Digital Forensics is concerned with identifying, reporting and responding to security breaches. On this course you will learn how to acquire, analyse and report digital evidence and gain the technical skills to discover electronic traces of cyber crime.
Course content is informed by research from DMU’s Cyber Technology Institute, meaning you will study up-to-date, industry-relevant topics, including cryptography, issues in criminal justice and network forensics, during your degree.
Core modules will equip you with fundamental skills, where you will learn the powerful programming language of C, and explore computer systems and networks. You will then focus on modules in digital forensics, covering topics such as Windows Forensics, Linux Security and Software and Security Management. During your studies you will have access to equipment and software that is widely used by forensic investigators in law enforcement and e-discovery.
You can also enhance your employability by choosing from a range of optional modules, such as Professionalism in Forensics and Security where you will learn about the legal and professional context of cyber security, software engineering, computer science and digital forensics.
This course is designed to prepare you for career paths in digital forensics, in roles such as security analysts, penetration testers, forensic investigators and cyber security engineers.
- Study on an accredited course. Accreditation by BSC, The Chartered Institute for IT, meets the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered IT Professional to raise your professional profile.
- This course is taught by experts from DMU’s Cyber Technology Institute which has an international reputation in computer security and digital forensics, influencing the approach taken by the UK government and leading organisations.
- DMU has been named a gold standard ‘Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Education’ by the leading authority on cyber security in the UK, the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) – part of GCHQ. DMU is the first university in the East Midlands to achieve this prestigious status.
- DMU has been recognised for conducting world-leading cyber security research, having been named the East Midlands’ first ‘Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research’ (ACE-CSR).
- Computer Science and Informatics research at DMU was ranked third among modern UK universities for its research power in the latest Research Excellence Framework.
- Enhance your employability and gain industry experience by undertaking an optional work placement. Recent student placements took place at Airbus Group, ECSC, Viglen, Syngenta, Jagex and Capgemini.
- Develop your practical skills in our specialist forensic and security laboratories equipped with customised PCs that are configured with multiple operating systems, virtualisation and removable hard drives.
- Benefit from joining specialist student societies to develop your interests and skills outside of teaching time such as DMU Hackers and the eSport Society.
Reasons to study Digital Forensics at De Montfort University (DMU):
- DMU has achieved Gold, the highest ranking possible under the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)
Indicating the outstanding learning and teaching on offer at DMU. [Office for Students, 2017]
- International reputation for research
DMU’s Cyber Technology Institute has an international reputation in computer forensics and digital forensics, which influences the UK government and corporations in their approach to digital forensics and security. Computer Science and Informatics research at DMU was ranked third among modern UK universities for its research power in the Research Excellence Framework 2014.
- 97.3% of DMU graduates from summer 2017 are in work or further study after graduating
According to the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) 2016-17 report
- Work placement opportunities
Enhance your employability and gain industry experience by undertaking an optional work placement. Recent placements in the School of Computer Science and Informatics include experience at Airbus Group, ECSC, Viglen, Syngenta, Jagex and Capgemini
- Develop your practical skills in our specialist facilities
Students have access to specialist forensic and security laboratories within our dedicated Cyber Security Centre, equipped with customised PCs that are configured with multiple operating systems, virtualisation and removable hard drives
- Enjoy an international experience with #DMUglobal
We offer all students the opportunity to take part in a #DMUglobal experience, which can enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons. Previous #DMUglobal trips have included New York, Berlin, Hong Kong, China, Canada, Japan, South Africa, Russia and Italy to name a few.
Structure and assessment
- Programming in C (1 + 2)
- Computer Ethics
- Computer Law and Cyber Security Management
- Operating Systems
- Computer Networks
- Mathematics for Computation
- Database Design & Implementation
- Software and Security Management
- Research Methods
- Web Application Development
- Windows Forensics
- Linux Security
- Issues in Criminal Justice
- Final Year Project
- Professionalism in Forensics and Security
- Digital Investigations
- Network Forensics
Facilities and features
Cyber Security Laboratories
The Cyber Security Laboratories are among the best equipped facilities of this type in the UK. Developed in consultation with leaders in the industry, they are designed to meet the highest forensics and security standards.
The laboratories contain 65 high-spec, specially customised PCs configured with multiple operating systems, virtualisation and removable hard drives, as well as specialised servers, wired and wireless networking equipment and a wide variety of other hardware and software components.
Cyber Security Centre
The laboratories are also the base for the University’s Cyber Security Centre (CSC), a multidisciplinary group of academics and industry experts who focus on a wide variety of cyber security and digital forensics issues. Their mission is to provide the full benefits to all of a safe, secure and resilient cyberspace.
The laboratories play a vital role in the group’s research and development work. Whether you are a first year undergraduate or a PhD student, within the laboratories you will be working with the latest tools and techniques at the forefront of computer forensics and security research.
The current home of De Montfort Students’ Union (DSU), Campus Centre has been completely refurbished to create a state-of-the-art environment for DSU, improving the student experience.
The new-look Campus Centre is the hub for student life, with a convenience store, a Subway and a Starbucks on the ground floor. There is also the DSU-owned charitable accommodation service Sulets, as well as SUpplies, DSU’s shop selling art supplies, stationary and clothing, and offering printing and binding services.
Opportunities and careers
Graduates pursue careers as forensic computing specialists for government agencies, security consultancies and commercial IT departments.
Recent graduates have been working as software consultants, web developers, security consultants, surveillance assistants, IT officers and more.
Graduates are also well positioned to continue their academic careers by embarking on postgraduate study, in either research or taught areas, which offers the opportunity for further specialisation and enhances their existing skills.
This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.
Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.
Placements can enhance your career prospects and give you the chance to use theory from the classroom in a real-world scenario before you have graduated.
Technology’s dedicated Placement Unit provides support to all of our students looking to integrate a placement within their university career on both undergraduate degrees and postgraduate masters programmes. The placement unit will help you search for placement opportunities, create and refine your CV and interview approach, and offer any advice you need to find a great placement.
Students of this course have recently taken part in work placements at Airbus, ECSC Ltd, CY4OR Ltd, Viglen Ltd, Syngenta, Jagex Ltd and Capgemini UK.
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