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MSc Computer Security & Forensics

Course Description

Course Summary

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

Choose Computer Security and Forensics MSc at Bedfordshire and:

- 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.

Why choose this course?

The MSc in Computer Security and Forensics is ideal for a graduate of Computer Science. It is designed to cover the specialised areas of computer security, networking and forensics and will prepare students for a career in the area of computer security, network security or forensic investigation. This course is uniquely designed to blend a wide spectrum of state-of-the-art domains around Information and network security, and digital forensics and will properly equip students for a career in the area.

During the course students will understand network security, scripting, and cryptographic protocols and how to perform forensic data analysis using the latest commercial tools such as Encase Tool Kit).

Students will also discover the legal frameworks and legislation relating to computer crime, and how to present evidence to a court of law.

Career Management Skills

Employability is understood widely as encompassing knowledge, skills and a professional attitude which your tutors expect you to display in all your units. All University of Bedfordshire courses aim to help you to be prepared for the world of work. The Careers Service is there to support you throughout the duration of your study. Our curriculum 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 `Professional Project Management in particular requires you to work in a team so as to apply a 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.

In addition and somewhat complementary the honours project fosters independent and autonomous study: typically derived from your own ideas, in collaboration with a dedicated member of the teaching staff as project supervisor.

Career/Further study opportunities


On completing this course you are likely to progress into the following areas:

- Security associates
- security consultants
- penetration testers
- network security analysts
- Systems Administrators

Further study:

Opportunities exist for further postgraduate study (e.g. MSc by Research) or students can also continue onto PhDs by research which can lead to a career in higher education.

Visit the MSc Computer Security & Forensics page on the University of Bedfordshire website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree at Honours level in Computer Science or a computing related subject.Additional:Those applicants without a first degree may be granted entry on the basis of their industrial work experience. Such work experience should total five or more years, and be relevant to the degree.

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