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Computer forensics is most commonly described as the process used to extract data from digital devices; normally done for authorities who need to identify and convict those who have broken the law. Skilled professionals are needed to do this, and this is why people choose to study a computer forensics degree. The general topics focused on throughout a computer forensics degree include computer crime, police and forensic studies and the legal methods of collecting evidence.

A computer forensics degree can be studied at both the undergraduate and postgraduate level. Throughout an undergraduate computer forensics degree students will study a wide range of modules which are designed to give a rounded understanding of the computing world. During the third year of study students will often be given the opportunity to undertake a work placement, where they will learn more about computer forensics whilst in a full time job role. These courses normally take four years of full time study to complete.

Alternatively, a postgraduate degree in computer forensics is designed for those with an existing basic understanding of computing, who wish to broaden their knowledge of the computer security and computer forensics industry. These courses can be completed in as little as 12 months and cover a more focused list of modules such as cyber security, system administration, mobile technology and database architecture.

Entry requirements to a computer forensics degree can vary depending on the institution you wish to apply to, and the country in which the degree is awarded. Generally, entrance to an undergraduate degree program will require the student to have some academic experience already through school or college exams. Postgraduate degree programs will almost always need an undergraduate degree in a relevant field, and a letter of intent to support the application.
Most graduates from computer forensics degrees will enter the industry directly as computer forensics investigators. However, graduates will also be able to achieve a range of careers in the IT and computing industry other than in computer forensics, due to the amount of transferable IT skills that are gained throughout the program.
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