MSc PG Dip PG Cert Digital Forensics

  • DeadlineStudy Details:

    MSc: 13 months full-time, up to 3 years part-time, PgDip/PgCert: up to 12 months full-time, 2 years part-time

Course Description

Over 90% of crime is now recognised as having a digital element and the UK Government has stated that digital forensic science sits at the heart of delivering justice in the 21st century, spanning the entire criminal justice system from crime scene to courtroom.

The new MSc in Digital Forensics, offered by Cranfield University in partnership with CCL Solutions Group, (CCL) will seek to address the academically orientated operational needs of UK policing and serious skills shortage of educated and trained individuals in the field to fill digital forensic positions and support the UK’s criminal justice system.

In 2020, Cranfield Forensic Institute successfully secured £3.6 million funding from the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP) Local Growth Fund as matched funding to investment of £3.6 million by Cranfield University to create a state-of-the-art forensic investigation teaching and research facility at Cranfield campus near Milton Keynes.

Entry Requirements

A first or second-class Honours BSc or equivalent in Computer Science, Digital Forensics, Information Security, Forensic Science.  Students with other degrees who can show a knowledge of and interest in the subject will also be considered.  These might include graduates working in relevant professional fields of study, including forensic science, information technology, forensic engineering, and law.

For those applicants looking to apply through the experiential route, then you will require at least seven years’ experience as a practitioner in e.g., digital forensics, information technology or forensic science.

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Student Destinations

The programme offers a highly effective springboard into many career opportunities. These include employment routes to Government and non-Governmental bodies, police departments and independent digital forensic consultants. It is also a necessary introduction that leads into conducting research at PhD level in the subject. The Digital Forensics MSc could be an important stepping-stone to an academic career in Digital Forensics.

Module Details

Compulsory modules

All the modules in the following list need to be taken as part of this course.

  • Introductory Studies
  • Digital Forensic Techniques and Traces
  • Introduction to Digital Crime and Investigation
  • Internet Based Investigations
  • Programming for Digital Forensics
  • Mobile Device Forensics
  • Investigation and Evidence Collection
  • Courtroom Skills
  • Thesis

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