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BSc (Honours) Computer Security with Forensics

Play your part in the fight against cyber-crime.

Course length 3-4 Year(s)
Location City Campus
UCAS F4G4 Course code

Course description

Prepare for a career designing security systems and identifying and finding evidence of cybercrimes.

What you study

You develop the skills to design and secure complex information systems. You learn to respond appropriately to security incidents by gathering evidence and gaining an understanding of the legal and regulatory environment around complex information systems.

Your study encompasses security and forensic tools, including modules such as • maths and cryptography • secure networking technologies • digital forensics • investigative forensics • expert witness • information security management • network intrusion and detection systems.

As a computer scientist, you also study • computer architecture • programming • database systems • computer networks • project management.Your confidence in your knowledge of IT as well as security, will allow you to move into other areas of computing as a graduate if you wish.

You get the opportunity to apply your skills in year three, when you can choose to take a one-year paid work placement. This is an excellent opportunity to build on your skills and knowledge from your first two years, and experience application of that knowledge to the field. Students on this course can apply for positions with major placement providers, such as • Satisnet • Sec-1 • BT • HSBC • IBM • Citrix and many other companies.

As a graduate you can find roles in a range of IT security related settings within • dedicated security companies • the police force • large-scale businesses and industries. You can also work in the general IT area, using skills relating to the increasingly important area of cyber security.

You are guided in the first steps of your career through career-focused sessions such as interview and presentation skills classes. You also develop your CV and application writing skills and learn how to set up a small business or enterprise. We include seminars and workshops run by the Institution of Engineering and technology and by employers, such as IBM, BT and Eli Lilly.

Professional recognition

This course is seeking accreditation by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT.

Entry requirements

This course is subject to approval

2017 entry requirements

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.


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

New UCAS tariff points system for courses starting from September 2017. This is significantly different to the current points system and uses an alternative method of calculation. You can find information about these changes on the UCAS website 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.

International and European entry qualifications

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.

Course structure

Four years full-time (including one year work placement) or three years full-time

Typical modules may include

Year one core modules

• introduction to computer and information security • networking fundamental, CCNA1 • programming fundamentals • mathematics and cryptography • computer systems and architecture • professionalism and communication skills

Year two core modules

• digital forensics • secure networking technologies • network intrusion detection • database administration and security • network services and administration • project-based learning

Year three

• work placement

Final year core modules

• investigative forensics • computer forensics expert witness • information security management • enterprise applications management • project

Final year options

• network management • management of it services • web security

  • coursework
  • online and paper-based exams


There is currently a shortage of IT professionals with the skills you develop as a graduate from this course. This makes you highly employable in a well-paid industry.

Employment is available in a range of organisations from small to multinational companies. Local and national government roles, such as IT security consultant and computer forensics analyst, attract annual salaries of £18,000 to £40,000 plus.


Home / EU student

We do not charge course fees during a placement year.

Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)

For the course fee and further information on scholarships and bursaries please visit our fees and funding pages.

International student

We do not charge course fees during a placement year.

2016/17 academic year

Typically £12,250 a year

2017/18 academic year

Typically £12,750 a year

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 information

How to apply

You apply for this course through UCAS.

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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