Computer Forensics - BSc (Hons) / MSci

UCAS Code:
FG44
Attendance:
BSc (Hons) - Full Time (3 years), Sandwich (4 years)
MSci - Full Time (4 years)
Starting:
September 2017
Campus:

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Do you want to enter the exciting digital forensics industry? Digital forensics plays a critical role in the world of modern criminal investigations; our Computer Forensics BSc (Hons) course has been developed to meet the demands of this evolving profession.

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You will develop excellent technical and theoretical skills encompassing the acquisition, analysis and interpretation of data recovered from computer based devices such as PCs, mobile phones, tablets, network equipment and other data storage devices to establish factual evidence in a manner that is admissible in a court of Law.  Run jointly with the School of Law, this course also provides you with the essential legal, courtroom and advocacy skills you will need to enter this profession.

What's covered in the course?

This course combines a highly rigorous academic qualification with real-life practical work experience to enable you to put your knowledge into practice as a computer forensics expert or forensics investigator.

You’ll be based at Millennium Point – part of our City Centre campus – where you’ll have access to a specialist computer forensic laboratory, equipped to the standards set out by ACPO (Association of Chief Police Officers of England, Wales and Northern Ireland).

You’ll examine application development, operating systems, and computer and network forensic investigation. You will also explore data analysis and recovery, IT surveillance and intrusion detection.

As part of the course, you’ll have the opportunity to analyse computer-based and mobile phone devices, SatNav systems, game consoles and portable multimedia players. You’ll also investigate computer networks, LANs, WANs, network design and administration, and network security.

You will study the English legal system, handling and preserving evidence, courtroom skills, and expert witness skills, plus professional reporting, and personal and organisational ethics.

You can also opt to undertake an industrial placement year, which gives you an invaluable opportunity to hone your expertise, try out a potential career path and get the relevant workplace experience that is valued by so many employers. It will also boost your CV.

Throughout your course, you’ll be supported by expert teaching staff, including a highly respected digital forensics expert who has worked with organisations and companies across Europe.

“My confidence came from our course director who actually taught us everything that we needed to know. Through hands-on experience, through theory and through the personal tutoring, he gave us all the skills that we needed to have.”
Chris Elmore

Why Choose Us?

Why choose us?

  • You’ll work in a specialist computer forensic laboratory, equipped to ACPO standards.
  • Our industry-standard software and hardware tools include EnCase Forensic, FTK, .XRY, Cellebrite and WinHex, as well as advanced drive repair and data recovery tools from ACE Labs, Salvation Dataand WinHex.
  • We are a leading academy for Microsoft and Cisco Systems.
  • You’ll have the chance to go on a work placement with a leading organisation such as Cisco Systems, IBM, 3M or Airbus.
  • In 2017, we are spending £8.7 million on improvements to our Millennium Point facilities so you’ll have even more access to dedicated, industry-standard equipment.

* Please note this course has changed name for 2017/18. The KIS data below relates to the previous course title.

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Accreditations:

Accreditations shall be renewed in accordance with the accreditor’s standard review process and subject to the University maintaining the same high standards of course delivery.

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Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements for Clearing 2017

72 points (or equivalent) is the minimum you will need to be considered for this course in Clearing. Please call us to see if we can make you an offer.

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Alternative options

We accept a range of qualifications, the most popular of which are detailed below.

UK students
Essential

At the point of application, you must have achieved or be working towards, GCSE at Grade 4 or above in English Language and Mathematics. Equivalent qualifications will be considered.

