If you´re from a computing, legal or law enforcement background you can extend your professional interests and profile in an area that is quickly becoming crucially important to organisations. The need to defend the security of the computer systems, but also to retrieve digital evidence when a computer is involved in criminal activity or a security incident constantly increases.
A number of very specific factors are contributing towards the growth of digital forensics and computer security specialists:
The growth of the internet has contributed to the growth of malicious activity taking place in the online world demanding a need for research and innovation in the area.
The cyber attack threat levels have increased and there is a requirement for intelligent analysis of information and the investigation of digital devices.
Digital devices capable of storing corporate and personal data are widely used increasing the need to secure information and provide solutions to complex attacks and their investigation.
an Honours degree in computing (at least 2.2), or a degree with substantial relevant content for this specialist discipline, or an equivalent professional qualification relevant to this specialist discipline, or
an alternative award and/or experience considered to be of an equivalent standard to one of the above.
If English is not your first language you will need to demonstrate proficiency in English (IELTS 6.5 or equivalent).
This course is made up of three stages – Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, and MSc.
You will study these modules:
Studying at Masters Level and Research Methods
This module develops the necessary skills and abilities required for studying and researching within the specific context of the Computing discipline.
Advanced Concepts and Research in Digital Forensics
This module develops and nurtures a student research ethic and places a strong emphasis on engagement with important research areas within digital forensic investigation. Current and cutting edge research areas and topics will be identified by academics and you will need to identify a core area of research from this. The research areas are then developed over the duration of the module and you will be required to present and share your findings at key milestones such as on completion of a literature survey, identification of current limitations of knowledge and establishment of the research in question.
Security: Attacks and Countermeasures
Using a blend of practical and theoretical approaches this module will empower you with the analytical tools to perform pragmatic and ethical system penetration testing. Using popular open source tools, you will be given a framework to research and develop innovative methods which can be used to uncover security vulnerabilities in modern networks environments. Research will be performed in how to circumvent real world attacks using appropriate detection and prevention techniques. Through investigation, analysis and creative design, you will become adept in how to protect systems against internal and external threats.
You will study these modules:
Advanced Security Protocols
This module aims to equip you with the advanced knowledge and understanding required to analyse complex security protocols. The module focuses on protocols required to ensure security over remote networks.
This module aims to familiarise you with the investigation process. You will study different investigation methodologies and gain practical experience in the analysis of digital media along with experience on report writing and presentation of evidence. The module aims to prepare you for acquiring professional qualifications in the area of digital forensics.
Cybercrime Analysis and Investigation
This module aims to develop a critical understanding about the analysis and investigation of cybercrimes. The study of cybercrime highly relies on legal, technological and social approaches. It appears that cybercrimes are in a constant development while taking advantage of the rapid advancement of digital devices and the internet. The need to prevent cybercrimes plays an integral role in today’s cybersecurity world. You will develop their knowledge around cybercrimes, law, society and technology under the computing perspective.
You will study this module:
This module provides the opportunity for you to consolidate upon and extend your understanding, skills and knowledge of your subject area as developed through stage 1 and stage 2 of the course. Through this module you will demonstrate your knowledge, understanding and skills at the Master’s level. At this stage, you will be able to formulate and tackle research questions competently, efficiently, independently, and with relevance to a particular problem and/or application.
As a computer forensic investigation graduate you´ll be prepared to enter the computer forensics or the information security industry. There is a huge demand for graduates with these skills
You´ll have had comprehensive training to develop a wide range of skills and competencies which will prepare you for a variety of career opportunities, including computing, and the legal fields.
Alternatively you could undertake further research leading to a PhD or work in a research and development environment.
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