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BSc (Hons) Cyber Security and Digital Forensics

  • Placement year available
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An industry standard, hands-on digital forensics, incident response and cyber security course, studying in the heart of Cambridge city.

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Study at an award-winning university

We're the Times Higher Education (THE) University of the Year. We've also been awarded a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework – a reflection of the outstanding education we offer our students.

Why Cyber Security and Digital Forensics at ARU?

  • Study in the Silicon Fen, home to Apple, Microsoft, Samsung AI and many more – the perfect opportunity to connect with top employers.
  • Bring the world of work to life through Live Briefs; designed and developed with regional employers, such as PA Consulting and Kear Technology Solutions to give you exposure to ‘real world’ problem-solving.
  • Gain expert witness experience by defending digital forensics scenarios against Law students, performing mobile forensics on Android OS, revealing suspect actions and analysing malware activity.
  • Gain access to the Cisco CCNA, CompTIA Security+ and EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) curriculums.
  • Explore our on-site specialist labs and our online virtual lab (NETLAB), equipped with cutting-edge cyber security and forensics tools and operating systems.

Digital forensics and incident response currently makes up the most prominent labour shortage in the UK cyber security sector. This course is designed for practical, hands-on skill development by industry professionals for the next generation of new industry professionals. Will you be one of them?

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Facilities and accreditation

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Industry-standard facilities

Our Cambridge campus features state-of-the-art teaching facilities, with specialised networking and cyber facilities including:

  • networking equipment racks
  • ethical hacking and IoT devices
  • rooms specialising in digital forensics to give you the feel of working in a professional lab environment.

Our students take part in accredited partnerships through modules, such as CompTIA Network & security + and our CISCO networking academy. Take a guided tour and meet our students.

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Outstanding student support

As a student at ARU, you'll benefit from:

  • the opportunity to take a placement year as part of your course
  • ongoing careers and employability support
  • business support and mentoring through our start-up hub.


Students will have local and internationally renowned speakers throughout the course. This is either in the modules as a guest lecture, a live brief, or an industry speaker through our Cambridge OWASP chapter/BCS Cyberforensics Special Interests group.

Students will also have the opportunity for research placements, cyber-specific careers events and expert advice from local/international employers.

Apply now for BSc (Hons) Cyber Security and Digital Forensics

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Our friendly, bustling campus is a stone’s throw from the centre of Cambridge, often described as the perfect student city.

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Do you have a question that we haven't answered so far? Talk to our application experts. You can also ask our Student Ambassadors about life at ARU.

We're here Monday-Thursday 9am-5pm (please note we close at 3.30pm on the first and third Thursday of the month for staff training), and Friday 9am-4.30pm.

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Placement year available

You have the option to take a placement year as part of this course. It’s a great chance to get hands-on experience in the industry you want to work in.

Your guide to placements