About the course
This course a largely practical, project-led approach to study, using the appropriate industry tools, across different platforms.
We have our own dedicated laboratories for this purpose and our academic staff have practical experience from law enforcement and business perspectives.
The activity-led learning approach means your education should be hands-on; we aim to make you familiar with penetration testing tools, encryption algorithms and forensic analysis software.
The benefits of this course are the option to do Forensic Toolkit (FTK) certification; Opportunities to attend international events in conjunction with the course; Optional sandwich year in industry or business placement either in the UK or overseas (subject to application); An active Computer Security Society involving both staff and students, including industry talks, regular hacker games and activities and a yearly budget; Dedicated teaching staff who are committed and experienced academics, active in educational development and technical research which informs their teaching; Optional membership of the Cisco Academy programme leading to an industry recognised Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) qualification.
Additional costs may apply.
Please check with the membership body for details; Accreditation by BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT, for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered IT Professional; partially meeting the Academic Requirement for registration as a Chartered Scientist; and, on behalf of the Engineering Council, partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.
With high profile incidents like the recent WannaCry and Petya ransomware attacks making headlines, there is an increasing demand for highly trained individuals who can advise businesses and organisations, government and law enforcement agencies alike on the best ways to protect their computer networks and the valuable, commercially sensitive information stored within them.
The specialist skills and knowledge to thoroughly test the security of computer systems, make them secure and investigate properly if they are compromised are not typically taught within a standard computer science course. In contrast, our British Computer Society (BCS) accredited course has been developed to provide a good practical and theoretical understanding of cybersecurity, hacking, digital forensics and the underlying computer science.
We have an outstanding track record for graduate employability – with 100% of students finding work or continuing their education within six months. You can also progress from successful completion your undergraduate degree straight to a Master’s level qualification, further preparing you for a career in this fast-growing industry on graduation.