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Digital Forensics and Cyber Investigation (with Advanced Practice) MSc

Teesside University, Middlesbrough

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Course options

  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    Teesside University

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    SEP-21

  • Duration

    20 months

Course summary

Course overview

With a clear focus on forensics and industry practices, this course equips you with the knowledge and skills to become a professional digital or cyber analyst, or investigator.

Digital forensics is a key part of your studies, alongside aspects of computer science. You apply core computer science principles within the context of a cyber investigation, considering how they can be used to collect, examine and interpret digital evidence. There is a strong emphasis on interpreting raw digital data and developing reverse engineering skills. In practical sessions, you use industry-standard software and practices, understanding the intelligence aspects of evidence and intelligence acquired from examining material.

Our dedicated digital forensics lab gives you access to forensic software used worldwide by industry practitioners to investigate digital devices, including forms of mobile device (mobile phones, tablets, drones). You also use the vehicle lab to examine Sat Nav and wifi-connected cars. And you use our crime scene house for digital investigations on devices such as smart speakers and smart video e regulatory landscape within digital forensics is changing. Working with current professionals within the digital and forensic industries, this course addresses the key competencies you need in the digital forensics industry and exposes you to the range of careers available. We embed knowledge of ISO 17025 within the curriculum, providing you with legal and courtroom training using our replica courtroom facilities. We work closely with local police forces - Durham Constabulary, Cleveland Police and North Yorkshire Police. Durham Constabulary is one of our strategic partners, which offers research project e course design also offers a flexible method of studying digital forensics and cyber investigation for existing practitioners to complete alongside their day is two-year master’s degree with advanced practice enhances your qualification by adding to the one-year master’s programme a vocational or research based internship. A vocational internship is a great way to gain work experience and give your CV a competitive edge. A research internship provides you with the opportunity to develop your analytical, team-working, research and academic skills by working alongside a research team in an academic setting. We guarantee a research internship, but cannot guarantee a vocational internship. We will, however, provide you with practical support and advice on how to find and secure your own vocational internship position should you prefer this type of internship.

How you are assessed:

Formative and summative assessments test your knowledge, independent thought and skills. You are assessed through coursework, including technical and laboratory reports, written and practical examinations, and your dissertation/thesis.

Career opportunities:

Successful graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to become a professional digital or cyber analyst or investigator. You are highly employable in the computer security and forensic intelligence fields.

You also have the appropriate knowledge in advanced technical skills to get a job within a number of other careers such as within a government organisation, security services and the financial sector, forensic science agencies, the police service, Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, and trading standards.

Tuition fees

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£ 7,500per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

Teesside University, Middlesbrough

  • University League Table

    95th

  • Campus address

    Teesside University, Teesside University, Middlesbrough, Tees Valley, TS1 3BX, England

To get students off to the best possible start, Teesside University meets international students at the airport and takes them to their accommodation for free.
With an English language café and orientation activities throughout the year, Teesside University is experienced in helping international students feel at home.
Teesside University offers a range of scholarships to international and EU students, making the transition to UK study more affordable.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    88th out of 113 22

  • Entry standards

    / Max 236
    122 55%

    68th

    2
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    68.0 68%

    97th

    33
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.14 83%

    17th

    5

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