As the world grows increasingly technology-reliant, cyber security and digital forensics have become recognised as two incredibly important areas for organisations to manage.
Cyber security differs significantly from cybercrime – with the latter being used to describe the illegal and/or harmful behaviours carried out online.
While students of our MSc Cybercrime will strive to understand the driving forces behind online criminal activity, cyber security deals with the process of predicting, avoiding, and reacting to these acts. With this Master’s course, you’ll also learn key techniques to investigate digital crimes and security breaches, and help safeguard your organisation’s success.
5 start dates per year: January, May, July, September and November
Next welcome week: 14 November 2022
Next course start date: 21 November 2022
Application deadline: 7 November 2022. To guarantee time for your application to be reviewed, please apply as soon as possible.
Duration: 2 years (part time).
Format: Online, with optional face-to-face events. You can also study an MSc in Cyber Security and Forensic Information Technology on campus.
Total course fees: £10,500 (including a £250 acceptance fee)
Tailored support: Contact our course adviser team today for application advice
Applications open soon for November 2022.
By taking this course, you’ll develop a systematic understanding of cyber security and forensics concepts, including how to securely protect and investigate an organisation’s digital assets and systems.
In addition to learning from our experienced academics, you’ll also be given remote access to our dedicated Forensic IT and Cyber Security laboratories. With this, you can gain firsthand experience with specialist software and forensic tools.
You’ll also have the opportunity to attend an online court hearing with a judge presiding as part of your assessments.
Our Master’s emphasis on providing students with real-world insights and practical skills will allow you to effectively and immediately apply your learnings to your career.
On this course, you’ll:
Your studies for this module will provide a strong grounding in mobile systems architecture, mobile applications, and mobile forensic analysis. The coursework will encourage you to consider the wider business and social contexts in which mobile devices are used and abused.
As part of this module, you will learn about MSAB XRY software. This is a verified mobile forensics tool accepted in a court of law to perform logical and physical data acquisition from mobile devices.
Your Master’s Study Project will give you the chance to apply your learnings to research and address a real-world problem. For example, you can choose to take on a specific cyber security challenge faced at your current organisation.
Previous dissertation topics by our on-campus students include:
All assessments for this course are based on coursework submitted online. Your performance is assessed through:
You'll also receive formal and informal tutor feedback to help you improve future work.
I’m a Principal Lecturer at the University of Portsmouth. My research interests include network security, multithreaded architectures, mobile networks and business process modelling, mobile intelligent agent technology, IoT forensics, and general aspects of digital forensics and cyber security.
"Students will maximise their career potential through developing knowledge and skills in digital forensics and cybersecurity. They'll also build research skills and techniques that will help them undertake a PhD or research- and teaching-related jobs.”
To join this course, you must have:
When applying, you’ll also be required to submit:
Not sure if you’re eligible to apply? We know everyone’s path to postgrad study is different, so please phone our Course Adviser team on +44 (0)23 9400 3692, or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you think you'd be a good fit.
Our MSc Cyber Security and Digital Forensics is designed to equip you with the research capabilities and subject expertise needed to help safeguard businesses from online crime.
The soft skills that you can also expect to develop, from open communication to collaboration, will allow you to integrate into a variety of different teams and work environments.
Combined with the support you can receive from our exceptional Careers and Employability Service, these qualities will help position you as a valuable hire to employers across the world.
Additionally, following graduation you can look forward to joining our international Alumni Association. You’ll be able to network with other cyber security professionals and form valuable professional connections – sharing and gaining useful insights and potential career opportunities.
Get more detail on career opportunities an MSc in Cyber Security and Digital Forensics could unlock: