About your course
This Masters in Computer Forensics at Liverpool John Moores University provides the opportunity to study the latest forensic skills and methods. You’ll carry out an extensive postgraduate research project to increase your systems expertise.
- Course available to study full time (1 year)
- Delivered by academics active in research
- Opportunity to carry out a novel research project in an area of your choice
- High quality teaching and excellent learning resources
- £6 million state-of-the-art laboratories and teaching facilities
- Excellent career prospects
You will have access to over 150 high-performance computers along with our exclusive Game Technology Lab, a Computer Forensics Lab, two Multimedia Labs and specialist labs for research on Network Security and Networked Appliances.
Introduction to the School
In an increasingly technological world, there are great challenges and opportunities for professionals with advanced qualifications in computing.
The Department of Computer Science will help you prepare for the career of your choice by providing you with a wide range of programmes at postgraduate level, including taught masters and research programmes (MPhil/PhD).
You will be taught and supervised by subject specialists, in a vibrant and supportive environment. Classroom and lab-based activities, including lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical work, offer a varied and diverse range of experiences as you prepare for the career of your choice. You will also be encouraged to attend Departmental seminars and locally held conferences, participating in the research culture of our area.
94% of our research submitted to the REF 2014 is considered as being of international importance or recognised internationally.
To further advance our world leading research, we recently established a Research Centre for Critical Infrastructure Computer Technology and Protection – PROTECT – to bring together researchers across a number of areas, including computer networks, network security, computer games technology and software engineering, to address emerging research challenges to the protection of critical infrastructure systems.
We aim to promote and advance internationally leading research in a number of important areas including Critical Infrastructure Protection, Computer Security, Networked Appliances, Computer Games, Software Engineering, Neural Computing and Statistics.
These areas are of great economic and social impacts, and involve many emerging research challenges requiring significant and long-term research efforts.
Our research is conducted via centres, labs and groups led by experts with international reputation, including Professor Madjid Merabti in networking, Professor Paolo Lisboa in neural computing, Professor Abdennour El Rhalibi in computer games, and Professor Qi Shi in cyber security.
We are proud of our growing research reputation and have a long-standing history of working with local, regional and national industries through student placement, research, consultancy, short course activity and Teaching Company Schemes. We also have a number of collaborative partnerships both locally and internationally.
Why study this course at LJMU?
Computer crime is increasingly sophisticated, and there is growing demand for computing professionals with the expertise to investigate it effectively.
During this degree, you will develop knowledge and experience of current forensic tools and methods.
Studying computer forensics at LJMU, you’ll be based at the Byrom Street campus. Our facilities are engineered to guarantee your success thanks to the investment of £6million in state-of-the-art laboratories and teaching facilities.
Our computer laboratories provide access to over 150 high-performance computers, including PC/Linux Workstations and Networked Multimedia PCs for general use, in addition to the campus computing cluster.
Teaching rooms are designed to enable the multimedia delivery of teaching materials and demonstrations, and the Department's laboratory infrastructure and technical support were commended in a recent professional body accreditation visit.
The campus includes an exclusive Game Technology Lab, a Computer Forensics Lab, two Multimedia Labs, a Distance Learning Lab and specialist labs for research on Network Security and Networked Appliances.
Programme outline and structure
Our Masters degree in Computer Forensics will equip you with a range of skills that can be used for the retrieval of computer-based information for criminal investigations.
This course aims to provide you with a fuller, systematic understanding of current and developing computer forensics technologies, helping you to:
gain a comprehensive, in depth knowledge of the wide range of issues involved in the implementation of computer forensics investigations. You’ll learn about security and legal, ethical and privacy requirements, as identified by advanced research in the area
develop effective management skills to implement investigations within organisations and law enforcement and acquire expertise and interest in topic areas of direct and complementary relevance to your work
- become an advanced autonomous learner
- gain a comprehensive understanding, critical awareness and ability to conduct evaluation of research issues
- develop your originality in applying analytical, creative, problem solving and research skills
- gain awareness of the advanced, conceptual understanding, underpinning career development, innovation and further study for PhD
What you will study on this degree
Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.
