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Undergraduate Course

Cyber Security BSc (Hons)

Cyber security is a constantly developing industry. Join us and become a confident cyber security expert.

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On this course you will develop your skills and knowledge within cyber security. You will focus on areas and topics that are seeing high interest and growth in the industry. You will develop the practical, transferable skills required to start a successful career in this fast-paced and exciting industry.

York campus

  • UCAS Code – I103
  • Duration – 3 years full time, 4 years full time with year in industry, 6 years part time
  • Start date – September 2022, September 2023
  • School – School of Science, Technology and Health

Minimum Entry Requirements

    104 UCAS Tariff points

    3 GCSEs at grade C/4 (or equivalent) including English Language.

Tuition Fees

    UK 2022 entry £9,250 per year full time

    International 2022 entry £13,000 per year full time

Course overview

You will gain the technical skills to specify, design, implement and evaluate cyber security systems. By studying the course modules, you will develop a deep understanding in key cyber security subjects, including:

  • Information Security Management
  • Cyber Security Architecture and Operations
  • Data Privacy
  • Digital Forensics
  • Cloud Services: Security & Compliance
  • Risk & Information Systems Control.

Throughout the course, you will have the opportunity to apply your skills through a series of live projects. You will gain experience of the challenges faced in the industry. In your second year you will study a Continuing Professional Development module. This will mean that you will immerse yourself in either an organisation or work on an entrepreneurial project. You will also have the opportunity to complete certification courses from companies, such as Microsoft. Supported by our technical staff, you will study in our dedicated workspaces and specialist labs with hardware and software resources.

This course also comes with the option of doing a year in industry. This will provide you the opportunity to gain valuable experience working for an organisation or company.

Course structure

Year 1

Our academic year is split into 2 semesters. How many modules you take each semester will depend on whether you are studying full time or part time.

In your first year, if you are studying full time, you will take:

  • 3 compulsory modules in semester 1
  • 3 compulsory modules in semester 2

If you are studying part time, the modules above will be split over 2 years.

You can find out which modules are available in each semester on the Course Specifications.

Modules

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

On this module you will explore the core concepts and models of application development. Through practical exploration and lectures, you will further your problem solving and programming skills. You will develop your abilities in areas such as:

  • Coding
  • Software development and testing tools
  • Problem solving
  • Teamwork
  • Time management

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

On this module you will learn about the mathematical foundations of computer science. You will use mathematics as a tool to model and analyse problems arising in this field.

The purpose of this module is to introduce to you mathematical techniques and skills that are appropriate and used in the industry. You will learn how and when to use these particular techniques.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

Learn the fundamental concepts and methods needed to design, implement and deploy complete systems in the face of malice, or error. You will analyse various threats, and how these can materialise in a variety of scenarios and settings. Other influences of legal, social, ethical and professional issues involved in the exploitation of computer technology will also be explored.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

On this module we will introduce you to Object Orientated Programming (OOP) in the context of software development. You will explore problem solving through programming and algorithm design. You will also learn how to create, and test programmes of increasing complexity in OOP languages. We will guide you through the core principles of Object Orientated Programming including:

  • Encapsulation
  • Inheritance
  • Concurrency
  • Exceptions
  • Debugging
  • Recursion and GUI Development

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

Your transferable and employability skills will develop on this module. You will also gain practical experience in:

  • Linux OS
  • Linux programming
  • Systems thinking
  • Time management
  • Problem solving

You will be exposed to the internal operations of computing hardware and the techniques involved in managing and organising the components of the operating system. Your knowledge of operating systems and your ability to use them will be strengthened on this module.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

On this module you will learn the fundamental techniques of software engineering through practical skills development. You will focus on the design and realisation of a web based artefact. Through a series of lectures, demonstrations and workshops you will create, plan, design and assemble a basic web based multimedia app.

Year 2

In your second year, if you are studying full time, you will take:

  • 3 compulsory modules in semester 1
  • 3 compulsory modules in semester 2

If you are studying part time, the modules above will be split over 2 years.

You can find out which modules are available in each semester on the Course Specifications.

If you are studying on the Cyber Security BSc (Hons) (with placement) variant you will undertake a Year in Industry (also known as a sandwich year or placement year), in between your second and third year.

