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The rapid expansion of the use of digital technology has been followed by a similar increase in computer-based crime. Read more
The rapid expansion of the use of digital technology has been followed by a similar increase in computer-based crime. This increase in criminal activity has led to a demand for qualified computer forensic analysts who can investigate digital technology based crime and uncover evidence that helps build a case against suspects. Forensic computer analysts may be involved in a range of investigations, such as online fraud, digital espionage, counter-terrorism, possession of illegal imagery and information theft.

A typical investigation would involve identifying and securing computer equipment, followed by the application of forensic methods and specialist computer programmes in pursuit of evidence. Tasks include recovering data from digital media, analysis of records to establish the location of a device, uncovering data trails, careful documentation of the investigation, presenting findings and acting as an expert witness in court.

You will be taught by an internationally recognised team from the University’s Information Security Research Group, and external speakers contribute to delivering the latest expertise and developments.

The University of South Wales are the only university in Wales to gain the prestigious provisional certification from GCHQ, the UK Government’s Communications HQ, for its Masters course in Computer Forensics.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/264-msc-computer-forensics

What you will study

- Computer Forensics and Crime Investigation
- Forensics Techniques and Data Recovery
- Computer Law
- Professional Skills Development
- Advanced Research Methods
- Project Management
- Security Management
- Research Project: an investigation of your choice, related to the course
- MSc Project: the development and evaluation of a significant application or task of your choice, related to the course

Learning and teaching methods

The course is delivered in four major blocks to offer an intensive but focused learning pattern, with two start points every year – February and September. Full-time students will typically spend 12 hours in classes each week. If you choose to study part-time, this is reduced to around six hours each week. You will study through lectures, tutorials, practical
sessions, seminars and projects.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects

You will have had the opportunity to develop skills that strongly relate to the role of a forensic computer analyst or an information security analyst. These include problem solving, a systematic approach to work and an awareness of security standards and legislation.

Graduates will be well equipped for employment, including working for the police, security services, commercial sector, or organisations that specialise in computer security.

Assessment methods

You will need to spend a significant amount of time working independently, reading and preparing for assessments. While the style of coursework may vary, research-style papers or essays of around 4,000 words in length are typical. You will also work on a significant research project and a major project of your choice, where strong independent thinking, critical analysis and project management skills will be important.

Facilities

We have a full range of high-specification computer labs and an ongoing investment programme to ensure that our facilities stay at the forefront of computing developments.

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This programme is suitable for both newcomers to computer security and computer forensics and practitioners who wish to further their skills. Read more

This programme is suitable for both newcomers to computer security and computer forensics and practitioners who wish to further their skills. It covers relevant skills, software and hardware technologies, and the more theoretical studies that underpin everyday practice. It ensures that students have a basic understanding of the legal and regulatory requirements and the international standards pertaining to computer security in different nations.

Students gain knowledge of computer crime, police and forensic methods, and the legal requirements for collecting evidence.

At the end of the programme, students are able to administer and configure business-critical distributed applications. They also gain an understanding of the threats to business networks and servers.

The programme includes hands-on training in current forensic tools as used by the police. Students can therefore contribute quickly to the well-being of corporate IT and informational assets.

Through our short course centre opportunity may also be provided to study for the following professional qualifications: Certified Ethical Hacker (EC-Council); EnCase Computer Forensics, Penetration Testing and Vulnerability Assessment.

The availability of some courses is subject to satisfying constraints that may come into effect in the year of entry. In addition, some options are negotiable, indicating that a course selection will need to be approved prior to the student undertaking the requested option.

Full time

Year 1

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Students are required to choose 15 credits from this list of options.

Students are required to choose 15 credits from this list of options.

Part time

Year 1

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Students are required to choose 30 credits from this list of options.

Students are required to choose 30 credits from this list of options.

Year 2

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Students are required to choose 15 credits from this list of options.

Students are required to choose 15 credits from this list of options.

Students are required to choose 15 credits from this list of options.

Students are required to choose 15 credits from this list of options.

Assessment

Students are assessed through examinations, coursework and a project.

Professional recognition

This programme is accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS). On successful graduation from this degree, the student will have fulfilled the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered IT Professional (CITP) and partially fulfilled the education requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng) or Chartered Scientist (CSci). For a full Chartered status there are additional requirements, including work experience. The programme also has accreditation from the European Quality Assurance Network for Informatics Education (EQANIE).

Careers

Upon successful completion of this programme, students will be proficient in computer security and systems security and are in a position to follow careers in system development and administration where knowledge of security and forensics will be an asset or work in a range of specialist roles including: forensics investigators, security consultants or network management specialists.



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The MSc in Computer Security and Forensics is ideal for a graduate of Computer Science. Graduates of this course are well-prepared for careers in computer or network security and forensic investigation – with skills in demand by UK employers. Read more
The MSc in Computer Security and Forensics is ideal for a graduate of Computer Science. Graduates of this course are well-prepared for careers in computer or network security and forensic investigation – with skills in demand by UK employers.

The mixture of hands-on experience and theoretical background will enable you to understand network security, scripting, cryptographic protocols and forensic data analysis using the latest commercial tools (Encase and Forensic Toolkit).

