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Digital security breaches can bring down banks, hospitals and governments. But you can join the fight against cybercrime.Investigate cyberattacks, expose flaws in security systems and stop hackers in their tracks. Use ethical hacking to secure the operating systems of global companies. Become an expert in malware forensics and cryptography in a world that relies on computing to thrive.

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What you’ll experience

  • Benefit from our close relationship with the Hampshire Police High Tech Crime Unit through an optional internship
  • Design and develop software, hardware and networks, in fields such as digital forensics and artificial intelligence
  • Benefit from the Student Union's cyber and computing clubs and societies such as the AI and Robotics Club, IT Society and Gaming Society
  • Gain insight from guest expert lecturers from the forensic and cyber security field
  • Be taught by industry professionals such as Fudong Li, who is currently working towards Foresight, an ecosystem of training and simulation platforms that will advance the skills of cyber-security professional

Work experience and career planning

The cost of cybercrime was estimated at $1 trillion in 2020 – 50% higher than in 2018. According to the UK Government, 64% of large businesses and 51% of high-income charities reported cyber security breaches or attacks in a 12 month period.

Not surprisingly, with the growing threat of cyber crime, senior cyber security analysts can expect salaries from £35,000 to £60,000 and you can earn up to £80,000 a year as a senior forensic computer analyst. And the demand is there – 100% of our students from this course who are in work 15 months after they graduate are in highly skilled work.

Graduate destinations

Our graduates have worked for companies such as:

  • Metropolitan Police
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Capgemini
  • Adatis
  • F-Secure
  • Dynamics Consultants

What jobs can you do with a cyber security and forensic computing degree?

  • digital forensic examiner
  • threat hunter
  • cyber intelligence analyst
  • cloud infrastructure consultant
  • cyber security analyst
  • data analytics consultant


Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • tutorials
  • laboratory work
  • project work

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • critical evaluation essays
  • written exams
  • research projects
  • mini projects
  • presentations

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you're assessed will depend on the modules you select throughout your course. Here's an example from a previous academic year of how students on this course were typically assessed:

  • Year 1 students: 27% by written exams and 73% by coursework
  • Year 2 students: 52% by written exams, 3% by practical exams and 45% by coursework
  • Year 3 students: 30% by written exams and 70% by coursework


This course is accredited by the British Computer Society, fulfilling academic requirement for CITP (Chartered Information Technology Professional).

Programme Structure

Year 1

Core modules

Close allArchitecture and Operating Systems – 20 credits

An introduction to the underlying logical structure of computer systems and emphasises the logical and theoretical concepts that computing systems are physically constructed upon.

Core Computing Concepts – 20 credits

This module covers 4 foundational topics central to understanding computing science and developing computer systems.

Cyber Security and Forensic Computing – 20 credits

Get an in-depth look at the way that cyber security and digital forensics intertwine.

Programming – 40 credits

Study the theory and practice of computer programs, looking at algorithm development and object-oriented programming.

System Administration and Internetworking – 20 credits

An introduction to the key concepts essential for the implementation and administration of small and medium-sized business networks.

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Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

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360 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

112-128 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent, including an A Level in a relevant subject.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

Tuition Fee


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Living costs for Portsmouth

710 - 1099 GBP /month
Living costs

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


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