112 UCAS tariff points from A/AS Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels

Typical Offers
UK Qualification Requirements 2017/18
GCE A Level/ AS Level BBC at A Level or 112 UCAS tariff points from A/AS Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels, at least one from a Science, Technology, Mathematics or Computing subject.
Access to Higher Education Diploma Pass overall with 60 credits, 45 at Level 3 , including a minimum of 12 credits achieved from any Technology units awarded at Merit or Distinction
BTEC National Diploma (12-units not including early years) D*D* or combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 112 UCAS points. In a Technology, Science, Mathematics or Computing related subject.
BTEC Extended Diploma (18-units not including early years) DMM - 112 UCAS points. In a Technology, Science, Mathematics or Computing related subject.
BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/ National Award (6-units not including early years) Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 112 UCAS points
BTEC Diploma in Foundation Studies in Art and Design Distinction
International Baccalaureate Diploma

1. For students who complete the full IB Diploma: a total of 14 points or above from three Higher Level Subjects.

2. Students who do not complete the IB Diploma will be considered on the basis of their IB Certificates.

Students must have grade 5 in Maths (Standard Level)
AND
English Group A - Grade 4 or above,
OR
English Group B and Ab Initio - Grade 5

Irish Leaving Certificate BBBBCC – must include one from Technology, Mathematics, Sciences or Computing
Scottish Higher/ Advanced Higher BBC – must include one from Technology, Mathematics, Sciences or Computing
Welsh Baccalaureate (core plus options) Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 112 UCAS points
Other qualifications
If you have a qualification that is not listed in the table please refer to our full entry requirements on UCAS.

Further guidance on tariff points can be found on the UCAS website.
EU/International students
Essential
EU/Non-EU (International) Qualifications Requirements 2015/16
IELTS 6.0 overall with 5.5 minimum in all bands
International Baccalaureate Diploma (or equivalent, including internationally accredited Foundation courses).

1. For students who complete the full IB Diploma: a total of 14 points or above from three Higher Level Subjects.

2. Students who do not complete the IB Diploma will be considered on the basis of their IB Certificates.

Students must have grade 5 in Maths (Standard Level)
AND
English Group A - Grade 4 or above,
OR
English Group B and Ab Initio - Grade 5

Country-specific entry requirements and qualifications.

 

International students who cannot meet the direct entry requirements can begin their degree studies at Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC).

The UCAS tariff is changing

If you're considering applying for this course to start in September 2017 onwards, it's important to know that the UCAS tariff system is changing.

UCAS tariff points – the points system most universities use to compare different qualifications – will be introducing a new system on how points are calculated.

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Advice about Clearing 2017

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BSc (Hons) Sep 2017 FT 3 years £9,250 per year Call Clearing hotline
SW 4 years £9,250 per year Call Clearing hotline
MSci Sep 2017 FT 4 years £9,250 per year Call Clearing hotline

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.

International Students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BSc (Hons) Sep 2017 FT 3 years £12,000 per year
MSci Sep 2017 FT 4 years £12,000 per year

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.

The University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

Places available to start in September 2017

If you’d like to start this course full time this September, you can apply through Clearing.

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International and part-time students can apply online as normal using the links above.

Want to start in September 2018?

You can apply via UCAS from 6 September 2017.

Personal statement

UK / EU students are required to submit a personal statement as part of their application for this course.*

The personal statement gives you a crucial opportunity to say why you’re applying and why the institution should accept you.

Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:

Course choice

Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?

Career plans

If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.

Work experience

Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.

School or college experience

Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.

Non-accredited skills or achievement

eg Duke of Edinburgh Award, Young Enterprise scheme.

You should also mention your future plans – if you’re planning to take a year out, don't forget to give your reasons. Talk about any subjects you’re studying that don’t have a formal assessment and any sponsorships or placements you’ve applied for. And don't be scared to add in details about your social, sports or leisure interests.

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*Non-EU students are not required to submit a personal statement when applying for this course.

Additional costs

There are no compulsory additional costs or charges associated with studying on this course. While you may choose to purchase personal copies of text books, all our key text books are available from our library or online (subject to normal library loan and online access arrangements). If your course includes a residential study session, the accommodation costs for this are already included in your course fee.

Based on the past experience of our students, you might find it helpful to set aside about £50 for each year of your studies for stationery and study materials. All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.

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Loans and Grants

Financial Support

We offer further information on possible undergraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.

