Taught course

Digital Forensic Investigation

Staffordshire University · Justice, Security and Sustainability

Entry requirements

The entry requirements for the award are normally: An undergraduate degree (2:2) in Forensic Science, Forensic Biology, Forensic Investigation, Policing and Criminal Investigation, Computing, STEM, or a related discipline.

If students do not have the required qualification but have professional experience, we would encourage you to apply as we consider all applications on their individual merit. Similarly, if you are unsure whether your degree would be appropriate, please contact our enquiries team who will be able to assist you.

Months of entry


Course content

This innovative award focuses upon the use of new technologies to digitally document crime scenes, analyse digital evidence as well as understand concepts of digital law. This emerging area is aligned with the rapidly changing face of forensic investigations around the world.

You’ll gain up-to-date knowledge for a career in this fast-moving area of forensic investigation. By using innovative software you’ll be equipped with the skills needed to collect, document, and interpret digital forensic evidence. In the final term, you’ll undertake an independent research project on a topic of your choice relating to this award.

Using real-world scenarios, you’ll apply theoretical understanding and knowledge to practical exercises in computer laboratories and at our crime scene house.

This award is ideal for professionals or graduates who may not come from a traditional computing science background and wish to obtain a broad range of knowledge and skills required to record crime scenes and analyse digital evidence using new technologies.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: MSc Digital Forensic Investigation

Part-time study

You can take the full-time route, over 12 months, or a part-time route over 24 months.

There is no placement as part of this course. However, students may wish to take some form of relevant employment or voluntary work as part of their course. The Staffordshire Forensic Partnership could facilitate work placements for students.

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    13 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    25 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Enquiries Team
+44 (0)1782 294000