Taught course

Digital Forensics and Computer Security

University of Derby · College of Engineering and Technology

Entry requirements

An Honours degree in computing (at least 2.2), or a degree with substantial relevant content for this specialist discipline, or an equivalent professional qualification relevant to this specialist discipline, or an alternative award and/or experience considered to be of an equivalent standard to one of the above. If English is not your first language you will need to demonstrate proficiency in English (IELTS 6.5 or equivalent).

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

If you're from a computing, legal or law enforcement background you can extend your professional interests and profile in an area that is quickly becoming crucially important to organisations, as the involvement of computers in criminal activity constantly increases.

A computer can be used as the tool, the target or the storage area of a crime. The investigator is required to collect the involved digital media, examine and analyse the digital evidence and report the evidential findings.

There is a rapid growth and continued demand in the digital forensics industry. A number of very specific factors are contributing towards the growth of digital forensic investigation:

  • Cyber-attack threat levels have increased the requirement for intelligent analysis of information and the investigation of digital devices
  • An increasing multitude of digital devices capable of storing evidence have made the issue of investigation more complex
  • Increased capacities in memory storage mean that computer investigations require more time. Many police forces are struggling to deal with a back log of digital cases.

This programme brings together the core skills of forensics and security. During the course you will learn about fundamental as well as advanced research concepts in both computer forensics and security. There is an emphasis on professional research and you will be given opportunities throughout the programme to get involved with key research areas, including industry based projects developed through our excellent links with industry.

The Derbyshire Information Security Consortium (DISC) regularly hosts talks from industry professionals which you can attend to enhance your learning and development in this area. Find out more at www.derby.ac.uk/disc

You will study in a state-of-the-art computer forensics laboratory equipped with the latest specialist software and you will develop knowledge to apply the computer forensic process.

Fees and funding

UK students
£580 per 20 credits
International students
£12,000 for the full programme

Qualification and course duration


part time
36 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

College of Engineering and Technology
+44 (0)1332 590500