Digital security breaches can bring down banks, hospitals and governments. But you can join the fight against cybercrime.
Investigate cyberattacks, expose flaws in security systems and stop hackers in their tracks. Use ethical hacking to secure the operating systems of global companies. Become an expert in malware forensics and cryptography in a world that relies on computing to thrive.
On this BSc (Hons) Cyber Security and Forensic Computing course, you’ll build technical and investigative skills to break down security systems, expose gaps in security and identify cyber intruders. You’ll also learn how to investigate cybercrime for the police and see a case through to court.
What you'll experience
- Benefit from our close relationship with the Hampshire Police High Tech Crime Unit through an optional internship
- Design and develop software, hardware and networks, in fields such as digital forensics and artificial intelligence
- Benefit from the Student Union's cyber and computing clubs and societies such as the AI and Robotics Club, IT Society and Gaming Society
- Gain insight from guest expert lecturers from the forensic and cyber security field
- Be taught by industry professionals such as Fudong Li, who is currently working towards Foresight, an ecosystem of training and simulation platforms that will advance the skills of cyber-security professional
Work experience and career planning
Get experience while you study with support to find part-time jobs, volunteering opportunities and work experience. Towards the end of your degree and after graduation, you'll get 1-to-1 support from our Graduate Recruitment Consultancy to find your perfect role.
Placement year opportunities
Taking an optional placement year will give you the experience you need to increase your chances of landing your perfect role after graduation.
We'll give you all the support you need to find a placement that prepares you for your career, and we'll continue to mentor you throughout your placement.
Previous students have taken placement roles such as:
- cyber analyst
- cyber forensic analyst undergraduate
- security operations analyst
- undergraduate software developer and support analyst
- technology industrial placement student
They've completed placements at organisations including:
- BAE Systems
Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.
In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, four modules worth 20 credits and one module worth 40 credits.
We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.
Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.
Teaching methods on this course include:
- laboratory work
- project work
You’ll be assessed through:
- critical evaluation essays
- written exams
- research projects
- mini projects
You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.
You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.
The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:
- Year 1 students: 27% by written exams and 73% by coursework
- Year 2 students: 52% by written exams, 3% by practical exams and 45% by coursework
- Year 3 students: 30% by written exams and 70% by coursework
The cost of cybercrime was estimated at $1 trillion in 2020 – 50% higher than in 2018. According to the UK Government, 64% of large businesses and 51% of high-income charities reported cyber security breaches or attacks in a 12 month period.
Not surprisingly, with the growing threat of cyber crime, senior cyber security analysts can expect salaries from £35,000 to £60,000 and you can earn up to £80,000 a year as a senior forensic computer analyst. And the demand is there – 100% of our students from this course who are in work 15 months after they graduate are in highly skilled work.
Our graduates have worked for companies such as:
- Metropolitan Police
- Lockheed Martin
- Dynamics Consultants
What jobs can you do with a cyber security and forensic computing degree?
- digital forensic examiner
- threat hunter
- cyber intelligence analyst
- cloud infrastructure consultant
- cyber security analyst
- data analytics consultant