The full MSc course consists of eight modules (at 15 credits each) and an MSc Project/Dissertation (at 60 credits). Seven of the taught modules are delivered and assessed jointly by De Montfort University staff and 7Safe trainers with the eighth being a stand alone distance learning module that DMU is responsible for. The Project/Dissertation is delivered and assessed by DMU alone. Successful completion of the MSc gives students seven industry recognised professional certificates and the MSc.
Most students embark on their MSc after successfully completing one or more 7Safe courses. On successful completion of the 7Safe hands-on training course, you are then eligible to apply to DMU for an academic top-up/assessment by distance learning. Taking the course in this way is normally a part-time pathway and you should expect to study for two-three years. However, you can register directly with DMU for the full degree and the university then manages your attendance and progression through the relevant 7Safe modules and academic assessments. Registering with DMU direct can therefore provide a full-time route through the course.
- Get recognition as well as masters
on successful completion, you will have seven industry-recognised professional certificates, in addition to the MSc
- Study in our dedicated purpose built, Cyber Security Centre (CSC)
a state-of-the-art cyber security and forensics laboratory, allowing you to develop your practical and professional skills further
- Academic expertise
you will benefit from expertise and knowledge from industry experts, the course is developed and delivered in conjunction with 7Safe, Cambridge
- Flexible study options available
the start dates spaced out throughout the year, and the option to take most modules in any order that suits you
- Excellent graduate prospects
gain the specialist skills and expertise to progress in one of the most rapidly expanding areas of computing
Network Security and Ethical Hacking 1 (CSTA – Ethical Hacking 1)
Students learn the principles and processes involved in network security, including major hacking attacks that may be used against organisations networks. A range of counter measures are also covered.
Network Security and Ethical Hacking 2 (CSTP – Ethical Hacking 2)
This module provides you with the knowledge of, and how to protect against, the ‘OWASP Top-Ten’. It is an essential component of modern information security strategies and a requirement of the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS).
Wireless Security (CWSA – Wireless Security)
This module develops expertise in wireless network security. Using case studies students learn the principles, threats and associated protection strategies related to wireless networks.
Forensic Tools and Processes (CFIP – Forensic Investigations)
Develops expertise in static digital forensic analysis. Using case studies students learn the principles and processes involved in undertaking and reporting a professional ‘static’ forensic investigation. The assessment of the module provides an opportunity for specialisation and the development of personalised training and development.
Applied Forensics – Malware Investigations (CMI – Malware Investigations)
This module develops expertise in malware behavioural analysis, an increasingly important skill. Using case studies students learn the principles and processes involved in undertaking a thorough professional malware analysis.
Advanced Forensics and Incident Response (CSIS – Computer Security Incident Investigation)
Provides an understanding of security incidents and their impact on business continuity. The module will provide the knowledge and skills in prevention techniques to protect organisations’ assets from security incidents. You will develop knowledge in the principles and practice of a forensic incident response, including live analysis of servers as well as gaining skills in gathering data, remote acquisition, external and internal scanning analysis and containment techniques.
Security Strategy and Standards (CIIP – Implementing ISO 27001)
This module develops knowledge of and skills in management of information security
risk assessment and security policy formulation, certification processes and required procedures and state of the art risk management models and strategies.
Advanced Topics in Forensics and Security
Students learn, appreciate and engage with the main academic, professional and research concerns of computer security and forensics. This module is research led and focused; most of the work will be involve engaging with topics at the leading edge of research in this domain. The module help to prepare students for the MSc Project.
Provides the opportunity to develop and to demonstrate skills acquired from the taught course or development during the project in the solution of real practical and or theoretical problems.
Teaching and assessments
There are provisions for a traditional classroom-based delivery, either part-time or full-time, as well as distance learning. Teaching will include formal lectures, tutorials and labs. You will also be expected to undertake independent study and research to support your assignments and dissertation. Assessment will be 100 per cent coursework. It will involve various group and individual methods, including oral exams, projects, presentations, written essays and reports.
Contact and learning hours
The time allocated to study is around 30 hours per week, carried out in block teaching. The taught element of the course lasts for the first two semesters, while the third semester is devoted to the project.
The Cyber Security Laboratories are among the best equipped facilities of this type in the UK. Developed in consultation with leaders in the industry, they are designed to meet the highest forensics and security standards.
The laboratories contain 65 high-spec, specially customised PCs configured with multiple operating systems, virtualisation and removable hard drives, as well as specialised servers, wired and wireless networking equipment and a wide variety of other hardware and software components.
Cyber Technology Institute
The laboratories are also the base for the University’s Cyber Technology Institute (CTI), a multidisciplinary group of academics and industry experts who focus on a wide variety of cyber security and digital forensics issues. Their mission is to provide the full benefits to all of a safe, secure and resilient cyberspace.
The laboratories play a vital role in the group’s research and development work. Whether you are a first year undergraduate or a PhD student, within the laboratories you will be working with the latest tools and techniques at the forefront of computer forensics and security research.
Our Learning Zones and The Greenhouse also provide space for group or individual work and study.
There are 1,600 study places across all library locations, more than 700 computer stations, laptops to borrow, free wi-fi and desktop power outlets.
You can also book rooms with plasma screens, laptops and DVD facilities for group work and presentations, secure an individual study room with adjustable lighting or make use of our assistive technology.
On campus, the main Kimberlin Library offers a space where you can work, study and access a vast range of print materials, with computer stations, laptops, plasma screens and assistive technology also available.
As well as providing a physical space in which to work, we offer online tools to support your studies, and our extensive online collection of resources accessible from our Library website, e-books, specialised databases and electronic journals and films which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose.
We will support you to confidently use a huge range of learning technologies, including Blackboard, Collaborate Ultra, DMU Replay, MS Teams, Turnitin and more. Alongside this, you can access LinkedIn Learning and learn how to use Microsoft 365, and study support software such as mind mapping and note-taking through our new Digital Student Skills Hub.
The library staff offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching, reference management and assistive technology. There is also a ‘Just Ask’ service for help and advice, live LibChat, online workshops, tutorials and drop-ins available from our Learning Services, and weekly library live chat sessions that give you the chance to ask the library teams for help.