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Whether investigating crime, protecting government or business from the threat of cyber attack or ensuring businesses and organisations operate computer systems in a secure and safe environment, few subjects are developing and evolving as quickly as the area of computer security and forensics. This Master Degree recognises this and provides you with a broad overview of computer security as well as technical knowledge in key areas. These include emerging technologies (ensuring you remain at the forefront of the subject's evolution) and subjects such as cryptography and cryptanalysis, advanced security countermeasures and digital forensics.
In addition to gaining hands-on, technical expertise, you will focus on research methodologies and examine aspects such as ethical hacking and legal issues. You will also be given the opportunity to enhance your 'soft' employable skills such as teamwork, communication and problem solving.
You will have access to our state-of-the-art purpose designed facilities which enjoy 450 workstations, five servers, dedicated network and robotics labs. During an accreditation visit in 2009, the British Computer Society rated our facilities as being among the top 25 per cent in the country.
The Computer Security and Forensics lab contains 2D and 3D face recognition, iris scanners, palm geometry, palm-vein readers, fingerprint recognition and signature recognition equipment.
The assessment strategy used in balance of written reports, exams, case studies, practical assignments and in some cases computer based assessment. Each assessment method will depend o the contents for each unit and it will reflect the way the content can be adequately assessed.
Coursework assignments have incorporated formative feedback (as part of our Risk Strategy initiative) so that you can gain an insight into whether your work is meeting the necessary targets.
You must have passed 105 credits before undertaking the MSc project.
The educational aims of this course are as follows:
* To develop your critical understanding of the security methodologies and techniques used by computer security and forensic experts
* To develop your ability to put into practice, and apply, the underpinning theory with respect to a wide range of challenging contexts
* To develop your understanding of the relevant professional codes and conduct expected of forensic investigators including but not limited to British Computing Society code of ethics