Master of Science in Information Security and Digital Forensics

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Develop skills in the field of information security and digital forensics with the master's programme awarded by the University of East London. Through a mixture of theory, advanced practical skills and experience, you will develop sound knowledge and analytical abilities, which will facilitate intellectual and professional development and future employment at a senior level.


Master of Science in Information Security and Digital Forensics

Key Facts

  • Duration: 12 months (full-time), 12 months (part-time)
  • Class frequency: 4 days/week & 3 hours/day (full-time), 2 days/week & 3 hours/day (part-time)
  • Intake date: Starts in February, June or October
  • Delivery Mode:
    • Live Online
    • On campus
  • Fees: SGD $18,203.00 (Local students), SGD $20,185.19 (International students) (Prices inclusive of GST)

The University of East London (UEL) is a public university in the UK and is recognised as such by the UK government. They are a careers-led university, dedicated to supporting students to develop the skills, emotional intelligence, and creativity needed to thrive in a constantly changing world. It has two campuses in London -  Stratford and London Docklands. Their ambitious but achievable goal is to become the leading careers-focused, enterprising university in the UK, one which both prepares students for jobs of the future and provides the innovation to drive that future sustainably and inclusively. UEL and its predecessor institutions have a number of notable academic staff and alumni, including politicians, business people, authors, actors, musicians, and sportspeople.

  • According to the recently published QS rankings for 2021, UEL ranks 68th amongst UK institutions. 
  • UEL is accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS), the Chartered Institute for IT, so holding a degree from UEL will be recognised worldwide.

This is designed to give Learners/Students the opportunity to:

  • Develop skills in the field of information security and digital forensics.
  • Through a mixture of theory, advanced practical skills, and experience, develop a sound knowledge and analytical abilities, which will facilitate intellectual and professional development and future employment at a senior level.
  • Develop the professional skills necessary for a senior career in the IT industry.


  • Demonstrate a comprehensive and critical understanding of all the concepts and activities for large-scale software development.
  • Demonstrate expertise in artificial intelligence, computer vision, and data analytics and their business and research applications.
  • Have a critical understanding of complex computing application areas and apply skills in advanced topics to find resolution through Learners/Students dissertation.

Thinking Skills

  • Demonstrate an understanding of principles and practices derived from each of the modules studied and integrate and apply the knowledge and skills gained and be able to contribute to the development of related disciplines by research.
  • Be able to contribute to the development of related disciplines by research solutions.

Subject-Based Practical skills

  • Critically evaluate the architectures of computer systems, mobile and wireless network devices from a security perspective and identify security flaws in these technologies.
  • Develop expertise in the areas of service-oriented computing and the management of security in business-related information systems

Skills for life and work (general skills/transferable skills)

  • Analyse a problem systematically and implement an effective solution, as an individual or in co-operation with others involved in an enterprise.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of current international, national and corporate strategic models for the development and management of technology.

Modules are allocated a mark out of 100%. The pass mark for each module is based on an aggregate mark of 50%. The aggregate mark comprises marks from components/modules whose threshold is 40%. Assessment may incorporate one, two, or three components/modules.

The module specifications specify the mode of assessment for each module.

Assessment methods include formal examinations, work, project work, and group exercises.

Learners/Students with disabilities and/or particular learning needs should discuss assessments with the Module Leader to ensure they are able to fully engage with all assessments within the module.

a. Minimum Academic Entry Requirement 

  • Learners/Students who have successfully completed either of the following:
    • Bachelor's degree in Science or Engineering subjects from a recognised university with a minimum of 2:2 classifications.
  • Learners/Students who have obtained equivalent qualifications in relevant fields (usually professional qualification), will be assessed case-by-case and subjected to university approval.

b. Minimum English Language Requirement 

  • Applicants who have not studied prior qualifications in English require IELTS 6.0 or equivalent in an accepted English language test.

c. Minimum Age Requirement 

  • 21 years or above 

d. Admission Requirement

Accreditation of prior certificated and experiential learning:

  • University of East London’s ACL & AEL – Accreditation of Certificated Learning (ACL)- learning that has been recognised previously by LSBF, and which is demonstrated by formal certification
  • Accreditation of Experiential learning achieved by reflecting on experiences outside formal education and training systems
  • Students, who have obtained equivalent qualifications in relevant fields, will be assessed case-by-case and subjected to university approval

Description Minimum Recommended
Computer and processor 1.6 GHz or faster, 2-core Intel Core i3 or equivalent 1.8 GHz, 2-core Intel Core i3 or equivalent
Memory 4 GB RAM 8 GB RAM
Hard Disk

256 GB disk size

Display 1280 x 768 screen resolution (32-bit requires hardware acceleration for 4K and higher) N/A

An internet connection – broadband wired or wireless

Speakers and a microphone – built-in or USB plug-in or wireless Bluetooth

A webcam or HD webcam - built-in or USB plug-in




This module will provide the core theoretical background necessary for ensuring the security of information systems. The module aims to extend the student's knowledge of systems and risks management and to identify the problems associated with security management and expand their ability to better manage security vulnerabilities and integrate security management with the rest of IT management. It provides practical experience in auditing information systems for adequate information security based on industry-specific standards.

This module aims to provide an understanding of the tools and techniques needed to protect computers, networks, and internet sites from unauthorized intrusion. This will involve studying possible security risks and the application of appropriate technical, defensive mechanisms/tools to counteract cybercrime.

This module aims to develop an understanding of legal issues raised by the increased use of communication networks, such as the Internet. In particular, the module will focus on the differences and contradictions between the requirements of national, supra-national, and global legislative codes.

This module aims to qualify and equip students with the skills and knowledge required to conduct an investigation (seizure, extraction, and examination of digital evidence from digital devices).

Conduct a practical project of a Master level quality related to the scope of the selected MSc programme and develop skills appropriate for senior computing professionals. Students will consider the ethical, legal, social, and professional issues, and the dissertation will require appropriate research, analysis, design, implementation, quality assurance, evaluation, and project management. Students will reflect on the success of the strategies that they employed to further develop their reflective skills, self-awareness, ‘lifestyle’ and self-care approaches and where necessary improve their approaches.

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