Cyber Security and Forensics MSc
University of Westminster
London, United Kingdom
Full time, Part time
GBP 17,000 / per year **
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Computers are central to all aspects of our daily lives; as industries ranging from communications to banking have come to rely on them, the need for improved computer security has never been greater. This course focuses on two aspects of Cyber Security: analysis and assessment of risk plus how to minimise it, and how to extract and use digital information from a wide range of systems and devices. The course is structured so that as well as the core modules, students can choose option modules from either the Cyber Security or the Digital Forensics themes.
Students taking the course will gain an understanding of the nature of the security threats that face computer systems and the type of information that is stored on digital devices (and how it can be extracted from them). They will benefit from a broad and varied array of state-of-the-art technologies and resources, including:
- a dedicated forensics computer laboratory
- over 30 computing laboratories with an extensive range of specialist and other software providing access to Linux/UNIX, Windows and Mac OS, all supported by high-bandwidth networks
- access to a range of free software titles through a number of academic initiatives for use on home computers for educational and personal purposes
- specialist technicians to ensure you can get the most out of these technologies
All students will take the core modules, which are designed to give a comprehensive introduction to this specialist field. They will cover basic digital forensics and network security and also cover computer system tools and the Linux/UNIX operating system. Dealing with digital evidence in a professional manner (that includes adhering to appropriate legal guidelines) is also covered. Optional modules are divided into two themes. You can follow the theme of your choice and choose option modules either from the Cyber Security or the Digital Forensics themes. In addition, all students will complete a project module.
The course offers the opportunity to examine a variety of tools available on the open market and the use of forensic tools to retrieve data from electronic sources. It will also consider the analysis of professional and ethical issues relating to computer security and forensics and the development of professional competencies, such as report writing and presenting evidence in court.
Teaching methods include lab-based sessions, student-led tutorials and lectures by internal staff and guest speakers from the industry. Our courses are offered by friendly, highly experienced staff and benefit from the diverse specialist knowledge and skills within the School of Computer Science and Engineering. Assessments will be carried out mostly through practical or research-based coursework.
Top reasons to study with us
- State-of-the-art technologies and resources – you’ll have access to a dedicated forensics computer laboratory and over 30 computing laboratories with an extensive range of software providing access to Linux/UNIX, Windows and Mac OS., including the use of specialised software tools and packages for cyber security and forensics
- Gain industry insider knowledge – you'll benefit from presentations by industry professionals who regularly appear as guest speakers
- Accredited course – you’ll be entitled to professional membership of the BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT, an essential part of the criteria for achieving Chartered IT Professional (CITP) status through the institute
- Develop in-demand skills – they need for improved computer security has never been greater, with a growing demand for cyber security specialists
- This course has links to an active cyber security research group with PhD students and academic staff investigating the latest advances in cyber security and forensics studies
- Some of our graduates have gone on to work in leading governmental and security organisations such as the Police and the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD)
Why study this course?
- Study in central London
Based in our Cavendish Campus in central London, you’ll enjoy the benefits of studying in a major tech hub.
- Prepare for industry
You’ll have access to a dedicated forensics computer laboratory and use a range of specialised software tools and packages for cyber security and forensics.
- Accredited course
This course is accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, for partially meeting the educational requirement for CITP and CEng.
This course has been accredited by BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT, for the purposes of partially meeting the further learning academic requirement for registration as a Chartered IT Professional. The accreditation is a mark of assurance that the course meets the standards set by BCS, and it entitles you to professional membership of BCS, which is an important part of the criteria for achieving Chartered IT Professional (CITP) status through the Institute.
This course has also been accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer. The accreditation is a mark of assurance that the course meets the standards set by the Engineering Council in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC).
An accredited degree will provide you with some or all of the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills for eventual registration as an Incorporated (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng).
This course is designed with a high degree of relevance to the industry’s needs. It will equip you with all the necessary skills needed for jobs in the field of cyber security and digital forensics.
With computers being central to all aspects of our daily lives, as industries ranging from communications to banking have come to rely on them, the need for improved computer security has never been greater. This means that there’s a growing demand for specialists in cyber security and digital forensics.
With a growing global network of 3,000 employers, our Careers and Employability Service is here to support you in achieving your full potential.
- Industry knowledge
We have strong links to the industry, a highly-experienced teaching team in the cyber security and digital forensics field, and industry professionals who regularly appear as guest speakers.
- Transferable skills
This course will equip you with a range of highly marketable skills to prepare you for a successful career in this industry.
- Stand out from the crowd
Qualified people in cyber security and digital forensics are currently in high demand in the job market.
We have links with professionals from a range of fields in the cyber security and digital forensics industries. They regularly appear as guest speakers and act as advisors for the course. Their input ensures that the course is continually up to date and highly relevant to the needs of the industry.
This course will prepare you for roles such as:
- Anti-piracy/content protection analyst
- Computer forensics analyst
- Computer security incident responder
- Cyber security manager
- Information security analyst
- Information security assurance officer
- Information security assurance analyst
- Information security consultant
- Information security risk officer
- IT security engineer
- IT security operations specialist
- Penetration tester (also known as an ethical hacker)
- Researcher in applied cryptography
- Researcher in network/computer security
- Security officer
- Source code auditor
- Vulnerability Assessor
Graduates from this course have found employment at organisations including:
- KPMG UK
- Metropolitan Police
- UK Ministry of Defence
- Willis Towers Watson
Westminster Employability Award
Employers value graduates who have invested in their personal and professional development – and our Westminster Employability Award gives you the chance to formally document and demonstrate these activities and achievements.
The award is flexible and can be completed in your own time, comprising a set of core and optional extracurricular activities.
Activities might include gaining experience through a part-time job or placement, signing up to a University-run scheme – such as mentoring or teaching in a school – or completing online exercises.
The following modules are indicative of what you will study in this course. For more details on course structure and modules and how you will be taught and assessed, see the Programme Specification document.
- Cyber Security Evidence and Procedure
- Fundamentals of Security Technology
- Network Security
- MSc Project
Option modules: Digital Forensics theme
- Advanced Computer Forensics
- Computer System Tools
- Data Recovery and Analysis
Option modules: Cyber Security theme
- Cyber Security Applications
- Cyber Security Threats and Countermeasures
- Risk Management
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Scholarships and Funding
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