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Course details

Study options

Full-time: 3 years

UK fee

£9,250 per year (2024/25)

International fee

£14,900 per year (2024/25)

UCAS points

112-120 (September 2024 entry)

UCAS code

I190

Course level

Undergraduate

Qualification

BSc (Hons)

Start date

September

Location

Derby Campus

The best bits

  • Benefit from our academic partnership with the Chartered Institute of Information Security (CIISec)
  • Use cutting-edge software development tools in our industry-standard laboratories, such as Microsoft Azure, Matlab, Encase, Wireshark, Nmap and Kali Linux
  • Take an optional industrial placement year which will add substance to your CV, broaden your professional networks and stand you in good stead for securing a rewarding job on graduation
  • Benefit from the flexibility of having the option to transfer to another course in our Computing and Mathematics portfolio after your first year
  • You won’t have any written exams as all assessment is through coursework
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High-level technical skills

Security is a vital requirement of computer-based systems. As the number of security-related incidents continues to grow, so does the demand for expertise in cyber security. As companies increasingly look to defend themselves against cyber attacks, the number of job openings is growing rapidly. If you have an interest in latest technologies, a flair for problem-solving and a capacity for quick thinking, a fulfilling career in cyber security is for you.  

Our BSc (Hons) Cyber Security prepares you to become a successful security specialist. You will study security policies, legal and regulatory requirements, risk and vulnerability assessment, security architecture and development, information assurance methodologies, ethical hacking and incident management. 

We will equip you with the know-how to critically analyse and evaluate responses to security-related incidents. You will also develop the technical skills needed to specify, build and develop the physical infrastructure and software to ensure solutions are robust and secure.  

Benefit from flexibility

You’ll gain fundamental knowledge in your first year studying modules alongside students on our other Computing degrees. At the end of your first year, you’ll then have the option to transfer to one of the following courses if you wish: 

You’ll then go on to study more specialist modules in your second year with further options to tailor your studies to an area of your interest in your final year. 

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My placement year at IBM has been an invaluable experience where I have gained an abundance of new technical skills and a wide network of skilled individuals, giving me the chance to learn from those those that have years of expertise within the field.

Sophie Grainger
BSc (Hons) Cyber Security

Academic partnership

We are a member of the Chartered Institute of Information Security (CIISec) Academic Partner Programme. Our course has been recognised as industry standard and provides a link between our University with the information security industry. As a student, it will enable you to create contacts and develop your network within the cyber security community. You’ll also be able to take up individual CIISec membership. 

Boost your employability

Employability skills are integrated into many of the modules taught on the BSc (Hons) Cyber Security.  You can even choose to spend a year on a relevant placement working alongside industry professionals – an experience that will give you the edge in the graduate job market. 

In addition to assisting with internships and placements, we offer wide-ranging support to help you enhance your future prospects during your studies and to secure graduate roles when you have completed your course. This includes employability workshops and one-to-one support in areas such as CV writing and interview preparation. 

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What you will study

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

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Undergraduate Open Days

The best way to find out if studying at Derby is right for you is to experience an Open Day. Get a feel for the city and campus, tour our first-class facilities and see where you could be living.

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How you will learn

You won’t have any written exams. Instead you’ll be assessed either through coursework only, or by a combination of: 

Personal academic tutoring

Your personal academic tutor will work with you to help you get the most out of your time at university. Having someone to talk to about your academic progress, your university experience and your professional aspirations is hugely valuable. We want you to feel challenged in your studies, stretched but confident to achieve your academic and professional goals.

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Entry requirements

2024 entry

These are the typical qualification requirements for September 2024 entry. Contextual offers may apply to students who meet certain criteria.

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points112-120
A LevelBBB-BBC
T LevelMerit
BTECDMM
GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade 4/Grade C (or above) or equivalent qualification
Access to HEPass Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits: 45 at Level 3 with a minimum of Distinction: 15, Merit: 24, Pass: 6

English language requirements

IELTS: 6.0 (with at least 5.5 in each skills area)

Fees and funding

2024/25

 Full-timePart-time
UK

£9,250 per year

N/A

International

£14,900 per year

N/A

Further information about our fees and support you may be entitled to.

Additional costs and optional extras

How to apply

Please look at our application deadlines before you apply.


UK students

If you are in Year 13 and applying for a full-time undergraduate course (including our joint honours courses), we recommend that you apply through UCAS.

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If you are applying to study part-time, or already have your qualifications, or wish to join at Year 2 or 3, you should apply directly to the University.

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Careers

There is significant demand for skills in developing, maintaining and securing computer systems, as well as on the engineering side of security protocol development and research. 

This degree delivers comprehensive training and equips you with the personal attributes you need for a variety of careers within the cyber security field. 

Contact us

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† Additional information about your studies

4 years with placement year

Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Additional costs and optional extras

We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, excellent facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.

The information provided on this page is correct at the time of publication but course content, costs and other individual course details do change from time to time and are updated as often as possible, so please do check these pages again when making your final decision to apply for a course. Any updated course details will also be confirmed to you at application, enrolment and in your offer letter.

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Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.

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