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Digital Forensics & Security

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Computing & Engineering

Move your IT ability to the next level - we'll develop your skills so that you can to work as a forensic investigator or security professional.

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Previous guest speakers for our computing courses have included experts from Griffin Forensic, West Yorkshire Police, KPMG, and HD Forensics.
Entry requirements
Requirements:Applicants should either have at least a second class honours degree in the cognate subject of Computing, at least a second class honours degree in a non-cognate subject supported by evidence of an aptitude for the subject applied for, or have equivalent experience or training, normally from within the work environment. All applications should be supported by a reference, either academic or professional; a template can be accessed at this link.All applicants should satisfy our University English language requirements, please access further details at this link
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Mature Applicants
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website.

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Entry requirements
Requirements:Applicants should either have at least a second class honours degree in the cognate subject of Computing, at least a second class honours degree in a non-cognate subject supported by evidence of an aptitude for the subject applied for, or have equivalent experience or training, normally from within the work environment. All applications should be supported by a reference, either academic or professional; a template can be accessed at this link.All applicants should satisfy our University English language requirements, please access further details at this link
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Mature Applicants
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website.

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Entry requirements
Requirements:Applicants should either have at least a second class honours degree in the cognate subject of Computing, at least a second class honours degree in a non-cognate subject supported by evidence of an aptitude for the subject applied for, or have equivalent experience or training, normally from within the work environment. All applications should be supported by a reference, either academic or professional; a template can be accessed at this link.All applicants should satisfy our University English language requirements, please access further details at this link
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Mature Applicants
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website.

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Entry requirements
Requirements:Applicants should either have at least a second class honours degree in the cognate subject of Computing, at least a second class honours degree in a non-cognate subject supported by evidence of an aptitude for the subject applied for, or have equivalent experience or training, normally from within the work environment. All applications should be supported by a reference, either academic or professional; a template can be accessed at this link.All applicants should satisfy our University English language requirements, please access further details at this link
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Mature Applicants
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website.

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Careers

  • Edd Brownrigg

Careers

Edd Brownrigg
Sett in
Bradford

BSc Computing

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I presented my final year project at one of Leeds Beckett's showcase events and woke up the next morning to an email from an employer who wanted to chat about my plans after university. I got the job pretty much straight away.

Many governments are placing greater emphasis on recruiting professionals in forensics and security. Business and government bodies throughout the world are actively searching for people with these skills. You will be in a position to become a digital forensic analyst working for the police or the private sector, a security tester for government or the private sector, or any other security or forensic based role within any industry. 

  • Digital Forensic Investigator
  • Forensic Computer Analyst
  • Digital Evidence Investigator
  • Computer Security Forensics Consultant
Our dedicated Jobs and Careers team offers expert advice and a host of resources to help you choose and gain employment. Whether you're in your first or final year, you can speak to members of staff from our Careers Office who can offer you advice from writing a CV to searching for jobs.

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MODULES & LEARNING

Hands on teaching with Forensic tools and in-depth review of evidential artefacts and research skills.

Hands on implementation of a penetration testing process from customer requirement analysis to physical testing.

You will learn about the varying security policies and devices that can be used to secure a system/network and where they should be used.

This module aims to develop your awareness of the methods and skills which are required in order to carry out research into the ideas and practice of digital forensics and security.

This will give you a hands-on in-depth view in the analysis of alternative sources of digital evidence, beyond that of the standard computer.

Provides an opportunity for you to engage in research and advanced scholarship in a subject area of your own choice, that is appropriate to the course.

Securing Evidence (20 Credits)

The course is designed in consideration of the ACPO guidelines, Council of Registered Ethical Security Testers (CREST) and is designed to be as practical and real world based as is possible in an academic course. You will be taught using industry standard tools by academics who are also commercial practitioners in the related fields, allowing you to benefit from the latest changes in the profession.

You will also benefit from interaction with external forensic and security experts who will come and talk to you regarding what the role is really like this is enabled through our close links with industry.

  • Kiran Voderhobli
    Digital Forensics & SecurityKiran Voderhobli
    Senior Lecturer

    The areas of digital forensics and digital security are merging. The industry expects professionals to be in a position to undertake a more rigorous forensic analysis, and at the same time be able to implement more robust security mechanisms.

  • Kiran's teaching and research interests are in the areas of digital security and networking. Before entering academia he worked in industry, developing a bespoke secure Voice over IP (VoIP) application which created a secure cryptographic communications tunnel for voice and data communications. His most recent research was on including malicious signature detection into networking protocols to create a ubiquitous security system.
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FEES & FUNDING
The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2015/16 is £6000. The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.
See further information on financing your studies.
FEES & FUNDING
Studying part-time gives you the flexibility to learn at your own pace. Because of this, our tuition fees are calculated using credit points. Each module you study has a credit point value. Most taught postgraduate modules have a credit point value of 20.The tuition fee for students entering in in 2015/16 on this course is £660 for each 20 credit point module.For modules with a different credit point value their cost can be calculated by multiplying the credit value of the module by the cost per credit point of £33. The amount you will pay may increase each year in line with inflation.
See further information on financing your studies.
FEES & FUNDING
The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2015/16 is £6000. The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.
See further information on financing your studies.
FEES & FUNDING
Studying part-time gives you the flexibility to learn at your own pace. Because of this, our tuition fees are calculated using credit points. Each module you study has a credit point value. Most taught postgraduate modules have a credit point value of 20.The tuition fee for students entering in in 2015/16 on this course is £660 for each 20 credit point module.For modules with a different credit point value their cost can be calculated by multiplying the credit value of the module by the cost per credit point of £33. The amount you will pay may increase each year in line with inflation.
See further information on financing your studies.
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Home to our first-rate sporting facilities – Headingley Campus has a rich and diverse history having played to visitors such as Winston Churchill and Oscar Wilde. Set in 100 acres of parkland, with easy access to Leeds city centre, many of our buildings look out onto our grassy acre – a perfect place for hanging out, playing games and catching up with friends on long summer days. Headingley Campus has modern sport science laboratories, animation and music studios and the latest computing labs, as well as one of our libraries, open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

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