Year one

File System Analysis
20 credits

This module will provide you with knowledge and practical skills in analysing volumes and file systems, underlying concepts and data structures, specifically through the perspective of a digital forensic investigation. 

For each file system, you will address the analysis techniques and special considerations that a digital forensics investigator should make.  Expert digital forensic examiners are increasingly required to demonstrate knowledge and skills in file system concepts and data structures; an intricate low-level understanding of file systems allows examiners to evaluate the results of evidence processing by such tools. 

Each practical session comprises a series of hands-on analytical experiments to progressively unpack the more advanced aspects of the topic being investigated.  All practical sessions will be hosted in the specialist Computer Forensics Laboratory.

Computer Programming
20 credits

Programming is an engineering tool that plays a vital role to drive most of the modern technologies surrounding us, including devices for communication, transportation and entertainment. Moreover, businesses increasingly rely on computers and the software that runs on them.

This introductory computer programming module provides the underpinning knowledge and practice needed to design, build and test software components.  You will learn the key skills of programming and how this relates to technology and communications. 

Module content and assessment will enable you to acquire programming skills in a modern imperative language. Practical sessions will allow you to apply programming principles and constructs to creatively solve problems by developing small programs.  

Network Fundamentals
20 credits

The module gives you the opportunity to learn and critically reflect on the skills required in building and designing a basic network and the requirements within a network infrastructure, building on the knowledge and underpinning theory of networking systems.

Teaching consists of subject-specific lectures and laboratory sessions to introduce knowledge and skills relevant to network and information systems, and to introduce principles and techniques for effective information communication within a network.

This will help you to develop the ability to find practical solutions to problems, to evaluate and respond to the opportunities and challenges of interdisciplinary approaches to the realisation of a task, and to respond flexibly and imaginatively to a brief within a fixed timescale. 

Mathematics for Computing
20 credits

The module gives you the opportunity to learn mathematical concepts and methods and critically reflect on how they relate to computing and communication systems.

You will develop core mathematical and statistical skills which are fundamental in computing and technical work in general. You will be expected to solve mathematical and statistical problems on paper and on a computer.

Teaching consists of lecture sessions to introduce basic mathematical principles and knowledge which are employable in the area of computing and communication systems, and laboratory and seminar sessions to practice the mathematical techniques and skills relevant to the problems driven from computing and communication technologies. 

Computer Forensics Fundamentals
20 credits

You will gain an introduction to the core principles of a typical computer forensic investigation.  It aims to develop a firm grounding in the underpinning knowledge and skills required to analyse and evaluate data from a computer and related data storage devices in a forensically sound manner.

This module emphasises a ‘hands-on’ approach to learning forensic computing techniques using open-source and commercial forensic tools. You will learn the fundamental data structures applicable to computer forensics and how various tools can be exploited to analyse these structures in a variety of case types.

Each practical session comprises a series of hands-on analytical experiments to progressively unpack the more advanced aspects of the topic being investigated.

Computer Systems
20 credits

Within the Computer Systems module, you will gain knowledge and experience of computers and computer hardware. This module presents a holistic view of how computer systems work and provides the underpinning knowledge required for the design of computer architecture, to show how software interacts with hardware, to apply electronics principles, and to use number systems for computer technology.

You will put into practice the learning done through reading, video lecturers, skills building labs and problem based learning for the acquisition of new knowledge and core practical competencies.

Module content and assessment encourages realisation of multi-disciplinary computing, and it will challenge you to interface with the environment by configuring Internet of Things devices and systems for collecting data for the proposed solution.  

Year two

Data Storage and Recovery
20 credits

This module aims to develop the advanced knowledge and practical skills essential in the recovery of fully functional, damaged or partially destroyed data storage devices such as hard drives, flash memory and solid state media. 

In addition to physical data recovery, you will develop skills in logical data recovery using a wide range of specialist proprietary and open-source hardware and software. 

