Cyber Security

Cyber Security BSc (Hons)

The cyber security sector is facing a significant skills gap at a time when threats and the legal and commercial consequences of inadequate security are increasing. Emerging application areas such as the Internet of Things and Smart Cities offer new benefits, but also new vulnerabilities to accidental or malicious actions.

Security is now a crucial part of business, and consequently the demand for highly skills and knowledgeable professionals is increasing. This degree course will provide you with the skills and knowledge to build secure and compliant systems that meet the needs of employers, preparing you for an exciting career.

Cyber security is about understanding attack methods and learning how to protect against them. During the cyber security course, you can gain skills in identifying and exploiting vulnerabilities in computer networks and systems, as well as learning how to protect them against hacker attacks. You will combine your interest in programming, computer networks and security to become the cyber security professional of the future.

Key Information

  • Duration:

    Full-time: Three years (four years with industry placement year), Part-time: Four years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons)

  • Institution Code:

    CLANC C30

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Benefit from our 4 Week Challenge - bringing together all first years as teams to design and develop a new application, and then create a promotional marketing campaign.
  • Learn from our ‘Laboratory of Security and Forensic Research in Computing’ (SAFeR Lab@UCLan) performing internationally recognised security and forensic research.
  • Opportunities to take a one-year industrial placement/study abroad after completing your second year. Most placements are UK-based, but opportunities exist for global placements.

Course Overview

Year 1

  • The Computing Challenge
  • Introduction to Programming
  • Programming
  • Introduction to Networking
  • Computer Systems and Security
  • Systems Analysis and Database Design
  • Interactive Applications

Year 2

  • Advanced Programming
  • The Agile Professional
  • Computer Security
  • Digital Evidence and Incident Response
  • Information Security Management
  • Network Management
  • For Sandwich Award undertake an Industrial Placement Year after completing Year 2

Year 3

  • Secure Software and Malware Analysis
  • Mobile and Wireless Networks
  • Penetration Testing
  • Advanced Cyber Security
  • Honours Degree Project

More information about programme specifications and module information is available in the course handbook.

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Fees 2020/21

Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £1,540* per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)
Fees for international students

Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 104-112 UCAS Points.  We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement.

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit 
BTEC Diploma: Distinction*, Distinction
Pass Access Course: 106-112 UCAS Points  
International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 104-112 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no subscore lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent

International Students

View our entry requirements for your country

Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to support you through your studies.

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Not got the grades?

If you do not meet the formal entry requirements specified, Foundation Entry offers an alternative route to study for this degree

Foundation Entry Route

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Further Information

Why study Cyber Security?

A huge number of data breaches all around the world, including those at high profile global corporations, indicate that businesses probably need to pay more attention to their security culture and increase their investment in security. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and Data Protection Act 2018 came into effect in May 2018, compelling businesses to face huge fines in case of any data breach.

We can see that more and more security professionals are currently being recruited and employed, as cyber security becomes a priority to businesses and organisations.

The UK government have invested £1.9 billion in a cyber security strategy and identified a 20 year skill gap. The UK government have also increased funding calls for security related research and development projects. Looking into the future, the Internet of Things and smart environments (e.g. smart homes, smart roads, smart cities) will pose new security risks that need to be analysed and mitigated by security professionals.

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4 Week Challenge

Our ‘4 Week Challenge’ brings together first year students across computing courses to design and develop a new app, and then create a marketing campaign to promote it. It provides the study and team working skills necessary to be successful at UCLan. Each group of students from the wide range of computing-based courses are tested on the usability of their app and the winning team is announced at the end of the four weeks.

“It is a fantastic way to start off university; getting to make friends and getting to know the lecturers really well. It has been interesting working together in a team as we were all very different with diverse skills sets.”

- Steph Paul, Forensic Computing

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Professional Placement Year

This course offers an optional 48-week sandwich placement in industry – this comes between the second and third years. Most placements are UK-based, but we regularly place students in English-speaking workplaces elsewhere in Europe. You are responsible for finding your own placement. We will support you in preparation for this with the Faculty Placement Team & UCLan Careers, who can help you plan and develop your CV and applications, and have practice interviews.

Placements are an invaluable opportunity to help consolidate your first two years learning, gain experience, and radically enhance your employability. The benefit of the experience gained during a placement is often evident in improved performance in the final year of the course, and when competing for graduate jobs.

Study Abroad

It is possible to study a year of the course at a university abroad.

“A placement is invaluable to your development as a person and a developer, no matter in which field it is. I see no reason why you wouldn’t want to boost your CV above the rest and earn some amazing life and work experience while doing it. I met some amazing people whilst on placement, as well as doing some really meaningful and interesting work.”

-Ryan Sheff, Industry Placement Student

Learning Environment and Assessment

A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits and each 20 credit (a standard module) equates to 200 hours of study, which comprises of a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and independent study. Independent study is an important aspect of your degree course. The exact combination of study time will be detailed within your module descriptors, and will depend on your option choices.

The Computing and Technology building has several computer labs that are open 24 hours per day and for 7 days of the week. Students will have access to specialist computing labs which have the latest open source and commercial tools related to cyber security.

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We provide state-of-the-art facilities.

Networking Laboratory

CISCO Laboratory

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You will be taught by staff from a wide variety of industrial and research backgrounds with a substantial experience of teaching at this level.

The School has researchers working in a range of computing-related areas. Research into Human Computer Interaction is important, particularly through the Child-Computer Interaction group (CHICI). There is research into data communications and networks, mobile computing, computer security and software engineering, particularly Agile software development.

We have collaborated with Sony, BAE and a variety of UK and overseas universities. Staff industrial experience includes working in the games industry, the defence industry and the telecommunications industry, as software or database developers. The School is involved in consultancy and develops software for clients.


There has been significant growth in the importance of cyber security. However, these industries are highly competitive and careers are highly sought after, so many students will seek careers in related areas. To be successful you will have to develop a very high level of technical and personal skills. You should consider undertaking a placement because they give you additional experience when you are looking for a career. Graduates of this course may seek employment as:

  • Security consultants
  • Ethical hackers/Penetration testers
  • Secure system architect
  • Security engineer
  • Security research assistant
  • Forensic investigators and consultants, including careers in the Police
  • T system management
  • Network administrators
  • Data recovery experts

Although your chosen course will reflect your current interests and strengths, this should not constrain your career goals. Many companies value the skills and knowledge that computing graduates bring, therefore, there are a wide range of related job opportunities with skills gained from this course.

Course Enquiries

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Important Information

This course is based in the School of Physical Sciences and Computing

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2019 Entry | 2020 Entry
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Tuition Fees & Finance

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Further Information for students

You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Central Lancashire on our Student Contract page.

Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course Information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.