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BSc (Honours) Computer and Information Security

Play your part in the fight against cyber-crime.

Course length 3-4 Year(s)
Location City Campus
UCAS GG4N Course code

Course description

What you study
Your study encompasses areas such as • mobile security • cryptography • network intrusion detection • secure networking technologies • information security management • incident response • risk management • security assessment • ethical hacking • web systems security.
You also study more general computing subjects such as • computer architecture • programming • database systems • networking.

In the final year you will build on your placement experience to develop a rigorous enterprise approach to cyber security processes and techniques, further enhancing your employability in the field.

Laboratory sessions allow you to develop your practical problem solving skills for each module and are vital to a successful career in this technical area. You combine this with case studies, group work and online learning to promote the best understanding of computer and information security.

You will work in 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.

You will have the opportunity to talk with a number of exciting companies, both those that specialise in the area of cyber security, and others that understand that keeping their system secure is vital to a thriving industry. In the past we have invited Citrix, Cisco, PwC, Sec-1 and other individual consultants in the cyber security industry to talk.

Placements and work experience
In year three, you can enhance your employability and earning potential by completing a one-year work placement. Placements offer you valuable experience and let you apply your knowledge and skills to the industry. Our placement providers include • Sec-1 • Satisnet • BT • Citrix • HSBC as well as student placement startups such as Hawkify.

Professional recognition

This course is accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT. It counts towards the academic requirements for registration as a Chartered IT Professional and/or partially meeting the requirements for Chartered Engineer.

Entry requirements

2017 entry requirements

GCSE English language and mathematics at grade C or grade 4 or above, plus one of the following

• 112 UCAS points including at least 64 points from two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. We accept AS levels. We accept General Studies


• 96 UCAS points from three A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. We accept General Studies.

New UCAS tariff points system for courses starting from September 2017. This is significantly different to the current points system and uses an alternative method of calculation. You can find information about these changes on the UCAS website and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

• 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 must have 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.

International and European entry qualifications

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.

Course structure

Four years full-time (including one year work placement) or three years full-time

Typical modules may include

Year one modules

• introduction to computer and information security • computer and systems architecture • networking fundamentals • programming fundamentals • mathematics for networks • professionalism and communication skills

Year two core modules

• ethical hacking • secure networking technologies • database administration and security • network services and administration • project-based learning • network intrusion detection

Year three

• work placement

Final year core modules

• information security management • web security • mobile security • enterprise applications management • professionalism and employability • dissertation project

  • coursework
  • group work
  • examinations
  • final year project


As a graduate of this course, you become a sought-after IT cyber security specialist. Employment is available in a range of organisations from SMEs to major multinational companies.

Roles such as IT Security Analyst, Penetration Tester and IT Security Manager have salaries ranging from £18,000 to £30,000 plus, either in graduate programmes, or as a new graduate trainee.


Home / EU student

We do not charge course fees during a placement year.

Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)

For the course fee and further information on scholarships and bursaries please visit our fees and funding pages.

International student

We do not charge course fees during a placement year.

2016/17 academic year

Typically £12,250 a year

2017/18 academic year

Typically £12,750 a year

Additional course costs

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Additional costs information

How to apply

You apply for this course through UCAS.

Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and student Regulations.

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