You will undertake a ‘hands-on’ approach to learning forensic computing techniques using open-source and commercial forensic tools. The module will teach you the fundamental data structures applicable to computer forensics and how various tools can be exploited to analyse these structures in a variety of case types.

Computer Forensics Tools and Techniques
20 credits

This module develops comprehensive practical skills and theoretical knowledge for the forensic examination of personal computer systems using proprietary and open-source software tools. You will acquire the key skills necessary to conduct and audit a systematic forensic investigation of a computer system for user activity, operating system operation, and configuration and connectivity.

There is a significant emphasis on the development of practical skills supported by blended learning and a variety of learning activities including lectures, seminars, and practice-led, self-directed and experiential learning, both in person and online.

Each practical session comprises a series of hands-on analytical experiments to progressively unpack the more advanced aspects of the topic being investigated.  All practical sessions will be hosted in the specialist Computer Forensics Laboratory.

Networking Technologies
20 credits

In this module you will have the opportunity to learn and critically reflect on the skills required for network technologies. This module builds your knowledge and underpinning theory for the networking modules and you will review the requirements for a small to medium scale network deployment engineering context. 

Teaching consists of lectures and laboratory sessions to introduce knowledge and skills relevant to network and information systems, along with principles and techniques for information communication within a network.

This will help you to develop the ability to find practical solutions to problems, to evaluate and respond to the opportunities and challenges of interdisciplinary approaches to the realisation of a task, and to respond flexibly and imaginatively to a brief within a fixed timescale. 

System Security Attacks and Defences
20 credits

This module has been designed to provide you with the theoretical framework and practical support needed to understand security solutions with reference to the application of cryptography, access control and a wide range of security attack categories and defensive approaches and systems. You will gain an understanding of the use of asymmetric cryptography for key management associated with the use of symmetric cryptography, cryptographic certificates and public key infrastructure (PKI). You will develop your practical skills through the use and study of cryptographic and access control software. A theoretical underpinning is provided through a mathematical analysis of one or more public key cryptographic protocols.  

You will learn from practical lab sessions covering the use of cryptographic and access control tools, and application of mathematical techniques. Lectures will outline the theoretical context and its relationship with practical application. You will further develop your knowledge through reading and lab materials. 

The English Legal System and IT Law
20 credits

This module aims to give you an overview of the workings of the English legal system as a whole, and then move to a more detailed look at the specific areas of IT law which are relevant to the Computer Forensics degree.

The module will initially emphasise English law; however, multi-jurisdictional elements of IT law are also included due to the global nature and application of IT systems and services. 

You will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars and practical exercises supported by a variety of learning activities including self-directed and experiential learning, in person and online through Virtual Learning Environments.

Advanced Programming for Digital Forensics
20 credits

Being able to write programs to focus on extracting and processing data is an important skill in the digital forensics area in order to quickly triage devices or deal with new files and file formats.

This module will build on principles taught in Computer Programming, to focus on developing knowledge and practical skills to enable you to design and implement non-trivial algorithms for problem solving in the context of digital forensic analysis.

The module will help with enhancing your programming skills to automate processing of digital evidence.  Sample data will be used that is representative of data in files, such as log files used in investigations.  This module aligns with the programme’s philosophy of developing practical skills for conducting complex analysis of digital evidence.

Year three

Mobile Device Forensics
20 credits

Mobile devices present a number of challenges to the forensic examiner when extracting data from them, including non-removable storage, the wide variation in devices and operating systems, built-in security features and encryption measures, and often the need to turn the device on.

This module will build on the principles taught in Computer Forensics Tools and Techniques, focusing on extracting data using industry-standard tools such as XRY.  It aligns with the programme’s philosophy of developing wider appreciation of conducting a forensic analysis on a variety of devices. 

You will gain ‘hands-on’ experience of the underlying principles of extracting data from mobile equipment and apply them to devices such as mobile phones and tablets.

