Digital Forensics (Hons)

De Montfort University

B.Sc. On Campus
36 months
14750 GBP/year
9250 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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Digital Forensics (Hons) from De Montfort University will help you gain the skills to conduct digital investigations and prepare yourself for a role in this exciting, evolving industry.


Digital Forensics is concerned with identifying, reporting and responding to security breaches. On this Digital Forensics (Hons) course from De Montfort University 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.

Key features

  • 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. 
  • De Montfort University 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.

Graduate Careers

Our graduates pursue a wide range of careers, such as forensic computing specialists for government agencies, security consultancies and commercial IT departments. Recent graduates have taken up roles as digital investigators, penetration testers, incident responders, or SOC analysts.

Each year the university hosts DMU Cyber Week, where students can get careers advice from cyber security experts.

Professionals from BT, Leicestershire Police’s cybercrime unit and digital forensics provider CYFOR came together for  DMU Cyber Week 2019 to give current students a valuable insight into the industry. At the event, students discovered that the national cyber security skills shortage, coupled with the fact that people are statistically more likely to become victims of cybercrime than ‘real-life’ crime, has led to a wide range of graduate job opportunities.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • C Programming 
  • Computer Law and Cyber Security Management
  • Computer Systems
  • Computer Networks
  • Mathematics for Computing
  • Database Design and Implementation

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


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360 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Five GCSEs at grade C or above, including English and Mathematics or equivalent, plus one of the following:
  • Normally 112 UCAS points from at least two A-levels or equivalent or
  • BTEC National Diploma/ Extended Diploma at DMM or
  • Pass in the QAA accredited Access to HE. English and Mathematics GCSE required as a separate qualification as equivalency is not accepted within the Access qualification. We will normally require students to have had a break from full-time education before undertaking the Access course or
  • International Baccalaureate: 26+ points
  • Foundation Year in Computing: Pass Foundation, and progression is at the discretion of the programme leader. Refer to the Foundation team for further guidance. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    14750 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14750 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.


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