Explore the interconnected fields of computer forensics and security. This four-year course will see you progress from an undergraduate degree after your initial three years of study to postgraduate-level study in your fourth and final year, enabling you to gain a masters-level qualification. The areas of computer forensics and security are more closely related than ever before, with police forces creating cybercrime teams which draw on expertise from across these two specialities. You will learn how to analyse digital devices such as hard drives and mobile phones to capture data that can be used as evidence in criminal trials. We will teach you where devices hide their data and how to retrieve it so it can be used in a variety of criminal cases, from those involving intellectual property theft to murder. You will combine this knowledge with a thorough investigation of computer security as you discover new and more robust ways to protect digital data. Using our secure networks, you will gain hands-on experience of hacking into computer systems so you can understand how to install security measures, including firewalls and intrusion detection systems, in order to protect them. **IT LABS** The University is home to a number of modern specialist IT labs equipped with all the up-to-date hardware and software our computing students could need.