Cyber Security (with foundation year)
by the British Computer Society (BCS)
computing research (REF 2014)
in the Teaching Excellence Framework
UCAS code: H098
Year of entry: 2019 2020
UCAS Tariff: 48
Duration: 4YRS (FT) 6YRS (PT)
Institution code: G53
Why choose this course?
Cyber Security is a rapidly expanding area with exciting career opportunities. Digitally enabled technologies and services support most aspects of modern life, including mobile phones, tablets, computers, televisions, home automation systems, bank accounts, healthcare, and education. Ensuring that this information is safe, and that services are kept running, is the responsibility of cyber security practitioners and computer security experts. The type of person that our course develops in successful graduates.
The need for Cyber Security skills expertise has become a significant issue in recent years, both in the UK and globally. The shortfall of technology security skills requirements increased between 2013 to 2015 from 56% to 62% and this gap is predicted to continue to grow to 75% by 2019, according to The Frost and Sullivan 2015 (ISC) Global Information Security Workforce Study. In short, the report demonstrates that demand for cyber security personnel is outstripping supply and that jobs in the sector are extremely well paid.
The need for skilled cyber security practitioners, in all walks of life, has been recognised by the UK Government who recently launched the National Cyber Security Strategy 2016-2021 that commits the investment of £1.9 billion over the five year period to develop skills and jobs in the field, alongside the opening of a new National Cyber Security Centre in January 2017.
The BSc (Hons) Cyber Security with Foundation Year programme addresses the advances in cyber security through an in-depth understanding of IT security, hacking, forensics, and the future and emerging technologies associated with this rapidly changing field. Developed to be in line with our research strengths within the computing department, our course is not all about theory; you will have the opportunity to undertake real life projects in your second and third years, preparing you for work within the industry.
Opportunities are given to students to build and configure computer and networked systems, as well as the necessary support systems, to enable them to work effectively in a range of employment environments. Additionally the course explores the issues associated with managing these types of systems and in particular the necessary aspects of network security.
This degree combines aspects of computer science, computer programming, network technologies, and software development with computer security specialisms. You will gain an understanding of cyber security, new techniques and future developments and learn through practical tasks enabling you to become a versatile and knowledgeable practitioner.
You can also choose to study this course as a three year programme (without a foundation year) BSc (Hons) Cyber Security UCAS Code: 8L6D