You will also discover legal frameworks and legislation relating to computer crime, and be able to present evidence to a court of law.
Intermediate qualifications available:

• Postgraduate certificate – 60 credits at Masters level
• Postgraduate diploma – 120 credits at Masters level

There are six entry points through the year. This allows you to start when it is most suitable. The entry points are:

• September
• November
• January
• March
• June
• July

Visit the website: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/courses/postgraduate/next-year/computer-security-and-forensics-12-months

Course detail

• Study in a specialist vocational area identified by UK employers as having a shortage of qualified practitioners – with career opportunities in security analysis, consulting or cybercrime protection/prevention in the public sector (eg government and police forces) as well as a multitude of medium to large private sector organisations
• Explore areas including computer security; forensics data acquisition and analysis; emerging technologies, professional project management; advanced security countermeasures; networking administration and management; advanced digital forensics and cryptography and cryptanalysis
• Develop practical skills using state-of-the-art computer security and forensics tools and facilities supported by dedicated technologists
• Gain in-depth skills in terms of security auditing, development, planning and managing security techniques, tools and methodologies
• Benefit from developing expertise and understanding of professional codes of conduct equipping you for a career as a security associate, security consultant, penetration tester, network security analyst, systems administrators or in further study on an MSc by Research, MPhil or PhD.

Modules

• Network Systems and Administration
• Systems and Network Security
• Research Methodologies and Project Management
• Digital Forensics and Incident Response
• MSc Project - Computer Security and Forensics

Assessment

Your work will be assessed using a balance of written reports, formal invigilated examinations, practical (coursework) assignments and computer-based assessment

You will also have the opportunity to engage into formative assessment throughout the course, especially during exercises in the practical sessions where feedback on progress and performance will be given by tutors for each of the tasks allocated.

Careers

This course gives you skills that are valuable for a career within Computer Security and Forensics but it is also relevant for a much wider range of applications.

The unit ‘Research Methodologies and Project Management’ in particular requires you to work in a team to apply current project management methodology that embraces all of these knowledge areas in an integrated way while going through the stages of planning, execution and project control. You will work as part of a team, take responsibility and make autonomous decisions that impact on the project team performance.

Funding

For information on available funding, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/money/scholarships/pg

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/course/applicationform

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The MSc in Computer Security and Forensics is ideal for a graduate of Computer Science. Graduates of this course are well-prepared for careers in computer or network security and forensic investigation – with skills in demand by UK employers. Read more
The MSc in Computer Security and Forensics is ideal for a graduate of Computer Science. Graduates of this course are well-prepared for careers in computer or network security and forensic investigation – with skills in demand by UK employers.

The mixture of hands-on experience and theoretical background will enable you to understand network security, scripting, cryptographic protocols and forensic data analysis using the latest commercial tools (Encase and Forensic Toolkit).

You will also discover legal frameworks and legislation relating to computer crime, and be able to present evidence to a court of law.
Intermediate qualifications available:

• Postgraduate certificate – 60 credits at Masters level
• Postgraduate diploma – 120 credits at Masters level

This course is offered via block delivery. There are two entry points (October and November). This allows you to start when it is most suitable.

Visit the website: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/courses/postgraduate/next-year/computer-security-and-forensics#entry

Course detail

• Study in a specialist vocational area identified by UK employers as having a shortage of qualified practitioners – with career opportunities in security analysis, consulting or cybercrime protection/prevention in the public sector (eg government and police forces) as well as a multitude of medium to large private sector organisations
• Explore areas including computer security; forensics data acquisition and analysis; emerging technologies, professional project management; advanced security countermeasures; networking administration and management; advanced digital forensics and cryptography and cryptanalysis
• Develop practical skills using state-of-the-art computer security and forensics tools and facilities supported by dedicated technologists
• Gain in-depth skills in terms of security auditing, development, planning and managing security techniques, tools and methodologies
• Benefit from developing expertise and understanding of professional codes of conduct equipping you for a career as a security associate, security consultant, penetration tester, network security analyst, systems administrators or in further study on an MSc by Research, MPhil or PhD.

Modules

• Network Systems and Administration
• Systems and Network Security
• Research Methodologies and Project Management
• Digital Forensics and Incident Response
• MSc Project - Computer Security and Forensics

Assessment

Your work will be assessed using a balance of written reports, formal invigilated examinations, practical (coursework) assignments and computer-based assessment

You will also have the opportunity to engage into formative assessment throughout the course, especially during exercises in the practical sessions where feedback on progress and performance will be given by tutors for each of the tasks allocated.

Careers

Funding

For information on available funding, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/money/scholarships/pg

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/course/applicationform

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One of a range of degrees from the taught Master's Programme at the School of Computer Science. This course considers current research and practice in computer networking, distributed systems and security. Read more
One of a range of degrees from the taught Master's Programme at the School of Computer Science.

About the course

This course considers current research and practice in computer networking, distributed systems and security. You will develop technical expertise and practical skills in the design, management and evaluation of networks, and in the use of tools and techniques for system security.

This MSc can lead to a career such as a network system designer or administrator, or as a security consultant.

Why choose this course?

-This MSc is available with an optional one year industry placement. The 'with placement' programmes give you additional industrial experience by applying the skills you have learned throughout your studies
-One of a range of advanced courses within our postgraduate Master's programme in Computer Science, this particular course provides you with a specialism combining theoretical knowledge and practical skills in computer networking
-You will develop technical expertise and practical skills in the design,management and evaluation of networks, and in the use of tools and techniques for system security
-Taught by a highly-regarded and long-established computer science department with strong links to business
-Half the research outputs in Computer Science at the University of Hertfordshire have been rated at world-leading or internationally excellent in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014

Careers

Our masters programme is designed to give Computer Science graduates the specialist, up-to-date skills and knowledge sought after by employers, whether in business, industry, government or research. This particular course will prepare you for a career such as a software engineer, developer or project manager.

