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Professional Practice in Digital Forensics and Security MSc

Course Description

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.

Visit the Professional Practice in Digital Forensics and Security MSc page on the De Montfort University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Luke Attwood

1725.jpg - Why did you choose MSc Software Engineering at DMU?

I had previously completed the BSc (Hons) Computer Science course at DMU, and had thoroughly enjoyed not just the content, but also the friendly and supportive environment created by my lecturers and the university as a whole. I felt that the MSc Software Engineering course would provide me with the wider ranging skills I required and enhance my CV to potential employers.

- What knowledge and experience did you gain on the course?

I have gained an understanding of the whole system life cycle with regards to analysing requirements and specifying systems, using this to create competent designs and then upon implementing a product, being able to safely test and maintain it. I feel that I am now capable of managing projects from start to finish and that I am able to give a company or organisation a fresh and innovative direction using the techniques and ideologies that I have learnt.

- Do you have any memorable experiences from your time on the course?

Certainly some of the most memorable experiences must come from being introduced to various professors and lecturers that are world- leading experts in their field. Other memorable experiences come from some of the topics and techniques that we were taught, most notably dependable and critical systems, where one error or failure could lead to loss of life. Seeing how to properly and safely specify and test such systems and knowing you could go out into industry and make a difference is a very satisfying feeling.

- What did you enjoy most about the course?

The content being taught is often completely cutting-edge and new and has been worked on by some of the world's leading researchers in that subject. I thoroughly enjoyed the innovative and cutting-edge technologies and techniques that we were taught.

- Do you have any advice to students who are thinking of studying this course?

I would fully recommend DMU to anyone interested in learning about industry leading technologies and being involved in a very friendly and supportive environment. My own experience has been incredibly enjoyable and fulfilling and I know that anyone taking on a Technology course will be rewarded by a fantastic high level of teaching, balancing theory and practical elements across a vast array of very interesting subjects. Anyone successfully completing the course can apply for CEng (Chartered Engineer) professional status and will thus be an asset to industry.


Entry Requirements

For the DMU element of the programme modules you should have the equivalent of a British Honours degree (2:2 minimum) in a relevant subject. If you have no formal academic qualifications but do have extensive industry experience we will consider your application individually.

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