- Project Dissertation
- Research Methods
- Information and Social Networks
- Computer Forensics
- Network Forensics
- Advanced Software Engineering Concepts
- Advanced Data Structures and Algorithms
- Software Development with JAVA
- Computer Security
A major component of the MSc courses is the project module. This is an extensive piece of research work in an applications domain relevant to your academic or professional interests. It is intended to provide you with an opportunity to undertake a major investigation and produce a major dissertation on the outcome of the work.
Further guidance on modules
The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.
Academic Framework reviews are conducted by LJMU from time to time to ensure that academic standards continue to be maintained. A review is currently in progress and will be operational for the academic year 2016/2017. Final details of this programme’s designated core and option modules will be made available on LJMU’s website as soon as possible and prior to formal enrolment for the academic year 2016/2017.
Please email email@example.com if you require further guidance or clarification.
How will I be assessed?
You’ll gain core knowledge and understanding on this course via lectures, tutorials, practicals, coursework, projects, seminars and guided independent study.
You will also receive feedback on all work you produce.
Assessment methods for knowledge and understanding comprise coursework and examinations including laboratory work, reports, project work and presentations.
Staff research interests
Departmental staff are active in a number of research areas.
Areas of expertise include:
- Applied Artificial Intelligence
- Distributed Multimedia Systems and Security
- Information Systems Development
- Mathematics Education
- Neural Computation and Statistics
- Computer Games
- 'Big Data' and Health Care Informatics
Research within the Department is recognised internationally in the area of Networked Systems and Security, Computer Entertainment and Neural Networks with funding from the EPSRC, BBC, European Union to name a few. This research directly informs the curriculum of this and other degrees offered by the Department, ensuring your studies are at the leading edge of developments in the field.
Some examples of current relevant research specialisms include:
- Critical Infrastructure Protection
- Computer Crime Investigation
Entry requirements (Home)
An Honours degree in Computing or a Computing-related subject, including subjects with a significant core of computing, or a professional qualification with equivalent standing.
Non-UK applicants will be expected to have demonstrated competence in English language equivalent to a minimum of IELTS 6.0. Applicants who have studied and successfully achieved a UK degree within 24 months of the start of the MSc are exempt from this requirement.
Entry requirements (International)
LJMU welcomes applications from international students. In addition to normal entry requirements, you will be expected to demonstrate a very good level of English language competence, for example an IELTS score of 6.0-6.5 or equivalent. Please note: specific courses may require higher levels of English language competence. If you have applied to study a full-time taught Masters, MRes, MPhil or PhD at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate. It can take four to six weeks to receive an ATAS certificate, so please make sure you apply as early as possible. You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website. Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for guidance. Please note: international students entering on a Tier 4 visa cannot study part time. Students entering the UK on alternate types of visa may be in a position to study part time. Please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for further details before making your application. In order to obtain a visa you will also need to show evidence that the money required to cover your tuition fees and living expenses has been in your bank account for at least 28 days prior to submitting your visa application. So please make sure that your finances are in place before applying. For more details, go to our international website.
For advice on any aspect of the application process, please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team.
Interviews may be conducted in some cases.
6.0 (Min 5.5 in each component)
Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.
All full and part-time students enrolled on postgraduate taught programmes at LJMU are liable to pay an annual tuition fee. You can opt to pay your tuition fees in full at the start of each academic year or pay by instalments. If you need advice about how you will pay your tuition fees, please email to LJMU’s Student Funding Team as soon as possible.
Sources of funding
Postgraduate loans for students from England, Wales and the EU
Postgraduate Masters loans are available for those studying in the 2017/18 academic year. The new government loans, of up to £10,280, are available for students attending eligible full and part-time Masters courses. To be eligible part time courses need to be studied at 50% intensity. Personal Eligibility is based on your age, your residency and if you have studied at Masters level previously.
