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Forensic Computing BSc (Hons)

This course includes a mix of technical computing and professional practice, developing your ability to investigate digital technology abuse.


Clearing 2017 - Apply now for courses starting September 2017

This course will help you to understand precisely how digital evidence can be investigated in a forensically sound manner.

Reasons to study Forensic Computing at De Montfort University:

  • Join one of the top 10 most popular universities in the UK for home and EU students, as rated by UCAS
    Find out why our students say #IchoseDMU
  • Accredited by the BCS - The Chartered Institute for IT
    the first step to achieving the industry-recognised Chartered IT Professional (CITP) status 
  • 100% graduate employability
    our graduates are in work or further study within six months of completing this course*, with graduates working at companies such as; Santander, 7Safe, Palmer Legal Technologies and CCL Forensics Ltd 
  • Dedicated work placements
    enhance your practical and professional skills, with recent placements undertaken at Airbus Group, Viglen, Syngenta, Jagex and Capgemini
  • International reputation for research
    DMU’s Cyber Security Centre has an international reputation in computer forensics and digital forensics, which influences the UK government and corporations in their approach to digital forensics and security 
  • Industry-standard facilities
    access specialist forensic and security laboratories within our dedicated Cyber Security Centre, equipped with customised PCs that are configured with multiple operating systems, virtualisation and removable hard drives 
  • Enjoy an international experience with #DMUglobal
    we offer all students the opportunity to take part in a #DMUglobal experience, which can enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons.

*The latest Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey, 2014/15

This course includes a mix of technical computing and professional practice, developing your ability to investigate digital technology misuse.

It has been refined over the years to help investigators understand precisely what digital devices do, and how digital evidence can be investigated in a forensically sound manner Expert guest lectures will be given by a wide range of professionals in the forensics and security sector, ensuring learning is relevant to cutting-edge developments in the field. Computational theory is used across a range of experimental playgrounds and you will learn to interpret complex scenarios so that a non-specialist can understand.

The course has been designed for students interested in a career in either computer security or forensic computing. 


"During the course I gained key technical skills in the area of Forensic Computing that I could not have gained elsewhere. My time during my placement and final year really helped me to gain the skills needed to successfully gain a forensic position even before I graduating."

Christopher Mayhew, Forensic Computing BSc (Hons) graduate


*The latest Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey, 2013/14


Graduate success and news 

Sky's the limit for Molly (Forensic Computing) after Airbus placement 

DMU's 48-hour Hackathon in Brazil leads to winning app

DMU's just the job for our Technology graduates


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  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: FG45

Duration: Three years full-time, four years with placement

Fees and funding: For 2017/18 tuition fees will be £9,250 (subject to Parliamentary approval)

Find out more about tuition fees and available funding.

Apply for the Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship, worth up to £6,000.

Find out about additional costs and optional extras.

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

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: FG45

Duration: Three years full-time, four years with placement

Fees and funding: £12,750

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Find out about additional costs and optional extras.

How to apply: International students can apply to study at DMU directly using our online portal or direct application form

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

International students can apply to study at DMU directly using our online applications portal.

Entry criteria

2017 Entry Criteria

  • Five GCSEs at grade C or above, including English and Mathematics or equivalent, plus one of the following:
  • Normally 112 UCAS points from at least two A-levels or equivalent or
  • BTEC National Diploma/ Extended Diploma at DMM or
  • Pass in the QAA accredited Access to HE. English and Mathematics GCSE required as a separate qualification as equivalency is not accepted within the Access qualification. We will normally require students to have had a break from full-time education before undertaking the Access course or
  • International Baccalaureate: 26+ points
  • Foundation Year in Computing: Pass Foundation, and progression is at the discretion of the programme leader. Refer to the Foundation team for further guidance 

Portfolio Required: No

Interview Required: No

We welcome applications from mature students with non-standard qualifications and recognise all other equivalent and international qualifications

English language – If English is not your first language we require an English language level of IELTS 6.0 with 5.5 in each component or equivalent

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.

UCAS Tariff changes

Students applying for courses starting in September 2017 will be made offers based on a new UCAS Tariff. Find out more.


Structure and assessment


Course modules

Teaching and assessments




First year

Core modules:

  • Programming in C - this module covers general programming skills and applies them to a widely-used programming language. The syntax and semantics of the program structures is covered and practical experience gained through weekly lab exercises

  • Computer Ethics, Law and Portfolio – computer ethics explores the ethical and moral underpinnings of UK society and how these impact on the use of interconnected computer systems. The Computer law component explores the historical basis of UK and EU law, substantive law relating particularly to computers, and procedural law concerning the handling of digital evidence. The portfolio work concentrates on the development of client-side web applications

  • Elements of Computing – this module covers three related themes of computer architecture, operating systems and networks. Aspects of computer security are discussed appropriately within the topics. Operating systems mediate between the user and the underlying machine.
    Topics include processes, file systems, memory management, and shell scripting. The computer networks topics include network architectures, data communication fundamentals, transmission schemes and technologies, LAN protocols, and Internet Protocols. The computer architecture topics include CPU components, number representation systems, and an appreciation of assembler programming.

