Staffordshire University

Staffordshire University

Digital Forensics and Cybercrime Analysis

During the course we will train you to become a digital forensic investigator. You will be taught analytical and investigative skills using industrial standard tools and techniques in a state of the art digital forensic examination laboratory. The course will enhance your computer knowledge and your interpretation skills to achieve an expert status in digital forensic analysis. We have links with local and national police forces, private investigation companies and government organisations. Our staff are forensic practitioners and the knowledge and skills you will be taught in the course are of relevance to the industry and will allow you to competently prepare evidence for a court of law. During the course you will learn how to examine digital devices such as computer, mobile phone, satellite navigation systems in a forensically sound manner. You will also become an expert in file systems, all aspects of computer security and ethical hacking. You will use industry standard tools such as EnCase, FTK and XRY. We have a diverse number of placements with private investigation companies, high tech crime units and government organisations.

Entry requirements

Normal requirements are at least a UK second class honours degree or equivalent in a related computing discipline, forensic science or Law. If you do not meet the above but have significant appropriate experience, your application will be considered, provided that you satisfy the University that you are capable of responding to the challenge of postgraduate work. If your first language is not English, you will need to demonstrate that you are fluent enough to cope with the course. A minimum score of IELTS 6 or TOEFL 550 (213 computer-based) is normally required.

Course modules

Core modules: digital forensic fundamentals; file system analysis; cybercrime forensic analysis; advanced cybercrime forensic analysis; forensic investigation project; expert witness testimony and digital evidence presentation; computer security high level; malicious code and reverse engineering.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods include assignments, presentations, demonstrations, written reports, end of module examinations, and oral viva.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
PgCert Full-time £ 4,080 per Academic year (home fees) 12 months
PgCert Full-time £ 10,500 per Academic year (overseas fees) 12 months
MSc Full-time £ 4,080 per Academic year (home fees) 18 months
MSc Full-time £ 10,500 per Academic year (overseas fees) 18 months
MSc Sandwich £ 5,080 per Whole course (home fees) 24 months
MSc Sandwich £ 11,500 per Whole course (overseas fees) 24 months
PgCert Part-time £ 28 per Credit (home fees) 24 months
PgDip Part-time £ 28 per Credit (home fees) 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Staffordshire University (Stafford Campus) Stafford ST18 0AD West Midlands

Key information

Telephone number: 
01782 294400