Course details

Study options

Full-time: 3 years

UK fee

£9,250 per year (2022/23)

International fee

£14,045 per year (2022/23)

UCAS points

112-120 (September 2022 entry)

UCAS code

I190

Course level

Undergraduate

Qualification

BSc (Hons)

Start date

September

Location

Derby Campus

Course description

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.

  • This course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Information Security (CIISec). The course is classed as industry standard and will give you several opportunities to enhance your experience as a cyber security student
  • Prepare for high-level roles in the drive to combat cyber crime
  • Gain all the theoretical knowledge and practical skills required by today’s cyber security professionals
  • Learn in the impressive setting of our new Network and Security suite
  • Take an optional industrial placement year which will stand you in good stead for securing a rewarding job on graduation
  • Get involved in exciting projects such as the ALICE experiment, on which we are collaborating with leading organisations at CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research
  • Become a highly employable graduate – we are ranked 15th highest among all UK universities and 12th for English institutions, with 96% of graduates in work or further study within six months of completing their degree (HESA 2016)

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.

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High-level technical skills

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.

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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

Accreditation

We are a member of the Chartered Institute of Information Security (CIISec) Academic Partner Programme. Our course has been accredited as industry standard and provides a link between our course and the 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.

Facilities

You’ll get to use cutting-edge software development tools in our industry-standard laboratories. Facilities include:

  • Cyber Security Labs: Our Cyber Security labs contain a set-up used for investigating digital crime alongside a range of software including Azure, Matlab, Encase, Wireshark, Nmap and Kali Linux
  • Computer Networks Labs: Primarily used for our modules in Networking Fundamentals, Server Infrastructure, Wide Area Networks and Network Routing and Switching, the labs contain specialist software access including Cisco Packet Tracer, VM VirtualBox, VMware Workstation, Wireshark and MS Vision
  • CAVE Lab: This impressive lab provides data visualisation hardware. The pod contains a 270-degree 3D projection set up allowing multiple users to experience a shared virtual environment. Workstations with Tesla graphics cards for data processing and AI projects are also available
  • Makerspace: Get ready to turn your ideas into prototypes! The space includes a whole host of equipment, including 3D printers, CNC machines, and a laser cutter to bring your product to life. It's also a great space to collaborate with students from across the University
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Makerspace

Open to all students at the University of Derby the Makerspace is a student-led workshop based at our Markeaton Street site. There is a large range of tools in the Makerspace that you are able to use in your own time to design and develop projects.

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Boost your employability

Employability skills are integrated into many of the taught modules 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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    How you will learn

    Modules are typically assessed via one or more coursework assignments and/or one or more examinations.  Some modules are only assessed via coursework, others are only assessed via examination, while others use a mix of both.

    Depending on the nature of a given coursework assignment, you may receive the assignment specification at the beginning of the module for hand-in at the end of the module. Alternatively, you may be given it later in the module to complete before a set deadline.

    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

    2022 entry

    These are the typical qualification requirements for September 2022 entry.

    RequirementWhat we're looking for
    UCAS points112-120
    A LevelBBB-BBC
    BTECDDM-DMM
    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)

    2023 entry

    These are the typical qualification requirements for September 2023 entry.

    RequirementWhat we're looking for
    UCAS points112-120
    A LevelBBB-BBC
    T LevelMerit
    BTECDDM-DMM
    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

    2022/23 Fees (August 2022 - July 2023)

     Full-timePart-time
    UK

    £9,250 per year

    N/A

    International

    £14,045 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

    Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS.

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    International students

    On-campus courses starting in September 2022 and January 2023 are now closed to new applications from international students due to unprecedented demand. Applications for September 2023 will open in October. If you have any questions, please email askadmissions@derby.ac.uk.

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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.

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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.

    Please also note that due to the current Covid-19 situation, if your course offers fieldtrips, the location of these may change or be cancelled. If this happens, you will be communicated to in advance and we will do our very best to seek out other practical opportunities to ensure your experience is not affected.

    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.

    Included in your fees
    • Specialist computing labs
    • Access to software and equipment
    Mandatory costs not included in your fees
    • Printer consumables approx. £100 per annum
    • Portable hard drive/memory card approx. £120
    • Portfolio case approx. £40
    • Core text books approx. £250 
    Optional costs not included in your fees
    • Not required but useful: personal computer or tablet approx. £400

    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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