Digital Forensics & Cyber Investigation

The digital transformation of society is creating new challenges and new opportunities, both for criminals and for criminal investigators. Today forensic and cyber investigators must collect and analyze digital evidence from a diverse landscape of technically complex sources. Our Master program gives you a wide range of practical skills needed for an exciting career in digital forensics and cyber investigation.

What makes this program unique?

  • Leverages BFH's expertise in software and hardware to create unique digital forensics modules,
  • Creates a balance between digital forensics and cyber investigation topics,
  • Expanded digital forensics coverage of topics including storage, memory, operating systems, applications, malware analysis, networks, cloud, social media, encryption,
  • Hardware forensics coverage of topics including mobile devices, IoT, automobiles, drones, industrial control systems, medical devices, chip-off and JTAG,
  • Emphasis on cyber investigations covering cybercrime reconstruction, attribution, intelligence, botnets, cyberfraud, digital payments and virtual currencies, data theft, data analytics
  • The taught modules are designed in one-week blocks to facilitate remote and employed students,
  • The MAS is taught in English by internationally recognized experts in the field.
     

Factsheet

  • Degree/Certificate Master of Advanced Studies (MAS)
  • Duration 5 semesters
  • ECTS credits 60 ECTS-Credits
  • Costs from CHF 34,000
  • Teaching language English
  • Location Biel, Bern
  • Department Engineering and information technology

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Portrait

The digital transformation of society is creating new challenges and new opportunities, both for criminals and for criminal investigators. Today forensic and cyber investigators must collect and analyze digital evidence from a diverse landscape of technically complex sources. Our Master program gives you a wide range of practical skills needed for an exciting career in digital forensics and cyber investigation.

Objectives

Graduates from the MAS Digital Forensics & Cyber Investigation (DFCI) will understand the fundamental concepts of modern digital forensics. They will have the skills to collect and analyze digital evidence from a variety of sources, and have the ability to conduct complex cyber investigations.

The master program is organized into 4 taught semesters (CAS) and a final master’s thesis semester. The program comprises 60 ECTS credit transfer points, 12 ECTS credits per semester.

Modules

  • CAS DFCI Fundamentals
  • CAS Advanced Digital Forensics
  • CAS DFCI Specialist 1
  • CAS DFCI Specialist 2

 

Master's Thesis

The research and write-up of the Thesis requires one full semester of work. This includes:

  • choosing a thesis topic
  • writing a thesis proposal
  • finding a Thesis advisor
  • conducting the research project work
  • writing up the dissertation
  • the Thesis defense

The master’s thesis is started after completion of the first four semesters (16 modules total). The expected workload for completing the master thesis is minimum 360 hours. Depending on the external examiner/expert, the dissertation and thesis defense may also be in German or French. During Semester 5 students may also attend elective modules that were unavailable during semesters 3 and 4.

  • Direct instruction
  • Inquire-based learning
  • Research project work
  • Master’s thesis

The CAS are concluded with an ECTS grade of A to F. At the end of the MAS program, you will receive an overall certificate of achievement (MAS diploma certificate).

Title + Degree

Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) in «Digital Forensics & Cyber Investigation»

Requirements + Admission

Target audience

The MAS DFCI is designed for two groups of professionals:

  • Experienced forensic investigators who want to increase their technical skills in digital forensics and cyber investigations.
  • Experienced engineers and technicians who want to transition into the field of digital forensics and cyber investigations.

Entrance Requirements

Admission into the MAS DFCI requires at least one of the following qualifications:

  • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent professional education degree in computer science, computer engineering, or related field
  • Professional experience in digital forensics or IT investigation, and a related industry certification.
     

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