Computer and Digital Forensics MComp (Hons)

UCAS code G3F4 MComp/CDF

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About this course 2018/19

Ready to learn the very latest computing techniques, which are set to put you ahead of the game in digital forensics?

On Northumbria’s hands-on digital forensics course, you will be taught to locate and analyse evidence and conduct digital forensic investigations to the highest standard. Using the same software as professionals, you will work in our specialist computer forensics and security laboratories, with support from our highly experienced staff and industry experts.

From day one, you will learn how to conduct investigations, undertake research to solve problems and write reports about your findings and present evidence in a court of law, all essential for a career as a digital forensics specialist. You will develop computing applications for varied discipline specific problem domains, plan and manage the development and use of computing systems and will be encouraged to work both individually and as part of a team.

Learn from the Best

You will be taught by a range of academic staff who bring a wealth of professional experience from the Computer Science and Digital Technologies industries. Coupled with wider technical knowledge, whereby the staff have published work in prestigious authored journals, you will be taught the essential skills you need to succeed in your future career.

In a dynamic learning environment with an expert team of staff, you will be taught theoretical and practical research skills such as information literacy, as well as problem solving skills around project management, self-directed learning and communication skills. You will develop an understanding of important research methods and approaches which could be directly relatable to the demands of future career.

 caption: Lecturer - Sara caption: Learn from the best  caption: Meet the team


Teaching and Assessment

You will be able to develop your general computing knowledge alongside analytical and practical skills in a dynamic and stimulating learning environment.

This course encourages you to develop independent learning skills as well as the ability to work efficiently and efficiently in a group. You will be taught discipline specific knowledge and will learn transferable intellectual and professional skills which will be directly relatable to your future career.

You will be provided with a wide range of learning opportunities, including lectures and seminars, practical use of tools and equipment, laboratory work, professional practice speakers, guided study and self-directed independent learning.

You will be supported in your learning, where appropriate, via an electronic learning portal (Blackboard) that provides remote access to course materials, by electronic submission and feedback on your assessments, and online reading lists.

Learning Environment

When you want to get hands-on with technology and really understand how everything connects, our range of specialist facilities will support you.

On this course, you will be able to investigate, diagnose, apply fixes and protections to ensure that organisations can make the best use of their technology.

You will have the opportunity to access state of the art facilities and equipment which will encourage your individual intellectual freedom and allow your creative vision to become a reality.

You will have access to dedicated Computer Network Technology and Digital Security labs as well as open access computing areas which students can use during free periods and into the evenings and weekends. 

caption: University Library   caption: Our Facilities

Research-rich Learning

We are living in a digital age where all of our lives are impacted by computer sciences and digital technologies, from cyber security and computational intelligence to games and visual effects. You will be immersed in a research-rich environment with new and exciting insights into the discipline by our rapidly expanding Computer Science research groups.

You will be taught by staff with a strong academic background in areas such as Computer and Electronic Security Systems Computational Linguistics, Web Programming and Informational Visualisation. With access to diverse research work carried out by our expert academic staff, we seek to promote innovative and excellent learning and teaching practice, which will improve your student experience here at Northumbria.

58% of the department's outputs ranked as world-leading or internationally excellent according to the latest UK wide research assessment exercise (REF2014, UoA11) making us the leading Modern University in the North East for research power.


caption: University Research  caption: Department Research

Give your Career an Edge

The course is designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary for graduate employment in computing and progression to further study if desired.

Here at Northumbria, we know how valuable work experience can be in terms of giving you a head start in your career so we enable you to gain real-world experience on a year long professional placement in your third year on this course. Thanks to Northumbria’s excellent professional links, including strong relationships with leading corporate companies and the police, you could gain invaluable experience working in computing related employment in either the public or private sector.

You will also have the opportunity to study abroad in your third year at a partner institution, enabling you to gain global perspective on your subject and boost your future career prospects.

caption: Plan your career

Your Future

This course is the established route for those interested in taking their enthusiasm for identifying, analysing, designing and solving a variety of computing problems to degree level and beyond.

Our Computer and Digital Forensics course puts you in excellent stead for a host of exciting career paths. Upon graduating, you will be highly skilled and professional in developing and managing computing solutions. 

You will graduate with the digital forensic skills and computing fundamentals you need to enter a wide range of careers including in law enforcement, government, multinational corporations, specialist digital forensic companies, IT support, software development and telecommunications.

About this course 2019/20

Ready to learn the very latest computing techniques, which are set to put you ahead of the game in digital forensics?

