Introduction

Cybercrime is on the increase and set to keep growing as technology becomes more widespread. High-level security breaches have led authorities, public services and corporations to dedicate more resources to computer security. This has led to an urgent need for skilled graduates in forensic computing.

Study one of the highest-ranking degrees for graduate employment in the UK and play an important role helping organisations manage cyber-attacks and investigate digital evidence.

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Cyber Forensics

Awarding Body

University of the West of England (UWE), Bristol, UK

Mode of Study

Full-Time, Part-Time and Flexible.

Duration

Four Academic Years Full Time, 8 Years Part Time or Flexible.

Fees

OMR 3,500 per Year (Full Time).

Minimum Entry Requirements

Successful completion of GCET General Foundation Programme with a minimum of 60% in each component.

Contact Person

Email : hod1@gcet.edu.om or  Tel: 24227999 – 24227925 – 24227912

Why Study our Programme?

One of the main distinctive features of this programme is that the student will get a British award from the University of the West England, Bristol, UK, (recognized worldwide) while studying in Muscat.

What you will be studying?

On completion of the programme, students will have developed an understanding of a complex body of knowledge, some of it at the current boundaries of the disciplines, in the areas of:

  1. Computer systems and networks, trusted computing base, threats and security policy, computer security mechanisms in networks and computers at various layers and levels and security technology innovations.
  2. Information, data and its representation and organisation in computer systems.
  3. National legal system and court procedure, skills and responsibilities of a forensic computing practitioner and expert witness
  4. Law pertaining to computer crime and digital evidence and its investigation and legal and commercial aspects of Computer Security and Forensics
  5. Security management, defining, modelling and describing the concepts of trust and security policy, securing access to services and applications from various devices.
  6. Tools and techniques for investigating computer crime such as data mining and profiling

Where can it take you?

Graduates in the field of Computer Security and Computer Forensics would be expected to have an excellent understanding of the internal operations of computers and operating and file systems. They would be able to use appropriate tools to investigate computer-based activities, deploy tools and techniques to prevent security breaches and investigate the mis-use of computer systems and other devices. As much of this work is carried out directly in support of legal processes, an understanding of appropriate legal systems and law would be expected.

As a graduate, you will be highly employable due to the skills shortage in this field. Choose from a range of careers in the private or public sector. Opportunities include working for in-house forensics, e-discovery and security teams, legal practices or the police and related organisations.

Programme Structure

Level 0
Code Module Credit Prerequisite
UFMFBG-30-0 Foundation Mathematics: Algebra and Calculus A 30 None
UFMFEG-30-0 Engineering Experimentation 30 None
UFCFGK-30-0 Professional and Academic Skills 30 None
UFCEXX-30-0 Program Design and Implementation 30 None
Level 1
Code Module Credit Prerequisite
UFCFC3-30-1 Introduction to OO Systems Development 30 None
UFCF93-30-1 Computer and Network Systems 30 None
UFCFB3-30-1 Web Programming 30 None
UFCFP4-30-1 Computer Crime and Digital Evidence 30 None
Level 2
Code Module Credit Prerequisite
UFCFW5-30-2 Mobile and Embedded Devices 30  UFCF93-30-1
UFCFJ6-30-2 Security and Forensic Tools 30  UFCFP4-30-1
UJUUKM-30-2 Law, Experts and Justice 30 None
UFCFLC-30-2 Secure Computer Networks 30 UFCF93-30-1
Level 3
Code Module Credit
UFCFR4-45-3 Computing Project 45 90 Credits at L3
UFCF95-15-3 Entrepreneurial Skills 15 None
UFCFRB-15-3 Security Management in Practice 15 None
UFCFC5-15-3 Forensic Computing Practice 15
UFCFM6-15-3 Requirements Engineering (Elective) 15 UFCFK6-30-2
UFCFU3-15-3 Advanced Databases (Elective) 15 UFCFC3-30-1

OR

UFCFB3-30-1

UFCFT4-15-3 Cryptography (Elective) 15 UFCFC3-30-1

OR

UFCFF3-30-1

UFCFSJ-15-3 Mobile Applications (Elective) 15 None
UFCFJV-15-3 Professional Development (Elective) 15 None
UFCFD5-15-3 Technical Writing and Editing (Elective) 15 None
GCET-15-0 Omani Culture 0 None
students need to choose 15 credits from Elective module

Note: The Omani Culture Module is a compulsory module that will be offered during summer. It carries 0 credit so it will not contribute to the programme credits.