Description

This NCSC-certified course delivers enterprise security techniques with forensic skills for investigation and intrusion analysis

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

Course specialisms include network security, penetration testing, incident response, malware analysis, cryptography, audit and compliance, and host and mobile digital forensics. The specialisation you gain in the taught modules is further developed through an extensive research-based MSc dissertation project, leading towards a mastery of a subject area and enhancing your particular specialism.

Study Details:

2.5 – 4 years distance learning

Module Details:

Modules that you will study* as part of this course

Applied Cryptography and Trust ( CSN11131 )
Computer Penetration Testing ( CSN11127 )
Host-Based Forensics (DL) ( CSN11126 )
Incident Response and Malware Analysis ( CSN11129 )
Masters Dissertation ( SOC11101 )
Network Security (D/L) ( CSN11118 )
Security Audit & Compliance ( INF11109 )
* These are indicative only and reflect the course structure in the current academic year. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Student Destinations

The continued growth in the current requirement for cybersecurity and digital forensics professionals means there are a wide range of careers which can be followed after graduating from the course, such as:

  • Security Consultant/Analyst
  • Penetration Tester
  • Network Security Analyst
  • Forensic Investigator
  • Audit/Compliance Consultant
  • Security Certification Engineer
  • Incident Response Analyst
  • System Admin
  • Network Engineer

The programme develops a range of key skills currently needed in industry, covering areas such as network security, penetration testing, security monitoring, incident response, malware analysis, operating systems, network and computer forensics, virtualisation and malware analysis. Materials from many professional courses are integrated into the curriculum, towards helping students prepare for sought after professional certification such as:

  • Cisco Security Certifications
  • Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
  • Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP)
  • Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats (CREST)

Fees

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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 such as 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, or even none at all, if you have sufficient relevant work experience from industry.

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