Incident Response and Investigation Practice
20 credits

This module is divided into two sections, the first providing you with the professional knowledge and practical skills essential in formulating and applying a digital forensics incident response plan.

The second section is designed to give you an understanding of the legal controls over computer use and misuse, together with sufficient knowledge of the laws of evidence (civil and criminal) for the purposes of compiling and delivering expert testimony (orally or in writing) in a Court of Law.

You will develop your skills in conducting a forensic investigation and employ complex problem-solving techniques by applying investigative skills within the strict boundaries of the law, in keeping with ethical and professional codes of practice.

Network and Internet Forensics
20 credits

This module provides knowledge and practical skills essential for the acquisition, analysis and interpretation of evidence obtained from wired and wireless networked computers and storage systems. Emphasis is also placed on the evidence harboured by network hardware devices, such as routers and switches.

You will learn how to effectively retrieve valuable information from the Microsoft Windows Server operating systems and analyse the Active Directory for evidence pertaining to user policies, privileges and violations. You will also learn how to formulate and implement a strategy to acquire drive images as evidence files over networked computers.

The module places significant emphasis on the development of practical skills supported by blended learning and activities including lectures, seminars, and practice-led, self-directed and experiential learning, in person and online.

Ethical Hacking
20 credits

This is an opportunity to learn and critically reflect on the skills of Ethical Hacking and information security within a global context. The module builds on the knowledge and underpinning theory from the networking modules and reviews the requirements for a secure network communication system. 

Teaching consists of lectures and workshops to introduce knowledge and skills relevant to network and information security, as well as principles and techniques for secure communication within a network and ensuring security of data in transit.

In the context of the information and data communication industries, you will gain the ability to find practical solutions to problems, evaluate and respond to the opportunities and challenges of interdisciplinary approaches, and respond flexibly and imaginatively to a brief.

Individual Honours Project
40 credits

This is a chance to undertake a sustained, in-depth and research-informed project exploring an area of personal interest to you. In agreement with your supervisor, you will decide on your topic, which will take the form of a practical outcome (artefact) with accompanying contextual material.

The main consideration when choosing your topic is that it must be aligned to the programme you are studying, and you should consider its relevance to your future academic or professional development.

You will be expected to work independently, with additional one-to-one support from your supervisor, who will be familiar with your chosen topic area. As you progress, extra support will be available which may take the form of group seminars, workshops or online materials.

Year four

Advanced Techniques in Digital Forensics
20 credits

This module covers advanced topics in digital forensics, beginning with an introduction to the detection and analysis of obfuscated data and anti-forensic techniques. This will progress onto advanced steganographic and steganalytic techniques for media formats. Further topics include Root-Kit and Malware analysis using specialist techniques that require access to intricate operating system features.

You will address the inspection of computer peripheral devices such as printers and digital camera equipment, as well as biometric data capture devices as they become ever more prevalent in computer-based devices.

You will be introduced to the concept of image content analysis, linking to pattern recognition and analysis techniques beyond simple string and keyword matching algorithms used in conventional forensic analysis.

Unix Systems Forensic Analysis
20 credits

While Microsoft Windows is the predominant operating system on desktop PCs, there are a variety of alternative systems that can be used, many based on a Linux or UNIX kernel. Being able to acquire and navigate these systems is important in a digital forensic investigation.

This module is designed to provide you with the essential knowledge and skills required to understand the concepts, features and operation of UNIX-based operating systems, such as Linux and Mac OS X, on a variety of platforms, in the context of forensic analysis. 

You will focus on developing knowledge and practical skills to enable you to analyse file systems and operating system artefacts in Linux/UNIX environments, and will also cover Apple Mac OS.

Emerging Challenges in Digital Forensics
20 credits

Tremendous technological innovation and shifts in hardware, software, data, services, and resources usage and consumption make forensic investigations more complicated than ever, and Digital Forensics as a discipline has to adapt at the same speed.

This module aims to give you the opportunity to gain knowledge and understanding of the principles of forensic science, and how this is employed in respect of emerging technologies and commercial and social structures.

