"I was absolutely delighted to be contacted by my placement company before I graduated and asked to work as a permanent staff member."Donna Fong, BSc Computer Forensics graduate
The field of computer forensics and cyber security is rapidly growing and our specialist Computer Forensics degree – the first in London – develops the strong logical skills needed to detect, investigate and prevent computer crime. By choosing our multidisciplinary course, you'll be equipped to combat computer crime in a technology-driven world.
Our pioneering and specialist Computer Forensics degree prepares you for an exciting career in this dynamic industry. Technological issues including cyber security, encryption, operating systems and information systems are covered in detail, as well as legal and criminal issues. You will be taught by experts in the field in a high-tech forensic lab and have access to specialist equipment.
You will develop expert knowledge in the technological, ethical and legal issues in this field, including security, encryption, operating systems and information systems. In Year 2, you will have the opportunity to put what you've learned to practical use with a work experience placement at a company such as Apple.
Core modules such as programming, networks, and IT security are covered in this course extensively. You will also be prepared to deal with the legal implications of investigations and learn how to collect and present evidence in an appropriate manner that is admissible in a court of law.
You can find out more about teaching and assessment in the programme specification.
This module will provide you with the basic skills needed to succeed in networking related degree programs and will also help you develop the skills necessary to fulfil the job responsibilities of network technicians, network administrators, and network engineers. It provides a theoretically-rich, hands-on introduction to networking and the Internet.
The aim of this module is to learn the underlying theories for Social Network Analysis (SNA) and Visual Analytics (VA). You will then apply this theory to produce analysis on Social Media, such as Consumer Generated Websites, Information in Organisations, e.g. email, and information related to criminal and digital investigations.
You will learn through practical sessions, including laboratory work and experimentation; modelling and programming; lectures, including talks by guest speakers; seminars, class discussions and group work; tutorials; online discussion boards; research, reading and independent study; presentations and online quizzes.
In your final year you will do a year-long project accompanied by a dissertation. You can opt to extend the course by a year, and spend the third year doing a paid work placement, which we encourage – the evidence is that it enhances your career prospects and normally correlates with a better final year mark. We will help you to find your placement, which will be reflected in the title of your final degree.
There is a strong emphasis in this course on asking questions, being open-minded and collaborating with others to find solutions.
Methods of assessment on this course include: examinations; dissertation; projects; essays and written assignments; laboratory tests; exercises and reports; presentations and online quizzes. You will receive regular feedback on your work, including your assessed coursework. Some assessed work will be done in groups.
We accept applications from students with a wide range of qualifications and a combination of qualifications. Please refer to the table below for our typical offers for this course.
Typical offers for this course:
A Levels minimum two, maximum three subjects
Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma minimum two, maximum three subjects
Access to HE Diploma
Overall pass: must include 45 credits at level 3, of which 15 must be at Merit or higher
If you are unable to meet the entry requirements for this course you may still be eligible for our Foundation year course. This is an extra year of study to prepare you for the full degree. For more information see our Computing and Engineering foundation page.
The UCAS Tariff has changed for courses starting in September 2017. The points awarded to each qualification have been lowered in comparison to the previous UCAS Tariff. Our entry requirements are displayed as the grades you will require, however if you wish to find out the equivalent tariff points please use the UCAS calculator.
UK/EU and International students are eligible to apply for this course.
If you have achieved a qualification such as a foundation degree or HND, or have gained credit at another university, you may be able to enter a Middlesex University course in year two or three. For further information please visit our Transfer students page.
If you have relevant work experience, academic credit may be awarded towards your Middlesex University qualification. For further information please visit our Accreditation of Prior Learning page.
We accept the equivalent of the above qualifications from a recognised overseas qualification. To find out more about the qualifications we accept from your country please visit the relevant Support in your country page.
If you are unsure about the suitability of your qualifications or would like help with your application, please contact your nearest Regional office for support.
You will not need a visa to study in the UK if you are a citizen of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. If you are a national of any other country you may need a visa to study in the UK. Please see our Visas and immigration page for further information.
You must have competence in English language to study with us. The most commonly accepted evidence of English language ability is IELTS 6.0 (with minimum 5.5 in all four components). Visit our English language requirements page for a full list of accepted English tests and qualifications. If you don't meet our minimum English language requirements, we offer an intensive Pre-sessional English course.
Entry onto this course does not require an interview, entrance test, portfolio or audition.
The use of digital technology at home and work has led to a huge rise in computer-based crime. Graduates from our BSc Computer Forensics degree are fully equipped with the technical and analytical skills needed to secure jobs in this growing field. Law enforcement, security consultancy, database development and security management are just some of the areas you can expect to work in.
Computer forensics is still a growing field but you can expect to find jobs within established areas, such as the police, the Serious and Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) and MI5, or roles within security consultants, banking, government departments and IT firms specialising in computer security. Six months after graduating, 100% of graduates are in postgraduate study or have entered a professional role with an average full-time salary of £23,000 (according to the 2009-10 Destination of Leavers in Higher Education survey).
Work placements are proven to increase your success in the job market – as well as being a fantastic experience. You can further develop your interpersonal skills, build your confidence, and make contact with industry leaders. By making a good impression during your placement year, you greatly increase your chances of securing a job with the company after graduation. Research shows that 70% of placements result in a graduate job offer.
We are seeking BCS (British Computer Society) accreditation. You will be eligible for BCS membership retrospectively when it is awarded.
"I really enjoyed my course and feel very confident about my future career. I went on a year-long placement, which confirmed that this is what I want to do and motivated me to do my best during my final year. I was absolutely delighted when my placement company got in touch before I graduated and invited me to join the organisation as a permanent staff member. Now I'm starting my career in computer forensics and looking forward to the future."
Middlesex graduate Damian Milkins is president and co-founder of Control Circle, a global IT services company. Watch a video of Damian discussing his time at Middlesex and his thoughts on our investment in the latest facilities and equipment.