Loan repayments will begin the April after course completion, with the first cohort of borrowers commencing repayments in April 2019. Repayments will be made at a rate of 6% of income above an earning threshold of £21,000. This threshold will be frozen until 2021. For details of loan terms, conditions and eligibility, go to:-
Postgraduate Loans for students from Northern Ireland
The Northern Irish government is also introducing a loan for students commencing postgraduate study from September 2017 onwards. Unlike the loan for students from England and Wales this scheme offers a loan for tuition fees only with no funding available from the NI government for living costs. The loan for tuition fees will be paid direct to LJMU.
The maximum loan for those starting in 2017 is £5,500 per course. Please note this means in some instances the loan will not cover your tuition fees in full and you will need to make alternative arrangements to pay the balance as well as source funding for your living costs.
LJMU Alumni Award
Alumni of the University are eligible to apply for a 20% reduction in their postgraduate tuition fees if they choose to progress onto a higher degree programme at LJMU. Both Home and international LJMU students and alumni can apply for this award (subject to eligibility criteria*).
Postgraduate International Scholarships
LJMU offers scholarships for international applicants accepted onto taught masters programmes (excluding distance learning programmes) and research degrees. Current LJMU international students and alumni interested in pursuing postgraduate study and research at the University are eligible to apply for these scholarships along with new applicants.
English for Postgraduate Studies Bursary
A Bursary is also available for international students who need to improve their IELTS score prior to enrolling on their postgraduate course or research programme at the University. This course is run by LJMU’s International Study Centre.
Earn While You Learn
Working while you study means you may be able to pay for your course without taking out any further loans or at least reducing the amount you need to borrow. Working while you study also gives you the skills valued by employers, such as managing your workload and prioritising your time.
LJMU’s Vacancy website can help you find graduate vacancies, sandwich/industrial placements, internships / summer work, part-time jobs, volunteering opportunities and work-based learning placements. Over 1,000 local and regional employers regularly list opportunities on the website.
Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDL)
Many students fund their postgraduate studies via Professional and Career Development Loans. This is a bank loan which you will have to pay back once you’ve completed the course. However, while you are studying any interest on the loan will be paid for you by the Skills Funding Agency. PCDLs worth between £300 and £10,000 are available for eligible postgraduates to fund up to two years of study (three if the course includes work experience). The loan is split into course fees and living costs.
Some organisations and companies fund the cost of postgraduate studies for their employees as they recognise the value of having well qualified staff. Check out our courses and see if there are any on offer that could enhance your current career. Remember, employer support doesn’t always have to be financial; it can take other forms too, such as flexible working arrangements, day release and time in lieu of study.
Support for disabled students
Disabled Students’ Allowances or DSAs are designed to help meet the extra course costs students can face as a direct result of a disability, on-going health condition, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty. DSAs don’t have to be paid back and the type of support you receive will be determined by your specific needs not your household income. Please contact LJMU’s Disability team for further advice: 0151 231 3164/3165.
Council tax exemption
All full-time postgraduate students studying courses lasting one year or more are eligible for a council tax exemption certificate.
Computer forensics analysts are in high demand as technology becomes pervasive and computer crime has become more widespread.
There are opportunities in both public and private sectors, and the job prospects are very good.
Graduating from this course is excellent preparation for applying for roles in:
- Computer forensics analysis
- Computer security
- Data analysis
- Data recovery
- Data mining
- Forensics applications development
- Security or computer forensic strategy development
- IT project management
International applicants are required to demonstrate equivalent qualifications to the standard requirements for entry when applying for courses at LJMU.
Students must also demonstrate a proficiency in communicating through English, for example via an IELTS tests or equivalent.
Please note: UK visa restrictions mean that international students are only permitted to study on a full-time basis.
Please contact LJMU’s International Team by visiting www.ljmu.ac.uk/international for more information and advice.
LJMU has launched a range of generous international scholarships for students enrolling at the University.
These prestigious scholarships take the form of tuition fee waivers and are available for outstanding international students applying for taught postgraduate programmes and research degrees.
You will need to complete an additional application form in order to be considered for these scholarships. Full eligibility criteria and the online application form are available here: www.ljmu.ac.uk/international
Applications for these scholarships are welcomed from:
- new international applicants
- current LJMU international students hoping to progress onto postgraduate study at the University
- LJMU international alumni
The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University.
Further guidance on programme changes