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Year of Entry 2019/20
BSc (Honours)

Computer Security with Forensics

Full-time Computing

Prepares for a career designing security systems and identifying evidence of cybercrime.


Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home/EU: £9,250 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
International: £13,250 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
What is the UCAS code? F4G4
When do I start? September
Placement 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 and gaining an understanding of the legal and regulatory environment around complex information systems.

The course is accredited by the British Computer Society, and accordingly includes a number of topics fundamental to all computing studies, including principles of security, computing, architecture and networking, databases and programming.


Student View
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.


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 analyze and interpret digital evidence, collected from computers and mobile devices, providing reports to the clients.

You learn through

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • practical tutorial sessions

Course leaders and tutors

Shahrzad Zargari
Shahrzad Zargari
Senior Lecturer in Computer Systems and Networks; Course Leader in Computer 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 the third year, you will have the opportunity to take a year-long paid work placement. This gives you a real-world experience to apply your knowledge and skills in industry, preparing you for your future career.

Organizations are looking for experienced staff, and a work placement in industry will provide you with the experience added to your CV in order to secure a desirable 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 organizations including

  • Regional Cyber Crime Unit
  • HSBC
  • CYFOR
  • 3Squared
  • Satisnet
  • Next
  • Sec-1

Live projects

You will undertake an individual project which will enable you to develop your investigative skills in a particular security area of your choice.
Networking opportunities
We include seminars and workshops run by the Institution of Engineering and Technology and by employers such as IBM, BT, Satisnet and Citrix.

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 analyze and interpret digital evidence, collected from computers and mobile devices, providing reports to the clients.

You learn through

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • practical tutorial sessions

Future careers

This course prepares you for a career as a

  • cyber security analyst
  • digital forensics consultant
  • security consultant
  • information security analyst

Previous graduates of this course have gone on to work for

  • dedicated security and forensics companies
  • law enforcement agencies
  • large-scale businesses and industries
Course news

The Lovelace Colloquium, named after the first computer programmer Ada Lovelace, celebrates women in IT and offers an excellent programme of panels, lectures and competitions for female students. Sheffield Hallam hosted the event in 2016.

Accreditation

This course is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) for the purposes of fully meeting the exemplifying academic benchmark requirements for registration as an Incorporated Engineer (IEng).

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus

City Campus

City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.

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Location

Howard Street
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S1 1WB

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Equipment and facilities

On this course you work with

  • industry standard specialist computing hardware, tools and applications
  • four specialist labs for cyber security, digital forensics and computer networking are provided to work on both group and individual tutorial and project work.

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.

GCSE

  • English Language 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 must have 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.

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'.


Modules

The modules for 2019/20 may vary to those given below, which are for academic year 2018/19

You can take an optional placement in year three.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Computer Systems And Architecture Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Exam:
&:nbsp; 50%
Module: Introduction To Computer And Information Security Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
Exam:
&:nbsp; 40%
50%
Module: Mathematics And Cryptography Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
Exam:
&:nbsp; 60%
40%
Module: Networking Fundamentals Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
Exam:
&:nbsp; 50%
50%
Module: Professionalism And Communication Skills Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Programming Fundamentals Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
Exam:
&:nbsp; 75%
25%

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Database Administration And Security Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
Exam:
&:nbsp; 50%
50%
Module: Digital Forensics Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 50%
Module: Network Intrusion Detection Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Network Services And Administration Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Project Based Learning Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Secure Networking Technologies Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Computer Forensics Expert Witness Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Information Security Management Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Investigative Forensics Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Project (Computer Systems And Networks) Credits: 40.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Enterprise Applications Management Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Network Management Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
Exam:
&:nbsp; 60%
40%
Module: Web Security Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%

Fees and funding

Home/EU students

Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2019/20 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 students starting full-time study in 2019/20 is £13,250 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.
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Financial support for home/EU students

How tuition fees work, student loans and other financial support available.

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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.

Additional costs for Computing courses (PDF)

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Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and Student Regulations.

 

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