MSc Cyber Security

Course Overview

The MSc Cyber Security and Forensics is awarded by the University of Westminster, United Kingdom. The course has been designed with a high degree of relevance to the industry’s needs. By nature the course is practitioner oriented and it provides highly marketable Computer Security and Digital Forensics skills. Cyber Security or IT security, is the protection of information systems from theft or damage to the hardware, the software, and to the information on them, as well as from disruption or misdirection of the services they provide. Digital forensics is identifying, preserving, recovering, analyzing and presenting facts about digital evidence found on computers or digital storage media devices in relation to computer crime.

All students will take the core modules, which are designed to give a comprehensive introduction to this specialist field. The course will cover basic digital forensics and network security, and computer system tools and the Linux/UNIX operating system.  It will also deal with digital evidence in a professional manner (that includes adhering to appropriate legal guidelines).  You will then follow either the Cyber Security or Digital Forensics pathway within the course (though each lead to the same named degree: the pathways are simply opportunities to specialise within the field).  In addition, all students will take a Research Methods module and complete a project module.

The course offers the opportunity to examine a variety of tools available on the open market, and the use of forensic tools to retrieve data from electronic sources. It will also consider the analysis of professional and ethical issues relating to computer security and forensics, and the development of professional competencies, such as report writing and presenting evidence in court.

Course Modules

Core Modules

  • Cyber Security Evidence and Procedure
  • Fundamentals of Security Technology
  • Internet Security
  • Research Methods and Professional Practice
  • Cyber Security and Forensics Project

Digital Forensics Pathway

  • Advanced Computer Forensics
  • Computer System Tools
  • Data Recovery and Analysis

Cyber Security Pathway

  • Cyber Security Applications
  • Cyber Security Threats and Countermeasures
  • Risk Management

Associated Careers

  • Researcher in Applied Cryptography
  • Researcher in Network/Computer Security
  • IT Security Engineer
  • Computer Security Incident Responder
  • Source Code Auditor
  • IT Security Operations Specialist
  • Cyber Security Manager
  • Information Security Analyst
  • Information Security Consultant
  • Information Security Assurance Officer
  • Information Security Assurance Analyst
  • Information Security Risk Officer
  • Security Officer
  • Penetration Tester (also known as Ethical Hacker)
  • Vulnerability Assessor
  • Computer Forensics Analyst
  • Anti-Piracy/Content Protection Analyst

Entry Requirements

The minimum expected qualification is a good degree (generally an upper second) in a computing-related discipline from a recognized university.

If the first degree does not have a strong computing element, then work experience and other qualifications will be considered.

Applicants will also be subjected to an interview.