Teaching methods

Classes consist of lectures, small group seminars, and practical work in our well-equipped laboratories. We use modern, industry-standard software wherever possible. There are specialist facilities for networking and multimedia and a project laboratory especially for masters students. In addition to scheduled classes, you will be expected a significant amount of time in self-study, taking advantage of the extensive and up-to-date facilities. These include the Learning Resource Centres, open 24x7, with 1,500 computer workstations and wifi access, Studynet our versatile online study environment usable on and off campus, and open access to our labs.

Work Placement

This MSc is available with an optional one year industry placement. The 'with placement' programmes give you additional industrial experience by applying the skills you have learned throughout your studies.

This offers you the opportunity to work for one year in a highly professional and stimulating environment. You will be a full time employee in a company earning a salary and will learn new skills that can't be taught at University. During the placement, you will be able to gain further insight into industrial practice that you can take forward into your individual project.

We will provide excellent academic and personal support during both your academic and placement periods together with comprehensive careers guidance from our very experienced dedicated Careers and Placements Service.

Although the responsibility for finding a placement is with you, our Careers and Placements Service maintains a wide variety of employers who offer placement opportunities and organise special training sessions to help you secure a placement, from job application to the interview. Optional one-to-one consultations are also available.

In order to qualify for the placement period you must maintain an overall average pass mark of not less than 60% across all modules studied in semester ‘A’.

Structure

Year 1
Core Modules
-Professional Issues
-Investigative Methods for Computer Science
-Distributed Systems Security
-Secure Systems Programming
-Network System Administration
-Multicast and Multimedia Networking
-Wireless, Mobile and Ad-hoc Networking
-Preparation for Placement
-Professional Work Placement for MSc Computer Science

Optional
-Professional Issues
-Investigative Methods for Computer Science
-Data Mining
-Mobile Standards, Interfaces and Applications
-Human Computer Interaction: Principles and Practice
-Advanced Databases
-Programming Paradigms
-Measures and Models for Software Engineering
-Programming for Software Engineers
-Software Engineering Practice and Experience
-Artificial Life with Robotics
-Neural Networks and Machine Learning
-Theory and Practice of Artificial Intelligence
-Information Security, Management and Compliance
-Digital Forensics
-Penetration Testing

Year 2
Core Modules
-Computer Networking Principles and Practice Masters Project

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Study computer and information systems security on a course that combines academic teaching, industry input and practical skills development. Read more

Study computer and information systems security on a course that combines academic teaching, industry input and practical skills development.

The course has four main focuses

  • information security management
  • ethical hacking
  • system hardening
  • computer forensics

This course is ideal if you are already working in an information technology environment or if you wish to specialise in the field of information security. After successfully completing it, you gain industry-recognised certifications that will assist you in progressing further in this field.

You focus on both the technical and managerial aspects of information security. The technically-focused modules involve you exploring a range of systems, tools and techniques at the cutting edge of technology. The managerial-focused modules give you an appreciation of the role information security has in an organisation and how it can be implemented and managed.

On this course you

  • develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to work as a computing security professional.
  • learn the concepts, principles, techniques and methodologies you need to design and assess complex networks, systems and applications.
  • develop the practical experience you need to plan, perform and direct security audits of information systems to the level required by standard security frameworks.
  • develop the effective and appropriate communication skills you need to be a security professional.

Free training and certification exam

Thanks to our association with BSI Learning, you are entitled to attend the BSI ISO27001 Lead Auditor course and take the official exam which allows you to become accredited as a BSI certified lead auditor.

Our ethical hacking module is aligned with the CREST Practitioner Security Analyst (CPSA) syllabus providing graduates with industry recognised and desired skills.

BSI lead auditor qualification

• ISO27001 Lead Auditor

BSI courses are delivered by approved BSI trainers and qualified ISO27001 lead auditors. As part of the course you receive the same course material as the official BSI training courses.

Guest Speakers from industry

Due to our strong ties with industry we regularly have special guest speakers. Recent speakers have included industry professionals from Mozilla, South Yorkshire Police, RSA and Blackberry.

Ethical Hacking

In 2014 Sheffield Hallam hosted the North of England's first Ethical Hacking Conference Steelcon. This is set to be an annual event with 2015's event already booked.

Course structure

We developed this course along two main lines.

The first covers the principles and issues of security design concerning systems and systems integration, web and operating system based applications and communication networks.

The second addresses the methodologies and development of skills required to perform security assessments of complex information systems.

Semester one modules

  • Information security concepts and principles
  • Network security
  • Systems and application security
  • Web applications and e-commerce security

Semester two modules

  • BSI ISO27001 lead auditor
  • Group-based case study with capture the flag

Options

  • Computer forensics and incident response
  • Information security management
  • Incident handling and hacking techniques (ethical hacking)

Semester three modules

You study research methods and do a substantial research project leading to a dissertation.

Assessment

Group and individual coursework. You also do a range of

  • problem solving assignments
  • workshops
  • practical projects
  • research activities.

Employability

On this course, you gain the knowledge, skills and experience you need to work in many different positions, from technical to management roles.

