PGD in Comp Forensic and Security Compliance


Program Description

The MSc Computer Forensic and Security Compliance programme allows learners to specialise in the areas concerning the security, compliance and investigation of large computer systems. It provides an opportunity for them to acquire current and relevant specialist knowledge about modern techniques used to investigate computer systems and for them to be able to apply these skills to a range of diverse problems. They will also develop the skills necessary for understanding security standards at protocol level and will be able to critically analyse and evaluate responses to given security-related problems.

Throughout the course they will get a thorough understanding of the complex legal issues surrounding the use of IT and computer-related technology, and be able to develop critical responses to given legal case studies concerning its use. They will acquire and evaluate specialist knowledge about the design and support of computer networks that allow successful evidence gathering. They will also examine the complex socio-ethical issues concerning the use of IT for the purpose of surveillance or other threat prevention purposes and gain an understanding of the many compliance issues that contribute towards the quality and reliability of information systems.

The MSc Computer Forensic and Security Compliance provides comprehensive training so that learners can develop a wide range of skills and competencies that will prepare them for a variety of career opportunities, including computing and the legal fields.

Market Need

There is a growing need for professionals in the field of forensic computing. This can be seen by the demand from police authorities who are faced with sifting through huge volumes of electronically stored data on computers, mobile phones, handheld devices and many other storage media. Equally, most businesses need to ensure the security of their information and be able to produce evidence trails and audit data when employees or hackers compromise or alter corporate data.

There are a number of large public bodies, such as the NHS, who are also interested in forensic computing procedures, where the prevalence of high profile, nationally deployed information systems attracts strong public scrutiny and accountability.


  • IS Governance
  • Information Risk Management
  • Information Security Management
  • Security Forensic and Incident Management
  • Managing and Presenting Digital Evidence
  • Security Compliance, Assessments and Monitoring
  • Forensics and Compliance Workshops
  • Scientific Writing and Research Methodology

Entry Requirements

  • Bachelor Degree in relevant field such as computing / IT from a recognised Institute
  • IELTS 6.5 or equivalent (only for International students with no English language background)
  • Fee deposit
  • Interview (for international students, the interview can be conducted on skype)


Students holding PgD in Computer Forensics and Security Compliance can join various UK Universities for progression to MSc (Top Up) and Dissertation stage to obtain full Masters degree. Students are required to meet University entry criteria including English competency such as IELTS 6.5. Students who belong to English speaking countries or have studied a Bachelors Degree from English University, are not required to produce English competency certificate.

Last updated Feb 2018

About the School

The School of Information Risk Management (SIRM) is a renowned centre who offers programs both at Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels in various disciplines including Cyber Security, Information Sec ... Read More

The School of Information Risk Management (SIRM) is a renowned centre who offers programs both at Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels in various disciplines including Cyber Security, Information Security and Assurance, Business Management, Health Care Management and Computing. Read less