MSc Cyber Security and Forensic Information Technology
University of Portsmouth
Southsea, United Kingdom
1 - 3 year
Full time, Part time
GBP 8,100 / per year *
Earliest start date
* for full time: £8,100, part time: £2,700 per year for UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students/EU residents I Full time: £18,300 Part time: £6,100 per year : international students
Prevent and prosecute digital crime by shaping your IT skills for a connected business world that craves your expertise.
You'll study twin, linked disciplines in this Master's: cyber security – protecting data and systems from cyber attack, and forensic information technology – detecting and collecting digital evidence of criminal activity. You'll explore methods used by hackers and how to prevent or combat them. You'll also learn the procedures to follow after an attack and how to present this information to investigators or court officials.
In our computer labs and forensic facilities, you'll infect a virtual machine with a virus of your own, overcome anti-forensic tools that try to hide evidence of a crime, and make a mock arrest of a cybercriminal. You'll dig into cryptography, hacking and formal computer languages, such as Linux.
When you graduate, you'll be set to enter a sector with a massive need for trained cyber security and forensic information technology professionals. UK government figures from 2022 show that 50% of businesses acknowledge having a skills gap in cyber security and forensics, which you'll be ideally placed to fill.
If you need more flexibility with your studies, you can study MSc Cyber Security and Digital Forensics online. Find out about studying this degree online.
- Master parallel disciplines in digital security and forensic investigation, and expand your career options in a connected world that needs cyber skills more than ever.
- Use our specialist facilities, including multi-platform network suites, pervasive computing lab for high-performance computing, usability lab with eye-tracking equipment, forensics lab and crime scene simulations.
- Investigate real-life case studies, identify digital trails, compile evidence and engage with ethical hacking, using current forensic tools and systems such as AccessData, Cellebrite and Tryhackme.
- Explore contemporary cybersecurity issues: blockchain and cryptocurrency, money laundering, the Internet of Things, drones, and anti-forensic techniques.
- Design and deliver your forensic IT engineering or study project, shaping this master to your interests.
- Learn formal logic, Linux and symbolic notation used in digital forensics and cyber security.
This course is accredited by the British Computer Society (The Chartered Institute for IT), partially meeting the educational requirement for CITP and CEng.
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