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Professional Practice in Digital Forensics and Security MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert

Digital forensics and security are increasingly in the public eye. Whether it is the theft of a laptop containing secret information, high profile hacking incidents, anti-terrorism operations or controversies surrounding lost data, it is impossible to ignore the importance and excitement surrounding digital forensics and security.


Reasons to study Professional Practice in Digital Forensics and Security at De Montfort University:

The full MSc course consists of eight modules (at 15 credits each) and an MSc Project/Dissertation (at 60 credits). Seven of the taught modules are delivered and assessed jointly by De Montfort University staff and 7Safe trainers with the eighth being a stand alone distance learning module that DMU is responsible for. The Project/Dissertation is delivered and assessed by DMU alone. Successful completion of the MSc gives students seven industry recognised professional certificates and the MSc.

Most students embark on their MSc after successfully completing one or more 7Safe courses. On successful completion of the 7Safe hands-on training course, you are then eligible to apply to DMU for an academic top-up/assessment by distance learning. Taking the course in this way is normally a part-time pathway and you should expect to study for two-three years. However, you can register directly with DMU for the full degree and the university then manages your attendance and progression through the relevant 7Safe modules and academic assessments. Registering with DMU direct can therefore provide a full-time route through the course.


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  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Duration: Three to six years part-time

Start date: All year round

Fees and funding: £16,092 (£11,592* 7Safe + £4,500 De Montfort University)

Part-time Fees

Fees payable to DMU Joint modules: £375

The one module delivered by DMU through Distance Learning: £375

The Project Dissertation delivered and supported by DMU: £1,500

*7Safe course pricing above reflects the price of the 7Safe MSc Passport, including VAT. 7Safe course costs when booked individually and not via the 7Safe MSc Passport is £14,490 including VAT.

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Additional costs and optional extras associated with this course

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Key facts for international students

Duration: Three to six years part-time

Start date: All year round

Fees and funding: £18,392 (£11,592* 7Safe + £6,800 De Montfort University)

*7Safe course pricing above reflects the price of the 7Safe MSc Passport, including VAT. 7Safe course costs when booked individually and not via the 7Safe MSc Passport is £14,490 including VAT.

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Additional costs and optional extras associated with this course

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Entry criteria

For the DMU element of the programme modules

You should have the equivalent of a British Honours degree (2:2 minimum) in a relevant subject or five years’ work experience in an appropriate field.

We are happy to consider equivalent qualifications from anywhere in the world.

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English Language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning, is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.

If you do not have the normal entry requirements but can demonstrate substantial experience in an appropriate area, you can be considered for entry to the course.



Whilst the University tries to ensure that all of its programmes run as advertised it is sometimes necessary to make significant changes to the structure of the programmes or to discontinue a programme entirely if for instance there are insufficient student numbers or staff changes. This will sometimes happen between an offer being made and enrolment.

Where changes are made the University will endeavour to inform applicants as early as possible to minimise the potential disruption to the application process. Where possible an alternative programme will be offered in a similar subject area.

In cases where programmes are changed or discontinued the University will send a communication to you electronically and/or by hard copy outlining your options.

Structure and assessment


Course modules

Teaching and assessments

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Network Security and Ethical Hacking 1 (CSTA - Ethical Hacking 1)

Students learn the principles and processes involved in network security, including major hacking attacks that may be used against organisations networks. A range of counter measures are also covered.

Network Security and Ethical Hacking 2 (CSTP - Ethical Hacking 2)

This module provides you with the knowledge of, and how to protect against, the ‘OWASP Top-Ten’. It is an essential component of modern information security strategies and a requirement of the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS).

Wireless Security (CWSA - Wireless Security)

This module develops expertise in wireless network security. Using case studies students learn the principles, threats and associated protection strategies related to wireless networks.

Forensic Tools and Processes (CFIP - Forensic Investigations)

Develops expertise in static digital forensic analysis. Using case studies students learn the principles and processes involved in undertaking and reporting a professional ‘static’ forensic investigation. The assessment of the module provides an opportunity for specialisation and the development of personalised training and development.



Applied Forensics – Malware  Investigations (CMI – Malware Investigations)

This module develops expertise in malware behavioural analysis, an increasingly important skill. Using case studies students learn the principles and processes involved in undertaking a thorough professional malware analysis.

