School of Mathematics and Computer Science

Cybersecurity

BSc (Hons) Part-time 6 years, Full-time 3 years

BSc Cyber Security aims to give students a fundamental understanding of how to protect organisations, networks, IT systems and individuals against Cyber attacks and Cyber threats.

BSc Cyber Security aims to give students a fundamental understanding of how to protect organisations, networks, IT systems and individuals against Cyber attacks and Cyber threats.

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code I161
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  • Start Date(s) 21 September 2020
  • Award BSc (Hons)
  • Study Mode Part-time, Full-time
  • Course Length Part-time (6 years), Full-time (3 years)
  • Campus Location University of Wolverhampton
  • School School of Mathematics and Computer Science

Why choose this course?

BSc Cyber Security aims to give students a fundamental understanding of how to protect organisations, networks, IT systems and individuals against Cyber attacks and Cyber threats. This course covers all the main topic areas required by the British Computing Society for an accredited Cyber Security degree, and includes understanding of Cyber threats and attacks, and the criminal sub-culture which is increasingly profiting from those attacks, how to manage information and the risks to that information, practical approaches to implementing physical and process controls to reduce information threats, and the design of secure systems and products which will enable businesses to withstand Cyber attacks. The course also includes aspects of Cryptography and Forensic Computing, and students will have the opportunity to engage with the latest software and forensic approaches. Several staff at The University of Wolverhampton are engaged in Cyber security research and work closely with industry to ensure that the course will produce graduates who have the skills which industry needs. Employment in the area of Cyber security is predicted to increase five fold in the next two years, and there is already a severe shortage of trained graduates who are able to work in this area. Therefore, the likelihood of gaining well-paid employment at the end of your degree is extremely high.  

What happens on the course?

During year one, you will develop an understanding of computer architecture and how data is used in organisations. You will also study areas of programming and problem solving and will learn how modern software applications are built and structured.

In the second year, you will gain an understanding of cyber security architecture and operations. You will use specialist tools and equipment to develop your knowledge of computer networks and will gain technical understanding of how to protect computer systems and networks. You will also gain experience of ethical hacking and data mining.

In the final year, you will further develop and apply your knowledge in different applications and technologies, techniques, tools and methods in relation to cyber security. You will use specialist forensics software, investigate human factors which affect security, look at management of risk, information management and governance and cyber intelligence. Themes covered will influence and support your final year project module and you will have the option to engage with industry to work on a real-life project.

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

Graduates can expect to find employment as Cyber security specialists, security managers, Cyber and information security analysts, consultants, information security officers, computer forensic specialists, and technical computing and network staff.   Typical employers include specialist Cyber and Information security companies and consultancies, large and medium commercial organisations, local authorities, government departments, military Cyber Security operations and financial organisations. 

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

The course team have excellent links with industry and staff working in the field of Cyber Security, and are undertaking some exciting and interesting research which means that teaching is relevant and up-to-date. The teaching on the course is outstanding, with all teaching staff possessing or in the process of gaining a relevant teaching qualification, and we are fully committed to ensuring you have an excellent student experience. We have developed excellent specialist facilities to support our students, and have recently invested in extensive hardware and software to support the Cyber Security course, which means that students have the opportunity to gain practical skills which are highly valued in industry. 

We encourage our students to be really involved in their course and University life, and have several clubs and activities which are largely student-led, such as the Code Club, and the Computer Games Society.

The BSc (Hons) Cyber Security degree provides graduates with the full range of skills which the government recognises as essential for Cyber Security personnel. A fundamental understanding of Cyber and Information Security and associated technologies, an ability to manage security within organisations, and technical skills which support security are all outcomes of the degree. Close links and the opportunity to work with industry means that graduates will also have a good level of business awareness.

The University of Wolverhampton Cyber Security course also gives students extensive opportunities to develop excellent transferable skills, such as problem solving, communication skills, project management skills, the ability to work effectively in teams and individually, and self-management and the ability to gather, evaluate and reflect on information. 

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Full-time £9250 per year 2019-20
Home/EU Full-time £9250 per year 2020-21
Home/EU Part-time £2975 per year# 2019-20
Home/EU Part-time £3050 per year# 2020-21
International Full-time £12000 per year 2019-20
International Full-time £12250 per year 2020-21
International Part-time £6000 per year# 2019-20
International Part-time £6125 per year# 2020-21

The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed

# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study

2019 Entry

  • A Level minimum of BC or CDE.
  • BTEC QCF Extended Diploma grade MMP, BTEC QCF Diploma grade DM
  • Access to HE Diploma full award (Pass of 60 credits - of which a minimum of 45 credits must be at level 3 including 18 at Merit or Distinction).
  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
  • International entry requirements and application guidance can be found here

Other Requirements

Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see http://wlv.ac.uk/mature for further information.

Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course.

The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

Tuition Fees Loan: If you wish, you can take out a Government Student Loan which covers the full course fee. You pay it back once you’ve left university and your income is more than £25,725 (from April 2019). More information on repayments can be found at: repayments.
It’s available to eligible full-time higher education students and does not depend on family income.

The amount of the Tuition Fees Loan is paid directly to the University of Wolverhampton by the Student Loan Company.

Visit student finance on the gov.uk website to find out more.

Self-funding: If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: see How to Pay.The funding available to you depends on when you started your studies and if you have been to University previously.

For more information please contact the Gateway.

Financial Hardship: Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund (https://www.wlv.ac.uk/study-here/money-matters/financial-support/dennis-turner-opportunity-fund/) for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

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