Cyber Security & Digital Forensics at Leeds Beckett University - UCAS

Course summary

Develop in-demand forensic and security skills and graduate with a master’s. You’ll learn to analyse devices and protect businesses from illegal attacks. Develop the skills to perform digital forensic analysis on devices and implement cyber security mechanisms into any business. As part of this course, you’ll:

  • Complete an extra year of specialist study to achieve a masters qualification
  • Combine expertise in two fields of national importance
  • Analyse digital devices, such as hard drives, in computer forensics modules to identify and investigate their contents
  • Learn to use your knowledge of computer systems and networks to protect businesses and users from malicious attacks in computer security modules
  • Learn practical investigative and 'hacking' techniques
  • Learn through practical applications on our bespoke Hacktivity system that replicates real-world business systems and potential attacks
ACCREDITATIONS This course is accredited by the British Computer Society Find out more Enhance your expertise Your fourth year of study will enable you to develop expertise in the more challenging areas of digital forensics such as image and video forensic investigations. In security areas, you’ll study in-depth software security exploitation development and the analysis and implementation of security mechanisms to defend and analyse systems. Your final year will also develop your knowledge in research practices through a research or practical dissertation project. Access to specialist software You’ll gain expertise in the use of digital forensic techniques and analysis through tools used in industry such as Encase and Cellebrite, and open-source variants such as Autopsy and FTK Imager. If you join the university’s Ethical Hacking Society, you’ll explore the very latest developments in digital security and attend talks from industry experts to enhance your learning. Network with professionals You’ll gain experience of preparing and presenting work for use by courts of law and industry customers. Attending conferences will give you the opportunity to network with professionals and enhance your career prospects. You may have the option to work with local employers as clients for your dissertation project. Cybercrime and Security Innovation Centre As part of our Cybercrime and Security Innovation Centre, teaching staff on your course work with West Yorkshire Police to develop new ways of fighting cybercrime. This partnership will give you access to cutting-edge research and industry contacts, and an invaluable insight into the real-world applications of computer security. Placements We work with organisations to find placement opportunities for you. Our links with the security industry, forensics industry and law contacts provide you with opportunities to enhance your learning. Study choices You could choose to study our three-year BSc (Hons) Cyber Security & Digital Forensics and complete the same modules as the first three years of this master’s-level course. Alternatively, if you’d like to focus your study solely on cyber security, we offer the BSc (Hons) Cyber Security. Why study Cyber Security & Digital Forensics at Leeds Beckett University...
  • Professionally accredited – by the British Computer Society
  • Access to specialist software – including Hacktivity and EnCase to enable you to put your knowledge into practice
  • Industry partnerships – including working with West Yorkshire Police
  • Opportunity to join the Ethical Hacking Society – share ideas with your peers
  • Placement opportunities – enhance your learning and add experience to your CV


Year 1 Core Modules:

  • Fundamentals of Digital Forensics
  • Computer Communications
  • Fundamentals of Computer Programming
  • Ethical Hacking & Penetration Testing
  • Fundamentals of Databases
  • Object-Oriented Programming
Year 2 Core Modules:
  • Digital Forensics Processing
  • Cyber Security Landscapes
  • Web & Network Security
  • Digital Forensics Analysis
  • Team Project
In addition, choose from a list of Year 2 option modules. Please check our website for a full and up-to-date list. Year 3 Core Modules:
  • Project
  • Systems Security
  • Mobile Forensic Investigations
In addition, choose from a list of Year 3 option modules. Please check our website for a full and up-to-date list. Year 4 Core Modules:
  • Reverse Engineering & Malware Analysis
  • Research Practice
  • Forensic Image & Video Processing
  • Dissertation
- Software Security & Exploitation

How to apply

You can no longer submit a new application for courses starting in 2023.

If you already have a 2023 application and are in Clearing, you can add this course as a Clearing choice – contact the university or college first to check they have places.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

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Cyber Security & Digital Forensics at Leeds Beckett University - UCAS