The Institute of Information Security Professionals (IISP) has highlighted the following specialisms in the area.

Strategy, policy, governance

• strategist • policy manager • information technology services officer (ITSO) • department security officer (DSO) • chief information security officer (CISO)

Risk management, verification and compliance

• risk analyst • risk assessor • business information security officer • reviewer • auditor

Incident and threat management and response

• incident manager • threat manager • forensics (computer analyst, mobile and network analyst) • computer security incident response team (CSIRT) • attack investigator • malware analyst • penetration tester • disaster recovery • business continuity

Operations and security management

• network security officer • systems security officer • information security officer • crypto custodian • information manager

Engineering, architecture and design

• architect • designer • development • secure coding • software design and development • applications development • security tools • implementation

Education, training and awareness

• security programme manager

Research

• security researcher

Successful graduates of this course have gone on to work for companies such as HSBC, Citrix, and Price Waterhouse Coopers.



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Computer and information security is a vital issue in today’s IT environment. This programme will provide you with the necessary skills to understand and apply specialised security knowledge in the identification and resolution of IT security threats facing modern organisations. Read more
Computer and information security is a vital issue in today’s IT environment. This programme will provide you with the necessary skills to understand and apply specialised security knowledge in the identification and resolution of IT security threats facing modern organisations. Develop a rounded view of key security domain topics such as security management and computer forensics, and gain the hands-on skills to confidently implement, configure and manage the tools you’ll face in practice.

Key features

-Be confident studying a degree accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT. The University has been awarded Academic Partner status by the Institute of Information Security Professionals (IISP), in recognition of the significant base of security-related expertise within the institution. This link encourages and enables a dialogue between academia and the wider community of security practitioners.
-Learn from research-active staff at the forefront of knowledge, conducting research within the Centre for Security, Communications and Network Research.
-Put your skills into practice in our high specification security, networking and digital forensic laboratories.
-Technology supported learning with free iPad mini and eBooks.
-Active Computer and Information Security Society (CISS) provide opportunities for networking, problem solving, speakers from industry as well as a valuable source of contacts.
-Build on the foundation which this course offers and take the opportunity to progress onto a research degree at MPhil or PhD level.
-Explore the option of completing the programme over two years with an integral work placement year.
-Benefit from the courses extensive links with major professional bodies and societies such as the BCS, ISACA, IFIP Technical Committee 11 and the Institute for Information Security Professionals (IISP).
-Take the opportunity to make career inroads through strong industrial links with major organisations such as Kaspersky Labs, Symantec, Orange, France-Telecom, and various UK government departments.
-Engage with the BCS South West branch programme, who hold many of their sessions at Plymouth University. The branch has a rich programme of events that contributes to broadening the knowledge and experience of the students.
-Continually under review to ensure all content is relevant and timely the programme has recently begun to offer AccessData Certification as a part of the cybercrime and investigation module, enabling you to achieve professional recognition as well as academic credit.

Course details

During your year of study you will gain an understanding of key topics such as security management, cryptography, network and system security, computer forensics, and protection in application scenarios. You'll also benefit from being taught a wide variety of hands-on skills, which enable you to implement, configure and manage many of the typical controls you will encounter in practice - including firewalls, intrusion detection systems, authentication and access mechanisms, and forensic case management tools. The project will enable you to explore and develop in-depth knowledge on a particular area of security. You'll become a subject expert and push the boundaries of the current understanding.

Core modules
-SEC501 Information Security Management and Governance
-SEC503 Intrusion Analysis and Incident Management
-BPIE500 Masters Stage 1 Placement Preparation
-PROJ513 MSc Project (September)
-SEC502 Network Security and Penetration Testing
-SEC505 Digital Forensic Investigation
-SEC504 Secure Systems Architectures and Mechanisms
-FTGS507 Professional and Research Skills with Entrepreneurship

Optional placement year
-BPIE501 Computing Masters Industrial Placement

Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

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Computers are central to all aspects of our daily lives; as industries ranging from communications to banking have come to rely on them, the need for improved computer security has never been greater. Read more
Computers are central to all aspects of our daily lives; as industries ranging from communications to banking have come to rely on them, the need for improved computer security has never been greater. This course focusses on two aspects of Cyber Security: analysis and assessment of risk plus how to minimise it, and, how to extract and use digital information from a wide range of systems and devices. The course is structured so that all students cover the same introductory material, but then choose to specialise in either Cyber Security or Digital Forensics.

Students taking the course will gain an understanding of the nature of the security threats that face computer systems and the type of information that is stored on digital devices (and how it can be extracted from them). They will benefit from a broad and varied array of state-of-the-art technologies, including:
-EnCase, FTK and open-source forensic tools, and a dedicated forensics computer laboratory
-Specialist input from guest lecturers
-Over 20 university computing laboratories providing access to Unix, Novell and NT servers, all supported by high-bandwidth networks
-Specialist technicians to ensure you can get the most out of these technologies

Course content

All students will take the core modules which are designed to give a comprehensive introduction to this specialist field. They will cover basic digital forensics and network security, and also cover computer system tools and the UNIX operating system. Dealing with digital evidence in a professional manner (that includes adhering to appropriate legal guidelines) is also covered. You will then follow either the Cyber Security or Digital Forensics pathway within the course (though each lead to the same named degree: the pathways are simply opportunities to specialise within the field). In addition, all students will take a Research Methods module and complete a project module.

