Edinburgh Napier University Msc in Advanced Security and Digital Forensics

By | 31st May 2017

Edinburgh Napier University Msc in Advanced Security and Digital Forensics

This popular and high-quality GCHQ-accredited Masters degree delivers modern enterprise Cyber Security, coupled with Digital Forensics for investigation and incident response.

MSc  Advanced Security and Digital Forensics

Postgraduate, Full-Time

Course introduction

Computer security is one of the key challenges in contemporary computing. You will gain critical knowledge within the cyber security and digital forensic domains, combining academic principles and industrial practice. The course is informed by current research in security and digital forensics, and is underpinned by our experience with external partners in law enforcement, financial institutions, and other knowledge transfer activities. Course specialisms include network security, penetration testing, incident response, malware analysis, cryptography, audit and compliance, and host and mobile digital forensics.

The specialisation you gain in the taught modules is further developed through an extensive research-based MSc dissertation project, leading towards a mastery of a subject area and enhancing your particular specialism.

Edinburgh Napier University Msc in Advanced Security and Digital Forensics

What you’ll learn

This course focuses on the areas of securing computer, network and communications systems, incident response, and the forensic investigation of digital devices and networks. Computer security is a growth industry, and is vital in modern computing environments. You will gain foundation knowledge in all the key areas of computing cyber security, both defensive and offensive, as well as post incident response. The digital forensic aspects of the course include network and computer forensics, allowing you to develop the knowledge required to conduct computer-related investigations across networks, systems, and other digital devices. Cyber security and digital forensics are becoming significant computing disciplines, with an acknowledged skill shortage coupled with growing employment opportunities.

Our industry informed course combines thorough coverage of academic theory aligned with extensive hands-on practical activities, supported by online and blended materials with virtualised lab environments that complement our on-campus specialist facilities.

The School of Computing has developed close ties with industry, law enforcement, and the public sector, through partnerships with organisations such as Cisco Systems, Guidance Software, Dell Secure Works, NCA, NCC, Police Scotland, and many others. The course benefits from this by including many guest lecturers by industry experts. Through the dedicated cyber security and forensic research group extensive cutting edge research is also carried out in key domains by an ever growing cohort of Phd students. The programme also has an affiliation with The Cyber Academy here at Edinburgh Napier, which integrates formally with a range of international initiatives including into a European Centre of Excellence, along with the EU-funded DFET project, which is building a world class virtualised infrastructure for Cyber Security teaching and training, with strong links into law enforcement industry and academia across the World.

The MSc is also one of a very small number of courses certified by GCHQ, recognising UK universities which are excellent in Cyber Security.
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Edinburgh Napier University Msc in Advanced Security and Digital Forensics

What you will study

  • Host-Based Forensics
  • Network Security
  • Security Audit and Compliance
  • e-Security
  • Incident Response and Malware Analysis
  • Computer Penetration Testing
  • Dissertation
Tuition fees
STUDENTS FROM2016/172017/18
Home/EU£3,750£3,750
Overseas£14,690£14,690

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