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Course summary

**Please note that the information provided relates to the current academic year and is subject to change without notice by Sheffield Hallam University. Please check the Sheffield Hallam University website for the latest information.** Course summary

  • Develop the skills to design and secure complex information systems.
  • Learn to respond appropriately to security incidents by gathering evidence.
  • Understand the legal and regulatory environment around complex information systems.
  • Study the principles employed in cyber security and digital forensics.
  • Use the latest digital forensics software and technologies employed in industry.
You’ll study topics fundamental to all computing studies – including principles of security, computing, architecture and networking, databases and programming. You’ll also 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. If you don’t meet the entry requirements for our BSc (Hons) courses – or you’d like extra preparation before starting degree-level study – we recommend you join the foundation year. You’ll share this first year with other computing foundation year students before you move on. How you learn You’ll gain practical experience by installing, configuring, securing and troubleshooting a range of computer systems and networking technologies. You’ll assess systems for vulnerabilities and detect network intrusions. You’ll also analyse and interpret digital evidence collected from computers and mobile devices – and provide reports on these to 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
You’ll use the latest digital forensics software and technologies – including Encase, Magnet Axiom and IEF, FTK, X-Ways, Nuix, Cellebrite UFED Physical Analyser and UFED 4PC. You will be supported in your learning journey towards highly skilled, graduate level employment through a number of key areas. These include:
  • access to our unique student support triangle to help with your personal, academic and career development
  • access to our Skills Centre with one to ones, webinars and online resources, where you can get help with planning and structuring your assignments
  • industry-specific employability activities such as live projects, learning in simulated environments and networking opportunities
* Applied learning Work placements* In your third year, you’ll have the opportunity to take a year-long work placement. This will allow you to apply your knowledge and gain industry-required skills that 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. And during the placement year, you’ll 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, CYFOR, 3Squared, Satisnet, Next, Sec-1, Sainsbury’s and the BBC. Live projects You’ll have the opportunity to apply the knowledge you’ve gained 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.


Year 1 - Compulsory modules Computer Systems And Architecture Introduction To Computer And Information Security Mathematics And Cryptography Networking Fundamentals Professionalism And Employability Skills Programming Fundamentals Year 2 - Compulsory modules Database Administration And Security Digital Forensics Network Intrusion Detection Network Services And Administration Project Based Learning Secure Networking Technologies Year 3 - Compulsory modules Placement Year Final year - Compulsory modules Cyber Forensics Expert Witness Information Security Management Investigative Forensics Project (Network, Cyber And Forensics) Elective modules Enterprise Applications Management Offensive Forensics

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Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • BCS - The Chartered Institute for IT

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

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 at the point of enrolment.

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English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic)6IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills or equivalent.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £15860 Year 1
International £15860 Year 1

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Cyber Security with Forensics at Sheffield Hallam University - UCAS