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Study computer forensics abroad

An in-depth guide to studying computer forensics as an international student.

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Computer forensics degrees abroad

Computer forensics refers to the collection and analysis of electronic information for use in criminal investigations.

As a computer forensics student, you’ll learn how to gather, interpret, and preserve data from a range of electronic devices. As well as mastering forensic processes and procedures, you’ll study topics including information security and digital law.

Law enforcement teams across the globe often work together to convict criminals and solve cases. By studying abroad, you’ll develop the professional skills needed to liaise with colleagues across borders and work successfully in international environments.

Computer forensics program structure

BSc computer forensics degrees traditionally take three years of full-time study, or four years if you take an industry sandwich year. Work placements let you apply what you’ve learned to the real world and are an unbeatable way to gain industry experience.

In the US, undergraduate degrees last four years. In line with the liberal arts educational model, you’ll take two years of general education classes before majoring in computer forensics.

If your bachelor’s degree has left you eager to learn more, you can further your education on a postgraduate program. MScs can be studied over one or two years, while a PhD usually takes between four and six years to finish.

You’ll learn through a variety of lectures, seminars, tutorials, computer labs, and practical workshops. A mixture of exams, coursework, presentations, and problem-solving activities will be used to assess your progress.

The exact content of your program will depend on the university you attend, but here’s an idea of the core modules you can expect to encounter:

  • Computer forensics fundamentals
  • Computer systems and networking
  • Ethical hacking
  • Computer programming
  • Laws and governance in cybersecurity
  • Forensic digital evidence
  • Cryptography
  • Computer systems security

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Computer forensics undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in computer forensics

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    Computational Forensics - BSc Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    31,560 USD
    Start date
    January, May, August
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    Information Technology - Computer Forensics - BSc University of Massachusetts, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    34,649 USD
    Start date
    January, May, September
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    Digital Forensics and Cyber Security - BSc (Hons) London Metropolitan University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    12,700 GBP
    Start date
    September
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    Computer and Cyber Forensics - BSc (Hons) University of Gloucestershire, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    14,680 GBP
    Start date
    September
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    Information Technology (Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics) - BSc Mount Aloysius College, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    21,870 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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Pathway in computer forensics

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    Computer Forensics & Security (Foundation) - FD Leeds Beckett University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    10,900 GBP
    Start date
    January, September
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Associate in computer forensics

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    Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics - ASc Mount Aloysius College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    21,870 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Digital Forensics - AASc Elgin Community College, USA
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    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    9,510 USD
    Start date
    August, September, January, February, June
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Computer forensics graduate programs

Master's in computer forensics

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    Digital Forensics - MSc Cranfield University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    11 months
    Tuition fees per year
    20,500 GBP
    Start date
    October
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    Computer Forensics and Cyber Security - MSc University of Greenwich, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    14,000 GBP
    Start date
    January, September
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    Digital Forensics and Cybersecurity - MSc John Jay College of Criminal Justice, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    20,362 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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Future computer forensics careers

The digital era has created many exciting job opportunities for computer forensics graduates.

Government departments, law enforcement agencies, and forensic companies will be eager to snap up your skills. Here are just some of the rewarding and lucrative roles you’d be suited to:

  • Computer forensics analyst
  • Computer forensics consultant
  • Police officer
  • Cybersecurity technologist
  • Cyber intrusion analyst
  • Cybersecurity engineer
  • Ethical hacker
  • Digital forensics investigator

Most universities have an employability office that offers free and professional career advice. It’s worth dropping by if you’d like some help securing work experience or landing your dream job.