Combine your interest in programming, computer networks and security to become the cyber security professional of the future.
Security is now an essential part of business and the demand for highly skilled and knowledgeable professionals is increasing. On this rewarding course we’ll provide you with the skills and knowledge you need to build secure and compliant systems that meet the needs of employers, preparing you for an exciting career.
The skills you’ll gain on this course will be in high demand in tomorrow’s world. 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 areas such as the Internet of Things and Smart Cities offer new opportunities for us all, but also new vulnerabilities to accidental or malicious actions.
Cyber security is about understanding attack methods and learning how to protect individuals and organisations against them. We’ll teach you all about identifying and exploiting vulnerabilities in computer networks and systems, as well as learning how to protect them against hacker attacks.
Why study with us
- Take part in our ‘Computing Challenge’, where first year students work as teams to design and develop a new app in a competitive and supportive environment.
- You’ll get to use the specialist software utilised by the Police and other forensic investigators. This includes a range of investigative software and multi-processor password cracking software.
- Learn from our Laboratory of Security and Forensic Research in Computing, which carries out internationally recognised security and forensic research.
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What you’ll do
- Cyber security professionals are in huge demand, particularly since the General data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and Data Protection Act 2018 came into force, so there are fantastic job opportunities out there for you.
- This demand for cyber security professionals will only increase as the digital revolution takes shape. The Internet of Things and smart environments (e.g. smart homes, roads and cities) will pose new risks that will need to be tackled.
- The UK Government has invested £1.9 billion in a cyber security strategy and identified a 20 year skills gap. This will create new opportunities for the next generation of cyber security graduates.
Following the pandemic, we have found that some courses benefit from a blended learning and teaching approach. Therefore, the majority of your teaching will be face-to-face on campus aside from a small amount of online teaching where we have learnt it works best.
Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information. However, our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may cause alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses. Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies or revisions to subject benchmarks statements. As well as to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.
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Cyber security is a highly competitive industry which calls for people with advanced technical and personal skills. There is a varied range of career opportunities in this growing field.
When you graduate, you’ll be ready to take on professional cyber security roles such as:
- Data recovery expert
- Ethical hacker/penetration tester
- Forensic investigator and consultant, including careers in the Police
- Network administrator
- Secure system architect
- Security consultant
- Security engineer
- Security research assistant
- T system management
Your advanced skills and knowledge will open doors to many other graduate-level careers.
Fees and Funding
Scholarships and Bursaries
We have a wide range of scholarships, bursaries and funds available to help support you whilst studying with us.
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This course is based in the School of Psychology and Computer Science located in the Faculty of Science and Technology
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