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Coventry University

Ethical Hacking and Cybersecurity

UCAS Code: GG45

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B-B,B,B

to include one from Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Design Technology, Computer Science or Computing. Excludes General Studies.

The Access to HE Diploma to include 30 Level 3 credits in either Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science or Statistics. Plus GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C or above.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

5 GCSEs at grade C or above including English Language and Mathematics. Coventry University recognise the new grade 4 as equivalent to grade C.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

29

to include one from Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Design Technology or IT at Higher level.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDM-DMM

in IT or a technical subject.

UCAS Tariff

120-128

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

90%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


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Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Other options

4 years | Sandwich | 2019

Subject

Computer and information security

With high profile incidents like the recent WannaCry and Petya ransomware attacks making headlines, there is an increasing demand for highly trained individuals who can advise businesses and organisations, government and law enforcement agencies alike on the best ways to protect their computer networks and the valuable, commercially sensitive information stored within them.

The specialist skills and knowledge to thoroughly test the security of computer systems, make them secure and investigate properly if they are compromised are not typically taught within a standard computer science course. In contrast, our British Computer Society (BCS) accredited course has been developed to provide a good practical and theoretical understanding of cybersecurity, hacking, digital forensics and the underlying computer science.

We have an outstanding track record for graduate employability – with 100% of students finding work or continuing their education within six months. You can also progress from successful completion your undergraduate degree straight to a Master’s level qualification, further preparing you for a career in this fast-growing industry on graduation.

Coventry University is committed to educating successive generations of cybersecurity researchers and experts – from developers that can write secure code, to digital forensics specialists and penetration testers.

We have garnered a reputation for teaching excellence and our staff benefit from a mix of practical experience from industry and law-enforcement, combined with active research in cutting-edge cybersecurity. Current projects include the incorporation of cryptography into network services for centralised management, machine learning for intrusion detection, low-power security systems and the security of embedded devices and the Internet of Things.

Our extensive links with industry help our graduates to secure rewarding jobs with security companies, large corporations and government. These relationships also ensure there are lots of opportunities for industry placements during your studies, with previous students spending a year working for high profile security consultancy organisations such as BAE Detica, Nettitude and NCC Group.

**Year 1**
The first year focuses on enabling students from a diverse range of backgrounds to make a solid start on their degree courses and understand fundamental principles.

**Year 2**
In the second year, we explore security-related topics in more depth, from more complex forensic analyses to penetration-testing of black-box networked systems. Providing experience of effective team working, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in a group project tackling problems which have previously included drone firmware security and sniffing non-802 wireless communications.

**Optional Placement Year**
ollowing your second year, you will have an option to apply for a one-year professional work placement or study abroad in a partner institution.

Past students have undertaken placements working in cybersecurity companies such as Nettitude, networking organisations like Janet or in the security teams of organisations such as the BBC.

**Final Year**
The final year of the BSc course covers advanced topics at the forefront of contemporary practice, such as malware analysis, exploit development and live-memory forensics.

You will have the opportunity to demonstrate the knowledge and skills you have previously learned by undertaking an in-depth individual project. For example, previous students have taken on projects such as automated detection of social engineering, DNS RPZ implementations and multi-source social-media analysis for generating spear-phishing campaigns.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Coventry University

Department:

School of Computing, Electronics and Maths

TEF rating:

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Software engineering

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

56%
UK students
44%
International students
88%
Male students
12%
Female students
75%
2:1 or above
6%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
D
E

After graduation


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Software engineering

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£25,000
med
Average annual salary
100%
high
Employed or in further education
88%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

68%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
11%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
4%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

A specialist subject, and not surprisingly graduates tend to go into software engineering roles or related. The degree classification students achieved made a particular difference last year — computing graduates with the best grades were much less likely to be out of work after six months and employers can even rate a good grade as important as work experience. Most students do get jobs, though, and starting salaries are good — particularly in London, where average starting salaries for good graduates were getting towards £38k last year. Be aware that at the moment, recruitment agencies are much the most common way for graduates from this degree to get their first job, so it may be worth getting in touch with a few specialist agencies in advance of graduation if you take this degree to get a foot in the door.

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