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Digital forensics and security have become crucial functions in most business organisations today. If you want a career tackling one of the most pressing issues facing our society, the Digital Forensics and Security with Foundation Year (Hons) degree from University of Derby is an ideal starting point.  

  • Undertake a full digital investigation project to understand how computer forensics can become an integral part of business decision-making
  • Gain comprehensive knowledge of computer science together with specialist skills in investigating a range of digital devices, computer misuse and computer security
  • Build your practical know-how by harnessing the latest industry software, including Encase
  • Choose an optional industrial placement year as part of your course – a great experience which will set you apart in the graduate job market
  • Enhance your career prospects thanks to our educational partnership with Cellebrite: you can gain accreditation as a Cellebrite Certified Logical Operator (CCLO) and Cellebrite Certified Physical Analyst (CCPA)
  • Draw insights from our inspirational guest lecturers representing various professional bodies including the British Computing Society
  • Prepare for a rewarding future in fields such as digital forensic investigation, intelligence gathering and analysis, incident response and computer system management


This rapidly growing discipline delivers exciting career opportunities in many areas of computing including systems management, systems investigation and law enforcement. 

The comprehensive training and wide-ranging skills you gain on the BSc (Hons) Computer Forensic Investigation open doors to variety of careers in forensics, security or computing.  Career paths you could follow include digital forensic investigation, intelligence gathering and analysis, incident response, eDiscovery and computer system management in government agencies, police forces, forensic service companies and industry.

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Preliminary Mathematics
  • Scholarship for Technologists
  • Technology Project
  • Introduction to Computational Mathematics
  • Programming Fundamentals
  • Introduction to Computer Science
  • Computational Mathematics
  • Programming
  • Foundations in Cyber Security and Digital Forensics
  • Foundations of Computer Science
  • Digital Forensic Investigation
  • Networks and Security
  • Databases
  • Network Investigation
  • The Problem of Proof
  • Team Project

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • UCAS points - 72 (up to 16 from AS-levels)
  • Specific requirements at GCSE - GCSE Maths and English are preferred, however if you don't have these qualifications you will be able to undertake Maths and English at L2 as part of your course of study.

Alternative entry qualifications:

  • BTEC - MPP
  • Pass Access to HE Diploma 60 credits: 45 at Level 3 and 15 at Level 2.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    14045 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14045 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Derby

  • 540 - 860 GBP/month
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