MSc Digital Forensics and Security

Leeds Beckett University

Program Description

MSc Digital Forensics and Security

Leeds Beckett University

This is a chance to develop highly valued computer forensic and computer security skills. We will move your current IT ability to the next level, preparing you for work as a forensic investigator or security professional.

We offer a hands-on course - you'll be presented with problems, using real life scenarios where possible, allowing you to improve your expertise in preparation for a career in either of these important fields.

Forensics and security are closely linked with an overlap of skills and analytical thinking. Through this course you will gather a range of knowledge from processing and analysing digital evidence, to undertaking security assessments and ethical hacking of computer networks.

You will be taught by experts who are working in the field and you will gain experience in industry tools such as EnCase, FTK and Backtrack, developing your theoretical and practical knowledge, and understanding of the topics we cover.


Applicants should either have at least a second class honours degree in the cognate subject of Computing, at least a second class honours degree in a non-cognate subject supported by evidence of an aptitude for the subject applied for, or have equivalent experience or training, normally from within the work environment. All applications should be supported by a reference, either academic or professional.


IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.

Mature Applicants

Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu. If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website.

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.


The course is designed in consideration of the ACPO guidelines, Council of Registered Ethical Security Testers (CREST) and is designed to be as practical and real world based as is possible in an academic course. You will be taught using industry standard tools by academics who are also commercial practitioners in the related fields, allowing you to benefit from the latest changes in the profession.

You will also benefit from interaction with external forensic and security experts who will come and talk to you regarding what the role is really like this is enabled through our close links with industry.

Studying part-time gives you the flexibility to learn at your own pace. Because of this, our tuition fees are calculated using credit points. Each module you study has a credit point value. Most taught postgraduate modules have a credit point value of 20.The tuition fee for students entering in in 2015/16 on this course is £660 for each 20 credit point module.For modules with a different credit point value their cost can be calculated by multiplying the credit value of the module by the cost per credit point of £33. The amount you will pay may increase each year in line with inflation.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated December 1, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2017
12 - 24 months
Part time
Full time
Start date Sept. 2017
United Kingdom Leeds, England
Application deadline Request Info
End date Request Info
Duration 12 - 24 months
Price - The tuition fee for students entering in in 2015/16 on this course is £660 for each 20 credit point module.