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Sheffield Hallam University

Computer Security with Forensics

UCAS Code: F4G4

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

Entry requirements


Access to HE Diploma

M:15

Access to HE Diploma with at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2. At least 15 level 3 credits must be at merit grade or above, from a QAA-recognised Access to HE course, or an equivalent Access to HE certificate.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE English language and mathematics at grade C or grade 4 or above.

UCAS Tariff

96-112

• 112 UCAS points including at least 64 points from two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. We accept AS levels. We accept General Studies. Or • 96 UCAS points from three A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. We accept General Studies.

85%
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

3years

Full-time | 2018

Other options

4 years | Sandwich | 2018

Subjects

Computer science

Forensic science

Prepare for a career designing security systems and identifying and finding evidence of cybercrimes.**What you study**You develop the skills to design and secure complex information systems. You learn to respond appropriately to security incidents by gathering evidence and gaining an understanding of the legal and regulatory environment around complex information systems.Your study encompasses security and forensic tools, including modules such as maths and cryptography secure networking technologies digital forensics investigative forensics expert witness information security management network intrusion and detection systems.As a computer scientist, you also study computer architecture programming database systems computer networks project management.Your confidence in your knowledge of IT as well as security, will allow you to move into other areas of computing as a graduate if you wish.**Placements** You get the opportunity to apply your skills in year three, when you can choose to take a one-year paid work placement. This This is an excellent opportunity to build on your skills and knowledge from your first two years, and experience application of that knowledge to the field. Students on this course can apply for positions with major placement providers, such as Satisnet Sec-1 BT HSBC IBM Citrix and many other companies.As part of your course there are also opportunities to study abroad as part of the Erasmus programme.**Employability**As a graduate you can find roles in a range of IT security related settings within dedicated security companies the police force large-scale businesses and industries. You can also work in the general IT area, using skills relating to the increasingly important area of cyber security.You are guided in the first steps of your career through career-focused sessions such as interview and presentation skills classes. You also develop your CV and application writing skills and learn how to set up a small business or enterprise. We include seminars and workshops run by the Institution of Engineering and technology and by employers, such as IBM, BT and Eli Lilly.

Modules

**Year one core modules**- • introduction to computer and information security • networking fundamental, CCNA1 • programming fundamentals • mathematics and cryptography • computer systems and architecture • professionalism and communication skills

**Year two core modules**- • digital forensics • secure networking technologies • network intrusion detection • database administration and security • network services and administration • project-based learning

**Year three**- • work placement

**Final year core modules**- • investigative forensics • computer forensics expert witness • information security management • enterprise applications management • project
**Final year options** • network management • management of it services • web security

Assessment methods

• Coursework
• Online and paper-based exams

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£12,750
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

Extra funding

Scholarships, discounts and bursaries may be available to students who study this course.

The Uni


Course location:

Sheffield Hallam University

Department:

Single tier structure

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.

77%
med
Computer science
54%
low
Forensic science

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.

Computer science

Teaching and learning

80%
Staff make the subject interesting
86%
Staff are good at explaining things
81%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
88%
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

85%
Library resources
85%
IT resources
86%
Course specific equipment and facilities
71%
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?

89%
UK students
11%
International students
87%
Male students
13%
Female students
69%
2:1 or above
6%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
C

Forensic and archaeological sciences

Teaching and learning

55%
Staff make the subject interesting
55%
Staff are good at explaining things
73%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
73%
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
90%
IT resources
80%
Course specific equipment and facilities
36%
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?

96%
UK students
4%
International students
28%
Male students
72%
Female students
64%
2:1 or above
8%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
D

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.

Computer science

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.

£24,000
med
Average annual salary
88%
low
Employed or in further education
85%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

46%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
22%
Information technology technicians
7%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

This is a newly-classified subject area for this kind of data, so we don’t currently have very much information to display or analyse yet. The subject is linked to important and growing computing industries, and over time we can expect more students to study them — there could be opportunities that open up for graduates in these subjects as the economy develops over the next few years.

Forensic and archaeological sciences

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.

£19,500
med
Average annual salary
90%
low
Employed or in further education
100%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

20%
Science, engineering and production technicians
13%
Quality and regulatory professionals
11%
Teaching and educational professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

The statistics here primarily reflect the prospects for forensic science graduates - they make up over three quarters of the group. While there are not a lot of jobs available in forensics itself just at the moment, reflected in the overall unemployment rates for forensic science graduates, there are still jobs for graduates from these subjects as they learn useful analysis techniques that some employers can find in short supply. Last year's graduates went into analysis work in labs, technician roles and general research, and for those looking a little wider, business roles and management also employed forensics graduates. Some graduates join the police with this degree and that can be a good source of sponsorship and work experience.

What about your long term prospects?

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

Computer science

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

£20k

£20k

£23k

£23k

£28k

£28k

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.

Forensic science

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

£21k

£21k

£22k

£22k

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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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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