This degree focuses on the key elements of computer forensics and security, namely principles and practices, information and network security, file system based forensics and analysis, network and internet forensics and the legal and ethical issues involved in any digital investigation. You will gain a broad understanding of the phases of a forensic investigation and of computing in general. Extensive group work will develop your ability to think logically and use your initiative to critically analyse problems in the forensic domain. Typical areas of study include programming, computer hardware and fundamentals, computing mathematics, computer networks and operating systems alongside specialist subjects such as forensics and security of file systems, networks and the internet. The School is an academic partner of the Institute of Information Security Professionals. This partner status recognises our expertise in the field of information and cyber security. Features and benefits of the course: - The course gives you the opportunity to specialise in the fascinating and fast-growing field of computer forensics and security. - Accreditation renewal of the degree programme is in progress ahead of 2017 intake (and subsequent years), subject to re-approval by the British Computing Society, the chartered professional body for IT. A BCS accredited degree allows graduates on completion to gain Chartered IT Professional status and become a graduate member of the BCS. - The School of Computing, Mathematics and Digital Technology is an academic partner of the Institute of Information Security Professionals. This partner status recognises our expertise in the field of information and cyber security. - You will study a curriculum designed in conjunction with industry to equip you with the range of skills and strengths that employers demand. - The four year sandwich route gives you the opportunity to spend your third year on industrial placement boosting your employment prospects on graduation. - You will experience what it's like to work as part of a professional team finding solutions to complex problems via group projects. You can also get involved with extracurricular work to further apply your skills, for example, gaming events and the student computing society. - We recently invested £300k in hardware upgrades across the Faculty of Science and Engineering. Our excellent facilities include ten new state-of-the-art teaching laboratories equipped with high-specification PCs and Apple Macs with high performance systems and specialist software tools which work on Windows, Linux and Mac OS. - Teaching and research laboratories have advanced graphics workstations, clusters of graphical processing units and NEC SX61 and SX8 vector supercomputers. Our usability lab captures and analyses human behaviour as we interact with digital content.