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Overview

If you're looking to further specialise your IT career and branch into digital forensics, this course is the perfect next step. This MSc Forensic Information Technology degree course will develop your IT skillset and give you the lowdown on civil, corporate and criminal litigation procedures.

You'll unpack the core themes in 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

On this course, you'll:

  • 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 unit 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

We'll help you to identify internships, voluntary roles and opportunities that will complement your studies.

When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the field of forensic IT.

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

Teaching​

Teaching on this course includes:

  • practical exercises
  • simulations
  • lectures
  • guest speakers

How you're assessed​

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.

Careers and opportunities

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.


Visit the Forensic Information Technology MSc page on the University of Portsmouth website for more details!

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