Advanced Forensics (CFIS – Advanced Forensic Investigation)

Provides the knowledge and skills to capture and process data from ‘live’ systems and awareness of the latest guidelines and artefacts available on current Windows operating systems to conduct an efficient and comprehensive analysis.

Security Strategy and Standards (CIIP – Implementing ISO 27001)

This module develops knowledge of and skills in management of information security 
risk assessment and security policy formulation, certification processes and required procedures and state of the art risk management models and strategies.

Advanced Topics in Forensics & Security 

Students learn, appreciate and engage with the main academic, professional  and research concerns of computer security and forensics. This module is research led and focused; most of the work will be involve engaging with topics at the leading edge of research in this domain. The module help to prepare  students for the MSc Project.

MSc Project/Dissertation

Provides the opportunity to develop and to demonstrate skills acquired from the taught course or development during the project in the solution of real practical and or theoretical problems.



For each of the shared modules students undertake a professional and specialist hand-on training course at 7Safe (Cambridge) and following  successful completion of that they are then eligible to apply to DMU for the distance learning  ‘top-up’ and assessment. Successfully completing the DMU further learning and assessment for each course/module gives student’s 15 Masters credits.

Contact and learning hours

The full MSc course consists of eight modules (15 credits each) and an MSc Project/Dissertation (60 credits). To complete a module, you will normally spend between around 15 and 30 hours in taught sessions in a week; the exact amount of hours will depend on the specific module chosen.



Assessment is by a combination of tests, coursework, projects and other laboratory-based assessments. For postgraduate awards students must successfully accumulate the following credits:

Post Graduate Certificate
60 credits

Post graduate Diploma
120 credits

180 credits

Apart from the following two restrictions, modules can be studied in any order.

  1. Advanced Forensics and Incident Response can normally only be taken after Forensic Tools and Processes (or equivalent) has been passed.
  2. Advanced Topics in Forensics & Security and the MSc Project/Dissertation must normally be studied in that order and be the last two modules studied by those students wishing to progress to the full MSc.


Developed and delivered in conjunction with 7Safe, this course provides you with knowledge of the very latest computer forensics and security principles, practices, tools and techniques, taught by a team of experienced and specialist staff in purpose-built computer forensics and security laboratories. If you are interested in a challenging career in one of the most rapidly expanding areas of computing then this is the course for you. - See more at:



Facilities and features


The Cyber Security Laboratories are among the best equipped facilities of this type in the UK. Developed in consultation with leaders in the industry, they are designed to meet the highest forensics and security standards.

The laboratories contain 65 high-spec, specially customised PCs configured with multiple operating systems, virtualisation and removable hard drives, as well as specialised servers, wired and wireless networking equipment and a wide variety of other hardware and software components.

Cyber Security Centre

The laboratories are also the base for the University's Cyber Security Centre (CSC), a multidisciplinary group of academics and industry experts who focus on a wide variety of cyber security and digital forensics issues. Their mission is to provide the full benefits to all of a safe, secure and resilient cyberspace.

The laboratories play a vital role in the group's research and development work. Whether you are a first year undergraduate or a PhD student, within the laboratories you will be working with the latest tools and techniques at the forefront of computer forensics and security research.

Learning zones

Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.

Originally set up in our main Kimberlin Library, the learning zones proved so popular that more were created in the Eric Wood Building and Greenhouse. These flexible spaces are ideal whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.

They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with interactive whiteboards and DVD players. Eduroam wi-fi is available across all campus locations.

Library services

We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus. These give access to more than half a million publications, an extensive range of DVDs, e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. 

The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year (other than in exceptional circumstances).

Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks. We offer a range of workshops, drop-in and one-to-one sessions, and our Just Ask service provides email and telephone support.

Opportunities and careers




This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.

Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.



Graduate Careers

Graduates are likely to be employed as computer security specialists within law enforcement, government or other related agencies, in commercial IT departments or security consultancies, or in other computing positions where computer security is an issue. It is anticipated that successful completion of the MSc will support the career development of graduates. Opportunities also exist for further academic study towards a PhD and a career in research.

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