Forensic Computing MSc 2020/21 entry

Course code:

EECT045

Study options:

1 year full-time

 

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2020

 

Fees:
Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 4321
ukpostgraduate@coventry.ac.uk

Course code:

EECT045

Study options:

1 year full-time

 

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2020

 

Fees:
Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 4321
ukpostgraduate@coventry.ac.uk

Course code:

EECT045

Study options:

1 year full-time

 

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2020

 

Fees:
Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 4321
ukpostgraduate@coventry.ac.uk

Overview

Our MSc in Forensic Computing is designed to help equip you to work at a professional level to develop a range of industry-informed knowledge and skills in areas such as digital forensics, network security, ethical hacking and incident response.

Running in a research-driven environment, the course aims to build foundations for further research at Doctoral level in cyber security for students from a wide range of undergraduate degrees. The course covers essential legislation relating to all aspects of cyber security and digital data.

In order to pursue an exciting and interesting career related to digital forensics, you will be required to acquire specialist knowledge and skills that may be developed by studying our MSc in Forensic Computing, including the key elements of investigation into multiple digital media sources locally, remote and in the ‘cloud’.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Student experience

All the support you need, in a top student city

Accreditation & Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:

AccessData

Completion of the module ‘Digital Data Acquisition, Recovery and Analysis’ with a 75% or above pass rate will automatically result in you achieving the accredited Computer Forensics – Certification ACE® credential at no additional cost. For further information please visit the AccessData website.

What our students say...

After a number of years in industry and military intelligence, I decided to invest in myself and gain a qualification in digital forensics. The course offered a breadth of study, access to software and practically based teaching that reflected on the relevance of the course.

Rene Thorup, MSc Forensic Computing, now Chief Information Security Officer for ASOS

Course information

This course covers a range of skills that are essential for the retrieval of digital information for corporate and criminal investigations, The key discipline related to the ACPO guidelines on digital evidence recovery is a core element.

The course is practically based using industry standard software with an emphasis on investigation in the ‘real world’. The central focus of the programme will be an in-depth coverage of the available tools and techniques for investigating different types of digitally-based information sources.

Course Specification
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Modules

Overview

This course has two parts: the taught modules and individual project. Successful completion of the taught modules, which involves eight single modules of study, leads to the award of postgraduate diploma and, if the minimum performance of at least 40% pass rate is achieved, this allows progression onto the master’s project.

Modules

  • Semester 1

    • Ethical Hacking
    • Network Security
    • Forensic Computing Basics
    • Network Forensics

  • Semester 2

    • Incident Response
    • Digital Data Acquisition, Recovery and Analysis
    • Mobile Device Forensics
    • Forensic Computing Advanced

  • Semester 3

    • Computer Forensics Individual Project

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

In more detail...

  • Use our commercial-standard, dedicated Digital Forensics and Ethical Hacking Laboratory.
  • Understand the key elements relating to the recovery of ‘evidence’ in a sound, methodical fashion that is ACPO Principles compliant.
  • Understand the social, ethical and legislative context of digital investigation with regard in particular to the Computer Misuse Act 1990 (as amended), the Human Rights Act 1998, Data Protection Act 2018, Crime and Disorder Act 1986 and the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000.
  • Undertake evidential analysis using forensic software in order to identify evidential artefacts.
  • Differentiate between ‘live’ and ‘dead’ forensics and enable the appropriate investigation to occur.
  • Write technical reports that are relevant, robust and pertinent to their intended audience.
  • Completion of the module ‘Digital Data Acquisition, Recovery and Analysis’ with a 75% or above pass rate will automatically result in achieving the accredited Computer Forensics – Certification ACE® credential at no additional cost. For further information please visit the AccessData website.

Your main study themes are:

  • Forensic computing: Basic through to advanced computer and related data forensics including separate areas of mobile device forensics and network forensics (including cloud recovery.) The safe and robust evidential recovery of digital artefacts in compliance with relevant legislation and the professional evidential recording is at the core of this domain. Digital Data Acquisition, recovery and analysis. Data recovery and analysis covers a wide range of activities, from log analysis to identifying misuse or data exfiltration to gathering evidence suitable for prosecution and even the most basic tasks of recovering from system failure.
  • Ethical Hacking:A practical approach to testing security and also one of the best ways to learn the finer points of how systems are constructed is through penetration testing. The course encourages you to explore in a safe environment and provides a number of carefully constructed scenarios and challenges as well as the opportunity to take part in international competitions with our CTF (Capture the Flag) team, the Ethical Slackers. Attendance at international competitions may be subject to availability, application, additional costs and meeting applicable visa requirements.
  • Network Security: A fundamental aspect of security is the architecture of communication. This module makes use of our specialist labs and equipment to give you as much hands-on experience as possible to help make the theory understandable.
  • Incident Response: Security is essential, but no matter how much time and money is spent on it, breaches happen. New vulnerabilities and attack vectors are discovered regularly and it’s critical that an organisation knows how to respond once a breach occurs.

Modules will be delivered as a combination of lectures, computer laboratory sessions, online learning, problem classes, seminar discussions and tutorials. The course adopts a combination of a lab-rotation model and flipped-classroom of teaching and learning, with a combination of online/in-class lectures, online/in-class tutorials and in-class discussions and presentations. These are designed and set by the module leaders reflecting the specific topics with the aim of maximising attainment and learning.

The course structure reflects its main aims and has been designed to match the research interests and expertise of the current cyber security academics, as well as the latest issues and technologies in cyber security with the GCHQ requirements for a master’s degree in cyber security curriculum. The core modules aim to develop your critical understanding, comprehensive knowledge and technical skills of the core digital forensic and cyber security areas covered by the course.

