James Moos is a 3rd year student on the MComp Computer Forensics course.
“I didn’t study computing at A-Level, so I jumped straight at the deep end with a new topic. I chose to study computer forensics because I wanted something modern and at the forefront of technology. To be headed towards a career which isn’t going to be a straightforward 9-5 job is definitely exciting.
I originally enrolled for the BSc(Hons) Computer Forensics course but after spending a year out in industry working in the field, I realised the value of the content being offered in the Masters year so transferred to the MComp. The MComp continues where the 3 years of Bachelor study left off, allowing you to further your knowledge significantly without having to take any modules that contain content already covered.
The techniques and tools they plan to teach us are literally at the cutting edge of the field and will certainly give an advantage to MComp Computer Forensics students at USW over other candidates who you will compete against for jobs.
Unsurprisingly, the modules I have enjoyed the most over the years have been the forensics modules, which have got better year on year in terms of content and advanced techniques etc, all of which have simply fuelled my motivation and interest in this area further.
I have also particularly enjoyed the opportunity during my 3rd/final year of the Bachelors element to undertake a research project. I have been able to do this with support from a leading Digital Forensics training company and research an area which is currently relatively unexplored. This opportunity to focus on something particularly of interest to you is a chance for students to really hone their skills and put together a strong portfolio to take to future potential employers.
With regards to my future career, I currently am sponsored following my industrial placement year, so I look forward to returning to that post as a graduate following completion of my MComp studies.”