• Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration

Overview

Do you have the ability to join the front line in defending computer networks from cyber attacks? Or are you interested in ethical hacking to probe the digital defences of major corporations?

On this Cyber Security and Forensic Computing (Hons) degree course offered at University of Portsmouth, you'll:
  • Build sought-after technical and investigative skills to break down security systems, and expose gaps in security when they occur
  • Learn to identify cyber intruders, recommend security fixes, and stop hackers in their tracks
  • Understand how to investigate cybercrime for the Police and the steps needed to take a case through to court
  • Spend plenty of time in our high-powered computer labs, getting to grips with the latest tools and techniques
  • Be taught by staff with years of experience and expertise in computer security, with teaching informed by up-to-date research into the latest advancements in forensic computing
  • Apply your skills to practical problems as part of the department’s partnership with charities, local and global organisations
  • Take advantage of opportunities to put your skills to work through our close relationship with the Hampshire Police High Tech Crime Unit
  • Design and develop software, hardware and networks, in fields such as digital forensics and artificial intelligence
  • Pick the brains of visiting speakers, who are experts in the forensic and cyber security field
Software and equipment you can use includes

:

  • a mobile computing lab to develop Android and iOS apps
  • a pervasive computing lab for high-performance computing
  • a usability lab including state-of-the-art eye tracking equipment
  • Linux and Windows systems
  • a forensics lab with professional-standard forensic tools
Placement year

At the end of your second year of study, you can do an optional placement year in the UK or overseas. This gives you experience in the field, helping to boost your skills and career prospects with real-world experience.

Previous students have secured placements in roles such as cyber specialist, forensic investigator and cyber security analyst at organisations such as:

  • Deloitte
  • The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL)
  • Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ)
Careers and opportunities

Police investigations and civil disputes increasingly involve investigations of computer systems, mobile phones or other information devices. So there's lots of demand for professionals in the field.

When you complete the course, you could work in private and public companies in areas such as law enforcement, cyber security and computer forensics. You'll also be able to register as a Chartered IT Professional (CITP).

Roles the graduates have taken on include:

  • security architect
  • penetration tester
  • cyber security analyst
  • forensic investigator
  • eDiscovery examiner
  • software developer

You'll get advice and support from the Careers and Employability service throughout your studies, and for 5 years after you graduate.

Accreditation

This course is accredited by the British Computer Society - Fulfilling academic requirement for CITP

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Digital Forensics: Art of Science?
  • Computer Architecture
  • Introduction to Programming
  • Network Fundamentals
  • Web Foundations
  • Forensic Fundamentals
  • Forensic Investigations
  • Business Information Security
  • Computer Operating Systems and Intermediate Networks
  • Network Services Administration and Virtualisation
  • Malware Forensics
  • Security and Cryptography
  • System Security
  • Final year project

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6

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  • Minimum required score:

    79

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  • Minimum required score:

    54

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General Requirements

  • 104-120 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent, including an A Level in a relevant subject.
  • 3 GCSEs at grade C or above to include English and Mathematics/3 GCSEs at grade 4 or above to include English and Mathematics.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    15100 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15100 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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Tuition fee may be subject to annual increase.

Living costs for Portsmouth

  • 710 - 1100 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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