Reasons to study Professional Practice in Digital Forensics and Security at De Montfort University:
- 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
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.
Structure and assessment
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.
Facilities and features
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 Security Centre
The laboratories are also the base for the University’s Cyber Security Centre (CSC), 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 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.
The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (other than in exceptional circumstances) and offers a huge range of online resources, all of which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose.
The library is run by dedicated staff who offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching and reference management and assistive technology, and mathematical skills for non-maths students. There is also a Just Ask service for help and advice, available via email or telephone.
Opportunities and careers
This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.
Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.
Graduates are likely to be employed as computer security specialists within law enforcement, government or other related agencies, in commercial IT departments or security consultancies, or in other computing positions where computer security is an issue. It is anticipated that successful completion of the MSc will support the career development of graduates. Opportunities also exist for further academic study towards a PhD and a career in research.