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Waterford Institute of Technology

Waterford , Munster ,Ireland

Bachelor of Science (Honours) Computer Forensics and Security

What is the BSc (Hons) in Computer Forensics & Security?
The BSc (Hons) in Computer Forensics & Security is a four year honours degree course equipping graduates with the specialised skills and knowledge needed to secure, monitor and examine electronic crime scenes and digital environments. This is a computer science degree with a specialism in the securing, monitoring and investigating of computers, digital devices and data. It also covers programming, computer networks, operating systems and web technologies. It allows you to investigate, decode and decipher the digital world in which you live. 

Why is Computer Forensics and Security important?
People generate vast amounts of data every day with each person leaving a digital footprint across the web. Your data is used by companies to sell you products and to see what you are interested in. Your data is also used by hacktivists, cyber criminal gangs and different states that are engaged in a cyberwar and information war with these companies and with each other. Data, in the 21st century, is more valuable than oil. You need to control and protect your data, and the data of others. Understanding this area allows you to protect everything in your life, such as family, friends, energy, money, transport, even the food and water you consume.

Just as a murder scene needs to be secured so too do electronic crime scenes. There are particular ways of securing evidence and students learn how to do this. Electronic crime scenes often involve child pornography, blackmail, financial fraud and data theft. Criminal prosecutors have used computer forensic evidence to form the backbone in murder cases and robberies through the use of technologies such as mobile phone forensics.

Computer forensics is the application of the scientific method to digital media in order to establish factual information for judicial review. This process often involves investigating computer systems to determine whether they are or have been used for illegal or unauthorised activities.

Campus Information

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Intakes

  • July

Application Processing Time in Days: 10

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

WIT’s award-winning Careers Development Centre is the main point of contact for:

  • Students and graduates, helping you explore your options, develop your employability skills and make successful job applications
  • Academic Staff, supporting you to equip your students with the skills they need to enhance their employability and succeed in their future careers
  • Employers interested in securing the recruitment of well educated, career orientated, informed graduates

The Careers Development Centre supports the Institute in providing opportunities for students and graduates to develop the skills and attributes required to manage their careers throughout their working lives.

PSW Opportunity

2 Years

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

  • You should be at least 17 years of age in January of the year of entry.
  • You must have a Secondary/High School Diploma, with good grades in English and Mathematics and at least 4 other subjects, on average + 60%.
  • Some courses have special entry requirements, which you should check under the course details.

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