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Forensic Computing

BSc (Hons)

97% employability

Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education 2017

Student-led research group

This group gives you the chance to develop your research skills

Excellent facilities

Including Forensic and Security lab, iMac lab and Cisco labs

UCAS code:
FI42
Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Mode of study:
Full-time
Duration:
3 years
Academic year:
17 September 2018 - 21 June 2019
09 September 2019 - 19 June 2020
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Our Forensic Computing degree covers areas like fraud investigation, litigation and auditing, as well as the wider field of computing hardware and software.

Our Forensic Computing degree covers forensic techniques that will enable you to investigate a range of digital media – from mobile phones, to PCs and smart devices of all types. Throughout the course, you will learn how to combine theory with practice as we prepare you for future work as a forensic investigator or analyst.

The course is ideal for those who want to work with private companies that specialise in forensic work with the police or in security-related industries. The University has a partnership with Staffordshire Police and Staffordshire Police Forensics Division to support the delivery of the course – to give our students an exciting opportunity to be involved with digital forensics practitioners.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BSc (Hons) Forensic Computing

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BSc (Hons) Forensic Computing

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BSc (Hons) Forensic Computing

Work placements

If you choose to complete one of our sandwich courses with a work placement between the second and final years of the course, our placement staff will work with you to identify a suitable location for your work placement. Please also note that you are responsible for any costs incurred in travelling to and from your work placement, and for any accommodation costs.

Course content

You will have the opportunity to take the EC-Council Ethical Hacker Certification, to gain the skills you need for careers in forensic computing. You will have access to our industry standard facilities that include the latest forensic hardware as well as dedicated labs to carry out your research projects. Our lab has its own private internal network, containing some of the latest equipment and software and is designed to emulate the conditions found within digital analysis laboratories.

Our student-led research group – Digital Forensics & Cyber Security – gives you the chance to develop your research skills, to propose and carry out research projects. You may also get to publish work in journals and at conferences.

We encourage students to undertake a placement year, with previous students working for a variety of organisations such as GCHQ, police high-tech crime units and cyber security businesses.

You will have the opportunity to take the EC-Council Ethical Hacker Certification, to gain the skills you need for careers in forensic computing. You will have access to our industry standard facilities that include the latest forensic hardware as well as dedicated labs to carry out your research projects. Our lab has its own private internal network, containing some of the latest equipment and software and is designed to emulate the conditions found within digital analysis laboratories.

Our student-led research group – Digital Forensics & Cyber Security – gives you the chance to develop your research skills, to propose and carry out research projects. You may also get to publish work in journals and at conferences.

We encourage students to undertake a placement year, with previous students working for a variety of organisations such as GCHQ, police high-tech crime units and cyber security businesses.

You will have the opportunity to take the EC-Council Ethical Hacker Certification, to gain the skills you need for careers in forensic computing. You will have access to our industry standard facilities that include the latest forensic hardware as well as dedicated labs to carry out your research projects. Our lab has its own private internal network, containing some of the latest equipment and software and is designed to emulate the conditions found within digital analysis laboratories.

Our student-led research group – Digital Forensics & Cyber Security – gives you the chance to develop your research skills, to propose and carry out research projects. You may also get to publish work in journals and at conferences.

We encourage students to undertake a placement year, with previous students working for a variety of organisations such as GCHQ, police high-tech crime units and cyber security businesses.

Academic year

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 30 academic credits with a smaller number of 15 credit modules. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6. The full-time course has one start point in September.

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 30 academic credits with a smaller number of 15 credit modules. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6. The full-time course has one start point in September.

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 30 academic credits with a smaller number of 15 credit modules. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6. The full-time course has one start point in September.

Professional body accreditation

Accredited by BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for Incorporated Engineer and partially meeting the academic requirement for a Chartered Engineer.

Accredited by BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered IT Professional.

Professional body accreditation

Accredited by BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for Incorporated Engineer and partially meeting the academic requirement for a Chartered Engineer.

Accredited by BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered IT Professional.

Modules

This map is an indicative list of compulsory modules for 2018/2019 full-time undergraduate courses only. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module are subject to change in future years, and according to the mode of study, entry date, award type. In the event of any full-time 2018-2019 compulsory modules changing, we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.

