Entry requirements

A minimum 2:2 Honours degree or equivalent. Applicants should normally be computing or IT graduates, but applicants with a degree in an area relating to the course will be considered. Applicants must have very good IT skills.

Months of entry

September, February

Course content

The rapid expansion of the use of digital technology has been followed by a similar increase in computer-based crime. This increase in criminal activity has led to a demand for qualified computer forensic analysts who can investigate digital technology based crime and uncover evidence that helps build a case against suspects. Forensic computer analysts may be involved in a range of investigations, such as online fraud, digital espionage, counter-terrorism, possession of illegal imagery and information theft.

A typical investigation would involve identifying and securing computer equipment, followed by the application of forensic methods and specialist computer programmes in pursuit of evidence. Tasks include recovering data from digital media, analysis of records to establish the location of a device, uncovering data trails, careful documentation of the investigation, presenting findings and acting as an expert witness in court.

You will be taught by an internationally recognised team from the University’s Information Security Research Group and external speakers contribute to delivering the latest expertise and developments.

The University of South Wales are the only university in Wales to gain the prestigious provisional certification from GCHQ, the UK Government’s Communications HQ, for its Masters course in Computer Forensics.

*Courses starting in February normally take 19 months to complete.

Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration

MSc

part time
36 months
full time
12 months

Assessment

AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment100

Course contact details

Name
Enquiries & Admissions
Email
enquiries@southwales.ac.uk
Phone
03455 76 77 78
Fax
01443 654 050