Diploma in Cyber Security and Digital Forensics

Course Code: DCSF

Level: Diploma

Duration: 2 Years



About the Programme

Diploma in Cyber Security and Digital Forensics (Dip. CSF) imparts knowledge about the body of technologies, processes and practices designed to protect networks, computers, programs and data from attack, damage or unauthorized access.

Cyber Security and Digital forensics is a branch of science pertaining to mechanisms of protecting data integrity, privacy, legal frameworks, and forensic evidence in cyberspace and digital storage media. The programme addresses the underlying need for cyber experts as the world heads towards / is in an Internet explosion mostly fueled by e-commerce, e-banking, e-governance and social media.

The programme trains students to maintain a digital document chain for any structured investigation to find out exactly what happened on a computing device and who was responsible for it.

This is an industry-driven programme that covers the introduction to Open Source Software and Open Standards, HTML programming, Dynamic Paradigm in Business Analytics & Optimization, Business Strategy and Analytics. This programme helps prepare students for careers in the “economy of tomorrow” industries.

Who the Course Targets

This course is for individuals who seek in-depth specialization in the fields of cyber-security, cyber threat intelligence and digital forensics. One can gain advanced and in-depth knowledge of penetration testing; cyber forensics, malware reverse engineering and software vulnerability and can exploit research using a very hands-on approach.

Students who are looking for a career with exceptional prospective fields and challenging roles in a futuristic industry. The financial security, the freedom to relocate, lifelong prospects of learning makes this programme an ideal career for computer science enthusiasts.


Admission Requirements

To gain admission into the Diploma in Cyber Security & Digital Forensics course, a candidate must, first of all, satisfy the general requirements for admission to BIT at a diploma level. In addition a candidate shall be eligible for admissions to the DCSF programme on meeting any of the following minimum qualifications:-

Direct Entry

A person may be admitted to the diploma programme (entry into year one) via the diploma scheme if the person has:

Either: UACE with at least a principal pass and 1 subsidiary pass obtained in one sitting

OR: UCE/O’level with at least 3 credits obtained in one sitting, and/or a Certificate in a relevant discipline from a recognized institution.

Certificate Entry Scheme

A person may be admitted to the diploma programme if the person has:

  • A Certificate IT or related field of at least Class II – Credit Division or
  • A Certificate in an area related to Computing, IT, Networking, or Hardware Management from a recognized institution, and at least five (5) passes at O-level obtained at the same sitting of the Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE).

Crediting the Certificate qualification, for those entering on the Diploma programme via the certificate entry scheme, will be done as follows to obtain the Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) for the year:

ClassCGPA range
Class I- Distinction4.40 – 5.00
Class II – Credit2.80 – 4.39
Class III – Pass2.00 – 2.79

Unclassified certificates will be evaluated from the transcripts.

Mature Age Entry Scheme

A person may be admitted to the diploma programme via the mature entry scheme if the person has:

Passed the mature age entry examinations appropriately administered by a National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) accredited institution.


Year 1 Semester I

  • DCS111 Introduction to Computing & IT
  • DCSF102 Introduction to Cyber Security
  • DCSF103 Introduction to Digital Forensics
  • DIT111 The Internet & The Web
  • DJM115 Communication Skills

Year 1 Semester II

  • DCS124 Introduction to Programming and Programming Methodology
  • DCSF121 Authentication, Access Control, and Cryptography
  • DCS121 Operating Systems
  • DCSF122 Enterprise Security Roles and Structures
  • DSAI123 Database Management Systems

Year 2 Semester I

  • DCSF211 Emerging Trends in Cyber Security
  • DSAI213 Data Protection & Intellectual Property Rights
  • DSAI214 Cloud Computing and Internet of Things (IoT)
  • DCHN213 Computer Networking Design and Implementation
  • DCSF215 Cyber Security Strategy and Planning

Year 2 Semester II

  • DCHN224 Computer & Network Security
  • DCHN223Network Administration
  • DCSF223 Cyber Security Risk & Incident Management
  • DCS221 Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues in Technology
  • DCSF225 Final Year Project/Thesis

Industrial training

  • DCSF226 Industrial Attachment (8 weeks)


  • The career opportunities available to students with a Diploma in Cyber Security are many. They range from Cyber SecurityEngineer, Penetration Tester/Ethical Hacker, Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), among many others.
  • You can also establish a career as an entrepreneur or private Cyber Security Consultant.


Semester I

FeesFor NationalsFor International Students
Tuition (Per Semester)625,000/=$350
Functional Fees (Payable once a year)470,000/=$175

Semester II

FeesFor NationalsFor International Students
Tuition (Per Semester)625,000/=$350
Functional FeesN/AN/A