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BSc (Honours) Cyber Security

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Year of Entry 2022/23
BSc (Honours)

Cyber Security

Full-time Computing

Develop your understanding of computer and information security on this specialist course.


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What is the fee? Home: See fees section below
International/EU: £14,415 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
How long will I study? 3 / 4 Years
Where will I study? City Campus
What are the entry requirements? 112 UCAS Points
What is the UCAS code? GG4N
When do I start? September 2022
Placement year available? Yes

Course summary

  • Study diverse cyber-security and computing topics.
  • Develop knowledge of web and mobile security, and their governance.
  • Build a solid theoretical grounding in systems, networks and data communication.
  • Gain useful industry credentials through British Computer Society accreditation.
  • Have the opportunity to work abroad — with the possibility of funding through the Erasmus+ programme (until 2023) or the Turing Scheme.

On this course, you'll learn about cyber security from penetration testing to ethical hacking and network intrusion. Upon graduation, you'll have attained specialist credentials, and be ready to tackle real cyber security threats.


Student View

Watch student Ryan Belton talk about what it’s like to study on this course.

How you learn

Watch course leader Jims Marchang talk about this course.


All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

On this specialist course in cyber security, you develop professional understanding, insight and skill in computer and information security. You'll work with industry employers and expert staff, cementing both your practical and theoretical knowledge.

Assessments are varied, and include reports, presentations, demonstrations, discussions and online activities.

You learn through

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • practical tutorial sessions

There are opportunities to study abroad at one of our partner universities with the possibility of funding through the Erasmus+ programme (until 2023) or the Turing Scheme.

Applied learning

Live Project

Our students have the unique opportunity to apply the knowledge that they are gaining from the course by working with local organisations and businesses. We work in partnership with the North East Business Resilience Centre (NEBRC), which is a non-profit organisation aiming to support and help protect regional businesses from cyber crime, by employing our students to deliver specialist services during their studies. The NEBRC was established in 2019, funded by a variety of Private and Public Partners including the Police, as well as a wide range of business investors and members across England.

Networking opportunities

We are a member of the Chartered Institute of Information Security (CIISec) Academic Partner Programme which accredits our course to industry standard, providing opportunities to collaborate and ensure the effective promotion of information security professionalism to academics and students. The CIISec is the only pure play information and cyber security institution to have been granted Royal Charter Status. This partnership supports our students to create contacts and develop their network within the cyber security community as well as access to a world-class speaker track and network with prospective employers.

We host a range of events and training sessions to provide the networking opportunities for students and employers.


Future careers

Previous graduates of this course have gone on to work for

  • chief information security officer
  • forensic computer analyst
  • information security analyst
  • penetration tester
  • security architect 
  • IT security engineer
  • security systems administrator
  • IT security consultant 

Previous graduates have gone on to work in a National and Multi-National Companies including; 

  • Cisco
  • Citrix
  • 3Squared
  • NextGen Security
  • Servelec Group
  • Hewlett-Packard 
  • IBM
  • Sec-1
  • Info-Assure
  • Sky
  • G-Research
  • Exponential-e

Accreditation

This course is accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered IT Professional and partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

Course news

The Lovelace Colloquium, named after the first computer programmer Ada Lovelace, celebrates women in IT and offers an excellent programme of panels, lectures and competitions for female students. Sheffield Hallam hosted the event in 2016.

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus through a structured mix of online lessons and face-to-face teaching with access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

City Campus

City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.

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Location

Howard Street
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S1 1WB

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Equipment and facilities

On this course you work with

  • specialist computing hardware, tools and applications
  • well-equipped security, forensics and network labs furnished with switches, routers, security appliances, virtualised desktops and servers, configurable wireless access points and direct ADSL internet links
  • Kali Linux, which can be used for penetration testing and vulnerability assessment against Windows server and client systems hardened against attacks

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Entry requirements

All students

UCAS points

  • 112

This must include at least 64 points from two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. For example:

  • BBC at A Level.
  • DMM in BTEC Extended Diploma.
  • A combination of qualifications, which may include AS Levels, EPQ and general studies

You can find information on making sense of UCAS tariff points here and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

GCSE

  • English Language or Literature at grade C or 4
  • Maths at grade C or 4

• Access - an Access to HE Diploma with at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2. At least 15 level 3 credits must be at merit grade or above, from a QAA-recognised Access to HE course, or an equivalent Access to HE certificate.

If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or equivalent. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

We welcome applications from people of any age. We may be flexible in our normal offer if you can show a commitment to succeed and have the relevant skills and experience. This must show that you will benefit from and finish the course successfully.

Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 at the point of enrolment.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Modules

Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

You will be able to complete a placement year as part of this course. See the modules table below for further information.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Computer Systems And Architecture Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Introduction To Computer And Information Security Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Mathematics And Cryptography Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Networking Fundamentals Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Professionalism And Employability Skills Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Programming Fundamentals Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Database Administration And Security Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Ethical Hacking Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Network Intrusion Detection Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Network Services And Administration Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Project Based Learning Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Secure Networking Technologies Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Practical

Year 3

Optional modules
Module Credits
Module: Placement Year Credits: -

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Advanced Penetration Testing Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Enterprise Applications Management Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Information Security Management Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Project (Network, Cyber And Forensics) Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Practical
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Data Storage Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Mobile Security Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Network Security Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fees for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2022/23 are regulated by the UK government and are yet to be confirmed. For an indication, our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2021/22 is £9,250 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2022/23 is £14,415 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

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How tuition fees work, student loans and other financial support available.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

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