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Computer Science with Security and Forensics (BSc)

  • G4F4

3 years (full-time) / n/a (part-time) / n/a (distance / e-Learning)

An increase in the business use of Internet-based applications and the rise in computer based crime, together with the impact of applications such as Facebook and Twitter, has changed the nature of security risks making Security and Forensics of real value to employers. This three year degree programme at Cardiff will provide you with a firm understanding of the principles, tools and technologies needed to ensure that an organisation's investment in Information and Communications Technology meets its needs in a secure manner.

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Key Facts

UCAS Code G4F4
Duration 3 years
How to apply
Typical places available The School admits 115 students each year to its undergraduate degree programmes
Typical applications received 570
Scholarships & Bursaries
Typical A-level offer ABB-AAB
Admissions Tutors Dr Jianhua Shao
Tel Number 029 2087 4812
Email address
School website

This three-year programme starts by introducing the basic computing skills and concepts which will underpin your degree and future career.

Short projects in year 1 are followed by a substantial team project in year 2, when you will use your new skills and knowledge to design and implement a software system. In year 3, you will focus on emerging technologies and undertake an individual project centred on your own interests.

Year 1

In year 1 you will follow the same structure as the Computer Science BSc degree programme.  This provides an introduction to the necessary skills required to understand computing as a discipline. You will develop an understanding of how computers work, through studying programming languages such as Python and Java™ and exploring how computers solve complex problems. You will also start to address areas in which organisations share and gather important information, using Web technologies.

Year 1 modules:

  • Architecture and Operating Systems
  • Computational Thinking
  • Developing Quality Software
  • Fundamentals of Computing with Java
  • Problem Solving with Python
  • Professional Skills
  • Web Applications

Year 2

In year 2 more advanced modules will be introduced, expanding your understanding and skills. You will explore the structure and processing of data and create network-aware applications. These more focussed sessions will help you develop an understanding of database systems and also further progress your programming skills.

Year 2 modules:

  • Advanced Programming *
  • Algorithms and Data Structures
  • Communication Networks and Pervasive Computing
  • Database Systems
  • Human Computer Interaction
  • Informatics *
  • Object Oriented Applications
  • Scientific Computing and Multimedia Applications *
  • System Design and Group Project

* Option modules

Year 3

In the final year of your degree you will choose to study core computer science topics like the management of information and knowledge (using industry standard products such as Oracle™) and artificial intelligence. You will focus your degree by following modules that investigate the development and application of effective information security technologies. You will also practice professional aspects of forensic computer analysis. You will have the opportunity to gain first hand knowledge by attending lectures given by experts in the field of computer security and computer forensics.

You will demonstrate your understanding of computer security whilst completing an individual project under the supervision of one of our academic staff.

Year 3 modules:

  • Computational Intelligence *
  • Emerging Technologies
  • Individual Project
  • Knowledge Management *
  • Large Scale Databases *
  • Security and Forensics
  • Strategic Information Systems *
  • * Option modules

For more information about the modules currently running for this degree, please visit the Cardiff School of Computer Science & Informatics

The School of Computer Science & Informatics aims to educate and inspire the next generation of national and international leaders in the discipline.  In 2010 the School substantially updated its programmes to ensure the content is contemporary and relevant, placing emphasis on both research-led teaching (through specialist modules and programmes) and employability (through placements, internships and widening access).

The School prides itself on offering a comprehensive support structure to ensure good student/staff relationships.  Every student is assigned a member of staff to act as their personal tutor.  Dedicated Professional Tutors are also on hand to advise and respond to any matters and are backed up by the University’s many student support services.

The School make use of a wide variety of appropriate methods to engage with all its students. These include hour-long, classroom based lectures, follow-up tutorials, support classes, guided laboratory sessions, an on-site library and 24-hour access to teaching laboratories to aid private study.

Module assessment is often by exam. The final mark for some modules may include one or more pieces of course work set and completed during the module. Project work is assessed by written report and presentation.

Typical A-Level Offer ABB-AAB from three A Level subjects.
Typical WBQ Offer Grade A in the core plus two A-levels at Grade BB-AA.
Typical Int Bacc Offer 33 points
Other Applications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome. Please see detailed information about alternative entry requirements here

Please find here further information about admissions and selection criteria for this degree programme.

Our graduates have excellent employment prospects in the computing and ICT industry, as well as in other areas of the economy. Recent statistics show that the vast majority are following their chosen career paths within six months of graduating.

Recent graduates have taken up positions with BAE Systems, BT, Civil Service,, Deloitte, EADS, Fujitsu, GCHQ, General Dynamics UK, IBM, MoD, Red Hat and Thomson Reuters or have chosen further study or research.

In 2010, 88% of the School’s graduates were either in employment (73%) or engaged in further study (15%) within six months of graduation.

Next intake: September each year

School Contact

Name: Dr Jianhua Shao  

Telephone: 029 2087 6757 

Fax: 029 2087 4598  


School Website:

More information

School of Computer Science & Informatics