MSc Cyber Security and Forensic Information Technology

  • DeadlineStudy Details:

    MSc 1 year full-time (September start), 16 months full-time (January start), 3 years part-time

Course Description

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.

In our computer labs and forensic facilities, you’ll infect a virtual machine with a virus of your own, overcome anti-forensic tools that try to hide evidence of crime, and make a mock arrest of a cybercriminal. You’ll dig into cryptography, hacking and formal computer languages, such as Linux.

Entry Requirements

Qualifications or experience

  • 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 requirements

  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 (or equivalent) with no component score below 6.0.

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Programme Funding

If you meet our criteria, you could get a £3000 tuition fees discount – visit website for details

Student Destinations

You’ll graduate from this Master’s with skills that are in heavy demand. The UK Government’s £2.6 billion National Cyber Strategy aims to “ensure the UK continues to be a leading responsible and democratic cyber power”, and shows how businesses in the private and public sectors need to fill a large cyber skills gap to meet that aim.

You’ll have studied twin disciplines within that skills gap, so you’ll be qualified for roles in preventing digital crime, or investigating and prosecuting those who commit it. You’ll be able to work in fields including:

  • Law enforcement
  • IT auditing
  • Information security
  • High-tech crime units
  • Commercial investigation
  • National security bodies
  • Systems administration
  • Security analysis

Module Details


On this full-time MSc Cyber Security and Forensic Information Technology course, you’ll study 4 core modules, and choose a further optional module.

  • Computer Forensic Investigation and Cryptography – 30 credits
  • Mobile Forensics Issues and Practice – 30 credits
  • Systems Security and Hacking – 30 credits
  • Masters Project computer science – 60 credits


  • Big Data and Machine Learning Applications – 30 credits
  • Business Intelligence – 15 credits
  • Cloud Computing – 30 credits
  • Data Visualisation and Exploring Analytics – 15 credits
  • Network Services and Cyber Security – 30 credits
  • The Global Landscape of Cybersecurity – 30 credits

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