Post Graduate Qualifications

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7Safe partners with De Montfort University (DMU) to provide a Postgraduate-level information security qualification, namely the MSc in Professional Practice in Digital Forensics and Security. This qualification is based on 7Safe’s technical hands-on training courses, combined with academic modules delivered by the University. To be awarded this certification, delegates are therefore required to attend seven 7Safe training courses, pass the accompanying examinations and successfully complete the complementary written assignments set by the University. Delegates are also required to complete an Independent Study Module and an MSc Project/Dissertation set by the University.


  • Provides you with the latest tools, techniques and knowledge in one of the most exciting areas of modern computing
  • Purpose-built, state-of-the-art computer security and forensics laboratories
  • Expert staff with extensive experience in the field of forensics and security
  • Excellent career prospects in a rapidly expanding industry

Course structure

The MSc course consists of seven 7Safe training courses - (CSTA, CSTP, CWSA, CFIP, CMI, CFIS and CIIP), eight University modules (at 15 credits each), with the eighth being a stand-alone DMU distance learning module, and an MSc Project/Dissertation (at 60 credits). Successful completion of the MSc therefore provides students with seven industry-recognised professional certificates a​s well as the MSc qualification.

Most students embark on their MSc after successfully completing one or more 7Safe courses.  On successful completion of the 7Safe hands-on training course, you are then eligible to apply to DMU for ​the academic top-up / assessment by distance learning.  Taking the course in this way is normally a part-time pathway and you should expect to study for a minimum of two to three years, and must be completed within six years. 

Alternatively, you can also register directly with DMU for the full-time degree and the University will then manage your attendance and progression through the relevant 7Safe modules and academic assessments.

To find out more your pathway towards achieving the MSc Professional Practice in Digital Forensics and Security, please contact the Education team to discuss your requirements on +44 (0)1763 285285 or contact us by email.

Funding Your MSc - Postgraduate Loans Available

If you're applying for the MSc in Professional Practice in Digital Forensics and Security you can now obtain funding to assist with your studies with a Postgraduate Loan (PGL). ​You can choose the amount that you wish to borrow (it does not have to be the full loan) and then use this money as ​you feel appropriate to cover your costs.

The Postgraduate Loan is available for the Academic Year 2016/17 and is open to all UK and EU students*, studying any postgraduate degree, full or part-time. This loan is being provided by the Government to encourage individuals to pursue a masters qualification, ​to help ensure the UK can meet the increasing demands for highly skilled workers.

Key Facts

  • Postgraduate Loan of up to £10,000 to help with course fees and living costs
  • Available for all masters programmes starting after the 1 August 2016
  • Full and part-time programmes are eligible
  • Applicants must be under 60 years old and a UK or EU student*
  • Repayments are based upon your income and will not start until April 2019 at the earliest
  • Loan repayment rates are set at 6% of your annual income over £21,000
  • The current interest rate on the Postgraduate Loan is 3.9%. It’s reviewed in September every year and is set by adding 3% to the Retail Price Index (RPI).

Download the fact sheet from Student Finance England

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You can apply for the postgraduate loan through the UK Government website from late June onwards.

* EU students must have been resident in the EU for at least 3 years prior to starting their masters programme to be eligible. Any period of residency in the UK for the sole purpose of education will not count towards this 3 year requirement. International students may be eligible for the PGL if they have permanent residency in the UK.