You will build on the principles of digital forensic investigation techniques and show how they need to evolve in order to keep abreast of the technological advances and obtain reliable results. You will also learn about the next generation of forensic acquisition and analysis tools.

eDiscovery and Data Analysis
20 credits

This module is designed to provide you with the essential knowledge and skills required to understand concepts, tools and techniques for the discovery of electronically stored information (ESI) and the use of big data and statistical and qualitative analysis.

The module will foster your skills in discovering patterns in digital evidence containing large datasets, and complex problem solving by applying specialist techniques to uncover events and statistical information. You will learn to effectively present your findings to any audience, using appropriate data visualisation and evidence presentation techniques.

The module delivery places an emphasis on the development of practical skills supported by blended learning and a variety of learning activities including lectures, seminars, and practice-led, self-directed and experiential learning, in person and online.

MSci Individual Master’s Project
40 credits

This module enables you to undertake a sustained, in-depth and research-informed project exploring an area that is of personal interest to you. In agreement with your supervisor, you will decide on your topic.

Your topic must be aligned to the programme you are studying, and you should consider the relevance of this topic to your future academic or professional development.

You will be expected to work independently but you will receive additional one-to-one support from your supervisor, who will be familiar with your chosen topic area. As you progress on the module, extra support will be available which may take the form of group seminars, workshops and online materials.

Want to start in Year two or Year three?

If you have completed a Foundation/HND course and want to study this degree with us in 2017, you may be able to start in Year two/three (level 5/6). Please be aware that the modules for a Year two/three start will be different to the ones listed above. You will need to download the 2016/17 programme for more information on which modules you will be studying. 

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We think it’s important that you are assessed in a number of different ways during your course. These will include continuous assessment, in-class tests, examinations, laboratory exercises and project work. This will enable us to appraise your all-round ability and it also gives you the best opportunity to excel.

Your final assessment is based on 27 per cent written exam, 65 per cent course work, and 8 per cent practical exam.
This course can also be studied on a part-time basis, which would take you five years to complete.

Attendance requirements

There are 30 attendance weeks in each academic year.

A typical week on this course will include 12 hours of contact time over three or four days, plus self study time.

The course is based on five themes:

  • IT System Forensics
  • Security and Digital Evidence
  • Information Technology Law
  • Computer Networking
  • Business Management

This course is accredited by the following organisations:

Accreditations shall be renewed in accordance with the accreditor’s standard review process and subject to the University maintaining the same high standards of course delivery.

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Our course has IET accreditation, which demonstrates that it meets the educational criteria needed for Incorporated Engineer (IEng) status.

Study and work abroad

If you are interested in undertaking part of your studies abroad, the Erasmus scheme may be of interest to you. It allows higher education students to study for part of their degree in another European country.

It is open to undergraduates in their second year (or above) and offers a unique opportunity to enhance your CV and experience new cultures. If you study with us you will have access to an Erasmus co-ordinator, who can provide information about which institutions we have links with.

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Further Study

We offer a range of research (MPhil and PhD) postgraduate programmes that are suitable for graduates of the forensic computing BSc (Hons) course. Details can be found on the postgraduate section of the website.

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Enhancing your employability skills

Our course is designed to equip you with unparalleled, first-hand practical expertise and develop your academic understanding of the technical aspects of forensic computing. This valuable combination will help you to stand out when you look to enter the workplace – it is why or graduates are very highly sought-after.

Because we have close links with business and industry – with our academic team having worked in the sector – we know that your studies are always relevant, up-to-date and meet the exact needs of the current marketplace.

Recent graduates have been snapped up by specialist digital forensics companies or departments in a range of organisations, including CCL Group Ltd., Deloitte, 7Safe, Capgemini, Kroll Ontrack, West Midlands Police, Cheshire Police Constabulary, Hewlett Packard, Bell Micro, BT, Cisco, JP Morgan Chase and Co, Carillion, Siemens and Nokia.

