The MSc in Digital Forensics is currently suspended for 2018/19. The course will be undergoing a review during 2018/19 and subject to approval will re-launch with a new syllabus.

Delivered by the Forensic Institute this course focuses on providing the knowledge and skills required to conduct comprehensive forensic examinations of digital devices. Lectures are delivered by Digital Forensic practitioners and academics throughout the course, with guest lecturers coming from both law enforcement and private companies.

 

Overview

  • Start dateOctober
  • DurationMSc: 11 months full-time, up to three years part-time. Part-time PgCert - two years, Part-time PgDip - two years
  • DeliveryThe assessments on this course are a mixture of written and practical exams, oral presentations, coursework assignments and (MSc only) a thesis.
  • QualificationMSc, MSc by Research, PgDip, PgCert
  • Study typeFull-time / Part-time
  • CampusShrivenham or Cranfield (to be confirmed)

Who is it for?

This course is highly practical and technical in both delivery and assessment. It is designed to enable participants to conduct comprehensive forensic computing examinations and cutting-edge digital forensic research.

The full-time course is ideally suited to recent graduates in a related subject such as Computer Science or Forensic Science who wish to specialise in Digital Forensics. It is also suitable for those who have recently completed a BSc in Computer Forensics, Digital Forensics, Cybercrime Forensics or a related subject, who wish to deepen their knowledge, improve their skills and increase their employability in a very competitive market. 

The part-time course is more suited to those already in full-time employment, such as law enforcement officers, government staff, security consultants, accountancy and banking organisations, corporate security personnel and members of associated agencies in both the UK and overseas. This programme could lead to a new career or promotion with an existing employer.

Why this course?

Cranfield University has become the first university in the UK to receive full certification from the UK Government Communications Headquarters, GCHQ, for the MSc Digital Forensics course.

This MSc is specifically designed to provide you with the practical skills, knowledge base and research skills to work as a digital forensics practitioner.

This course is highly practical and technical in both delivery and assessment. It is designed to enable participants to conduct comprehensive forensic computing examinations and cutting-edge digital forensic research.

Accreditation

Cranfield University has become the first university for digital forensics in the UK to receive full certification from the UK Government Communications Headquarters, GCHQ, for the MSc Digital Forensics course.

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Course details

The new course structure for Digital Forensics 2019/20 is currently under development and the module section will be updated as soon as possible

Students will complete a number of taught modules each with theoretical and practical elements and, for the MSc, an individual research project.

Course delivery

The assessments on this course are a mixture of written and practical exams, oral presentations, coursework assignments and (MSc only) a thesis.

Individual project

The individual project will involve academic research in a specific area of digital forensics. The student will produce a substantial dissertation detailing their investigation and findings. Students are pushed to produce high quality, novel research during this period, and research outcomes are often at the cutting edge of the subject.

Modules

Keeping our courses up-to-date and current requires constant innovation and change. The modules we offer reflect the needs of business and industry and the research interests of our staff and, as a result, may change or be withdrawn due to research developments, legislation changes or for a variety of other reasons. Changes may also be designed to improve the student learning experience or to respond to feedback from students, external examiners, accreditation bodies and industrial advisory panels.

To give you a taster, we have listed the compulsory modules and (where applicable) some elective modules affiliated with this programme which ran in the academic year 2018–2019. There is no guarantee that these modules will run for 2019 entry. All modules are subject to change depending on your year of entry.


Teaching team

You will be taught by staff from the University and external lecturers, many of whom are world leaders in their field and who understand the problems of translating theory into practice. Guest lectures are delivered by digital forensic practitioners throughout the course, with guest lecturers coming from both law enforcement and private companies. The teaching team includes:

Your career

Our MSc course and its individual modules, or equivalent, are regularly cited in job adverts for digital forensics jobs. This highlights our real-world learning, application to the work place and our relevance to practitioners.

How to apply

Applicants may be invited to attend an interview. Applicants based outside of the UK may be interviewed either by telephone or video conference.