Computing practitioners will soon be able to gain a formal qualification in computer forensics from Northumbria University in Newcastle.

In collaboration with information security firm Sapphire, the Post Graduate Certificate in Digital Forensics will provide specialist industry knowledge to students with representatives from the security company delivering several presentations on the programme.

The course will focus on the role computer forensics plays in deterring, detecting and solving cyber crime and crimes using computers.

Alastair Irons, Associate Dean for Learning and Teaching at Northumbria's School of Computing, Engineering and Information Sciences said: "We believe it's essential to the future success and growth of companies, to raise awareness of potential cyber crime issues - including the nature of an attack, computer forensic techniques and the criminal justice system."

David Horn, Key Development Manager at Sapphire said: "Computer Forensics is a fascinating subject, as well as a niche market with real growth potential. We hope that by learning first hand from professionals in the field, students will gain a valuable insight into computer forensics and what working as a forensic investigator involves."

The North-East University currently teaches an undergraduate Computer Forensics programme.