If you have a questioning or analytical mindset, this Master’s degree focuses on the more investigative aspects of computer forensics and how these skills will address data integrity and recovery in the future, including all avenues of digital media.
It is designed to help prepare you for a range of careers in the corporate arena or law enforcement, which call for expertise in cybercrime, misconduct, security, data storage and retrieval.
To ensure the relevance of the subject matter, our curriculum is guided by input from industry, including forensics professionals and specialist police. It encompasses all elements of digital forensic recovery giving a broad appreciation of the challenges this area of work poses.
As well as being professionally accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS), there are also opportunities to practice investigative skills that are compliant with the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) regulations.
Our teachng staff includes a former senior police officer and contract trainer for one of the major forensic software providers. Guest lecturers from industry aim to provide information about developments and case studies where they have presented as an expert witness or helped to solve crimes.
Members of our academic staff are actively involved in research in the field, with recent research projects investigating smarthub technologies, smart vehicles and other cutting-edge artefacts. As part of your study, you will have the opportunity to engage in a research project either informed by industry or with our researchers, with special focus on forensic issues in the network, mobile or traditional digital forensic environments. Past projects have included forensic recovery from Parrot drones, implications of the new EU Data Protection Regulations, forensic implications of Windows 10 and analysis of Snapchat within iOS and Android.