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BSc(Hons)

Forensic Computing and Security

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
2018/19
Course code:
G4H4
Applications:
UCAS
Level:
Undergraduate
Tariff points:
120
Department:
Computer Science and Creative Technologies
Campus:
Frenchay
Duration:
Three years full-time; four years sandwich
Delivery:
Full-time; sandwich
Programme leader:
Ian Johnson
Key fact:
Study one of our highest-ranking degrees for graduate employment and play an important role helping organisations manage cyber-attacks and investigate digital evidence.

Page last updated 3 November 2017

Introduction

Why study forensic computing and security?

Cybercrime is on the increase and set to keep growing as technology becomes more widespread.

High-level security breaches have led government, public services and corporations to dedicate more resources to computer security.

Meanwhile, digital forensics is providing a wealth of material for law enforcement for the police and businesses.

This has led the UK government to highlight an urgent need for skilled graduates in forensic computing.

Why UWE Bristol?

BSc(Hons) Forensic Computing and Security is one of our highest-ranking degrees for graduate employment.

Develop computer programming and database skills and expand your knowledge of computer networks, systems and the legal environment you'll operate in.

Gain vital professional skills, such as using industry standard forensic and security tools. Build your industry network and knowledge at presentations from visiting professionals.

Apply what you've learnt to practical projects, including investigating computer crimes and assessing the integrity of forensic data and computer security systems.

High demand for your skills will enable you to choose a placement from a range of specialisms.

Where can it take me?

Choose from careers in government and the private or public sector.

Roles can be within forensics and security teams, legal practices or the police and related organisations.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

Accreditations and partnerships:

Structure

Content

The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.

Year one

You will study:

  • Programming in C++.
  • Computer and Network Systems
  • Introduction to Databases
  • Computer Crime and Digital Evidence.

Year two

You will study:

  • Operating Systems
  • Security and Forensic Tools
  • Law, Experts and Justice
  • Secure Computer Networks.  

Plus one optional module from:

  • Internet of Things
  • Secure Embedded Systems.

Placement year (if applicable)

If you study on the four year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work or study placement after Year two.

Depending on which you choose, you'll either complete a placement learning or learning and development module.

See the Placements and Fees sections for more information.

Final year

You will study:

  • Computing Project
  • Security Management in Practice
  • Forensic Computing Practice.

Plus one optional module from:

  • Information Systems Dissertation
  • Digital Systems Project.

Plus three optional modules from:

  • Requirements Engineering
  • Advanced Databases
  • Cryptography
  • Entrepreneurial Skills
  • Security Data Analytics and Visualisation
  • Networks, Information and Society.

And one optional module from:

  • Professional Experience (studied during placement year)
  • Ethical and Professional Issues
  • International Experience
  • Professional Development.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

We encourage you to become a proactive, independent learner.

Learn through a mix of face-to-face lectures and tutorials, virtual learning environments, laboratory-based practical work, and independent project work.

Attend regular lectures with industry experts. Past speakers have included Avon & Somerset High Tech Crime Unit, Fujitsu, Hewlett Packard and Price Waterhouse Coopers.

To help you apply for graduate work, we arrange for employers to visit and give you advice on CV writing and interview techniques.

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Percentage of time you'll spend in different learning activities, each year: 

YearScheduled learning and teaching studyIndependent studyPlacement study% check
131%69%0%100%
225%75%0%100%
317%83%0%100%

Compete and learn

Enter national competitions and undertake challenges so you can apply your skills and build an industry profile.

Past students have achieved success in the Cyber Security Challenge UK and the British Computing Society's Ada Lovelace Colloquium.

Assessment

You'll be assessed through a mix of exams, individual and group coursework, presentations and project activities.

See our full glossary of assessment terms.

Percentage of time you'll spend on different assessment methods, each year: 

YearWritten exam assessmentCoursework assessmentPractical exam assessment% check
112%58%30%100%
228%59%13%100%
336%49%15%100%

Features

Professional accreditation

This degree is accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS) - the IT industry's professional body.

This course is also accredited by the Engineering Council as it fully meets the academic requirements for you to become an Incorporated Engineer (IEng) or a Chartered Information Technology Professional (CITP).

It partially meets the requirements for you to become a Chartered Engineer (CEng) or register as a Chartered Scientist (CSci).

Placements

Students who get work experience tend to graduate with better degrees. Experience also hones your skills, industry knowledge and professional network, making you highly employable on graduation.

Thanks to high demand in this area, there are many placement opportunities available.

Past students have worked in police High-Tech Crime Units, while others have gained experience testing the security of networks or collecting data to support legal cases for Ernst and Young.

If you choose the four year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work or study placement after Year two.

Study facilities

Experiment and develop vital professional skills in our modern facilities.

Gather and evaluate forensic evidence using industry-recognised software such as EnCase and Autopsy in our well-equipped computer labs.

Analyse viruses and attempt to hack systems in our dedicated isolation lab. Develop and test networks using our specialist networks labs.

Our mix of traditional and creative learning environments will enable you to learn essential knowledge and real-world skills, standing you in good stead for your professional career.

Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.

Careers

Careers / Further study

As a graduate, you'll be highly employable. Organisations often approach us for graduates, due to the skills shortage in this field.

Most of our students are in employment within six months of graduating.

Choose from a range of careers in the private or public sector. Opportunities include working for in-house forensics, e-discovery and security teams, legal practices or the police.

Get inspired

Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and find you graduate jobs, placements and global opportunities.

We can also help find local volunteering and community opportunities, provide support for entrepreneurial activity and get you access to employer events.

Visit our employability pages to learn more about careers, employers and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

Fees

Full time course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee12750
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1594
Offshore-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Offshore-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit) 1156

Full time course with placement year

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year9250
Home/EU-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
Home/EU-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1156
Home/EU-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year8094
International-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee12750
International-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year12750
International-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1594
International-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1594
International-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year11156
Offshore-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Offshore-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year9250
Offshore-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
Offshore-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1156
Offshore-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year8094

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year150

Supplementary fee information

Your overall entitlement to funding is based on how long the course is that you're registered on. Standard funding is allocated based on the standard number of years that your course lasts, plus one additional year.

You'll apply for funding each year that you study and Student Finance will take into account how long the course is in each year that you apply. So if you register for the four year course and then transfer to the three year course, the number of years you can apply for funding will change. Student Finance will reassess your funding based on how many years you have been in study, not just those years for which you received student finance.

Always seek advice before taking any action that may have implications for your funding.

Learn more about funding.

Additional costs

Additional costs are for items you could need during your studies that aren't covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, textbooks, travel, clothing, software or printing.

Learn more about costs.

Entry

Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 120
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C/4 or above in English Language and Mathematics, or equivalent. Please note the University does not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required. You can include points from A-Level General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) towards overall tariff. You must have at least two A-Levels.
  • Specific subjects: No prior knowledge of programming needed.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; to include 30 level 3 credits at merit.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.

Entry requirements

There aren't any specific entry requirements. Experience of computing is an advantage but not essential.

If you don't meet the entry requirements of this course, you may be able to apply for Foundation Year entry into this or related degree courses.

Read more about undergraduate entry requirements.

UWE Bristol's International College
If you don't meet the academic or English language requirements to study this course, you can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.

How to apply

Read more about undergraduate applications.

For further information

  • Email: Admissions
  • Telephone: +44 (0)117 32 83333

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