Course Advanced Security and Digital Forensics

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•MSc Advanced Security & Digital Forensics

Course Overview


UCAS code: Duration: 2.5 years

Study type:Distance Learning

Napier code:56736MM


Computer security is one of the key issues in contemporary Computing and is relevant to a wide range of activities, including software development, networking and system design. You will gain foundation knowledge in all the key areas of computing, with specialisations on mobile systems and network security. This specialisation is highlighted with hands-on practical work in group and MSc disseration projects.


This course is flexible in the mode of delivery, making extensive use of online and blended learning materials, and a key objective of the programme is the integration with professional certification, such as from Cisco Systems, Ethical Hacking, CISSP, and ISO 27001.

It is certified by GCHQ, which recognises UK universities which are excellent in Cyber Security and seen by Government and Industry as a core focal point for academic engagements on research and education.







The School of Computing and the Centre for Distributed Computing and Security have extensive expertise in research, knowledge transfer (KT) and teaching in the areas of security and digital forensics. This includes externally funded research in key domains such as financial crime and intelligence gathering frameworks, through KT work with organisations such as Cisco Systems, DNS Ltd, the FSA, the Scottish Police (SIPR), Sapphire, Scottish Drug Enforcement Agency, and many others.

This course is also integrated with industry, with industry-led projects, and links with a wide range of local companies. You will have access to security research seminars with talks from senior industry professionals and state-of-the-art research in digital forensics, computer security, mobile systems and distributed computing.

Overall, the aim is to produce a world-leading programme with blended teaching material and support that builds on the existing foundation of research, KT activities and teaching in security and digital forensics.

The programme involves a wide range of skills, including an in-depth knowledge and practical skills in key areas such as:


  • Encryption and authentication methods.
  • Authentication infrastructures.
  • Host-based digital forensics.
  • Network-based digital forensics.
  • Network security, including secure tunnels.
  • Wireless/Mobile security.
  • Virtualisation and Service-Oriented Architectures.
  • Cloud Computing.
  • Next generation Web systems.
  • Professional Certification: Cisco CCNA Security, Cisco CCNA/CCNP, CISSP, Ethical Hacking.
  • Security Consultant
  • System Architect
  • Forensic Investigator
  • Audit/Compliance Consultant
  • Cisco Security Engineer
  • Cisco Security Specialist
  • Security Advisor
  • Security Auditor
  • Systems Integrator
  • Design Engineer
  • Network Engineer
  • Application Support
  • Web Server Support
  • .NET Developer
  • Test/Debug Engineer
  • Wireless Engineer.


Entry to the course

The entry requirement for this course is a Bachelor (Honours) Degree at a 2:2 or above, or equivalent. We look for applicants to have a background in a Computing discipline in order to be eligible for this programme.

We may also consider lesser qualified applications if you have 5 years of sufficient work experience within the industry.

Applicants with no qualifications but have 7 years of sufficient work experience may also be considered for this course.

Additionally, you should already be employed in an area which would allow you to apply course knowledge in an aspect of your employment, and have the support of your employer.

If English is not your first language, it is usually required that you sit an English language test in order to gain entry onto our postgraduate programmes.

This course requires the standard IELTS 6.0 with no individual component score of less than 5.5 or equivalent.




Overseas students2015/16

Taught per 20credits* £2,094

Dissertation £1,396


This course comprises of 180credits of which 120credits are from taught modules and 60 from the dissertation component.

For this course you pay for your studies module by module.

Fees for taught modules are calculated according to the number of credits (multiples of 20). The rate shown in the table is for 20credits*.


Fees shown for the dissertation are for the complete 60credits.


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Distance learners


IT Information


You can access all of the University’s Online Services including Email and Moodle via the my Dashboard section of myNapier.


Before you start to use the Online Services you will need to complete the following steps:

1.Set your password


2.Enrol for the Password Manager


3.Activate your email account


4.Work through the Moodle module: Introduction to Computing and Library for Off Campus Students,


5.this gives you further information about the University’s online services and explains how you can get help.

Instructions for completing these steps can be found on the IT Getting Started section.


Further information about all our services can be found on the IT myNapierpages.



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