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Digital Forensics and Cyber Security

Entry requirements


A level

C,C,D

Typical offer CCD (88 points from two or more A levels to include a grade C from a relevant subject (eg Mathematics, Physics, Electronics, Computing, Computer Studies, ICT or Science).

Access to HE Diploma

P:45

Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject is acceptable for entry. QAA accredited course required in subjects such as Business Studies, Computing, Engineering or Science with 45 credits at Level 3 and 15 credits at Level 2.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

28

A minimum of 15 points at the higher level and a minimum of 4 points in English and Maths at standard level

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

MMM

Scottish Higher

C,C,C,C

A minimum of 84 UCAS points with at least four passes at higher level, grade C or above. One numerate subject passed at higher level.

UCAS Tariff

88

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Other options

4.0 years | Part-time | 2022

Subject

Systems auditing

**Why study this course?**

You'll learn all about the world of internet fraud on our intensive Digital Forensics and Cyber Security BSc (Hons) degree. On this course you'll discover techniques for stopping hackers, analyse risks and troubleshoot security issues on the latest gadgets.

Our Cyber Security Research Centre provides a secure environment for you to study alongside our industry partners. You'll also get to work on live projects, giving you experience of the real working world.

You'll graduate fully prepared to thrive in the cyber security industry.

**More about this course**

This cutting-edge course is designed to put you at the forefront of computer security, with the curriculum regularly updated to keep up with the industry. You’ll study the prevention, detection, correction and conviction of digital crimes and enhance your essential knowledge of computing principles such as programming, communication networks and information systems.

As a digital crime-fighter, you’ll have the chance to boost your arsenal through exposure to specialist toolkits such as FTK and MPE+, as well as open-source toolkits such as Kali, Metasploit and Honeypot.

Throughout the course you’ll be supported by highly-qualified teaching staff who have strong links with the industry and potential employers. The tutors on your course will provide you with excellent academic guidance, pastoral care and careers advice throughout your studies.

**What our students say**

"Throughout my whole degree, I've loved the subject and the material. The course is very intuitive, and lets you get hands-on in some subjects, so you get the feel of the real world. I definitely would recommend it if you like computers, hacking and forensics."
Diogo FIlipe Coito Gomes, second year student

"Studying Computer Forensics and IT Security has given me the foundation to go on and utilise my skills in a world where cyber security has become a major concern. The course itself covers a wide range of fun in-class activities as well as interesting and challenging assignments that cover real-life scenarios undertaken by detectives and hackers too!

And because the facilities are so great, I am able to simulate real attacks within a controlled environment. These activities help me understand how attacks occur and consequently help prevent them. The lab has many interesting tools available such as Kali Linux, BackTrack5, Encase, FTK and many more.

The whole subject area is always on stand-by to help pupils better their skills. Having viewed other universities and seen their facilities, I am happy that I chose to come here to London Met."
Majid Abdullahi, third year student

Modules

Example Year 1 modules include:

Computer Hardware and Software
Architectures Information Systems
Logic and Problem Solving
Programming

Example Year 2 modules include:

Computer Forensics
Networks and Operating Systems
Professional Issues, Ethics and Computer Law Risk
Crisis and Security Management
Security in Computing

Example Year 3 modules include:

Digital Crime Investigation
Ethical Hacking
Network and Cloud Security
Project
Work Related Learning II

Assessment methods

You'll be assessed through essays, individual and group coursework, exams, research projects and a final dissertation. You'll receive regular supportive feedback throughout the course.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£15,576
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£15,576
per year
International
£15,576
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Republic of Ireland
£15,576
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Holloway

Department:

School of Computing and Digital Media

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Systems auditing

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This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.


Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

94%
UK students
6%
International students
83%
Male students
17%
Female students
81%
2:1 or above
34%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
C
E

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Computing

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£20,000
low
Average annual salary
86%
low
Employed or in further education
78%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

Information systems courses cover a range of areas, including information design, modelling and the finance industry. How well graduates did made a particular difference in 2015 — computing graduates with good grades were much less likely to be out of work after six months. Most students do get jobs, though, and starting salaries are good — particularly in London, and that’s where over a quarter of graduates started work last year. This is also a good degree to take if you want to follow a technical role in the finance or advertising industry. Many jobs for this degree were found in the larger cities last year and opportunities may be more limited outside those areas.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Computing

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£23k

£23k

£25k

£25k

£27k

£27k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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