Taught course

Digital Forensics and Computer Security

University of Derby · College of Engineering and Technology

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Entry requirements

An Honours degree in computing (at least 2.2), or a degree with substantial relevant content for this specialist discipline, or an equivalent professional qualification relevant to this specialist discipline, or an alternative award and/or experience considered to be of an equivalent standard to one of the above. If English is not your first language you will need to demonstrate proficiency in English (IELTS 6.5 or equivalent).

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

If you are from a technical background, the MSc Digital Forensics and Computer Security will extend your professional interests and raise your profile in an area that has become critical to organisations worldwide.

Become part of the battle against cyber threats

As computer security threats hit the headlines on a regular basis, there is an urgent need for more digital forensics and computer security specialists in our industries.

Highly skilled professionals are required not only to defend the security of computer systems, but also to retrieve digital evidence when a computer is involved in criminal activity or when a security incident develops. In the face of rising cyber threat levels, there is a particular need for intelligence gathering and analysis, investigation of digital devices and the skills to tackle complex attacks.

With the popularity of the Internet contributing to the increase in malicious activity taking place in the online world, there is also a growing demand for more research and innovation in this field.

A powerful combination of skills

This forward-thinking MSc programme combines the core skills of computer forensics and security. You will explore fundamental as well as advanced research concepts in both areas.

There is an emphasis on professional research throughout. You will have exciting opportunities to get involved with key research initiatives – including industry-based projects developed through our excellent links with employers.

You will study in a state-of-the-art computer forensics laboratory equipped with the latest specialist software and you will develop knowledge to apply the computer forensic process.

Fees and funding

UK students
£825 per 20 credits
International students
£13,500 for the full programme

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

College of Engineering and Technology
+44 (0)1332 590500