Key facts

Location:

Stoke-on-Trent Campus

Mode of attendance: Full-time / Placement
Duration: 3 years, 4 years (with a foundation year) full-time; 4 years placement
UCAS code: I201, I202 (with a foundation year), I190 (with a placement year)
Academic year: 17 September 2018 – 7 June 2019

Introduction

Our Cyber Security degree will give you the knowledge you need to become a specialist within the important and growing area of cyber security.

*The BSc (Hons) with a foundation year is subject to validation.

Any organisation that has a computer network or uses the Internet has a potential security risk and will need help to protect their systems and data. If you’re interested in becoming a computing professional within the growing area of cyber security, we will give you the knowledge you need to become a specialist.

The course combines theory and practice, as well as cyber security. You'll learn the underpinning technical areas of hardware, software and networked systems.

You’ll also get to use our dedicated, self-contained lab. The lab has its own private internal visualised network and contains some of the latest security equipment and software including biometric measurement equipment.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BSc (Hons) Cyber Security

Work placements

If you choose to complete one of our sandwich courses with a work placement between the second and final years of the course, our placement staff will work with you to identify a suitable location for your work placement. Please also note that you are responsible for any costs incurred in travelling to and from your work placement, and for any accommodation costs.

Course content

In your first year, we will provide a general introduction to computing skills and computer security. You’ll also gain technical skills that you’ll build on in later years. Our lab includes a penetration testing (ethical hacking) infrastructure that allows you to develop ethical hacking skills and learn how to use them to identify security vulnerabilities. You’ll also develop technical skills in network security, as well as in biometrics and biometric-based security systems.

Throughout your degree, you will use and evaluate a wide range of cyber security tools and techniques. We will teach you the Cisco networking syllabus for Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Routing and Switching. You’ll then follow the CCNA Security syllabus, and have the chance to take the industry-standard EC-Council Ethical Hacker Certification at additional cost. In your final year, you’ll cover cryptography and malicious software in detail.

To support your learning, we integrate guest lectures featuring experts from the Police and industry. Enrol on the sandwich course and you’ll have the opportunity to spend Year 3 on placement, applying your knowledge in the workplace and gaining hands-on experience.

Modules

This module map provides an indicative list of the modules that make up your course. Each module is worth a specified number of credits: you take a combination of compulsory and optional modules, enabling you to cover key subject knowledge while developing your own interest. You must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. The number of optional modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at a given level, you may have more choice in later parts of the course.

Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. You can always find the most up-to-date information about your modules and who is teaching them in our module catalogue. We aim to ensure that all optional modules run as scheduled. If for any reason an optional module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Before you can register on some optional modules, you may be required to have undertaken prerequisite modules. Some module combinations may not be allowed.

Foundation Year

Semester 1
Module title
Introduction to Professional and Academic Skills Compulsory
Introduction to Web Technologies and Database Systems Compulsory
Introductory Mathematics Compulsory
Introduction to Software Development and Computer Systems Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Introduction to Professional and Academic Skills Compulsory
Introduction to Web Technologies and Database Systems Compulsory
Introductory Mathematics Compulsory
Introduction to Software Development and Computer Systems Compulsory

Year 1

Semester 1
Module title
Fundamentals of Computer Networks Compulsory
Hardware and Computer Systems Compulsory
Data Storage and Software Development Compulsory
Maths for Technical Computing Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Fundamentals of Computer Networks Compulsory
Hardware and Computer Systems Compulsory
Data Storage and Software Development Compulsory
Introduction to Security Technologies Compulsory

Year 2

Semester 1
Module title
Network Security Compulsory
Cyber Security Compulsory
Ethical Hacking Compulsory
Advanced Programming Languages for Computer Systems Optional
System Programming with C++ Optional
Biometrics in a Security Environment Optional
Semester 2
Module title
Network Security Compulsory
Cyber Security Compulsory
Ethical Hacking Compulsory
Advanced Programming Languages for Computer Systems Optional
System Programming with C++ Optional
Biometrics in a Security Environment Optional

Year 3

Semester 1
Module title
Final Year Project Compulsory
Research Methods for Computing Compulsory
Advanced Software Security Compulsory
Advanced Cyber Security Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Final Year Project Compulsory
Advanced Software Security Compulsory
Advanced Cyber Security Compulsory

Teaching staff

You will be taught by an expert teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with industry experience. Postgraduate research students who have undertaken teaching training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is research-informed and 72% of our full-time staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.