BSc (Hons) Cyber Security

Course summary

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Cyber Security skills have never been in higher demand, so we've developed this degree to meet the industry need. UWL's School of Computing and Engineering has partnered with industry leaders to provide you with a course that will give you the foundation and skills needed to become an expert in the field.

The School of Computing and Engineering has established partnership with Amazon which is a world-leading Cloud-based security technology and solution provider. As a member of the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Academy program, we will be able to integrate the curriculum developed and maintained by Amazon into the course so that you are exposed to the state-of-the-art technologies and solutions developed by world-leading IT industry.

This will benefit your learning experience by helping you develop valuable skills which will be of an advantage to you both during the course and after graduation.


Why choose this course?

This course combines theory and practice, balancing cutting-edge security technologies and solutions with concepts and principles of the field.

As a member of the Amazon Web Services Academy program, we will integrate the curriculum developed and maintained by Amazon into the course. This means you'll be exposed to the state-of-the-art security technologies and solutions developed by world-leading IT industry.

The School of Computing and Engineering was voted best modern university for this discipline in the National Student Survey 2015, giving your degree the competitive edge.*

Our membership of the Academic Developer Programme and Alliance of leading firms is further testament to our expertise in the field, and we are also in the process of seeking British Computer Society Accreditation. 


Career and study progression
Cyber Security graduates generally have a good record of achieving employment and progressing in their professional work. Popular paths for graduates from this course include law enforcement and government agencies.

You may also wish to undertake postgraduate study to specialise in a subject you've already studied, or to explore something new.

For more details please see the Career and study progression section.



* Modern universities are defined as those higher education institutions that were granted university status in, and subsequent to, 1992. UWL received the rankings listed above when compared to all other modern universities ranked in the guides/surveys cited.

Course detail

During this course you will: 

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  • Build the skills needed to tackle modern secure systems in an industry context.
  • Gain a practical understanding of the issues relating to design, analysis and implementation of modern secure IT systems.
  • Develop an appreciation of commercial and open source cyber security equipment, software and services based on industry standard technologies.
  • Learn management and applications central to cyber security issues
  • Develop the interpersonal skills and business acumen needed to succeed in the field.

Studying with us

Year one
The first year will focus on introducing cyber security. This will give you a fundamental understanding of the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in the field.

You will also study computer science modules to cover the principles of computing including essential aspects of:

  • programming and algorithms
  • software engineering
  • mathematics and computer architectures.

Year two
In your second year you will move into specialist modules in cyber security. You will gain a solid understanding on key topics of cyber security.

You will continue computing modules to develop skills in analysis, design and development. You will also gain valuable team-working skills during a team project, focusing on cyber security topics.

Year three
In your final year, you will focus on specialised, advanced cyber security topics. This gives you the freedom to shape your degree to your interests and career ambitions. Your final year project will see you design and develop security-centric projects.

What modules will I study as part of my course?

Year one (Level 4)

  • Computer Architecture
  • Mathematics for Computing
  • Programming for Security
  • Cyber Security in Society
  • Algorithms and Data Types
  • Information Systems and Databases.

Year two (Level 5)

  • Applied Cryptography
  • Distributed Computing
  • Mobile Application Development
  • Network and Security
  • Web and Mobile Application Security
  • Cyber Security Team Project.

Year three (Level 6)
  • Enterprise Security Management
  • Advanced Topics in Cyber Security
  • Cyber Crime
  • Cyber Security Project.

Entry requirements

You will need:

  • 112-120 UCAS tariff points
  • GCSE English and Maths with grade C minimum.

If you are a mature student wishing to apply your application will be considered on an individual basis. Your professional work and life experiences and your ability to engage with, and benefit from, the course will be taken into account.

International entry criteria

International students need to meet our English language requirement at either IELTS at 6.0 or above and a minimum of 5.5 for each of the 4 individual components (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening).

In some countries where teaching is in English, we may accept local qualifications. Please visit http://www.uwl.ac.uk/international/your-country to check for local equivalencies.

We offer pre-sessional English language courses if you do not meet these requirements. Find out more about our English Language courses

Fees

Fees for home and EU students

Main fee
£9,250

Fees for overseas students

Main fee
£11,500
Find out if you are a home or overseas student.

Funding

Help with funding is available to a range of students, whether you are studying full or part-time, in your home country or overseas.

You may be eligible for a student loan to cover the cost of tuition fees or a maintenance loan to support you during your studies. Additional funding is available to some types of students, such as those with dependants, disabled students and more. Find out more about applying for student loans and other funding options.

We also offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to help you. Scholarships in the 2017 - 18 academic year included:

  • Full Time Undergraduate Bursary: a £3,000 award for new undergraduate students.
  • Path to Success Scholarship: a £4,000 award for students on a four-year degree course with a foundation year. 

Other scholarships are also available, including awards for specific subjects. Find out more and check your eligibility.

* Please note that scholarships and bursaries described in the video above were available at the time of filming in autumn 2017. Full details of scholarships for the 2018 - 19 academic year will be published shortly.

Please note fees are paid for each year of study unless otherwise stated. You will be required to re-enrol and pay fees at the beginning of each academic year. Fees may be subject to government regulations on fee increases. Future inflationary increases will be applied to each subsequent year of the course, subject to government regulations on fee increases.

How to apply

Apply for this course

UK and EU students

Apply for this course at www.ucas.com when UCAS applications are open, from the previous September until June (see dates). You will need our institution code W05 and the UCAS code given on the right hand side of this page.

If the UCAS deadline has passed, you can apply through Clearing by calling our hotline on 0800 036 8888 (or +44 8231 2468). Clearing takes place over the summer months (July to September).

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More about how to apply to the University of West London.

International students

Apply at www.ucas.com or complete our application form for international students. We have an online application form or you can download the print version.

You can also review the relevant information about the qualifications we accept from your country and our English language requirements, as well as details about your visa application.

More about the application process for international students.

During the course

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Career and study progression

This course will thoroughly prepare you for a wide range of careers as a cyber security specialist in the public and private sectors, including:

  • law enforcement
  • government agencies
  • security consultancies
  • commercial IT departments
  • other computing positions where computer security is an issue.

Typical job titles for graduates include:

  • Network or Computer Security Technician
  • Computer or Network Security Officer
  • Penetration Tester
  • Identity and Access Management Officer
  • Threat and Incident Response Analyst
  • Data Privacy Officer
  • Data Protection Advisor
  • Security Operations Analyst
  • ISO27002 Lead Auditor
  • Cloud Security Architect
  • Security Consultant
  • IT Security Manager
  • Business Continuity Manager
  • Information Risk Manager
  • Information Governance Manager
  • Cryptographer/Cryptologist
  • Security Software Developer
  • Source Code Auditor
  • Virus Technician.

Study progression

We have an extensive portfolio of Masters level courses, which provide excellent study progression routes.

See our computing and engineering courses page to view the full range of courses on offer by our School of Computing and Engineering

Careers support

Our degrees are designed to help you find the career that’s right for you. 97% of our graduates are in work within 6 months of graduating.


With our desirable West London location, we have strong links with many national and multinational organisations such as the BBC, Hewlett-Packard (HP) Ltd, Middlesex Law society and the Savoy Education Trust. We have a strong track record of providing valuable work placements and we also provide hands-on experience at the University through our Student Ambassadors’ scheme.


Many of our staff have successful backgrounds in relevant industries and can advise you on how to kick-start your career. Our careers service will also help you realise your potential by offering specialist advice and guidance on a wide range of careers issues, including:

  • CVs
  • job hunting
  • recruitment and selection procedures
  • further study.

We are The Career University.

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