  • Computational Modelling –this module covers a number of related topic areas. The underlying discrete mathematics supports the practical subjects of functional programming and SQL. The topics covered include discrete mathematics (including logic and set theory), hypothesis testing – applying the scientific method, functional programming - an important, contemporary programming paradigm, SQL (querying relational database tables) and software testing techniques


Second year

Core modules:

  • Organisations, Project Management and Research – topics include: the business context within which IT projects are procured and developed; major components of the software lifecycle from requirements analysis to system maintenance; software project management including the analysis of risk and metrics for software quality, reliability; compliance and assurance standards; software tools for supporting the management and development process. The module includes a group project element in which a relevant topic is researched and presented to a professional standard

  • Forensics and Security - you will study the principles of digital forensics and security as abstract concepts, and use Windows to learn how to acquire non-volatile digital residue which has evidential value. You will also learn techniques that enhance the security of Linux servers

  • Multi-tier Web Applications – topics include Internet Protocols (including HTTP(S), DNS, HTML, CSS, XML, SMTP, IMF; the client-server paradigm; server configuration; introduction to web application penetration testing), Databases (the relational model; keys, relationships, connection traps; SQL mapping via DDL; integrity, transactions, access control, security) and Secure Scripting (server-side scripting with PHP and client-side scripting with JavaScript)

  • Issues in Criminal Justice – this module comprises three distinct areas; students first learn about the sources of law in terms of case law and statute and how to use authorities to substantiate a legal argument. The courts and personnel, including the judiciary, are considered next. In the second segment distinct offences and defences are explored, for instance homicide, theft and robbery, defences include insanity and intoxication. In the final segment students learn about the law that regulates the admissibility of evidence in the court room. 

Third year

Core modules:

  • Digital Evidence – this topic gives you the opportunity to conduct forensic investigation of realistic mock scenarios and then to present your findings in a manner expected of an expert witness

  • Professionalism in Forensics and Security – explores the framework within which the professional security consultant works

  • Individual Project – this is where you will have the chance to truly show your ability by defining a research question, conducting experimental research and presenting your findings. Regular supervision meetings will help you to maintain focus and momentum.

Optional modules:

  • Secure Web Application Development
  • Web Application Penetration Testing
  • Telematics 
  • Functional Software Development
  • Front-End Web Development
  • Database Management and Programming
  • Fuzzy Logic and Knowledge Based Systems
  • Privacy and Data Protection


The course is part of the University’s Cyber Security Centre, which has a national and international reputation in digital forensics and computer security and influences the government and UK corporations in their approach to digital forensics and security. 

You will normally attend around 12–15 hours of timetabled taught sessions each week, split across a variety of lectures, small group activities and practical laboratory work.

Coursework includes frequent laboratory-based phase tests to give early feedback on progress. Assessed essays are set for some topics and you will build a portfolio to showcase your abilities. 

In the second year, you will be set more substantial, but less frequent assignments, including a research project. In the final year, options are typically assessed by examination with the core material being evaluated by coursework. 

A prominent part of the course is the fortnightly series of guest lectures, given by a wide range of experts in the forensics and security domain, ensuring your learning is relevant to cutting-edge developments in the field.

In the first year, you will have timetabled taught sessions for approximately 13-15 hours each week, split across a variety of lectures, small group activities and practical laboratory work.



Facilities and features

Cyber Security Laboratories

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.

Campus Centre

The current home of De Montfort Students' Union (DSU), Campus Centre, has been completely refurbished to create a state-of-the-art environment for DSU improving the student experience.

The new-look Campus Centre is the hub for student life. On the ground floor, visitors can eat or drink at a café selling Starbucks coffee, at Subway or at Milly Lane’s, the campus’ newest eatery run by DSU, selling freshly handmade hot and cold food, coffee and smoothies.

Also on the ground floor is a Spar and Subway. There is also the DSU-owned charitable accommodation service Sulets and SUpplies, DSU’s shop, selling art supplies stationary  and clothing, and offering printing and binding services.

A newly-created staircase in the centre of the building leads up to the first floor, where the DSU officer team has new offices. 

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Opportunities and careers


Graduate Careers

Graduates pursue careers as forensic computing specialists for government agencies, security consultancies and commercial IT departments. Recent graduates are working for companies including Santander and CCL Forensics Ltd.

Graduates are also well positioned to continue their academic careers by embarking on postgraduate study, in either research or taught areas, which offers the opportunity for further specialisation and enhances their existing skills.



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.

Our #DMUglobal High Flyers Award offers students a discount of up to £1,000 towards a #DMUglobal opportunity (terms and conditions apply).



Work-based placements are one of the best ways to boost your skills and experience, and can often lead to your first graduate role.

They are the perfect means of discovering how your studies relate to the real world, and provide an opportunity to improve your confidence and make contacts to help you get ahead in the job market.

DMU’s dedicated Placements Teams can help you by providing access to hundreds of opportunities, giving one-to-one CV advice and interview preparation, and offering training sessions and support from a dedicated tutor.

In the past, students have taken part in work experience placements at many local and national companies, including: Airbus, ECSC Ltd, CY4OR Ltd, Viglen Ltd, Syngenta, Jagex Ltd and Capgemini UK.

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We offer a range of high-standard accommodation for our students, with nine halls of residence – and around 2,300 rooms – all of which are within easy walking distance of the campus. There is a choice of mixed or same-gender flats, shared kitchen and laundry facilities, furnished bedrooms (some with en suite facilities) and internet access. Find out more.


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Run by students for students, DSU now offers more than 120 societies as well as 40 sports clubs. You can also get involved in the award-winning Demon Media group, volunteer to help in the community, become a course or faculty rep, and take part in the union’s annual elections. Find out more.


A city like no other

Studying here gives easy access to the vibrant hub of entertainment, shopping and culture that is Leicester. There are clubs, bars and pubs, as well as festivals, live music, theatres and cinemas. Leicester City Football Club play in the Premier League while Leicester Tigers are one of Europe’s biggest rugby clubs. Find out more.

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