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BSc (Honours) Cyber Security with Forensics

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Year of Entry 2022/23
BSc (Honours)

Cyber Security with Forensics

Full-time Computing

Prepare for a career in cyber security, designing security systems, identifying evidence of cybercrimes, and acting as detectives in a digital world.

Student satisfaction

This course scored 84% for overall satisfaction in the 2021 National Student Survey.

Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home: £9,250 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
International/EU: £14,415 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
How long will I study? 3 / 4 Years
Where will I study? City Campus
What are the entry requirements? 112 UCAS Points
What is the UCAS code? F4G4
When do I start? September 2022
Placement year available? Yes

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Course summary

  • Develop the skills to design and secure complex information systems
  • Learn to respond appropriately to security incidents by gathering evidence
  • Gain an understanding of the legal and regulatory environment around complex information systems
  • Understand the fundamental principles behind the tools and techniques employed in cyber security and the digital forensics industry
  • Use the latest digital forensics software and technologies employed in industry including Encase, Magnet Axiom and IEF, FTK, X-Ways, Nuix, Cellebrite UFED Physical Analyser and UFED 4PC.
  • You’ll have the opportunity to gain industry certifications such as the Cellebrite Certified Operator (CCO) certification and the Nuix Workstation Forensics Practitioner Foundations and Core certifications.

The course is accredited by the British Computer Society, and includes topics fundamental to all computing studies, including principles of security, computing, architecture and networking, databases and programming. 100% of our graduates are in work or further study fifteen months after graduating, with 93% in highly skilled employment or further study (Graduate Outcome Survey 2018/19).

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Watch student Roha Raheel talk about what it’s like to study on this course.

How you learn

Watch course leader Shahrzad Zargari talk about this course.

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

You will gain practical experience by installing, configuring, securing and troubleshooting a range of computer systems and networking technologies. You will assess systems for vulnerabilities and detect network intrusions. You will analyse and interpret digital evidence, collected from computers and mobile devices, providing reports to the clients.

You learn through

  • lectures
  • hands-on lab sessions and tutorials
  • regular feedback
  • teamwork and group-based learning
  • practice-based applied learning
  • discussions
  • self-study

Course leaders and tutors

Shahrzad Zargari
Shahrzad Zargari
Senior Lecturer in Computer Systems and Networks; Course Leader in Cyber Security with Forensics

Shahrzad is the course leader in Computer Security with Forensics and is involved with teaching different topics in digital forensics

Applied learning

Work placements

In your third year, you will have the opportunity to take a year-long work placement. This will allow you to apply your knowledge and gain industry-required skills that will help you advance your career.

Organisations are looking for experienced staff, and a work placement in industry will provide you with the experience needed to secure a security and forensics related position in a competitive job market. Our dedicated placement team will support you through the application process.

During the placement year, you will be mentored by a member of academic staff, who will visit you at your placement. 

Previous students have worked at organisations such as

  • Yorkshire & Humber Regional Cyber Crime Unit
  • HSBC
  • 3Squared
  • Satisnet
  • Next
  • Sec-1
  • Sainsbury’s
  • BBC

Live projects

You will have the opportunity to apply the knowledge gained gaining from your course by working with local organisations and businesses. We work in partnership with the North East Business Resilience Centre (NEBRC), a non-profit organisation. NEBRC aims to help protect regional businesses from cybercrime and employs our students to deliver specialist services during their studies. The NEBRC was established in 2019, funded by a variety of Private and Public Partners including the Police, as well as a wide range of business investors and members across England.

Networking opportunities

We are a member of the Chartered Institute of Information Security (CIISec) Academic Partner Programme which accredits our course to industry standard. The CIISec is the only information and cyber security institution to have been granted Royal Charter status. This partnership supports our students to develop contacts within the cyber security community. It also provides access to a world-class speaker track and the opportunity to network with prospective employers.

You will have the opportunity to take part in seminars and workshops run by the Institution of Engineering and Technology and by employers such as IBM, BT, Satisnet and Citrix.

Future careers

This course prepares you for the following careers

  • cyber security analyst
  • digital forensics consultant
  • security consultant
  • information security analyst
  • chief information security officer
  • incident response analyst

Previous graduates of this course have gone on to work for dedicated security and forensics companies, law enforcement agencies and large-scale businesses and industries such as

  • Serious Fraud Office
  • West Yorkshire Police
  • South Yorkshire Police
  • Citrix
  • HSBC
  • Intaforensics
  • Cisco
  • 3Squared
  • F-Secure
  • NextGen Security
  • Servelec Group
  • Hewlett-Packard
  • IBM
  • Sec-1
  • Info-Assure
  • Sky
  • G-Research
  • Exponential-e


This course is accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered IT Professional and partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

This course is accredited by CIISec

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus through a structured mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions as well as access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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Equipment and facilities

On this course, you will work with

  • our state-of-the-art internetworking labs
  • Cisco switching
  • routing and security devices
  • the latest specialist software including Encase, Magnet Axiom and IEF, FTK, X-Ways, Nuix, Cellebrite Physical Analyzer, UFED Touch 2 and UFED 4PC

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Entry requirements

All students

UCAS points

  • 112

This must include at least 64 points from two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. For example:

  • BBC at A Level.
  • DMM in BTEC Extended Diploma.
  • A combination of qualifications, which may include AS Levels, EPQ and general studies

You can find information on making sense of UCAS tariff points here and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.


  • English Language or Literature at grade C or 4
  • Maths at grade C or 4

• Access - an Access to HE Diploma with at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2. At least 15 Level 3 credits must be at merit grade or above, from a QAA-recognised Access to HE course, or an equivalent Access to HE certificate.

If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or equivalent. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

We welcome applications from people of any age. We may be flexible in our normal offer if you can show a commitment to succeed and have the relevant skills and experience. This must show that you will benefit from and finish the course successfully.

Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 or over at the point of enrolment.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

You will be able to complete a placement year as part of this course. See the modules table below for further information.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Computer Systems And Architecture Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Introduction To Computer And Information Security Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Mathematics And Cryptography Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Networking Fundamentals Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Professionalism And Employability Skills Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Programming Fundamentals Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Database Administration And Security Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Digital Forensics Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Network Intrusion Detection Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Network Services And Administration Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Project Based Learning Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Secure Networking Technologies Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 3

Optional modules
Module Credits
Module: Placement Year Credits: -

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Cyber Forensics Expert Witness Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Information Security Management Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Investigative Forensics Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Project (Network, Cyber And Forensics) Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Enterprise Applications Management Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Offensive Forensics Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2022/23 is £9,250 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2022/23 is £14,415 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

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You can apply for this course through UCAS.

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