Computer and Cyber Forensics (BSc Hons)

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3 Years (Full-Time)
4 Years (Placement)
4 Years (Integrated Foundation Stage)


Park, Cheltenham

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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 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.  

 Experience delivering expert evidence in our Moot Court and obtain the Bond Solon certification in Courtroom Skills Training – Witness Familiarisation. You will also experience the Crime Scene House where you will examine a crime scene for sources of digital evidence. 

 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.

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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 coursework.

Course modules

You'll study a variety of modules from 'Digital Crime Scene Investigation' to 'Ethical Hacking & Security'.

Take a look at the course content for full details of all the modules you'll study on this course.

Entry requirements

Tariff information for 2021 entry

112 tariff points

Not enough tariff points? This course is available with an integrated foundation stage to help you prepare.

Typical offers

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

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.

International Students: Please see the full details of entry requirements in your country.

Grade 4/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 contact our admissions team if you have a question.


See the further details of fees and potential extra costs when studying a course at the University of Gloucestershire.

UCAS codes

UCAS codes available for this subject
BSc (Hons) - 3 years full-timeSB7F
BSc (Hons) - 4 years placementW2FU
BSc (Hons) - 4 years integrated foundation stageSB8F


  • 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.

Placement information

Andrew Shelton, Graduate.

"The vast number of placements was simply outstanding." Andrew Shelton, Graduate

Placement type:

12-Month, Optional


12 months, full-time (minimum 35 hours per week)


Placements can be carried out in the UK or overseas; popular overseas placement destinations include the USA, China and Europe. You may even wish to source your own placement in other countries.

Visa requirements:

If carrying out a placement abroad, there may be a visa requirement.

Financial arrangements:

On your placement year you will pay a reduced tuition fee and are still eligible to apply for a maintenance loan. Financial support is also available from the Student Finance Team by contacting

Placement support:

You will have access to guidance from the Placements Team throughout your placement search, and for the duration of your placement year. You can contact the Placements Team on

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, 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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Stuart Richards

"The forensic skills developed during their studies will equip students for a rewarding career."

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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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