The course offers the opportunity to examine a variety of tools available on the open market, and the use of forensic tools to retrieve data from electronic sources. It will also consider the analysis of professional and ethical issues relating to computer security and forensics, and the development of professional competencies, such as report writing and presenting evidence in court.

Teaching methods include lab-based sessions, student-led tutorials and lectures by internal staff and guest speakers from industry. Our courses are offered by friendly, highly experienced staff, and benefit from the diverse specialist knowledge and skills within the departments of the Faculty. Assessments will be carried out mostly through practical or research-based course work.

Modules

The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course.
-COMPUTER FORENSICS FUNDAMENTALS
-COMPUTER SYSTEM TOOLS
-EVIDENCE AND PROCEDURE
-NETWORK SECURITY
-POSTGRADUATE PROJECT MODULE
-RESEARCH METHODS

Digital Forensics pathway
-DATA RECOVERY AND ANALYSIS
-ADVANCED COMPUTER FORENSICS

Cyber Security pathway
-CYBER SECURITY
-THREATS AND COUNTERMEASURES

Associated careers

Depending on their chosen pathway graduates of the course are expected to find employment as information security/senior security officers and related cyber security roles or more technical roles investigating threats and safeguarding digital assets their life-cycle. Such roles will range from supporting industry, the public sector in general and the police and law enforcement agencies specifically, while some may focus more on researching new security threats and countermeasures. Additional also arrive for a supportive alumni community, including graduates with work experience who use their new skills and qualification to progress their career to more senior posts.

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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. Read more
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 course is informed by current research in security and digital forensics, and is underpinned by our experience with external partners in law enforcement, 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.

This MSc is also one of a very small number of courses certified by GCHQ, recognising UK universities which are excellent in Cyber Security.

What you’ll learn

This course focuses on the areas of securing computer, network and communications systems, incident response, and the forensic investigation of digital devices and networks. Computer security is a growth industry, and is vital in modern computing environments. You will gain foundation knowledge in all the key areas of computing cyber security, both defensive and offensive, as well as post incident response. The digital forensic aspects of the course include network and computer forensics, allowing you to develop the knowledge required to conduct computer-related investigations across networks, systems, and other digital devices. Cyber security and digital forensics are becoming significant computing disciplines, with an acknowledged skill shortage coupled with growing employment opportunities.

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 facilities.

The School of Computing has developed close ties with industry, law enforcement, and the public sector, through partnerships with organisations such as Cisco Systems, Guidance Software, Dell Secure Works, NCA, NCC, Police Scotland, and many others. The course benefits from this by including many guest lecturers by industry experts. Through the dedicated cyber security and forensic research group extensive cutting edge research is also carried out in key domains by an ever growing cohort of Phd students. The programme also has an affiliation with The Cyber Academy here at Edinburgh Napier, which integrates formally with a range of international initiatives including into a European Centre of Excellence, along with the EU-funded DFET project, which is building a world class virtualised infrastructure for Cyber Security teaching and training, with strong links into law enforcement industry and academia across the World.

Modules

• Host-Based Forensics
• Network Security
• Security Audit and Compliance
• e-Security
• Incident Response and Malware Analysis
• Computer Penetration Testing
• Dissertation

Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Careers

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, cisco security engineer/architect, sys admin, network engineer.

The programme develops a range of key skills currently needed in industry, covering areas such as network security, penetration testing, security monitoring, incident response, malware analysis, operating systems, network and computer forensics, virtualisation and malware analysis. Materials from many professional courses are integrated into the curriculum, towards helping students prepare for sought after professional certification such as Cisco Security Certifications, CISSP, and CREST.

Study mode

This is a full-time course studied over one year. It requires an intensive period of study, involving lectures, tutorials, laboratory sessions and independent study.As a full-time student you'll take three 20 credit modules per trimester for the first two trimesters, and then complete a Project.
http://www.napier.ac.uk/courses/msc-advanced-security-and-digital-forensics-postgraduate-fulltime

This course is also available part-time, with one or two modules studied per trimester.
http://www.napier.ac.uk/courses/msc-advanced-security-and-digital-forensics-postgraduate-parttime

This course is also available distance learning , with one or two modules studied per trimester.
http://www.napier.ac.uk/courses/msc-advanced-security-and-digital-forensics-postgraduate-distance-learning-part-time

How to apply

http://www.napier.ac.uk/study-with-us/postgraduate/how-to-apply

Fees and Funding

We have lots of funding options available such as the postgraduate tuition fee loan for Scottish & EU students, specifics scholarships for students from North or South America, Asia and Africa, as well as bursaries & grants for those closer to home in England, Northern Ireland and Wales.

Please see our website for up-to-date information about fee and funding and what you could be eligible for.
http://www.napier.ac.uk/study-with-us/postgraduate/fees-and-funding

Nothing should get in the way of furthering your education. Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) awards funding for postgraduate courses, and could provide the help you need to continue your studies. Find out more: http://www.napier.ac.uk/study-with-us/postgraduate/fees-and-funding/saas-funded-courses

Information for International Students

For applications whose first language is not English, the following is generally required: minimum IELTS 6.0, with no individual component score of less than 5.5 or equivalent. We also offer a range of pre-sessional English language courses to help you meet the English language requirement prior to starting your masters programme. Please see our website for up-to-date information.
http://www.napier.ac.uk/study-with-us/international-students/english-language/english-language-requirements

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Forensic accounting and the related discipline of forensic audit are fast-developing areas in the commercial world. The major professional accounting firms now have departments offering forensic accounting and audit services, and the demand for expertise in this area is growing exponentially. Read more
Forensic accounting and the related discipline of forensic audit are fast-developing areas in the commercial world. The major professional accounting firms now have departments offering forensic accounting and audit services, and the demand for expertise in this area is growing exponentially.