Foundation year compulsory modules
Introduction to Professional and Academic Skills
Introduction to Web Technologies and Database Systems
Introductory Mathematics
Introduction to Software Development and Computer Systems
Year 1 compulsory modules
Introduction to Digital Investigation
Fundamentals of Computing and Maths
Data Storage and Software Development
Networks for Forensic Computing
Introduction to Security Technologies
Year 2 compulsory modules
Digital Forensics - Tools
Digital Forensics - Systems
Biometrics in a Security Environment
Year 3 compulsory modules
Final Year Project I
Research Methods for Computing
Final Year Project II
International Aspects of Digital Forensics
Professional Forensic Computing

Entry requirements

Typical UCAS offer: 112 points

  • A levels: BBC, CCC plus 16 points from other level 3 qualifications eg B at AS
  • BTEC: DMM, MMM plus 16 points from other level 3 qualifications

All applicants need GCSE minimum grade C Mathematics and English Language, or recognised equivalent.

Typical UCAS offer: 112 points

  • A levels: BBC, CCC plus 16 points from other level 3 qualifications eg B at AS
  • BTEC: DMM, MMM plus 16 points from other level 3 qualifications

All applicants need GCSE minimum grade C Mathematics and English Language, or recognised equivalent.

If you don’t have 112 points you can join this award with 48 points and study four foundation modules for a year before moving on to this degree title.

Facilities

Careers

Graduates from our Forensic Computing degree work in a wide range of fields from public organisations such as schools, police and local government to private companies such as KPMG, Ernst & Young and Touche Ross. Our graduates have also found employment at the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ).

Teaching

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and laboratory practicals. Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups of around 16-18 students. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor at least twice a year. You will be taught in first-class learning spaces throughout your course. Many of our courses are accredited or recognised by professional, statutory or regulatory bodies.

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and laboratory practicals. Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups of around 16-18 students. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor at least twice a year. You will be taught in first-class learning spaces throughout your course. Many of our courses are accredited or recognised by professional, statutory or regulatory bodies.

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and laboratory practicals. Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups of around 16-18 students. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor at least twice a year. You will be taught in first-class learning spaces throughout your course. Many of our courses are accredited or recognised by professional, statutory or regulatory bodies.

Assessment

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally includes practice or ‘formative’ assessments, for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of coursework assessments, such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, final year, independent project and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally includes practice or ‘formative’ assessments, for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of coursework assessments, such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, final year, independent project and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally includes practice or ‘formative’ assessments, for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of coursework assessments, such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, final year, independent project and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

Learning support

In addition to the excellent support you will receive from your course teaching team, our central Academic Skills team provides group and one-to-one help to support your learning in a number of areas. These include study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills); written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy); academic writing (including how to reference); research skills; critical thinking and understanding arguments; and revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management).

Additional support

Our Student Enabling Centre supports students with additional needs such as sensory impairment, or learning difficulties such as dyslexia.

Feedback

Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.

Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.

Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.

Staff

You will be taught by an expert teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with industry experience. Postgraduate research students who have undertaken teaching training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is research-informed and 72% of our full-time staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.

Rob Shaw
Rob ShawCourse Leader

Rob began his working life as a research and analytical chemist for the MoD, before moving to the NHS as a Network Manager. He’s interested in the application of digital forensic procedures in a number of diverse investigation fields.

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For the academic year 2018/19 the tuition fees for this course are:

Mode of study
Full-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£11,100 per year of study

For the academic year 2019/20 the tuition fees for this course are:

Mode of study
Full-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£11,320 per year of study

For the academic year 2018/19 the tuition fees for this course are:

Mode of study
Full-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£11,100 per year of study

For the academic year 2019/20 the tuition fees for this course are:

Mode of study
Full-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£11,320 per year of study

For the academic year 2018/19 the tuition fees for this course are:

Mode of study
Full-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 for your first year subsequent years will be charged at the University standard rate
International (Non-EU)
£11,100 for your first year subsequent years will be charged at the University standard rate

UK, EU and Channel Island students: This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation. If the UK government passes appropriate legislation, the fee for subsequent years of study may increase in each academic year. But this increase will not exceed the rate of inflation as measured by RPIX**. Any change in fees will apply to both new and continuing students. The University will notify students of any change as early as possible. Further information about fee changes would be posted on the University’s website once this becomes available.

**RPIX is a measure of inflation equivalent to all the items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.

International (Non-EU) students: Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course, as long as you complete it in the normal time-frame (i.e. no repeat years or breaks in study).

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Stoke-on-Trent campus
BSc (Hons)
Full-time
17 September 2018
Stoke-on-Trent campus
BSc (Hons)
Full-time
09 September 2019

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If you are offered a place at Staffordshire University, your offer will be subject to our rules, regulations and enrolment conditions, which may vary from time to time.

Students of Staffordshire University enter into a contract with us and are bound by these rules and regulations, which are subject to change. For more information, please see: University Policies and Regulations.

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