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BSc Honours Cyber Security and Digital Forensics

BSc Honours Cyber Security and Digital Forensics

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Start
September
Duration
3 Years
Attendance
Full Time
Fees (Total)
175,455
Annual Breakdown
Year 1 - 58,485 Year 2 - 58,485 Year 3 - 58,485

The Bachelor of Science in Cyber Security and Digital Forensics aims to produce graduates that meet the requirement of the emerging and increasingly critical cybersecurity industry. This programme will provide students with a significant range of knowledge skills that are highly valued and sought-after by the international security and digital forensics sector. The degree will provide a thorough grounding in the area of modern computing including database design, computer networking, programming, operating systems, regulations, security, digital investigation, file systems, digital evidence management, memory analysis and network protocols. Students will be trained on how to protect and prevent cybercrimes from occurring in organisations and be compliant with regulations governing Cyber Security. They will be able to detect, react appropriately and advise on cybercrimes that have occurred in organisations and be compliant with regulations governing Digital Forensics.

Graduates of this programme will be well prepared for a range of careers in Cyber Security and Digital Forensics as well as a postgraduate study either in “Cyber Security and Penetration Testing”, or “e-Security and Digital Forensics

Why Study BSc Honours Cyber Security and Digital Forensics?

This programme will prepare students to deal with the legal implications of investigations and be able to collect, analyse and report on and present findings on digital artefacts seized. Students will be prepared to investigate unauthorised access or data breaches in an organisation.

Students will focus on learning the application of dedicated hardware and software safely and effectively in all stages of cyber security and digital forensic lifecycles. The programme also introduces students to the design and development of experimental frameworks to test hypotheses impartially and summarise efficaciously on the results.

The special features of the programme are:

  • Practical hands-on work in our new MDX CERT (Cyber Environments Research and Testing) Lab which has been built and equipped to facilitate the teaching of BSc Cyber Security and Digital Forensics.

  • Practical competencies in Cyber Security and Digital Forensics.

  • Students have an edge as the University works with companies such as Dell, IBM, Red Hat, Epson, Oracle and SAS in addition to being Cisco Net Academy – meaning the student will have access to the latest equipment, and can make use of specialist teaching materials and workshops.

  • Programme content is enriched by providing industry engagement opportunities to students through industry speakers and field trips.

  • Enrolment into the CISCO academy and opportunity to complete CCNA course.

  • Develop project management skills and the opportunity to implement these skills in the final year project.

  • Develop transferable technical skills as well as a strong background in professional ethics.

  • Career coaching is available through the Careers and Employability Service.

  • Option to transfer to London campus.

Core modules such as programming, networks, and IT security are covered in this course extensively. Students will develop expert knowledge in the technological, ethical, regulatory and legal issues in this field, including security, encryption, operating systems and information systems. Students will learn how to deal with the legal implications of investigations and be able to collect, analyse and report on and present findings on digital artefacts seized. Students will be prepared to investigate unauthorised access or data breaches in an organisation.

The programme will engage students in the process of learning through practice-based individual as well as group activities and projects, enabling them to develop their team-working and communication skills which are required in the industry.

Please refer to our Academic Calendar for further information: http://www.mdx.ac.ae/life-at-university/academic-calendar

Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Note: Both core and optional modules are constantly updated and under review. As with most academic programmes, please remember that it is possible that a module may not be offered in any particular year, for instance, because too few students opt for it. Middlesex University reserves the right to vary or withdraw any course or module.

  • Year 1

    • Information in Organisations (30 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module provides a comprehensive introduction to database technology, a core IT skill required in many IT disciplines and an extremely good transferable skill. The module introduces students to database design, implementation and manipulation knowledge and skills. Once mastered, these skills will provide a firm foundation for higher-level academic study or a rewarding career in many IT related areas such as data analytics.

    • Programming for Data Communications and Networks (30 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module introduces fundamental computational concepts and programming constructs relevant to understanding and use of a range of widely used programming languages. The aim is to provide you with the opportunity to learn to program effectively. This takes place in the context of learning to solve a range of problems arising in the context of the processing, storing and transmitting data. You will understand the role of a basic but important range of data structures and types, and their use. Several data structures of interest within CCE will be considered, for example those to represent RTP packets (and associated operations on these) in order that audiovisual data can be sent using transport protocols such as the UDP protocol. The concept of an algorithm is introduced early on together with the techniques for program implementation. You will be encouraged and supported in undertaking - both individually and within a small group setting - a variety of laboratory-based problem solving tasks.

    • Computer Systems Architecture and Operating Systems (30 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide students with fundamental concepts and principles of computer hardware and operating systems in order to explain the structure and operation of modern computers. It will develop students’ knowledge and understanding of how the computer’s hardware enables it to function as a networked, multi-media machine as this module will focus on the understanding of concepts, theory and associated terminology. Practical hands-on laboratory experiments will be used to illustrate the application of theory and concepts. Consideration will also be given to likely future developments in the area of computer architecture.