There is a need for people with specialist skills who can undertake fraud investigations, valuations, assist in dispute resolution, prepare expert reports, and conduct fraud and forensic analysis.

Additionally, you will be required to evaluate the principles of good corporate governance and the integrity of management, and understand the role of computer forensic techniques in an investigatory and legal context.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/491-msc-forensic-audit-and-accounting

What you will study

On this course you will study 180 credits from the following modules:

- Corporate Governance (20 credits)
Learn about the systems by which companies are directed and controlled, and their implication for fraud prevention and abuses of power.

- Forensic Audit and Accounting (20 credits)
You will be introduced to the principles of forensic audit and accounting, including theoretical concepts allied to investigation and analysis.

- Research Methods for Finance and Accounting (20 credits)
Gain an appreciation of the academic research process and the underlying elements and principles, developing the skills to critically evaluate and conduct postgraduate research.

- Dissertation (60 credits)
Undertake a significant piece of research into an appropriate area of study.

You will study 60 credits from the following option modules:

- Computer Forensics and Crime Investigation (20 credits)
Learn about the techniques and practices of computer forensics, applied to practical problems encountered by forensic accounting investigators.

- Audit and Assurance in a Global Environment (20 credits)
Gain an appreciation of the knowledge, skills and professional judgement needed in a variety of audit and assurance engagements.

- Expert Witnesses and Dispute Resolution (20 credits)
Gain an understanding of the role of an expert, including dispute resolution methods, legal and procedural requirements for experts in pre-trial and court situations.

- Contemporary Issues (20 credits)
Consider contemporary theories and developments in accounting and auditing thought and practice, including forensic accounting.

Learning and teaching methods

The course is delivered full-time through a combination of lectures, tutorials, computer workshops, case study analysis and discussion groups. You will be exposed to real-life situations and given the skills and opportunities to find practical solutions. You will have the opportunity to use state-of-the-art computer forensic and data analysis software.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects

Employment opportunities are numerous, from specialist firms of forensic accountants to specialist departments within accountancy firms. There are many opportunities in the public and regulatory sectors, as well as employment prospects in commercial organisations, as part of investigatory, internal audit, and compliance departments. Recent graduates from this course are employed in the forensic accounting department of a ‘Big Four’ accountancy firm, and as a Fraud Investigator for a national public sector auditor.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods include examinations and coursework-based assignments.

Facilities

Specialist IT facilities are used where appropriate including audit and computer forensic software.

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Digital forensics and security are increasingly in the public eye. Read more

About the course

Digital forensics and security are increasingly in the public eye. Whether it is the theft of a laptop containing secret information, high profile hacking incidents, anti-terrorism operations or controversies surrounding lost data, it is impossible to ignore the importance and excitement surrounding digital forensics and security.

Developed and delivered in conjunction with 7Safe, this course provides you with knowledge of the very latest computer forensics and security principles, practices, tools and techniques, taught by a team of experienced and specialist staff in purpose-built computer forensics and security laboratories. If you are interested in a challenging career in one of the most rapidly expanding areas of computing then this is the course for you.

Most students embark on their MSc after successfully completing one or more 7Safe courses. On successful completion of the 7Safe hands-on training course, you are then eligible to apply to DMU for an academic top-up/assessment by distance learning. Taking the course in this way is normally a part-time pathway and you should expect to study for two-three years. However, you can register directly with DMU for the full degree and the university then manages your attendance and progression through the relevant 7Safe modules and academic assessments. Registering with DMU direct can therefore provide a full-time route through the course.

The full MSc course consists of eight modules (at 15 credits each) and an MSc Project/Dissertation (at 60 credits). Seven of the taught modules are delivered and assessed jointly by De Montfort University staff and 7Safe trainers with the eighth being a stand alone distance learning module that DMU is responsible for. The Project/Dissertation is delivered and assessed by DMU alone. Successful completion of the MSc gives students seven industry recognised professional certificates and the MSc.

Multiple start dates are available please contact the Admissions Team on the contact details below.

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MSc Systems and Cyber Security is perfect for those wishing to develop careers as system and cyber security professionals. It provides in-depth technical knowledge on all aspects of cyber security; from data-protection and encryption, to cyber threats and computer forensics. Read more
MSc Systems and Cyber Security is perfect for those wishing to develop careers as system and cyber security professionals. It provides in-depth technical knowledge on all aspects of cyber security; from data-protection and encryption, to cyber threats and computer forensics.

Its focus on emerging and future technologies means that you'll be well-placed to succeed in a rapidly changing key IT industry. Demand for cyber security professionals is set to outstrip supply by one third by 2019, so employment prospects on completing this course are excellent.

All taught modules contain considerable input from industry experts from companies such as VISA, HP, ENISA, and IBM who will contribute through guest lectures and case studies. You'll have the opportunity to use our cyber security lab in order to develop and apply in-depth knowledge about security vulnerabilities, ethical hacking and penetration testing strategies.

The course is suitable for graduates from either computer science or information technology or similar.

