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Manchester Metropolitan University

Computer Forensics and Security (with Foundation Year)

UCAS Code: G552

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

D,D,D-C,D,D

Pass Access to HE Diploma with a minimum 74 UCAS tariff points.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

24

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

MMP

UCAS Tariff

72-80

A minimum of 72 UCAS Tariff points from at least 2 A levels or equivalent.

83%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

4years

Full-time | 2018

Other options

5 years | Sandwich | 2018

Subject

Systems auditing

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.

The Uni


Course location:

Manchester Metropolitan University

Department:

Computing, Mathematics and Digital Technology

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

67%
low
Systems auditing

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Information systems

Teaching and learning

67%
Staff make the subject interesting
77%
Staff are good at explaining things
73%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
77%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

82%
Library resources
83%
IT resources
85%
Course specific equipment and facilities
63%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

94%
UK students
6%
International students
73%
Male students
27%
Female students
60%
2:1 or above
15%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Information systems

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£20,000
med
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
90%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

25%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
25%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
18%
Information technology technicians
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Information systems courses cover a range of areas, including information design, modelling and the finance industry. How well graduates did made a particular difference in 2015 — computing graduates with good grades were much less likely to be out of work after six months. Most students do get jobs, though, and starting salaries are good — particularly in London, and that’s where over a quarter of graduates started work last year. This is also a good degree to take if you want to follow a technical role in the finance or advertising industry. Many jobs for this degree were found in the larger cities last year and opportunities may be more limited outside those areas.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Systems auditing

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£19k

£19k

£24k

£24k

£25k

£25k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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