    • Computer Networks (30 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module provides students with the basic skills required to succeed in networking-related degree programs and also help them develop the skills necessary to fulfil the job responsibilities of network technicians, network administrators, and network engineers. It provides a theoretically- rich, hands-on introduction to networking and the Internet. Students will learn both the practical and conceptual skills that build the foundation for understanding basic networking. They will gain an understanding of the “layered” approach to networks by examining the OSI and TCP/IP models in detail. Among the topics covered will be the various network devices, network addressing schemes and the types of media used to carry data across the network. You'll gain a better understanding of routing protocols and learn how to configure, verifying, and troubleshoot routing operations.

  • Year 2

    • Network and Protocol Analysis (30 Credits) - Compulsory

      The module looks at Network and Protocol Analysis and attempts to cover all aspects of networking and protocols including Internet Protocols, Network Services and Cloud Environments as well as Network Monitoring and Analysis. The main goal of the module is to equip you with the ability to build and analyse any networking environment independent of the underlying physical networking technology.

    • Cyber Security and Digital Forensic Compliance (30 Credits) - Compulsory

      The aim of this module is to enable students to understand both the requirements for cybersecurity legislation and standards and the effects of compliance with them.Whilst taking this module students will become proficient at how to identify and comply with relevant legislation and standards. The module will include a consideration of the language and terminology of laws and standards and how `in house’ regulation can be written to facilitate the following of best practise and legal requirements by a wide range of end users.

      Through this module students will become familiar with the complete standardisation process from creation to replacement or withdrawal and also consider the role of and requirements for legislation in this area.

    • Internet Technologies (30 Credits) - Compulsory

      In the past years there has been an increase in attacks on websites that can result in the disclosure of information that is of a personal and confidential nature. With the introduction of GDPR it is no longer acceptable to collect information overtly and then not protect that information adequately. The purpose of this module is to consider GDPR compliancy for websites and more importantly implement them for the protection of collected data..

    • Digital Incident Scene Investigation (30 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module will provide students with experiential knowledge of the four phases of a Digital Investigation for digital landscapes, which are, Seizure (covers areas from the beginning of the crime scene and will discuss the current guidelines and standards, Locard’s exchange principle, the physical and appropriate process of “bagging and tagging” of digital devices and making and referring to contemporaneous notes), imaging (covers areas of why it is necessary to image, types of imaging methods, verification of an image, evidentiary integrity and how-to image using Write-Blocker hardware), analysis (uses various software to build up profiles of users from their digital fingerprints using appropriate software) and reporting (uses appropriate software be able to explain, justify and defend any decision made in the analysis stage).

  • Year 3

    • Individual Project (30 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module provides students with the opportunity of choosing and working on a project that reflects their interests and aims and outcomes of their programme. The primary aim of the module is to consolidate and deepen students’ understanding of material taught on the programme, to exercise professional judgement, to undertake individual research and to conduct an investigation and/or develop a product, process or application relevant to the focus of the programme. It provides students with the opportunity of engaging in significant system development, the typical output of which represents the solution of a problem akin to those that as a fledgling professional practitioner are likely to encounter in future employment. The module intends that the choice of individual project will provide students with a significant opportunity to reflect on their learning progress and to develop their learning for life-long and career development.

    • Defensive Security (30 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module will provide an overview of the different types of cyber security threats to computer systems and networks and the measures that can be put in place to counteract and mitigate against these threats.

    • Memory Analysis (30 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to look into complete memory extraction and distinguish and identify memory artefacts. You will be exposed to how memory Analysis can help to determine information about running programs, the operating system, and the overall state of a computer. Students will also look into memory forensics in the form of cyber investigation that allows an investigator to identify unauthorised and anomalous activity on a target computer or server. Students will be able to run a special software that is able to capture the current state of the system's memory that is known as memory dump.

    • Network Security and Forensics (30 Credits) - Optional

      This module aims to provide you with an understanding of network security and forensics. It provides an overview of some key issues, such as CIA and AAA, current systems and infrastructures, Cloud Computing and define some key principles, such as defence-indepth and de-militarisation zones (DMZ).

    • Artificial Intelligence (30 Credits) - Optional

      The aim of the module is to introduce you to a range of AI theories and techniques, including the most commonly used. This will extend to the ability to implement these techniques, to facilitate you to extend your own development skills.

    • Blockchain Engineering and Analytics (30 Credits) - Optional

      Blockchain Technology is changing how organisations communicate and operate, with this change there is a challenge and opportunity for Blockchain developers and analysts. This module aims is to enable to gain knowledge behind the blockchain technology and how it can be applied, to gain skills to develop and implement blockchain technology and to enable you to combine knowledge and skills to complete blockchain analytics.

Classes are held at our Dubai Knowledge Park campus Monday to Friday between 8:30am and 6:30pm (Please note: there will be No Classes scheduled on Friday’s between 12.00pm to 2.00pm). Additional sessions may be scheduled over the weekend or holiday periods and you should expect to receive notice of these in advance.

