MSc Computer Forensics

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.

What you will study

You will study the following modules:

  • Computer Forensics and Crime Investigation
  • Forensics Techniques and Data Recovery
  • Computer Law
  • Professional Skills Development
  • Advanced Research Methods
  • Project Management
  • Security Management
  • Research Project: an investigation of your choice, related to the course
  • MSc Project: the development and evaluation of a significant application or task of your choice, related to the course
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Facilities

We have a full range of high-specification computer labs and an ongoing investment programme to ensure that our facilities stay at the forefront of computing developments.

Location

This course is taught at: Treforest Campus, Pontypridd

Tuition Fees

Home & EU Students

For full-time and part-time postgraduate fees please see our Home & EU Student Fee pages

International Students

For full-time postgraduate fees please see our International Student Fee pages

Dates

  • Full Time 1 Years Start Date: Sep 2016
    • Full Time 1 Years Start Date: Feb 2017
      • Full Time 1 Years Start Date: Sep 2017