Modules

Research methods and professional issues
Future internet technologies
Machine learning
Data protection and confidentiality
Systems and cyber threats: vulnerabilities and countermeasures
Security risk assessment
Computer forensics
MSc thesis

All modules are assessed by coursework.

Employability

Graduates from this course could go on to work as experts on ethical hacking and penetration testing or as cyber security professionals.

LSBU Employability Services

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search. Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or an internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the job you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

• Direct engagement from employers who come in to interview and talk to students
• Job Shop and on-campus recruitment agencies to help your job search
• Mentoring and work shadowing schemes.

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This course allows you to study two or more areas of computing that relate to your interests along with key core areas of computer science. Read more
This course allows you to study two or more areas of computing that relate to your interests along with key core areas of computer science. Depending on the modules chosen, it can lead to a career in areas such as software development, systems design, user interface design, or database design and administration.

About the course

The MSc Advanced Computer Science course consists of two major parts: taught modules and an MSc project. Each taught module has an assigned number of credits (either 15 or 30). Some modules are compulsory and some are optional. The project is compulsory and has a modular value of 60. In order to obtain an MSc degree you must study and pass 120 credits of taught modules plus the project i.e. 180 credits in total.

Why choose this course?

-This MSc is available with an optional one year industry placement. The 'with placement' programmes give you additional industrial experience by applying the skills you have learned throughout your studies
-This MSc is one of a range of advanced courses within our postgraduate masters programme in Computer Science
-You will develop knowledge and skills in the models, methodologies, measures and tools that can be employed in your future career
-You will be taught by a highly-regarded and long-established computer science department with strong links to business
-Half the research outputs in Computer Science at the University of Hertfordshire have been rated at world-leading or internationally excellent in the Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014)

Careers

Our masters programme is designed to give Computer Science graduates the specialist, up-to-date skills and knowledge sought after by employers, whether in business, industry, government or research. This particular course will prepare you for a career such as a software engineer, developer or project manager.

Teaching methods

Classes consist of lectures, small group seminars, and practical work in our well-equipped laboratories. We use modern, industry-standard software wherever possible. There are specialist facilities for networking and multimedia and a project laboratory especially for masters students. In addition to scheduled classes, you will be expected a significant amount of time in self-study, taking advantage of the extensive and up-to-date facilities. These include the Learning Resource Centres, open 24x7, with 1,500 computer workstations and wifi access, Studynet our versatile online study environment usable on and off campus, and open access to our labs.

Work Placement

This MSc is available with an optional one year industry placement. The 'with placement' programmes give you additional industrial experience by applying the skills you have learned throughout your studies.

This offers you the opportunity to work for one year in a highly professional and stimulating environment. You will be a full time employee in a company earning a salary and will learn new skills that can't be taught at University. During the placement, you will be able to gain further insight into industrial practice that you can take forward into your individual project.

We will provide excellent academic and personal support during both your academic and placement periods together with comprehensive careers guidance from our very experienced dedicated Careers and Placements Service.

Although the responsibility for finding a placement is with you, our Careers and Placements Service maintains a wide variety of employers who offer placement opportunities and organise special training sessions to help you secure a placement, from job application to the interview. Optional one-to-one consultations are also available.

In order to qualify for the placement period you must maintain an overall average pass mark of not less than 60% across all modules studied in semester ‘A’.

Structure

Year 1
Core Modules
-Programming Paradigms
-Preparation for Placement
-Professional Work Placement for MSc Computer Science

Optional
-Professional Issues
-Investigative Methods for Computer Science
-Data Mining
-Mobile Standards, Interfaces and Applications
-Human Computer Interaction: Principles and Practice
-Advanced Databases
-Measures and Models for Software Engineering
-Programming for Software Engineers
-Software Engineering Practice and Experience
-Distributed Systems Security
-Secure Systems Programming
-Network System Administration
-Multicast and Multimedia Networking
-Wireless, Mobile and Ad-hoc Networking
-Artificial Life with Robotics
-Neural Networks and Machine Learning
-Theory and Practice of Artificial Intelligence
-Information Security, Management and Compliance
-Digital Forensics
-Penetration Testing

Year 2
Core Modules
-Advanced Computer Science Masters Project

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Would you like to update, extend and deepen your knowledge in Networking Technologies? This course combines learning opportunities designed to enhance the depth and breadth of your knowledge in core themes including routing, switching, wireless and network security. Read more
Would you like to update, extend and deepen your knowledge in Networking Technologies? This course combines learning opportunities designed to enhance the depth and breadth of your knowledge in core themes including routing, switching, wireless and network security.

By studying this course you will develop the theoretical knowledge and practical skills required for employment in the network industry. The course has been designed with a complementary set of modules to enable you to complete external CISCO and CCNP examinations in addition to achieving the MSc qualification. You will graduate with the educational requirements for BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT, Chartered IT Professional Registration and for Chartered Engineer status.

This course can also be taken in January and has an advanced practice option - for more information, please view the relevant web-page:
16 months full time - https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/study-at-northumbria/courses/computer-network-technology-msc-ft-dtfcty6/

2 years full time with advanced practice - https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/study-at-northumbria/courses/computer-network-technology-with-advanced-practice-msc-dtscte6/

Learn From The Best

Our course is at the forefront of current knowledge and practice, shaped by world-leading and internationally excellent research. Our staff are both inspirational academics with a passion for their subject and industry experts with extensive experience in their field. They combine their research passions, teaching interests and professional expertise to shape the curriculum and ensure the currency of the course. The team include published authors and senior members of IEEE, with interests including web design and development, web programming, image engineering and security, computer networks, image processing and information research methods.