Modules

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

Gain a greater understanding of high-level programming language and the use of scripts and scripting language. You will be exposed to philosophy of Trustworthy Software development. This will cover the process of designing, developing, implementing, and maintaining a software in a trustworthy manner. You will gain both practical and conceptual skills required for systems software development.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

On this module you will explore the principles of databases. You will also gain practical experience of designing, implementing and managing database systems interfaced to web application systems. We will investigate current and likely future developments in database technology.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

On this module you will explore the essential concepts of databases and networks. This is your opportunity to gain practical experience of designing, implementing and managing database systems. You will learn about the technical details that underpin the operation of networked and inter-networked systems. You will also gain an understanding of current and likely future developments in database and networking technology.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

In the current era of digitalization, digital evidence features are part of our personal and business lives. On this module, you will learn how to collect, analyse and interpret digital evidence used to investigate cyber security incidents, legal disputes, and crimes. You will investigate topics such as:

  • Extracting and analysing digital evidence
  • Handling digital artefacts in a chain of custody
  • Data recovery and identity theft
  • Malware and ransomware investigations
  • Network and internet investigations
  • Email investigations

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

On this module, you will develop your core professional skills for employment and effective research. A fundamental understanding of the effective use of different working methods is key for future success as an individual and collaborator. Areas that you will focus on include:

  • Problem solving
  • Legal, social, ethical and professional framework of computing
  • CPD training
  • Team structures and team working etc.
  • Professional certifications, accreditation, and membership
  • Thesis structure and research design

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

Understanding security and risks is vital to keep any organisation or individual safe from cyber attacks. You will learn the theory and practical skills necessary for regular business risk assessments and security controls. Your aim is to work out the best ways to reduce information and systems risks, mitigate vulnerability and satisfy compliance obligations.

Year 3

In your third year, if you are studying full time, you will take:

  • A compulsory Dissertation across semesters 1 and 2
  • 2 compulsory modules in semester 1
  • 2 optional modules in semester 2

If you are studying part time, the modules above will be split over 2 years.

Optional modules will run if they receive enough interest. It is not guaranteed that all modules will run every year.

You can find out which modules are available in each semester on the Course Specifications.

Modules

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

On this module you will apply your knowledge and practical skills to complete a major project. This will involve producing a software product from the initial idea, through to successful evaluation and a substantial report to demonstrate your research. Your project might focus on the development of a game or research into emerging technologies. This module also gives you the chance to collaborate with students from other Computer Science courses.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

The Internet of Things is a term used to describe an internet comprised of networked objects. The term incorporates concepts of computing, ambient intelligence and machine to machine communication (M2M). What unites these elements is the question of how the deployment of smart technology in public and social spaces will affect how we relate to each other and how we understand ourselves as human beings. You will explore these questions through a practical project developing Internet of Things technology for deployment in public or social contexts.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

Penetration testing is an ongoing cycle of research and attack to identify vulnerabilities and risks which may affect systems. On this module you will learn how to identify, attack and exploit weak spots within an organisation's cyber security framework. By the end of the module, you will will be able to test and exploit systems that are fit for purpose. You skills will allow you to conduct successful penetration testing from start to finish.

Credits: 20

Optional module

Cyber criminals are becoming more resourceful, so web security must keep evolving to protect services and users. On this module, you will investigate common web security attacks and mistakes that can lead to vulnerable systems, as well as countermeasures to fix and prevent them. These include the principle of least privilege (POLP), in which users' access rights are limited to what is strictly required to do their jobs.

Credits: 20

Optional module

Organisations have an obligation to protect privacy, and must consider important legal, ethical, and reputational concerns when working with personal or sensitive data. On this module, you will learn about critical privacy concepts, engineering privacy requirements and controls into products and services.

 

Credits: 20

Optional module

The need for a secure network design, configurations, and network operations has always been an essential aspect of cyber security. On this module you will explore the current state of network security architecture, operations, and continuous monitoring. This module will give you the in depth technical insight and practical training needed to defend network infrastructures confidently.

Credits: 20

Optional module

Today's job market requires professionals to have a strong understanding of cloud computing and blockchain technology. More and more companies have embraced cloud technology, and blockchain use is increasing due to the rise of cryptocurrencies. On this module you will develop practical skills and theories related to these emerging technologies and how best to implement them across different industries and professions.

Credits: 20

Optional module

On this module you will have the opportunities to develop your skills in:

  • Web technologies and development tools
  • Web 3.0
  • Blockchain
  • Problem solving
  • Deployment methods and tools

You will also cover more advanced programming techniques associated with web service applications. This will enable you to examine the theories and concepts behind the features of technologies such as CSS3, HTML5, JavaScript, Python and Flask.

 

Teaching and assessment

Teaching and learning

We will deliver your modules through:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars and workshops
  • Laboratory sessions
  • Supported Open Learning (SOL)
  • Guest talks and trips

We believe in teaching methods that look to put you at the centre of the educational experience. You will be taught in small class sizes and have high contact hours with our computer science specialists. We do this because we value the importance of the interaction between staff and students.

