Why choose this course?

BSc Cyber Security aims to give students a fundamental understanding of how to protect organisations, networks, IT systems and individuals against Cyber attacks and Cyber threats. This course covers all the main topic areas required by the British Computing Society for an accredited Cyber Security degree, and includes understanding of Cyber threats and attacks, and the criminal sub-culture which is increasingly profiting from those attacks, how to manage information and the risks to that information, practical approaches to implementing physical and process controls to reduce information threats, and the design of secure systems and products which will enable businesses to withstand Cyber attacks. The course also includes aspects of Cryptography and Forensic Computing, and students will have the opportunity to engage with the latest software and forensic approaches. Several staff at The University of Wolverhampton are engaged in Cyber security research and work closely with industry to ensure that the course will produce graduates who have the skills which industry needs. Employment in the area of Cyber security is predicted to increase five fold in the next two years, and there is already a severe shortage of trained graduates who are able to work in this area. Therefore, the likelihood of gaining well-paid employment at the end of your degree is extremely high.

Potential Career Paths

Graduates can expect to find employment as Cyber security specialists, security managers, Cyber and information security analysts, consultants, information security officers, computer forensic specialists, and technical computing and network staff.   Typical employers include specialist Cyber and Information security companies and consultancies, large and medium commercial organisations, local authorities, government departments, military Cyber Security operations and financial organisations.

What happens on this course?

During year one, you will develop an understanding of computer architecture and how data is used in organisations. You will also study areas of programming and problem solving and will learn how modern software applications are built and structured.

In the second year, you will gain an understanding of cyber security architecture and operations. You will use specialist tools and equipment to develop your knowledge of computer networks and will gain technical understanding of how to protect computer systems and networks. You will also gain experience of ethical hacking and data mining.

In the final year, you will further develop and apply your knowledge in different applications and technologies, techniques, tools and methods in relation to cyber security. You will use specialist forensics software, investigate human factors which affect security, look at management of risk, information management and governance and cyber intelligence. Themes covered will influence and support your final year project module and you will have the option to engage with industry to work on a real-life project.

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*Part Time course duration: 6 Years

What Skills will you gain?

The BSc (Hons) Cyber Security degree provides graduates with the full range of skills which the government recognises as essential for Cyber Security personnel. A fundamental understanding of Cyber and Information Security and associated technologies, an ability to manage security within organisations, and technical skills which support security are all outcomes of the degree. Close links and the opportunity to work with industry means that graduates will also have a good level of business awareness.

The University of Wolverhampton Cyber Security course also gives students extensive opportunities to develop excellent transferable skills, such as problem solving, communication skills, project management skills, the ability to work effectively in teams and individually, and self-management and the ability to gather, evaluate and reflect on information.