Teaching And Assessment

Studying with us will provide you with a wide range of learning opportunities in a challenging, stimulating and dynamic environment. You will participate in lectures, small group seminars, laboratory sessions, simulated practical skills sessions, and field study visits where appropriate. There is an emphasis on independent learning and using new research development in the relevant subject area. You will be expected to evaluate theoretical or practical frameworks for the analysis and critical evaluation of a variety of issues, informed by recent research.

Module Overview
KD7048 - Switch: IP Switched Networks and Troubleshooting (Core, 20 Credits)
KF7003 - Network Security (Core, 20 Credits)
KF7026 - ROUTE: IP Routing and Troubleshooting (Core, 20 Credits)
KF7028 - Research Methods and Project Management (Core, 20 Credits)
KF7029 - MSc Computer Science & Digital Technologies Project (Core, 60 Credits)
KF7031 - Wireless Networks and Security (Core, 20 Credits)
KF7046 - Computer Network Implementation (Core, 20 Credits)

Learning Environment

When you want to get hands-on with technology and really understand how everything connects, how to create games or protect data integrity, our range of specialist facilities will support you. Through our computer network technology labs, digital security lab, animation and visual effects studios, games studio, and other specialist facilities, you will be able to investigate, diagnose, apply fixes and protections to ensure that organisations can make the best use of their technology.

You will be supported in your learning, where appropriate, via an eLearning portal (Blackboard) that provides remote access to course materials, by electronic submission and feedback on your assessments, and online reading lists.

Research-Rich Learning

Industry practice has strongly influenced the design of this course, and the content will evolve in line with developments in industry and in the subject as an academic discipline. Staff research and industrial expertise informs the teaching in all years with 58% of the department of Computer Science and Digital Technologies research outputs were ranked world-leading or internationally excellent according to the 2014 UK-wide Research Excellence Framework. This figure makes us the leading Modern University in the North East for research power.

The department’s academic research interests include imaging for forensics and security, biometrics, homeland security, image/video watermarking and cryptography.

Give Your Career An Edge

This course is designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary for postgraduate employment in computer networking and network security, and progression to further study if desired. Within the course the choice of skill and knowledge areas, tools, techniques and methods has been made to ensure you are immediately valuable to employers, both at the placement and at the graduate stage.

Because of our reputation for strong partnerships with employers and the success of our graduates, we have an incredibly strong and international industry network. Our students have benefited from working with household names like CERN, Nissan, IBM, Hewlett Packard, Procter & Gamble, Nintendo, Microsoft, Accenture and many more.

Your Future

The increasing demand for specialists in network security and network programming means that graduates have excellent employment prospects in Computer Network Technology, including roles such as Network designer, Network manager, and Network engineer, as well as many other roles across public and private organisations. Alternatively, you will be very well equipped for further research in an academic or research and development environment, and the mix of research, numerical and problem-solving skills are desirable to careers outside of this subject.

Through your coursework, you will have developed and applied computational, communication, research and team-working skills. Learning independently, managing yourself and others on project tasks, and evaluating and reflecting upon practitioner experience are all essential skills of the computing professional which your modules help to develop, providing you with opportunities to practise and demonstrate proficiency for your future career.

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During this programme, students study, employ and reflect on the principles underpinning computer science. The programme is designed for individuals wishing to pursue careers as computer science professionals. Read more

During this programme, students study, employ and reflect on the principles underpinning computer science. The programme is designed for individuals wishing to pursue careers as computer science professionals.

From organisational culture and human-computer interaction to web services and distributed computing on virtualised and cloud based systems, this programme leads students to reflect on the choice of methods and tools. It will provide practical experience in the analysis and understanding of problems, systems and structures through the study of realistic case studies. The student will be equipped to deal with the intense demands of modern software development, critically evaluate and employ appropriate concepts and principles to build solutions of commercial, industrial or research value.

Students may choose options focusing on cyber security and forensics, data warehousing and business intelligence or user-centered web engineering and software engineering management.

Through our short course centre opportunity may also be provided to study for the following professional qualifications: Microsoft Technology Associate Exams; Certified Professional Java SE Programmer; Java Certified Associate; Oracle Certified Associate (OCA).

The availability of some courses is subject to satisfying constraints that may come into effect in the year of entry.

Full time

Year 1

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Students are required to choose 15 credits from this list of options.

Students are required to choose 30 credits from this list of options.

Part time

Year 1

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Students are required to choose 30 credits from this list of options.

Year 2

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Students are required to choose 15 credits from this list of options.

Students are required to choose 15 credits from this list of options.

Students are required to choose 30 credits from this list of options.

Assessment

Students are assessed through examinations, coursework and a project.

Professional recognition

This programme is accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS). On successful graduation from this degree, the student will have fulfilled the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered IT Professional (CITP) and partially fulfilled the education requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng) or Chartered Scientist (CSci). For a full Chartered status there are additional requirements, including work experience. Please contact the BCS for further information. The programme also has accreditation from the European Quality Assurance Network for Informatics Education (EQANIE).

Careers

Graduates from this programme are equipped for employment in industry, commerce or education with a proficiency in the key theoretical and practical areas in computer science, including their application to modern software systems development.



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