Forensic Computing for Practitioners

This course is intended to provide a pathway to academic accreditation and recognition for current practitioners who do not have a relevant first degree.


Reasons to study Forensic Computing for Practitioners at De Montfort University:

Forensic Computing for Practitioners addresses the need for continuing professional development and career progression within a rapidly changing environment. The scheme is composed of a series of short course modules and associated coursework modules which can be taken on a standalone basis or may be used to build an award.

  • Get recognition for your studies
    on successful completion, you will have seven industry-recognised professional certificates, and the MSc
  • Study in our dedicated purposebuilt, Cyber Security Centre (CSC)
    which is a state-of-the-art cyber security and forensics laboratory, allowing you to develop your practical and professional skills further
  • Learn from renowned academics
    you will benefit from the expertise and knowledge from industry experts, the course is developed and delivered in conjunction with 7Safe, Cambridge
  • Flexible study options available
    the start dates spaced out throughout the year, and you can take most modules in any order that suits you


Enjoy an international experience with #DMUglobal
students have the opportunity to take part in a #DMUglobal experience, which can enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons


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Cyber Security MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert

Cyber Technology MSc

Professional Practice in Digital Forensics and Security MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert

Software Engineering MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert

  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Duration: Three to six years part-time

Start date: By arrangement

Fees and funding: Price upon application

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Additional costs and optional extras associated with this course

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Key facts for international students

Duration: Three to six years part-time

Start date: By arrangement

Fees and funding: Price upon application

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Additional costs and optional extras associated with this course

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Entry criteria

  • Applicants should normally be employed by and sponsored by law enforcement or associated agencies, or a reputable organisation involved in the forensic computing domain
  • Accredited Prior Learning (APL) may be awarded to those who have studied equivalent short courses elsewhere.

For more information please call the Research and Innovation Office on +44 (0)116 250 6339 or email fc4p@dmu.ac.uk

You should normally have the equivalent of a British Honours degree (2:2 minimum) in a relevant subject but we are happy to consider industry experience or equivalent qualifications.

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English Language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning, is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.

Structure and assessment


Course modules

Teaching and assessments

Academic expertise




All taught modules require full time attendance for a period of one week (with the exception of Foundations of Forensic Computing which runs over two weeks).

All taught modules involve a blend of highly practical, hands-on experience combined with rigorous theoretical and academic training.

A variety of assessment styles are used across the course including: written examinations, practical examinations and coursework such as analytical and investigative reports associated with forensic case scenarios.


The project module requires attendance on specified dates to meet with supervisors, discuss progress, seek advice and guidance, and attend the viva voce examination/demonstration.

Contact and learning hours
You will normally attend 3 hours of timetabled taught sessions each week for each module undertaken during term time, for full time study this would be 12 hours per week during term time. You are expected to undertake around 24 further hours of independent study and assignments as required per week. Alternate study modes and entry points may change the timetabled session available, please contact us for details.


The course is taught exclusively by Professor Tony Sammes, Professor Brian Jenkinson and Angus Marshall, nationally recognised digital forensics practitioners who are members of the Cyber Security Centre at De Montfort University. 


The centre has unrivalled expertise in both computer forensics and security and includes former Chief Information Security Officers of large telecommunications companies, internet banks and cloud service providers, an ex-Vice President of one of the largest computer security companies in the world, information assurance specialists with extensive experience working in various UK defence organisations, leading digital forensics experts and respected government advisors. Several of the team are regular media commentators on forensics and security.

Facilities and features


The Cyber Security Laboratories are among the best equipped facilities of this type in the UK. Developed in consultation with leaders in the industry, they are designed to meet the highest forensics and security standards.

The laboratories contain 65 high-spec, specially customised PCs configured with multiple operating systems, virtualisation and removable hard drives, as well as specialised servers, wired and wireless networking equipment and a wide variety of other hardware and software components.

Cyber Security Centre

The laboratories are also the base for the University's Cyber Security Centre (CSC), a multidisciplinary group of academics and industry experts who focus on a wide variety of cyber security and digital forensics issues. Their mission is to provide the full benefits to all of a safe, secure and resilient cyberspace.

The laboratories play a vital role in the group's research and development work. Whether you are a first year undergraduate or a PhD student, within the laboratories you will be working with the latest tools and techniques at the forefront of computer forensics and security research.

Learning zones

Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.

Originally set up in our main Kimberlin Library, the learning zones proved so popular that more were created in the Eric Wood Building and Greenhouse. These flexible spaces are ideal whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.

They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with interactive whiteboards and DVD players. Eduroam wi-fi is available across all campus locations.

Library services

We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus. These give access to more than half a million publications, an extensive range of DVDs, e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. 

The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year (other than in exceptional circumstances).

Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks. We offer a range of workshops, drop-in and one-to-one sessions, and our Just Ask service provides email and telephone support.

Opportunities and careers




This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.

Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.



Graduate Careers

Graduates will typically be employed as digital forensics practitioners within law enforcement or similar agencies, or as specialists within large organisations requiring forensic incident response/management capabilities.

Opportunities also exist for further academic study towards a PhD and a career in research.

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How to apply

Applications for Forensic Computing for Practitioners are made directly to De Montfort University through the Research and Innovation office.

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