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which could vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods include practical coursework, phase tests and viva.

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes.

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Evaluate and use scientifically derived and proven methods toward the preservation, collection, validation, identification, analysis, interpretation, documentation and presentation of digital evidence derived from digital sources for the purpose of facilitating or furthering the reconstruction of events in related investigations.
  • Implement appropriate technological solutions and processes in the detection, management and investigation of information security incidents, and document a digital investigation from an ethical, legal and professional standpoint.
  • Analyse the effect of Operating Systems, application and hardware interactions upon digital evidence and identify appropriate investigative techniques to maximise evidential recovery.
  • Demonstrate a critical awareness of current issues and new technologies in Forensic Computing which are informed by leading edge research and/or practice in the field, consistent with compliance with the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 and ACPO good practice guide for digital evidence.
  • Conduct rigorous research / formal enquiry into Forensic Computing issues that require familiarity with a range of technologies, research sources and appropriate methodologies, and for such to inform the overall learning process.

In a typical week, you will have up to 12 ‘contact’ hours of teaching. In addition, you will be expected to undertake a further 20 hours of self-directed study each week, for example working on further reading, research, exercises and course assignments.

Throughout the programme, we will refer to international case studies and examples such as the Blair.doc case for Iraq War, Edward Snowden, Julian Assange or Russian involvement in the US election.

You will also have opportunities to collaborate with students from other international universities on online international learning (OIL) projects (subject to availability) and be given an opportunity to apply to participate in an international internship (subject to availability, competitive application, additional costs and meeting applicable visa requirements).

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2016/17, we were able to provide a total of 3,482 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA 2016/17)


3,482

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2016/17


21,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far

12

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses


What our students say...

After a number of years in industry and military intelligence, I decided to invest in myself and gain a qualification in digital forensics. The course offered a breadth of study, access to software and practically based teaching that reflected on the relevance of the course.

Rene Thorup, MSc Forensic Computing, now Chief Information Security Officer for ASOS

Entry Requirements

An applicant will normally be expected to possess at least one of the following:

  • A minimum of a second class honours degree
  • A relevant professional qualification of an equivalent level e.g. BCS professional Graduate Diploma, CEng or CIM Diploma
  • A lower qualification plus relevant experience at a professional level
  • Satisfactory independent evidence of working for several years in a position that would normally be occupied by an honours graduate, in a relevant area.

Each application will be considered on its merits and the final decision will be made by the course director. For information regarding what might amount to an acceptable honours degree, ‘relevant professional qualification of an equivalent level’, ‘relevant experience at a professional level’ or ‘satisfactory independent evidence of working for several years in a position in a relevant area’ please contact the ukpostgraduate@coventry.ac.uk

An applicant will normally be expected to possess at least one of the following:

  • A minimum of a second class honours degree
  • A relevant professional qualification of an equivalent level e.g. BCS professional Graduate Diploma, CEng or CIM Diploma
  • A lower qualification plus relevant experience at a professional level
  • Satisfactory independent evidence of working for several years in a position that would normally be occupied by an honours graduate, in a relevant area.

Each application will be considered on its merits and the final decision will be made by the course director. For information regarding what might amount to an acceptable honours degree, ‘relevant professional qualification of an equivalent level’, ‘relevant experience at a professional level’ or ‘satisfactory independent evidence of working for several years in a position in a relevant area’ please contact the ukpostgraduate@coventry.ac.uk

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

An applicant will normally be expected to possess at least one of the following:

  • A minimum of a second class honours degree
  • A relevant professional qualification of an equivalent level e.g. BCS professional Graduate Diploma, CEng or CIM Diploma
  • A lower qualification plus relevant experience at a professional level
  • Satisfactory independent evidence of working for several years in a position that would normally be occupied by an honours graduate, in a relevant area.

Each application will be considered on its merits and the final decision will be made by the course director. For information regarding what might amount to an acceptable honours degree, ‘relevant professional qualification of an equivalent level’, ‘relevant experience at a professional level’ or ‘satisfactory independent evidence of working for several years in a position in a relevant area’ please contact the ukpostgraduate@coventry.ac.uk

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

What our students say...

My degree was in a non-related discipline however I found the course and its technical content to be manageable due to the excellent teaching.

Gemma Peet, MSc Forensic Computing, now working as a forensic examiner with West Midlands Police

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

Starts

Fee


September 2020

£9,200 (per year)


UK Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2020

£9,200 (per year)


EU Scholarships

We're investing into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


September 2020

£16,600 (per year)


International Scholarships

We're investing into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Career prospects

There are several potential career opportunities for those with expertise in digital forensics. One of the most high profile positions would be to provide support for civil and criminal investigations that involve the retrieval of digitally-based information, typically to be provided as an expert witness or to aid in solving crimes/frauds or industrial espionage.

The focus upon the investigative discipline makes successful completion of this course especially relevant to roles relating to corporate data integrity and recovery, as well as more traditional evidence gathering in a criminal or corporate Investigation.

Where our graduates work

Previous graduates have gained employment with a number of different employers including West Midlands Police, GCHQ, CCL and Netitude to name but a few.

What our students say...

I found that the Masters in Forensic Computing gave me an avenue into incident response and analysis resulting in the job I was seeking.

Judie Mackie Netitude, MSc Forensic Computing
Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the university. A copy of the 19/20 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the university will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the university.

The tuition fee for the course that is stated on the webpage and in the prospectus will apply. If the duration of the course is longer than one academic year, the university may increase the fee for each subsequent year of study but any such increases will be no more than inflation.

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