Our graduates forge rewarding careers in areas such as systems security, forensic accounting and fraud investigation and specialist digital evidence/high-tech crime units.

Placements

We aim to have you employer-ready by the time you graduate and as part of your course you have the option of undertaking an industrial placement after the second year of study.

If you decide to do this, it will extend the duration of your BSc (Hons) course to four years – or five, if you decide to study on a part-time basis.

Thanks to our excellent partnerships and working relationships with some of the UK’s leading companies, you have the chance of undertaking a high quality industrial placement with a leading organisation such as Cisco Systems, IBM, 3M, or Airbus.

Placements will also provide you with an opportunity to develop your practical expertise, earn money and try out a potential career path. It also boosts your CV.

Learn more about some of the prestigious organisations that our students are placed with:

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OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.

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BCU Graduate+

Through our courses we give you the skills and experience needed to get a head start when applying for jobs. But we offer something extra too – Graduate+.

Our unique programme gives you the chance to develop valuable skills outside of the more formal classroom learning. We award points for Graduate+ activities (including firewalking!) and these can be put towards a final Graduate+ award.

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Graduate jobs

Many of our graduates have gone on to secure roles such as enterprise solution developer, network operating systems administrator, ICT technical support and management professional, ICT consultant, business analyst, database developer or web applications developer.

PRINCE2 Training

Industry-recognised training

Our computing students have the opportunity to attend training for the PRINCE2 Foundation Level exam. This three-day course gives you the opportunity to achieve an industry-recognised qualification and add another desirable qualification to your CV.

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Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC)

International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.

BCUIC

BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.

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Popular home countries

Our students come from around the world but our forensic computing course is most popular with international students from:

Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities. This course will be taught at Millennium Point at the City Centre Campus.

As a student at the School of Computing and Digital Technology, you have access to networked laboratories equipped to industry standards and running the latest software, giving you the best possible introduction to the technologies you will encounter in the world of work.

Dedicated facilities are provided for systems analysis, computer networks, programming in a wide range of languages, artificial intelligence, modelling and visual programming, e-commerce and .net environments, and business intelligence, as well as supporting the application areas of mechatronics, games technology, electronics and computer forensics.

Computer networking

The laboratories are well-equipped for all our computer networking courses, as well as specialist areas for practical work such as voice-over internet protocol (VoIP), forensic and ethical hacking technologies, wireless and mobile technologies and radio frequency identification technologies to name but a few.

Software development and computer programming

There are a number of open access, software development and computer programming
laboratories that can be used to develop systems and programmes, including database management systems such as MySQL, to name but a few.

Systems laboratories

Our embedded systems laboratories are used to develop real-time systems, such as specialist hardware training and development resources, and industrial-standard software development and simulation tools. These include microcontroller software and robotics design and development, to name but a few.

Electronic Systems

Electronic systems

To underpin the basic principles of electronic systems, we have a well-equipped laboratory of general and specialist test and measurement kits, including powered prototyping development boards, dual power supplies, frequency generators and counters and digital multi-meters to name but a few.

Forensic computing

Our successful development of forensic computing has led to a specialist forensics laboratory that is fully equipped with essential hardware and software for this sensitive area of study. The laboratory includes high-spec PC’s with built-in multi interface Tableau write blockers, EnCase and FTK computer forensic software and steganography detection and analysis software, to name but a few.

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Syed Naqvi

Dr Syed Naqvi

Senior Lecturer in Cyber Security and Forensics; Course Director, MSc Cyber Security

As Senior Lecturer in Cyber Security and Forensics, Syed has vast experience in his field. Previously he worked in the Forensic Technology Solutions (FTS) arm of PricewaterhouseCoopers Enterprise Advisory, as well as holding a Visiting Scientist position at University of Washington in Seattle.

UK prospective students:

UK enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5595

EU / International prospective students:

International enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5389

Already applied?

Email the applications team

+44 (0)121 331 6295