Undergraduate MEng

Cyber Security and Digital Forensics

Develop in-demand forensic and security skills and learn to analyse devices and protect businesses from illegal attacks.

Cyber Security and Digital Forensics

Course Overview

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  • Main location

    Headingley Campus Beckett Park
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  • Duration

    4 Years
  • Start date

    19 Sep 2022

Develop the skills to perform digital forensic analysis on devices and implement cyber security mechanisms into any business. 

As part of this course, you’ll:  

  • Complete an extra year of specialist study to achieve a masters qualification
  • Combine expertise in two fields of national importance 
  • Analyse digital devices, such as hard drives, in computer forensics modules to identify and investigate their contents 
  • Learn to use your knowledge of computer systems and networks to protect businesses and users from malicious attacks in computer security modules
  • Learn practical investigative and 'hacking' techniques
  • Learn through practical applications on our bespoke Hacktivity system that replicates real-world business systems and potential attacks

Your fourth year of study will enable you to develop expertise in the more challenging areas of digital forensics such as image and video forensic investigations. In security areas, you’ll study in-depth software security exploitation development and the analysis and implementation of security mechanisms to defend and analyse systems. Your final year will also develop your knowledge in research practices through a research or practical dissertation project.

You’ll gain expertise in the use of digital forensic techniques and analysis through tools used in industry such as Encase and XRY, and open source variants such as Autopsy and FTK Imager. If you join the university’s Ethical Hacking Society, you’ll explore the very latest developments in digital security and attend talks from industry experts to enhance your learning.

You’ll gain experience of preparing and presenting work for use by courts of law and industry customers. Attending conferences will give you the opportunity to network with professionals and enhance your career prospects. You may have the option to work with local employers as clients for your dissertation project.

As part of our Cybercrime and Security Innovation Centre, teaching staff on your course work with West Yorkshire Police to develop new ways of fighting cybercrime. This partnership will give you access to cutting-edge research and industry contacts, and an invaluable insight into the real-world applications of computer security.  

We work with organisations to find placement opportunities for you and our links with the British Computer Society, the security industry and law contacts provide you with opportunities to enhance your learning. 

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