Taught course

Forensic Computing

University of Bradford · School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Entry requirements

2:2 or above in: - Computer Science, or Mathematics or Engineering, following a course which contained a significant proportion of computing; OR - A subject other than those above with demonstrable sufficient relevant professional computing experience - If you have lesser academic qualifications but have substantial (approx. 5 years') relevant work experience, your application may also be considered

Months of entry


Course content

Forensic computing is the application of computer investigation and analysis techniques in the interests of determining potential legal evidence. Evidence might be sought in a wide range of computer crime or misuse, including but not limited to theft of trade secrets, theft or destruction of intellectual property, and fraud. This course will provide you with the skills, knowledge and training required in order to apply forensic science on a computer or network of computers.

Designed for students with a computing background, our course will enable you to expand your knowledge of how computers operate and communicate and issues related to networking and web technologies, in order to develop the skills required to be able to use computers as criminal investigation tools. Our MSc in Forensic Computing comprises both advanced
computer science and particular developments in forensic sciences. The course draws upon the successful research
expertise of the Department of Computing and the Bradford School of Applied Sciences within the School of Life Sciences.
The course is also backed by external collaboration with the UK government's forensic laboratory, and staff and students often work closely with the West Yorkshire Police and other constabularies.

Special Features:
- This course is accredited by the British Computer Society Collaborative Partners: Forensic Science Services and the West Yorkshire Police.

Modules 2011/12:
(C) = Core, (O) = Option
Stage 1 60 Credits (4 x Core Modules):
- Computer Architecture and Systems (10 Credits) (C)
- Computer Crime Investigation (20 Credits split over both Stages) (C)
- ime Scene Management, Courtroom and Expert Witness Skills (10 Credits) (C)
- Nettworks and Protocols (10 Credits) (C)
- Security, Privacy and Data Protection (20 Credits) (C)

Stage 2 60 Credits (4 x Core Modules and 20 Credits from the Option Modules listed):
- Computer Crime Investigation (20 Credits split over both Stages) (C)
- Crime Analysis (10 Credits) (C)
- Digital Image Processing (10 Credits) (C)
- Introduction to Cryptography (10 Credits) (C)
- Artificial Intelligence with Applications (20 Credits) (O)
- Internet Security and Protocols (20 Credits) (O)
- Research Skills and Methodologies (10 Credits) (O)*
Stage 3:
- Dissertation (60 Credits) (C)

* A student may take Research Skills and Methodologies as an alternative to Digital Image Processing if they have already taken this module as part of their undergraduate degree

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

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