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Cyber Security and Forensic Information Technology

University of Portsmouth

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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.

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Overview

Overview

On this course, 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.

What you’ll experience

  • 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
  • Have 24/7 access to the extensive facilities in our university library, including books, ejournals and newspapers

Work experience and career planning

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

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

We'll provide you with as much support as possible in finding employment through close industrial contacts, careers events, recruitment fairs and individual advice.

Teaching and programme assessment

Teaching on this course includes:

  • practical exercises
  • simulations
  • lectures
  • guest speakers

You'll be assessed through:

  • written assignments
  • presentations
  • group and individual lab-based assessments
  • dissertation

You'll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on practice and formal assessments so you can improve in future.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Master's Engineering Project or Master's Study Project
  • Computer Forensic Investigation and Cryptography 
  • Mobile Forensics: Issues and Practice
  • Systems, Security and Hacking
    • Big Data Applications
    • Business Intelligence
    • Cloud Computing
    • Computer Security
    • The Global Landscape of Cyber Security

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Key information

Duration

  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 36 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines

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More details

Start date:

  • September 2022
  • January 2023

Language

English

Delivered

On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • An upper second-class honours degree in a relevant subject, including Computer Sciences, Legal or Social Sciences, or equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications.
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

Tuition Fee

https://www.port.ac.uk/study/masters-and-postgraduate-taught/fees-and-funding

Living costs for Portsmouth

710 - 1099 GBP /month
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