University of Portsmouth

University of Portsmouth

Forensic Information Technology

Overview If you're looking to further specialise your IT career and branch into digital forensics, this course is the perfect next step. This MSc Forensic Information Technology degree course will develop your IT skillset and give you the lowdown on civil, corporate and criminal litigation procedures. You'll unpack the core themes in Forensic Information Technology, including data analysis, risk management, computer security and cybercrime. You'll learn to apply your skills to the generation and presentation of digital evidence for use by the courts, in legal or other formal proceedings. Once you graduate, you'll be equipped to tackle a career in forensic information technology within law firms, enforcement agencies and IT practices. What you'll experience On this course, you'll: Investigate hacking, fraud and deception using a range of digital forensic tools Learn how to identify the digital trail left by intruders and detect inappropriate use of internet applications, in order to compile detailed evidence for prosecution Investigate case studies based on real life and experience investigation in realistic simulations, crime scenes and court. Study the approaches to protect information systems (cyber security) and the techniques used to penetrate systems (ethical hacking). Use our specialist facilities, including multi-platform network suites, pervasive computing lab for high performance computing, usability lab with eye-tracking equipment, and forensics lab Complete your own engineering unit or study project relevant to the field of forensic IT Have 24/7 access to the extensive facilities in our university library, including books, ejournals and newspapers Work experience and career planning We'll help you to identify internships, voluntary roles and opportunities that will complement your studies. When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the field of forensic IT. After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career. Careers and opportunities Police investigations and civil disputes increasingly involve the investigation of computer systems, mobile phones or other information devices, and the skills you'll get on this course are in demand in both the public and private sectors. When you graduate, you'll be qualified to work in fields including: Law enforcement IT auditing Information security High-tech crime units Commercial investigation National security bodies Systems administration Security analysis You could also go on to further research study at PhD level. We'll provide you with as much support as possible in finding employment through close industrial contacts, careers events, recruitment fairs and individual advice. Professional accreditations Our MSc Forensic Information Technology degree course is accredited by BCS (British Computer Society), the UK's Chartered Institute for IT and meets the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered IT Professional (CITP). It also partially meets the academic requirement for registration either as a Chartered Scientist (CSci), or (on behalf of the Engineering Council) as a Chartered Engineer (CEng), when the Master's Engineering Project is completed.

Entry requirements

MSc: A second-class honours degree in a relevant subject, including Computer Sciences, Legal or Social Sciences, or equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

Course modules

Core modules: Computer forensic investigation and cryptography; computer security; cybercrime security and risk management; Master's project. Optional modules: Systems, security and data analysis; advanced programming skills for the web.

Assessment methods

Teaching and Assessment: You will be taught through a combination of practical exercises, simulations, lectures, guest lectures and formative assessments, and will be expected to use a wide range of on and offline learning tools. How are you assessed? You will encounter a range of assessment styles depending on the content and nature of the unit topic. This can include written assignments, presentations as well as group and individual lab-based assessments. However, the most significant assessment element is the final dissertation, which reports and reflects on your final project.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2019 7,500 per Year 1 (England) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 7,500 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 7,500 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 7,500 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 7,500 per Year 1 (EU) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 7,500 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 15,900 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MSc Part-time September 2019 2,500 per Year 1 (Wales) 3 Years
MSc Part-time September 2019 2,500 per Year 1 (England) 3 Years
MSc Part-time September 2019 2,500 per Year 1 (EU) 3 Years
MSc Part-time September 2019 2,500 per Year 1 (Scotland) 3 Years
MSc Part-time September 2019 2,500 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 3 Years
MSc Part-time September 2019 5,300 per Year 1 (International) 3 Years
MSc Part-time September 2019 2,500 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 3 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Main Site PO1 2UP South East

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