Programme modules

MCOMS4EPLC: Ethical, Professional and Legal Considerations


This module aims to provide students with an introduction to the ethical, professional and legal implications of Cybercrime Forensics.


MCOMS4CSCF: Case studies in Cybercrime Forensics


This module aims to allow students to explore case-studies in aspects of Cybercrime Forensics to gain a broader understanding of how individual subjects come together to form this important area of endeavour.


MCOMS4CRY: Cryptography


This module aims to develop an appreciation of the major stages in the development of cryptography and the role it plays in modern communications systems. Practical strategies for decryption will be developed to give students a clear understanding of the problems faced in forensic investigations of data transmission systems. While the mathematics underpinning cryptography is important, the intention is to develop only a sufficient understanding to explain the basic operation of particular encryption/decryption systems.


MCOMS4LIF: Introductory GNU/Linux Forensics


This module aims to provide forensic IT examiners with the knowledge and core skills necessary to use tools based on the GNU/Linux operating system to undertake forensic analysis of digital evidence.


MFCMS4SYF: Operating System Forensics


The aim of this module is to equip forensic examiners with the in-depth knowledge necessary to recover and produce evidence from seized computers using the Linux operating system. More specifically both Linux and Windows machines will be covered and students will be expected to create their own tools integrating the features of others to recover evidence.


MFCMS4ECF: Evaluation of Case studies in Cybercrime Forensics


The aim of this module is to allow students to explore case-studies in aspects of Cybercrime Forensics with the intention of being able to evaluate and appraise their applicability given a particular context and create new case studies based on their own experience.


MFCMS4CLW: Cyber Law


This module aims to provide students with an introduction to computer law and its enforcement in the UK, EU and across the world.


MFCMS4CNM: Computer, Network and Mobile Device Forensics


This module aims to introduce students to the criminal use of the Computer, Internet and Mobile devices and equip them with the knowledge and skills necessary to recover evidence from seized Computers and Mobile Devices, relating specifically to the Internet usage of that Computer or Mobile Device recognising the potential international nature of investigations.


MCOTH4CRS: Computer Security


The aim of this module is to equip students with the advanced knowledge and understanding required to analyse and formulate solutions regarding computer systems and networking security. Current solutions to complex information and computer security problems are investigated.


MCOTH4RPM: Research Methodologies

This module aims to enable students to produce a critical and reasoned academic Project Proposal (PP) underpinned by a systematic methodology. It also aims to enhance students' skills in critiquing research and presenting their findings. The module extends to cover the project management aspects required when undertaking a development exercise such as the Project.

MFCMS4PRJ: Individual Project


This module, building directly on the Research Methodologies module, is the culmination of a student's learning experiences on the entire programme and as such projects will reflect the programme’s aims and learning outcomes. Input to the Project will come from a Project Proposal generated as part of the Research Methodologies module. Students, under the guidance of a supervisor, will undertake an extended piece of focussed research, building on work completed elsewhere on the programme, by means of either an in-depth study of one aspect of such work or by the exploration of a new area, provided in all cases that sufficient skills have been acquired by the student and that the project itself is deemed viable. The module aims to provide an opportunity for students to develop their research and analytical skills while combining disciplined academic study with personal interest. As such it provides a context for the unification, consolidation, analysis, synthesis, integration and further development of the knowledge and practical skills cultivated elsewhere in the programme as well as an opportunity for both creativity and innovation.