Master's Programme (60 credits) in Network Forensics
As a specialist in IT security and digital forensics, you have an expertise that matches the growing use of the internet and digital communications systems, especially in the form of the Internet of Things. This master’s programme, with its unique interdisciplinary content, reflects our digitalised society’s need for network forensic competence.
About the education
Innovative environments, methods and tools
The education at Halmstad University is characterised by our profiling as a university that drives innovation. The courses integrate work-related issues into a creative learning environment.
In the lab environment, you develop practical skills with advanced equipment from the Cisco Networking Academy and the Palo Alto Networks Academy. You participate in incident management exercises and workshops based on material from the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA) and the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB).
Courses and competencies in focus
The Master’s programme in Network Forensics has a multidisciplinary connection to technology and social sciences. During the programme, you build theoretical and practical skills for work in IT forensic network analysis. You also develop in-depth knowledge of data mining, cybersecurity and investigation into cybercrime.
The first semester deals with digital forensics and the scientific methodology used in the field. During the second semester, you develop in-depth knowledge of the role of forensics in sustainable development, with social science, technical and ethical perspectives. At the same time, you perform a research, innovation or development oriented degree project in digital forensics.
The programme is conducted in English.
Information about entry requirements is available in the information box under the page picture. Click on "show education info" to learn more.
The courses listed below are included in the programme starting autumn 2023. Click on a linked course to search for the course syllabus, including course literature. Please note that you need to scroll down the page to find the syllabus.
All courses are included in the main field of Digital Forensics.
- Advanced Computer Networks and Security, 15 credits
- Introduction to Digital Forensics, 7.5 credits
- Applied Data Mining, 7.5 credits
- Network Forensics and Cybercrime, 15 credits
- Degree Project in Digital Forensics, 15 credits
After the education
The programme leads to a Degree of Master of Science (60 credits) with a major in Digital Forensics.
Opportunities for further studies
After the programme, you are qualified to apply for doctoral and PhD studies, for example in the University's own third cycle courses in information technology.
The Master's programme in Network Forensics prepares you to work independently on criminal forensic investigations of computers or as a computer administrator specialising in computer networks and IT security.
The university participates in international networks
Halmstad University is a member of a European network for universities and police organisations called ECTEG (European Cybercrime Training and Education Group). Together, the network develops training materials in digital forensics and cyber security that make our educational programmes very up-to-date. Halmstad University is also a so-called Cisco Academy and a Cisco Instructor Training Center. That means that we have the right to educate both instructors and students within the various courses provided by the Cisco Networking Academy. Cisco Networking Academy is one of the world's leading actors within cyber security courses.
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- Questions about entry requirements, selection and admissions – Contact the Student Affairs Department
- Questions about the content of the education – Contact the Programme Director: Contact details can be found in the education information box.
- Questions regarding studies and career opportunities – Contact Study and Career Guidance
Bachelor of Science degree or the equivalent in an engineering subject or in computer science. Courses in computer technology, digital communication, computer networks, computer science or digital forensics of at least 90 credits, of which 15 credits must be in Computer networks and 7.5 credits in Programming. Courses in mathematics of at least 15 credits. The degree must be equivalent to a Swedish kandidatexamen and must have been awarded from an internationally recognised university. Applicants must have written and verbal command of the English language equivalent to English course 6 in Swedish Upper-Secondary School.
Selection is made on the basis of the required educational background.
Language of instruction:
Teaching is in English.
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