You will be actively involved in a range of learning, teaching and assessment approaches as part of your programme. These approaches ensure that you are involved and engaged by placing you at the centre of your own learning. You will be required to actively participate in learning activities and engagement with your fellow students, both individually and collaboratively. Faculty increasingly use existing and emerging technologies and your programme will be facilitated using a variety of media and online tools (My Learning on UniHub, podcasts, wikis, etc.) which will allow you access to a diverse range of online resources and learning materials. By engaging in e-learning you will also be developing skills of which are essential for your learning and highly valued by employers. Such skills including flexibility, communication, IT skills and team work.

We accept students with a diverse range of entry qualifications and from varying backgrounds. The following international qualifications are normally considered for admission:

Successful completion of the Middlesex University International Foundation Programme (IFP)*** (equivalent programmes from other Universities/Colleges/Institutes will be considered).
Indian Secondary School Certificates issued by the CBSE/ISC boards/NIOS/All State Boards may be considered: minimum grade of 55% + Maths 70%

112 UCAS points, including 80 points from at least two science or numerate-based subjects and GCSE English and Maths at grade C or above.

You must have passed the full IB Diploma. In some cases applicants will also need to have studied certain subjects at Standard or Higher Level. If you are unsure about the suitability of your qualifications or would like help with your application, please contact admissions@mdx.ac.ae for support.

Students who have completed their GCSEs are eligible to join our International Foundation Programme – a one year programme to prepare students for entry onto our Undergraduate Programmes. Please note that students must meet the British AS and A Level entry requirements in order to gain entry into the First Year of any one of our Undergraduate Programmes. Grade C in Maths

UAE’s General Secondary Education Certificate Examination Grade 12 (Tawjihiya) plus successful completion of the Middlesex University International Foundation Programme (IFP)*** or equivalent programmes
Completion of Year 1 at a recognised post-secondary institution (university / college). Candidates that have successfully completed FSC/HSC are admitted to the Middlesex University’s International Foundation Programme (IFP)***
Minimum overall grade of 12. Students completing the High School Diploma are admitted to the International Foundation Programme (IFP)***
Candidates are admitted to the International Foundation Programme (IFP)***
National Curriculum of the countries of Russia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan: Candidates are admitted to the International Foundation Programme (IFP)***
Candidates are admitted to the International Foundation Programme (IFP)***
Students with American High School Diploma are eligible to join our Foundation programme. However, if you have passed the American High School Diploma with the university required GPA and SAT or ACT or AP Scores you may be eligible for direct entry into Year 1 of the undergraduate programme. If you are unsure about the suitability of your qualifications or would like help with your application, please contact admissions@mdx.ac.ae for support.
BTEC Level 3 qualifications***** (suite of qualifications known as Nationals) may be considered for direct entry into an undergraduate programme

***** BTEC qualifications (QCF) (suite of qualifications known as Nationals) are acceptable both on their own and in combination with other qualifications. Applicants are expected to have studied for the Diploma or Extended Diploma. The Certificate, Subsidiary Diploma and 90 Credit Diploma are expected to be studied in combination to equal that of at least the Diploma (for example, the Subsidiary Diploma would need to be offered in combination with either a Diploma or two GCE A levels).

Note: *** International Foundation Programme (IFP) is a one year programme to prepare students for entry to Undergraduate programmes

This list shows only a selection of qualifications. If your high school system does not appear here, please contact our Admissions Office admissions@mdx.ac.ae and we will be able to advise you further.

English Language Requirements (Undergraduate)

All programmes at Middlesex University Dubai are taught in English and applicants with previous education outside of English-speaking countries (such as the UK, the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand), must demonstrate English language proficiency as follows:

English Language Test

Entry Requirement

IELTS Academic

6.0 (minimum 5.5 in each band)

TOEFL Internet-based

72 (17 in listening & writing, 20 in speaking and 18 in reading)

PearsonPTE Academic

51


Additionally, students with the following qualifications may be considered as having met the English language requirements:

English Language

Entry Requirement

GCSE/IGCSE/O-Level English

(as a first or second language)

Grade C or Higher

CBSE/ISC boards/NIOS/All state boards

Minimum grade of 65% in English

International Baccalaureate

Minimum grade 5 in English A1 (Standard or Higher Level) in IB OR a minimum of grade 5 in English B (Higher Level)

West African/Nigerian Curriculum

WAEC/WASSCE/SSSCE 

Minimum grade “C6“


For admissions related enquiries, kindly contact our admissions team on 0097143678100 / 0097143751212 alternatively you can email on admissions@mdx.ac.ae

The degree prepares you for a wide range of careers. Graduates will have excellent career prospects and the range of potential employers will be vast across the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. Careers include key roles such as Digital Forensic Examiner, Cyber Security Researcher, Digital Forensic Investigator, Compliance Manager, Cyber Forensics Coordinator / e-Discovery Administrator. Links with the employment market is established through visiting speakers from relevant sections of the industry. Our industry partners offer internships, deliver visiting lectures, assist with field trips and recruit at the University’s Careers Day each year.

Graduates may continue studying towards a Master's or PhD, where this cyber security and digital forensics degree will provide a strong foundation.

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