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Cyber Security and Forensics MSc

University of Westminster

115 New Cavendish St, W1W 6, London
Tel.+44 (0)20 7911 5000

Current Status: Terminato
Course Type: Master Level:
Available Financing:
Tuition: 9.500 £ Duration y/mm: 0/12
Places Available: Credits:
Application Deadline: 15/09/2017 Admissions:
Start Date: 15/09/2017 End Date: 20/08/2018


Computers are central to all aspects of our daily lives; as industries ranging from communications to banking have come to rely on them, the need for improved computer security has never been greater.
This course focusses on two aspects of Cyber Security: analysis and assessment of risk plus how to minimise it, and, how to extract and use digital information from a wide range of systems and devices. The course is structured so that all students cover the same introductory material, but then choose to specialise in either Cyber Security or Digital Forensics.

Students taking the course will gain an understanding of the nature of the security threats that face computer systems and the type of information that is stored on digital devices (and how it can be extracted from them). They will benefit from a broad and varied array of state-of-the-art technologies, including:

EnCase, FTK and open-source forensic tools, and a dedicated forensics computer laboratory
Specialist input from guest lecturers
Over 20 university computing laboratories providing access to Unix, Novell and NT servers, all supported by high-bandwidth networks
Specialist technicians to ensure you can get the most out of these technologies.


The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course. For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the full course document.

Core modules

  • Computer Forensics Fundamentals
  • Computer System Tools
  • Evidence and Procedure
  • Network Security
  • Postgraduate Project Module
  • Research Methods
  • Digital Forensics pathway
    Data Recovery and Analysis
    Advances Computer Forensics
  • Cyber Security pathway
    Cyber Security Security
    Threats and Countermeasures



You are usually expected to have a good degree (generally an upper second class honours) in a computing-related discipline from a UK university or overseas equivalent. If your first degree does not have a strong computing element then your work experience and other qualifications may also be taken in to account.
You should submit a statement of purpose with your application in which you present your key interests and career aspirations and how you believe the course can help you to achieve these, as well as the relevant qualities and experience you will bring to the course.
You may invited by the admissions tutor an informal interview.

If your first language is not English you will need an IELTS score of at least 6.5 (or equivalent).

Career Prospects

Depending on their chosen pathway graduates of the course are expected to find employment as information security/senior security officers and related cyber security roles or more technical roles investigating threats and safeguarding digital assets their life-cycle.
Such roles will range from supporting industry, the public sector in general and the police and law enforcement agencies specifically, while some may focus more on researching new security threats and countermeasures.
Additional also arrive for a supportive alumni community, including graduates with work experience who use their new skills and qualification to progress their career to more senior posts.


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