Computer Science for Cyber Security

BSc (Hons)

Key facts

Start dates

September 2023 / September 2024

Course length

Full time: 3 years, or 4 if a work placement is chosen

Part time: 6 years




School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics


Our Computer Science for Cyber Security degree helps you develop your practical expertise. You will gain experience using high-end professional equipment and software tools and learn:

  • computer systems
  • programming
  • networking
  • computer science
  • cyber security
  • operating systems
  • and software development.

Our state-of-the-art cyber security networking and server laboratories offer excellent facilities where you will:

  • audit existing networks and IT systems for security issues
  • analyse malware
  • design and implement secure software.

You can take a placement year in industry, and you’ll work on a dissertation investigating a current issue or problem in cyber security. You can also study for your CISCO CCNA professional qualifications.

There is a shortage of skilled graduates in Cyber Security and it’s regarded as a critical area by business and government. Careers include IT professionals, penetration testers, digital forensic investigators, software developers, systems engineers and technical analysts.

Specific entry requirements

GCSE: Mathematics at grade 4/C minimum and English Language at grade 4/C minimum normally required

If you don’t know about Computing already our first year modules will quickly get you up to speed. Any previous experience you have might help you to get started more comfortably but even if you think you know a lot about computing already there will still be many new things for you to learn.

Having an A-level or BTEC Level 3 qualification in a computing-related subject will not exempt you taking any first-year modules, as we want to make sure that we give you a quality introduction to all of the relevant topics.

If you don’t have the right qualifications to apply for a place on one of our degree courses, we may be able to consider you for our Computing Foundation course. This course, which lasts one year, is an excellent preparation for any of our computing degree courses.