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  Cyber Security and Forensic Information Technology MSc

University of Portsmouth    School of Computing

Full time & Part time September, January MSc 1 year full time, 16 months full-time 3 years part time
Computer Science (8)

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Unleash your potential with the Cyber Security and Forensic Information Technology MSc programme. Dive into the realms of cyber security and forensic investigation to combat digital crime effectively. Develop expertise in protecting data, detecting criminal activities, and presenting evidence to authorities. Engage in practical sessions, hacking simulations, and real-life case studies to sharpen your skills. The programme offers a range of modules including Computer Forensic Investigation, Systems Security, and Mobile Forensics, allowing you to tailor your learning to your interests. With a second-class honours degree in a relevant subject or equivalent professional experience, you can embark on this exciting journey. Benefit from state-of-the-art facilities like multi-platform network suites and crime scene simulations, preparing you for a career in law enforcement, IT auditing, or information security. Join us to bridge the skills gap in cyber security and forensic information technology – your expertise is in high demand.

About the course


Prevent and prosecute digital crime, by shaping your IT skills for a connected business world that craves your expertise. 

You'll study twin, linked disciplines on this Master's: cyber security – protecting data and systems from cyber attack, and forensic information technology – detecting and collecting digital evidence of criminal activity. You'll explore methods used by hackers, and how to prevent or combat them. You'll also learn the procedures to follow after an attack, and how to present this information to investigators or court officials. 

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Entry Requirements

A 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.

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Michael Keen

Michael Keen, is studying for an MSc in Forensic Information Technology. He was one of two students selected to work with the Metropolitan Police on their eCrime Project.
I have enjoyed this course so much I wish it was longer than a year. After completing my undergraduate degree at Portsmouth, I decided to stay on to do a Master’s because I wanted to learn more about the legal implications of computing issues.
I was selected by my department to work in collaboration with the Metropolitan Police to help design a centralised website for use by victims of computer crime and as a result I was invited to Scotland Yard to meet with the Head of eCrime.
I can now use the work I have done with the Met to help with my dissertation about personal security within information technology.
My course leaders are really passionate about their specialist areas and they have very good links with guest speakers. We’ve had visits from a former FBI agent who is now Chief Security Advisor at Microsoft, as well as speakers from the Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT).
Portsmouth is a lovely place to live and it will be a shame to move away but I now feel really well-equipped to use my skills in business and with the IT industry growing as quickly as it is, I think my time at Portsmouth is going to make me a valuable addition to any company.

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