BSc (Hons) Cyber Security and Forensic Computing

  • Available in Clearing 2024
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Studying Cyber Security and Forensic Computing at ARU Peterborough

Our lives, businesses, and governance are moving online at pace. Cyber security and forensic computing has become an essential area of expertise, with career opportunities booming.

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Gain a comprehensive understanding of cyber security and forensic computing principles, including network security, cryptography, cyber threat intelligence, digital forensics, and incident response.

Our Cyber Security and Forensic Computing degree course will enable you to develop the expertise to assess and manage cyber risks, investigate cyber incidents, and protect digital assets from cyber threats.

You’ll learn critical skills in networking technologies, and methodologies required to ensure that systems are protected from cyber-attacks as well as digital forensic techniques for finding and analysing data from crime scenes.

Modules in ethical hacking and cryptography will equip you with the skills to undertake complex analysis and suggest contingencies for ensuring systems are secure and impenetrable.

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Industry-standard labs and equipment

As a Cyber Security and Forensic Computing student at ARU Peterborough, you’ll use:

  • specialist computing labs with multiple networking setups to allow for penetration testing and development of cyber countermeasures
  • industry-standard equipment and software.

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Outstanding student support

Join our student community and:

  • learn from experienced tutors, who'll provide encouragement and feedback
  • benefit from a Personal Development Tutor from day one, who's there to support you throughout your time at university
  • access support, should you need it, with study skills, careers advice, health and wellbeing, and more.


A degree in Cyber Security and Forensic Computing can prepare you for a range of careers, from cybersecurity analyst to a penetration tester to a forensic analyst.

As a cybersecurity analyst, you would be responsible for protecting computer networks and systems from security threats and breaches by implementing security measures and protocols, conducting vulnerability assessments, and analysing security data.

As a penetration tester, you would be responsible for testing the security of computer networks and systems by attempting to exploit vulnerabilities and identify potential weaknesses.

As a forensic analyst, you would be responsible for analysing digital evidence in criminal investigations and providing expert testimony in court.

You could also consider pursuing a career as a security consultant, providing expert advice and recommendations to businesses and organisations on how to optimise their cybersecurity measures. Additionally, you could specialise in areas such as network security, cloud security, or application security, depending on your interests and skills.

These are just a few of the many potential career paths available to Cyber Security and Forensic Computing graduates. With the increasing importance of cyber security and digital forensics in every facet of life, your degree can open up a range of exciting career opportunities.

Graduation doesn’t have to be the end of your time with us. You might decide to stay at ARU and study for a Masters. We’re planning a range of postgraduate degrees at ARU Peterborough, and there is a selection of existing courses in Cambridge and Chelmsford.

Employability and personal career development

Informed by employers, our courses support an integrated approach to employability. You’ll have opportunities to develop the skills and abilities they are looking for and gain a deeper understanding of how your academic learning relates to the world of work through Live Briefs and Ruskin Modules.

To amplify your career ambition, you will need to actively dedicate time outside of your studies, whether you choose to explore placements, internships or volunteering. Or you could make a social impact by collaborating with our partner organisations through our volunteer scheme Students at the Heart of Knowledge Exchange (SHoKE). These all give you an edge, providing you with experience that you will be able to evidence on your CV and talk about in interviews.

Our Employability and Careers Service offers a range of expert advice and support to build your unique professional profile, including tailored career appointments, advice on writing your CV, and help to complete job applications. You’ll have 24/7 access to the Careers Centre, our comprehensive online digital resource, which empowers you to start building a Personal Career Development Plan from the very start. Design your future at ARU.

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Graduate Capitals

To help you stand out when competing for a job after you graduate, we've developed the ARU Graduate Capitals. This is a set of six attributes, valued by employers and industry, that we integrate into our courses and help you develop, so you’ll have life-long career-skills.

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Life in Peterborough

Study in the heart of Peterborough, a historic yet thriving city that's a great home for students. ARU Peterborough is easily accessible by public transport, making it ideal for you to live and study locally.

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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.

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