Policing and Cybercrime

MSc Cybercrime Forensics

This MSc is delivered in collaboration with the College of Policing, Ryton.

Cybercrime Forensics is a continuously evolving discipline that addresses the increasing use of computer technology in criminal activity.

This is a taught HE Level 7 extension course currently offered as a closed part-time course to Law Enforcement Officers only. As an alternative, the School of Law, Criminal Justice and Computing offers MSc Forensic Computing degrees to those who are not employed in the UK Law Enforcement.

The first 120 credit taught components up to Postgraduate Diploma in Cybercrime Forensics award are normally taken by part-time students in two years. The MSc Cybercrime Forensics components (Research Skills and the Individual Project) will normally be taken in year three.

Outline Module Content

The module content has been carefully chosen:

  • to equip you with the skill sets to assist in the investigation of a crime which involves the use of IT equipment and acquaint them with the legal, ethical and professional considerations which must be taken into account;
  • to enable crime scene examiners to recover and interrogate evidence from modern digital devices more effectively;
  • to enable the assembly of evidence for a court that is clear and supportive of evidential needs.

Postgraduate Certificate in Cybercrime Forensics

  • Ethical, Professional and Legal Considerations (10 Credits)
  • Case Studies in Cybercrime Forensics (10 Credits) and either
  • Core Skills in Data Recovery and Analysis (20 Credits) or
  • Core Skills for Network Investigations (20 Credits)

Plus 20 credits of optional modules taken from* :

  • High Tech Crime Scene Searching (10 Credits)
  • Applied NTFS Forensics (10 Credits)
  • Researching, Identifying and Tracing the Electronics Suspect (10 Credits)
  • High Tech Crime Manager’s Workshop (10 Credits)
  • Core Skills in Mobile Phone Forensics (10 Credits)

Postgraduate Diploma in Cybercrime Forensics

  • Cryptography (20 Credits)

And 40 credits of optional modules taken from* :

  • Applied NTFS Forensics (10 Credits)
  • Advanced Internet Forensic Traces (20 Credits)
  • Linux Forensics (10 Credits)
  • High Tech Crime Manager’s Workshop (10 Credits)
  • Core Skills in Mobile Phone Forensics (10 Credits)

*Applicants who have successfully completed the following 7-Safe modules and corresponding assignments set and assessed by the University of Glamorgan may apply for credit exemptions using the APL/APEL procedures:

  • CFIA Forensic Artefacts Hands-On (10 Credits)
  • CSTA Ethical Haching Hands-On (10 Credits)
  • CSTP Ethical Haching Hands-On 2 (10 Credits)
  • WiFi Security Hands-On (10 Credits)

Also available for law enforcement officers the additional optional module include:

Covert Internet Investigations (20 Credits)

MSc in Cybercrime Forensics

  • Research Skills (20 Credits)
  • Individual Project (40 Credits)

There is every expectation that successful completion of this MSc will result in career progression including into senior management roles.


The 2015/16 and 2016/17 tuition fees for this course are:

Fee per stageUK/EUOverseas






Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated, and may be subject to an annual inflationary increase in every year where the course lasts more than one year.

Students may self-fund their course or a Sponsor may fund or part-fund. 

Further information

*Overseas fee scholarships may be available. See further information about funding and scholarships or contact the International Office .

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students on courses are expected to meet. 

Read further information about the general additional costs which apply to courses at Canterbury Christ Church University.

Teaching is in the form of lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical workshops. Modules are assessed by coursework and viva voce examination.

All crime scenes are unique, and potentially present new challenges to the investigator. This is reflected in the very practical nature of modules in this award and by the development of comprehensive plans to handle situations. As a student, you'll face challenges of understanding complex ICT technologies and the principles and practices of criminal investigation. You must have the ability to research continually and develop this rapidly changing discipline to be effective.

Coursework and viva voce examination.

Postgraduate Certificate in Cybercrime Forensics (60 credits)

Postgraduate Diploma in Cybercrime Forensics (120 credits)

MSc in Cybercrime Forensics (180 credits)

Applicants will typically be at the level of a good honours degree, second class or higher, or equivalent. Those who do not possess a degree, but can nonetheless show the abilities that would meet learning outcomes similar to a degree would be able to enter the programme by demonstrating:

Significant Professional Experience – where you have significant previous professional experience working in the police force (five years or more);

Professional Experience plus lower level qualifications – if you have three or more years' professional working experience with post A-level qualifications (e.g. HND, NVQ, police professional qualifications, etc);

Professional Experience plus IT/Cybercrime Technical Courses – if you have three or more years' professional experience in the police force with subject specific technical courses.

For information on Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) for entry and credit exemption, please refer to guidelines and procedures available here.

For further information or an initial discussion about the course please contact the Programme Director, Dr Abhaya Induruwa.

Email: abhaya.induruwa@canterbury.ac.uk

Tel: +44(0)1227 782396

There is no deadline for applications. You can join at any time convenient to you.

Fact file


  • 3 years part-time

Entry requirements

  • A good honours degree, second class or higher, or equivalent. However those with significant experience in the field with evidence of CPD will be admitted via the University's APL process.
  • This course is currently offered to Law Enforcement Officers only.




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