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The fascination of forensics combines with the complexity of computing in this stimulating Electronic Security and Digital Forensics MSc course at Middlesex University. A relatively new specialism, electronic security and digital forensics is an area of expertise that's challenging and rapidly evolving- technology is constantly developing, and therefore so are the problems that go along with it.

Overview

Why study MSc Electronic Security and Digital Forensics MSc course at Middlesex University?

The smooth running of societies and economies is now dependent on the security of computer networks, and cyber crime, from fraud, identity theft and cyber stalking to terrorism and espionage, can affect anyone and is at the forefront of government policy. But many court cases have collapsed because of a lack of experts trained in the meticulous art of tracking down evidence. Our innovative course was created to meet the demand for skills in an area that's chronically short of well-qualified graduates.

The Electronic Security and Digital Forensics MSc course has a strong practical focus, with an emphasis on both in-depth technical and legal theory and hands-on project work. You'll work in our specialist computer forensics laboratory in our award-winning technology centre, using the latest forensic software, including Forensic Toolkit version 5.0, Encase version 7.0 and Micro Systemation XRY Complete. You'll also have the opportunity to achieve XRY Logical certification during the course.

Course highlights

  • We have strong links with industry - we work with companies such as Microsoft and Siemens, and we are a Cisco local academy and a Xilinx university partner.
  • The course is led by Dr Carlisle George, a former barrister who has co-edited two books on regulatory issues in healthcare information. He is a member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Electronic Security and Digital Forensics and leads the university's ALERT (Aspects of Law and Ethics Related to Technology) research group.
  • You'll also improve your communication, teamwork, time-management, organisational, analytical and critical skills.
  • As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module

Career opportunities

There is a very high demand worldwide for well-qualified IT graduates and this course will leave you perfectly placed to for a variety of roles such as digital forensic investigator, data recovery expert, network management specialist or security consultant.

One of the largest employers of digital forensic scientists is the police and there are many opportunities available with other government agencies and departments, such as the Serious and Organised Crime Agency, MI5, the Serious Fraud Office and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. A number of our graduates have gone to work for IT companies, security consultancies, forensic computing firms, software developers, and games manufacturers.

Accreditation

The course is accredited by the British Computer Society for Chartered IT Professional (CITP) status. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Digital Investigation and Evidence Management
  • Legal and Professional Aspects of Digital Forensics
  • Information Security Management
  • Corporate Compliance and Financial Crime Prevention 
  • Postgraduate Computing Project 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    We recommend applying as early as possible for your chosen postgraduate course to ensure you are granted a place.

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
      Flexible
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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  • Minimum required score:

    87

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Lower Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Lower Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • A 2:2 honours degree in a related subject, such as those providing a significant exposure to information technology
  • Applicants with degrees in other fields who can demonstrate relevant industrial experience may also be considered.
  • You must have competence in English language to study with us. 
  • We also normally require Grade C GCSE or an equivalent qualification.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    13900 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13900 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9500 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

UK/EU 

  • Part-time per taught credit: £63; per dissertation credit: £32.
International
  • Part-time per taught credit: £93; per dissertation credit: £46.

Living costs for London

  • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

  • The Alumni Bursary
  • Arts and Creative Industries scholarship
  • Business scholarship
  • Health and Education scholarship
  • Law, Criminology and Social Sciences scholarship
  • Postgraduate Support Bursary
  • Professional Enhancement scholarship
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) scholarship
  • The Middlesex University Food Practical Prize
  • The SureFoot Solutions Food Safety Dissertation Project Prize

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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