Each module usually has 2 to 4 hours of contact time a week. We schedule our taught sessions between 9:00am and 8:00pm, Monday to Friday.

You will need to conduct independent study outside of this time. This might include reading, research and coursework preparation. You can also arrange academic tutorials to receive feedback on your work and discuss the course content.

Our teaching draws on both our research and professional experience. This means your learning is informed by the most current thinking in the subject area. You can find out more about our research and backgrounds by visiting our staff pages.

Assessment

Assessment types vary from module to module. Some of your assessments might include:

  • Written portfolios
  • Exams
  • Practical work
  • Research reports

Placements 

In your second year you will participate in a work placement module. You will work for an established company or work on an entrepreneurial project. If you are taking the year in industry route you will be on placement for a whole year between your second and third year. We will support you with finding a placement which meets your career aspirations. We will help to prepare you for this year by working with you on CV and cover letter writing, as well as interview skills.

Career outcomes

Your future with a degree in Cyber Security

On this course you will gain subject-specific key transferable skills. You will develop problem solving, analytical and communication skills that are in high demand in a range of careers.

This degree could be the first step toward your career as a:

  • Applications developer
  • Cyber security analyst
  • Game designer
  • IT consultant
  • Network engineer
  • Web developer

Discover more career options on Prospects careers advice pages.

You could also progress onto a postgraduate degree and take your learning even further.

 

Whatever your ambitions, we can help you get there.

Our careers service, LaunchPad provides career support tailored to your ambitions. Through this service you can access:

  • Employer events
  • LinkedIn, CV and cover letter sessions
  • Workshops on application writing and interview skills
  • Work experience and volunteering opportunities
  • Personalised career advice

This support doesn't end when you graduate. You can access our expert career advice for the rest of your life. We will help you gain experience and confidence to succeed. It's your career, your way.

Entry requirements

Qualifications

Minimum Entry Requirements

    104 UCAS Tariff points

    3 GCSEs at grade C/4 (or equivalent) including English Language.

Calculate your UCAS Tariff points

International Students

If you are an international student you will need to show that your qualifications match our entry requirements.

Information about international qualifications and entry requirements can be found on our International pages.

If English is not your first language you will need to show that you have English Language competence at IELTS level 6.0 (with no skill below 5.5) or equivalent.

International entry requirements

Mature Learners Entry Scheme

If you have been out of education for 3 years or more and have a grade C GCSE in English Language or equivalent, you are eligible for our entry scheme for mature learners. It's a scheme that recognises non-traditional entry qualifications and experience for entry onto this course. Information on how to apply can be found on our dedicated page.

Mature entry offer scheme

Terms and conditions

Our terms and conditions, policies and procedures contain important information about studying at York St John University. You can read them on our Admissions page.

Fees and Funding

To study for an undergraduate degree with us, you will need to pay tuition fees for your course. How much you pay depends on whether you live inside the UK, or internationally (outside the UK). Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

UK 2022 entry

The tuition fee for 2022 entry onto this course is:

  • £9,250 per year for full time study
  • £6,935 per year for the first 4 years if you study part time

These prices apply to all UK, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students

You can find out more about funding your degree by visiting our funding opportunities page:

Funding Opportunities

Placement year funding

If you choose to take a placement year, and your course offers it, you can apply for the Tuition Fee and Maintenance Loan for your placement year. How much you are awarded is based on the type of placement being undertaken and whether it is a paid or unpaid placement. The tuition fee for your placement year will be reduced.

Tuition Fees

    UK 2022 entry £9,250 per year full time

    International 2022 entry £13,000 per year full time

International 2022 entry

The tuition fee for 2022 entry to this course is £13,000 per year for full time study.

This price applies to all students living outside the UK.

Due to immigration laws, if you are an international student on a Student Visa, you must study full time. For more information about visa requirements and short-term study visas, please visit the International Visa and Immigration pages.

Find out more about funding your degree:

International Fees and Funding

Additional costs and financial support

There may also be some additional costs to take into account throughout your studies, including the cost of accommodation.

Course-related costs

While studying for your degree, there may be additional costs related to your course. This may include purchasing personal equipment and stationery, books and optional field trips.

Study Abroad

For more information on tuition fee reductions and additional costs for studying abroad, please visit our study abroad pages.

Accommodation and living costs

For detailed information on accommodation and living costs, visit our Accommodation pages.

Financial help and support

Our Funding Advice team are here to help you with your finances throughout your degree. They offer a personal service that can help you with funding your studies and budgeting for living expenses. 

For advice on everything from applying for scholarships to finding additional financial support email fundingadvice@yorksj.ac.uk.

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