Bachelor in Digital Forensics and Incident Response

Bachelor in

Digital Forensics and Incident Response

Study Online or On Campus in Norway

The rise in cyber attacks, ransomware and hacking has created a critical need for skilled digital investigators with the ability to respond to cyber security incidents. 

Online Studies

12 August 2024

3 years full time

NOK 49.000,- per semester
NOK 0,- admission fee

State Educational Loan Fund (Lånekassen)

Online PLUS Oslo

12 August 2024

3 years full time

NOK 57.000,- per semester
NOK 0,- registration fee

State Educational Loan Fund (Lånekassen)

Campus Kristiansand

12 August 2024

3 years full time

NOK 62.000,- per semester
NOK 1.900,- registration fee

State Educational Loan Fund (Lånekassen)

Why Study Digital Forensics and Incident Response?

We are becoming increasingly dependent on digital technology, both in our daily lives and in our businesses. It is therefore vital to understand and protect ourselves from the potential threats and dangers associated with the digital world.

As a student on the Bachelor's programme in Digital Forensics and Incident Response, you will become a digital detective. The programme combines the disciplines of Digital Forensics and Incident Response (DFIR) and focuses on determining the 'who, what, where and when' through the investigation of increasingly complex digital environments. This degree prepares you for a career in digital forensics and incident response, working for large organisations, cybersecurity companies and law enforcement agencies.

Career Opportunities

Digital Forensics and Incident Response graduates are well equipped to pursue rewarding careers in various sectors. Some of the jobs you can have:

  • Digital Forensics Investigator
  • Intrusion Analyst
  • Cyber Security Incident Responder
  • Cyber Security Analyst
  • CERT Specialist
  • SOC Analyst
  • Incident Manager
  • Data Recovery Specialist
Christoffer Hansen Michaelsen

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Programme information

The Bachelor in Digital Forensics and Incident Response consists of 180 ECTS. The curriculum covers a wide range of subjects, including the detection, response and recovery to cyber incidents, as well as the securing, scrutinizing examination, investigation and presentation of digital evidence, and the recovery and response to cyber breaches.

In your first year you will build a solid foundation in core technical fundamentals, develop essential research and study skills, and work as part of a vibrant student community.

The second year, the programme delves into digital forensics and incident response, enhancing and extending the foundation skills acquired in the first year. You will learn how to secure, preserve, and analyze digital devices, recover data, and gain core skills needed for incident response.

The third year ends with electives and a bachelor's project where you can use your newly acquired expertise, guided by experienced professionals. The aim is to prepare you to meet current and future technological challenges.

Courses first year:

  • Network Fundamentals
  • Introduction to Programming
  • Mathematics 1
  • Programming and Databases
  • Operating Systems and Computer Architecture
  • Applied Cryptography
  • Academic Skills 1

Courses second year:

  • Network Architectures and Protocols
  • Digital Forensics Fundamentals
  • Incident Response Fundamentals
  • Mathematics 2
  • Network Forensics
  • Digital Forensic Investigation
  • Academic Skills 2

Courses third year:

  • Advanced Incident Response
  • Advanced Device Forensics
  • Data Recovery and Advanced Imaging
  • Elective Courses
  • Bachelor Project
School: Noroff University College
Application deadline: Continuous admission. Applications are processed in the order they are submitted.
Language of instruction: English
Accreditations: Approved for loans and grants from the Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund (Lånekassen). Accredited by NOKUT.
Degree: Bachelor
Credits: 180 ECTS

Hardware and software 

As an online student you are required to purchase the required equipment and software. As a Campus student the required equipment and software is available for use.

Required Equipment:

  • A reliable internet connection
  • Headphones or headset – with a microphone.
  • Webcam.
  • 2 USB Drives with 8-16 GB storage.
  • PC/Laptop with the following specifications:
    • Microsoft® Windows® 10 or 11.
    • CPU: Intel i5 (64-bit Intel® or AMD® multi-core processor is recommended)
    • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX (GeForce RTX 3070 is recommended)
    • RAM: 16 GB (32 GB recommended)
    • Storage: 500 GB (SSD/NVMe is highly recommended)

You must have full administrative privileges to install and manipulate all aspects of your computer. The minimum requirements apply to all who purchase/use their own machine. This may not be an Apple Mac, as these systems are not compatible with the required software.

Recommended Equipment:

2 monitors, or 1 ultrawide screen
1 additional storage drive (Minimum 1 TB is recommended)

Required Software:
As a student you will be provided student licenses, until then you should explore the software.

  • Microsoft Office
  • VMware Workstation

Noroff has ongoing admissions, and applications are processed in the order they are received. The earlier you apply, the earlier you can secure a study place.

To qualify for the program, you must have general study competence or vocational education with a professional certificate. It is also possible to apply based on recognized prior learning.

In addition there is a special requirement of Math R1, or S1 and S2, or international equivalent. Other documented knowledge or education can be accepted as equivalent.

For international students, depending upon which country you have received your education from, the requirements will differ. Please use this website where you can find the specific requirements for your country at the bottom of the page.

You can read more about admission requirements here.

All our study programs are approved for loans and grants from the Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund (Lånekassen). You can apply to the Loan Fund for basic support (loan and grant; NOK 137,907) and tuition fees (NOK 74,366).

As an adult student, you can receive loans and grants from the State Educational Loan Fund. This also applies if you work while studying.

As a main rule, you must be a Norwegian citizen to receive support from the Norwegian State Educational Fund. However, foreign citizens may also be entitled to financial support. Check here to see if you are eligible.

You can read more about payment, loans, and grants here. 

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