £17,370
Living costs for Edinburgh
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
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