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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: £12,750 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? 96-112 UCAS points
What is the UCAS code? F4G4
When do I start? September
Placement available? Yes

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.

How you learn

Your lecturer's view

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, exploit penetration techniques, assess and implement mitigation solutions.

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

You will have the opportunity to arrange a year-long work placement in between your second and third years. This gives you a real-world experience to prepare you for your future career.

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.


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.

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
Sheffield
S1 1WB

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Adsetts Library is located on our City Campus. It's open 24 hours a day, every day.

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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

UK students

GCSE English and mathematics at grade C or grade 4 or above, plus one of the following

• 112 UCAS points including at least 64 points from two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. We accept AS levels. We accept General Studies.

Or

• 96 UCAS points from three A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. We accept 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.

• 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.

EU and 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.


Modules

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: Coursework:
Exam:
&:nbsp; 50%
50%
Module: Introduction To Computer And Information Security Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
Exam:
&:nbsp; 50%
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; 100%
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: Management Of It Projects Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
Exam:
&:nbsp; 40%
60%
Module: Managing Change Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
Exam:
&:nbsp; 40%
60%
Module: Multimedia Networks Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
Exam:
&:nbsp; 40%
60%
Module: Network Design Monitoring And Optimisation Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
Exam:
&:nbsp; 50%
50%
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 study in 2018/19 is £9,250 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

† If your course is studied over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with inflation and/or Government regulations. 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 2018/19 is £12,750 per year.

During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

We offer a range of scholarships and awards for international students. Find out more.

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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)

Legal information

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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You can apply for this course through UCAS.

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