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  MSc Advanced Security and Digital Forensics

Online Edinburgh Napier University    School of Computing Engineering & the Built Environment

Full time & Part time September, January MSc 12-18 months | 2.5 - 4 years
Computer Science (8) Forensic & Archaeological Sciences (16)

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If you're passionate about cybersecurity and digital forensics, our GCHQ-accredited MSc in Advanced Security and Digital Forensics is the perfect programme for you. This popular course combines academic principles with real-world practice, equipping you with the skills needed to tackle modern cyber threats. From network security and penetration testing to incident response and malware analysis, you'll explore a range of specialized modules. Our close ties with industry partners, law enforcement agencies, and the public sector ensure that the course remains up-to-date and relevant. With a 2:2 or above in a computing discipline, you can embark on this exciting journey towards a rewarding career in cybersecurity.

About the course

This popular GCHQ-accredited Masters degree delivers modern enterprise Cybersecurity, coupled with Digital Forensics and incident response.

Computer security is one of the key challenges in contemporary computing. You will gain critical knowledge within the cybersecurity 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, the cybersecurity industry, financial institutions and other knowledge transfer activities.

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Entry Requirements

The entry requirement for this course is a Bachelor (Honours) Degree at a 2:2 or above in a Computing discipline e.g. Computing, Computer Science, Computer Networking, Software Engineering, or Cyber Security.

Other IT disciplines may be considered provided a minimum of 50% of the modules undertaken in the last two years of study were Computing related.

We may also consider lesser qualifications if you have sufficient relevant work experience.

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Where is Edinburgh Napier University


Student Profile

Aisling Freeman

I researched several post-graduate programmes in my area of interest, and I was advised that the Advanced Security & Digital Forensics postgraduate course at Edinburgh Napier is of the highest standard and incredibly well recognised, hence my decision to only apply for this masters programme.

This course covers just about everything! You study three modules per semester and then complete a dissertation in the summertime.

Like anything, there were some modules I preferred to others - I particularly enjoyed Network Security and Pen Testing. The Network Security module covers the fundamentals of networking at an advanced level and gives you exposure to key security tools and technologies that I now use in my day-to-day work.

The perception of women working in “Tech” is a gap I certainly see narrowing as the need for women working in security grows. For me, it has never been an issue or something I have had a negative experience with.

Working in cyber security means that every day is different. It’s an ever-evolving sector, therefore you are always working on something new. Be confident in your abilities to do well in the industry and try not to fall into a trap of self-doubt. Be open-minded and ask questions, even if you think they are ‘stupid’. Reach out to other females in the industry and form connections to stay up to date on the latest and greatest emerging technologies.

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