If you would like to support criminal and civil investigations by providing expert knowledge in computer forensics, be presented as an expert witness, or help solve crimes, then this course could be for you.
The course covers a range of skills that are needed by those in roles involving the recovery of computer-based information.
The central focus of this programme will be an in-depth coverage of the available tools and techniques investigating information sources. Significant supporting coverage will be provided about related security and legal issues.
This course has two parts, the Taught Modules and Master Project.
Successful completion of the taught modules, which involves eight single modules of study, leads to the award of Postgraduate Diploma and, if the appropriate performance is achieved, allows progression onto the Masters Project.
* Forensic Computing Methods (double)
* Network Planning and Management (double)
* Internet and Information Security (double)
* Ethical Hacking
* Legal Aspects of Computing
* Research Methods
In addition to a sound understanding of essential hardware and software systems, formats, protocols and standards, there is coverage of essential legislation relating to all aspects of computer-based information.
Where possible guest lectures will be provided from industry contacts about state-of-the-art developments and case studies.
The final stage of this course requires the completion of a master’s project, which must relate directly to the subject being studied. To complete this successfully students will develop a sound capability to carry out research. The project can be conducted either as a placement in an external organisation or working with one of the University research groups.
The MSc project serves to integrate, apply and further develop the different aspects within the taught part of the programme.
The course requires full-time study over 12 months. It is divided into three semesters and you may start the course in either late September or early February. The taught modules will be studied and completed during the first two semesters. The master’s project will be undertaken over the third semester.
The modules are assessed by either coursework assignments or written examinations or both, which occur within the semesters.
Although these details describe full-time study it is possible to take this course on a part-time basis attending just two evenings a week. Details of the part-time course are given separately.