Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics BSc (Hons) (FG45)




University of Sunderland

Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics BSc (Hons)

Requirements / Wymagania

PRZEDMIOT (co najmniej 2 przedmioty na poziomie rozszerzonym) POZIOM PODSTAWOWY POZIOM ROZSZERZONY
Matura podstawowa oraz rozszerzona Ogólna średnia ze wszystkich przedmiotów minimum 60% (podstawowe i/lub rozszerzone) Ogólna średnia ze wszystkich przedmiotów minimum 60% (podstawowe i/lub rozszerzone)
Stara matura ocena minimum 3 -
J. angielski minimum 80% minimum 50%
Certyfikat językowy IELTS opcjonalnie jeśli nie spełnisz powyższych wymagań z matury - minimum 6.0 -
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Course overview 

Address the needs of cybersecurity and digital forensics professionals. Develop expertise in the preservation and extraction of digital evidence from computer systems and networks. Examine the overlap between cybersecurity and digital forensics and the preventative approach to cybercrime.

The course is excellent preparation for jobs in computer forensics, which is a rapidly growing area given the rise in computer-related crime. At the same time, the course also covers all the fundamentals of computing, leaving your career options open. Core topics include web applications, database systems, programming and software development.



Why us?

  • Accredited by the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences
  • Accredited by BCS on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for Incorporated Engineer and partially meeting the academic requirement for a Chartered Engineer
  • Accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT for the purposes of fully meeting the further learning academic requirement for registration as a Chartered IT Professional
  • Research in Computer Science and Informatics at Sunderland has been described as ‘internationally excellent’ by the latest Research Excellence Framework
  • We have an integrative and holistic approach to the first year of our computing courses. You’ll be taught the fundamentals of computing alongside students from other courses in the Faculty of Computer Science. This course structure allows you to easily change courses at the end of the first year, should a different computer science route appeal to you. For example, you may begin studying BSc (Hons) Computing, but then show a greater aptitude for cybersecurity and decide to change to BSc (Hons) Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics

Modular structure

Teaching methods include lectures, tutorials, seminars and laboratory sessions. Group activities and discussions are facilitated through the University’s virtual learning environment.

You will be encouraged to develop independent study skills as well as work with other students on group projects. As well as assessments that count towards your degree, there are also ongoing assessments for feedback and consolidating your learning. Assessment methods include coursework and exams. 

Year 1 (national level 4):

Core module:

Fundamentals of Computing (100 credits)
  • Software Development and Theory: Software Engineering, Human-Computer Interaction, Formal Methods
  • Programming: Microsoft C# .NET and programming for Robots
  • Web and Multimedia Applications: Markup Languages (HTML 5, CSS 3), Adobe Dreamweaver, Adobe Photoshop, Javascript, Web APIs (such as Google Maps and Yahoo APIs)
  • Database Systems: Database Design, Relational Databases and SQL, Database Integrity and Security, PHP and MySQL
  • Computer Systems and Networking: Operating Systems, Networks and Computer Architectures
  • Specialist Mini Project: Showcase your talents through a project in your chosen area of computing. Past projects have included a Facebook app, a hack challenge and the creation of a retro arcade game.
Optional modules (choose one):

Foundations of Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics (20 credits)

  • Introduction to the discipline and principles of Forensics, Digital Forensics and Computer Crime
  • Introduction to the discipline and principles of cybersecurity
  • Computer Forensics Software
  • Cybersecurity Software
  • Criminal Justice
  • Legal, Professional and Ethical Principles in the Context of Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics

Systems Administration (20 credits)

Games Technology (20 credits)

Computational Thinking (20 credits) 

Year 2 (national level 5):

Core modules:

Software Engineering Enterprise and Innovation Project (40 credits)
Choose to develop a software project for a client or yourself. You will gain valuable experience of working within a team-based software development environment

Intermediate Software Development (20 credits)

This module will move beyond the basic object oriented concepts associated with simple classes and objects to cover a series of more sophisticated object-oriented ideas, including ‘inheritance’ and ‘polymorphism’.

Network Fundamentals (20 credits)

This module introduces the architecture, structure, basic protocols and devices used in routed and switched networks, as well as in-depth discussion of the OSI and TCP/IP reference models and where these devices and protocols sit within it.

Practical Aspects of Computer Forensics (20 credits)

The aim of the module is to provide you with the knowledge to professionally, systematically and impartially approach the preservation and extraction of all relevant digital evidence from computers, computer systems and computer networks (including the Internet) using appropriate tools and techniques.
Theoretical Aspects of Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics (20 credits)
  • Fundamental Principles of Digital Forensics
  • Security Design
  • Computational Modeling
  • Legal Professional and Ethical Considerations

   Final year (national level 6): 

Core modules

Computing Project (40 credits)

You will research a topic and develop software that’s connected to that topic. Past examples include an Android audio application, a Trojan detector and a network monitoring tool.

Artificial Digital Forensics (20 credits)

You will gain in-depth knowledge about specialist and sensitive areas in computer forensics. You will also learn how to maintain the integrity of digital evidence and how to analyse it thoroughly.

Advanced Cybersecurity (20 credits)

In this module you will learn how to analyse the range of tradeoffs in balancing the security properties of confidentiality, integrity and availability. You will also learn how to select the appropriate tools and techniques to address and manage concepts of risk, threats, vulnerabilities and potential attacks.

Professional Issues in Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics (20 credits)

  • Current issues in cybersecurity and digital forensics
  • Legal, Professional and Ethical Considerations
  • Application of Legal Procedures to Evidence
  • Role of the Expert Witness
  • Protecting Individual and Human Rights

Optional modules (choose one):

Artificial Intelligence (20 credits)

Advanced Databases (20 credits)

Software Enterprise (20 credits)

This module focuses on providing the knowledge and skills that will enable you to explore and exploit business opportunities for software enterprises.,

Project Management (20 credits.

Fees and funding

The annual fee is:

  • £9,250 if you are from the UK or EU.

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