On Northumbria’s hands-on digital forensics course, you will be taught to locate and analyse evidence and conduct digital forensic investigations to the highest standard. Using the same software as professionals, you will work in our specialist computer forensics and security laboratories, with support from our highly experienced staff and industry experts.

From day one, you will learn how to conduct investigations, undertake research to solve problems and write reports about your findings and present evidence in a court of law, all essential for a career as a digital forensics specialist. You will develop computing applications for varied discipline specific problem domains, plan and manage the development and use of computing systems and will be encouraged to work both individually and as part of a team.

Learn from the Best

You will be taught by a range of academic staff who bring a wealth of professional experience from the Computer Science and Digital Technologies industries. Coupled with wider technical knowledge, whereby the staff have published work in prestigious authored journals, you will be taught the essential skills you need to succeed in your future career.

In a dynamic learning environment with an expert team of staff, you will be taught theoretical and practical research skills such as information literacy, as well as problem solving skills around project management, self-directed learning and communication skills. You will develop an understanding of important research methods and approaches which could be directly relatable to the demands of future career.

 caption: Lecturer - Sara caption: Learn from the best  caption: Meet the team


Teaching and Assessment

You will be able to develop your general computing knowledge alongside analytical and practical skills in a dynamic and stimulating learning environment.

This course encourages you to develop independent learning skills as well as the ability to work efficiently and efficiently in a group. You will be taught discipline specific knowledge and will learn transferable intellectual and professional skills which will be directly relatable to your future career.

You will be provided with a wide range of learning opportunities, including lectures and seminars, practical use of tools and equipment, laboratory work, professional practice speakers, guided study and self-directed independent learning.

You will be supported in your learning, where appropriate, via an electronic learning portal (Blackboard) that provides remote access to course materials, by electronic submission and feedback on your assessments, and online reading lists.

Learning Environment

When you want to get hands-on with technology and really understand how everything connects, our range of specialist facilities will support you.

On this course, you will be able to investigate, diagnose, apply fixes and protections to ensure that organisations can make the best use of their technology.

You will have the opportunity to access state of the art facilities and equipment which will encourage your individual intellectual freedom and allow your creative vision to become a reality.

You will have access to dedicated Computer Network Technology and Digital Security labs as well as open access computing areas which students can use during free periods and into the evenings and weekends. 

caption: University Library   caption: Our Facilities

Research-rich Learning

We are living in a digital age where all of our lives are impacted by computer sciences and digital technologies, from cyber security and computational intelligence to games and visual effects. You will be immersed in a research-rich environment with new and exciting insights into the discipline by our rapidly expanding Computer Science research groups.

You will be taught by staff with a strong academic background in areas such as Computer and Electronic Security Systems Computational Linguistics, Web Programming and Informational Visualisation. With access to diverse research work carried out by our expert academic staff, we seek to promote innovative and excellent learning and teaching practice, which will improve your student experience here at Northumbria.

58% of the department's outputs ranked as world-leading or internationally excellent according to the latest UK wide research assessment exercise (REF2014, UoA11) making us the leading Modern University in the North East for research power.


caption: University Research  caption: Department Research

Give your Career an Edge

The course is designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary for graduate employment in computing and progression to further study if desired.

Here at Northumbria, we know how valuable work experience can be in terms of giving you a head start in your career so we enable you to gain real-world experience on a year long professional placement in your third year on this course. Thanks to Northumbria’s excellent professional links, including strong relationships with leading corporate companies and the police, you could gain invaluable experience working in computing related employment in either the public or private sector.

You will also have the opportunity to study abroad in your third year at a partner institution, enabling you to gain global perspective on your subject and boost your future career prospects.

caption: Plan your career

Your Future

This course is the established route for those interested in taking their enthusiasm for identifying, analysing, designing and solving a variety of computing problems to degree level and beyond.

Our Computer and Digital Forensics course puts you in excellent stead for a host of exciting career paths. Upon graduating, you will be highly skilled and professional in developing and managing computing solutions. 

You will graduate with the digital forensic skills and computing fundamentals you need to enter a wide range of careers including in law enforcement, government, multinational corporations, specialist digital forensic companies, IT support, software development and telecommunications.

Course info

UCAS Code G3F4 MComp/CDF

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 4 years full-time or 5 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Computer and Information Sciences

Location Pandon Building, Newcastle City Campus

City Newcastle

Start September 2018 or September 2019

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