Masters Courses (Dilemma)
Today, I've started feeling a little lost… so here I am, asking the advice of those who may have been there.
Recently, I decided that I would do a masters to help me get into CF - That's certain, as my degree is computer related, but not forensics related.
I am also planning on learning EC-Council's CHFI and Maybe Ethical Hacker courses (I know there isn't much positive feedback for these, but its a starting place).
I recently decided that I would go to Portsmouth Uni to study Forensic IT full time. But today, realise there's so many options. So feel lost.
Right now, my choices are
- Do MSc at Portsmouth full time.
- Do MSc elsewhere full time. Where?
- Work for a year in IT support or something. Then do MSc next year.
- Work in IT support or CF and hopefully find an employer who will sponsor me to do a CF MSc part time (unlikely?)
Anyone have recommendations for FT MSc courses? I hear Cranfield Uni and Glamorgan are the best, but I think they only offer PT. Also, I am due my Degree results in the summer, and right now, don't know if I will get a 21 or a 22.
Sorry for the rant, just in one of those positions atm, and hate it, lol. I just want to get into CF as soon as I can (and get my education out the way)
I hear Cranfield Uni and Glamorgan are the best, but I think they only offer PT.
I'm not certain about Cranfield, but Glamorgan do accept full time as well as part time students.
Cranfield forensic computing MSc is part-time only (3 Years).
I am of the mind that some IT work experience might serve you better. Having worked on computer systems professionally gives you an understanding of how things work outside of computer forensics, something I think is a huge advantage to those that have done it. Couple this with the fact that the Cranfield MSc is by far the most respected within the community in the UK and that it will have the most directly relevant content perhaps Cranfield plus a job will be the right route.
MSc Forensic Informatics (1 year - full time)
That's the one I did, and the course itself is split between Classsic Forensics/ Crime Scence Investigation and Computer Forensics.
However the best thing about this the work placement from June to Sept.
Having now found a job as a Digital Analyst, I can highly recommend this course.
…..Couple this with the fact that the Cranfield MSc is by far the most respected within the community in the UK and that it will have the most directly relevant content perhaps Cranfield plus a job will be the right route.
Cranfield is the most respected course however there are people I know on the course who question some its content regarding how up to date it is and the relevance of what is taught to their everyday jobs. Plus it is very expensive!
I would certainly take your other advice that real life experience, (together with enthusiasm, professionalism and a willingness to learn) is far more relevant to potential employers over dry academic qualification.