Computer and Cyber Forensics (BSc Hons)

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Park, Cheltenham

Learn how to process a digital crime scene: retrieve digital media, investigate evidence and report findings in legal contexts

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Immerse yourself in all aspects of cyber forensics, gaining essential skills in revealing how cybercrime has happened and who is responsible. Developing enquiry and analysis skills, you will learn how to gather and present evidence as an expert witness in criminal and civil investigations.  Real-life case studies are a core part of this course, covering areas such as identity theft and financial crime, as well as information technology law. Students on the four-year sandwich degree have undertaken work placements with forensics organisations including Gloucester Constabulary, GCHQ and CGI. Many students proceed into graduate roles with these organisations.

You will use industry software including AccessData FTK, a sector standard in digital investigation technology, and a range of tools that analyse and recover information from mobile devices.   You will be taught by lecturers with significant industry experience as well as guest lectures from industry practitioners. Previous visitors have included professionals from BT, Raytheon, CGI and Hewlett Packard.

Computer and Cyber Forensics focuses on investigating a cybercrime after it has been committed. All students on this course adhere to the Association of Chief Police Officers' (ACPO) guidelines. These standards lead the development of official forensic investigation practices and are adhered to by law enforcement and commercial computer forensic organisations worldwide.   You'll learn in our new purpose-built School of Computing and Technology. This includes: a dedicated cyber lab where you can practice your skills in a digitally protected environment; purpose-built break-out areas for workshop sessions; games consoles and screens in social areas; and the latest computing technology and software. There is a strong sense of community, with staff and students sharing both work and relaxation space and regular sharing of ideas and creativity. You can check these spaces out at our open day.

Study style

The majority of your learning is practical, using industry-standard tools, techniques and practices. Alongside lectures, you will undertake group work and individual projects.  There are no exams on this course, all assessments are done through individual or group-based coursework.

Entry requirements

Tariff information for 2018 entry

112 tariff points

Typical offers

BBC at A levels, DMM at BTEC or use a combination of your qualifications to achieve the required tariff total.

2018 UCAS tariff table

Mature Applicants: We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants. To find out more, please email our enquiries team.

International Students: Please see the full details of entry requirements in your country. If you do not meet the academic and English language requirements, you should consider a preparation course at INTO University of Gloucestershire, which will help to prepare you for study on this degree. INTO University of Gloucestershire is based at our Park campus and offers a range of courses including International Foundation Business, Hospitality and Tourism.

Grade C in GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent) are normally required. If you don't meet your tariff points total we may still consider your application. Please email our admissions team for further information.

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UCAS codes

UCAS codes available for this subject
Single Honours - 3 years full-timeSB7F
Single Honours - 4 years placementW2FU

Careers

  • Cyber Forensic Investigator
  • Forensic Computing
  • Fraud Investigation

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Student Focus

Matt Stillman

I'm a technical programmer for CGI. They built the UK police database and were involved in Rosetta’s space probe that recently landed on a comet.

It’s a dream job out of uni. It was because of the uni that I got the job. They brought in a guest speaker from CGI and it went from there. Uni lecturers were fantastic. In my second year, we built a reporting app for the council. We showcased it at our final year show, ComX. My final year project was penetration testing, researching phishing attacks on corporate IT systems. I won the GCHQ award for it at graduation.

Industry links

Our connections with the following organisations mean our students benefit from leading professionals in lectures, exciting work placement opportunities and valuable networking events in preparation for their graduate careers: Raytheon, Northrop Drummond, GE Aviation, GlaxoSmithKline, Kraft, Zurich Insurance, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Gloucester Constabulary, GCHQ, NCC and CGI. If you choose the four year course, you will do a one year work placement as part of your course.

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Paula Thomas

I find the continually changing cyber environment so interesting. Cyber-criminals are constantly coming up with innovative methods to bypass security measures, challenging us to find new techniques and tools for security and investigation.

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Develop skills in cyber forensics, from crime scene to courtroom

Learn how to gather, recover and present digital evidence to court or civil hearing. You will follow the Association of Chief Police Officers' guidelines which lead the development of cyber forensic investigation practices across the UK.

Use the cyber forensic tools used by law enforcement

Gain the edge by using industry-standard software including AccessData FTK, the global standard in digital investigation technology, and CelleBrite which analyses and recovers information from mobile devices.

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Be inspired by experts from industry

As well as being taught by staff with impressive industry experience, you'll hear from inspirational guest speakers. Previous visitors have included Andrea Simmons from Hewlett Packard and David Hopkins from the Intellectual Property Office.

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