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Coventry University

Ethical Hacking and Cybersecurity

UCAS Code: I120

Master of Science - MSci

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,B-A,B,B

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

Assessed on an individual basis.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

5 GCSEs at grade 4 / C or above to include English and Mathematics.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

31

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)

DDD-DDM

in IT or a technical subject.

UCAS Tariff

128-136

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About this course


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Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2020

Other options

5.0 years | Sandwich | 2020

Subject

Computer and information security

Cybersecurity is fast becoming the most pressing and least understood problem for many individuals, businesses and nations. The landscape itself is dif?cult to visualise, built on layer upon layer of evolving computing equipment, networks, protocols and software. The ways in which it can be exploited are innumerable, with new vulnerabilities discovered daily.

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.

This course is designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills to lead the fight against the cyber criminals and keep hard-earned assets secure. It covers the essentials of computer systems architecture, programming, operating systems and databases, together with specialist topics in digital forensics, legal issues, networking, ethical hacking and computer security.

Our activity-led learning approach means your education will be hands-on; you will help you to become familiar with penetration testing tools, encryption algorithms and forensic analysis software. You can also gain additional industry recognised network certifications through the Microsoft and CISCO Academy Programmes (additional costs may apply).

**Key Course Benefits**
* Opportunity to gain Forensic Toolkit (FTK) certification.

* Opportunity to demonstrate your portfolio of work to potential employers at the annual Coventry New Wizards Showcase.

* Option to join the CISCO Academy Programme leading to an industry-recognised CISCO Certified Networked Associate (CCNA) qualification (additional costs may apply).

* Active Computer Club that organises a range of extracurricular activities, such as LAN gaming, robot programming challenges and hackathons, to experience the most up-to-date technologies.

* Accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS), fully meets the academic requirements for registration as a Chartered IT Professional and provides partial fulfilment for Chartered Scientist and Chartered Engineer.

* Regular guest lecturers from current practitioners, which in recent years, speakers have included senior professors from Sheffield, Lincoln and Birmingham universities and the European Bioinformatics Centre Cambridge.

* Support applying for short and long-term placements with technology companies to gain the experience employers desire. Past students have worked for Microsoft UK Ltd, Intel and Accenture, as well as a range of medium sized companies in web, media and the creative industries.

* £50m Engineering and Computing building features a large range of specialised computing laboratories in computer security, communications and signal processing, electrical, electronics and microprocessors, ethical hacking and forensic computing, together with a games and multimedia studio and open access computer facilities, featuring industry-standard software from Kali Linux to wireshark and FTK.

Modules

* *Digital forensics:* You will be introduced to digital forensics and digital crime scene investigation, including concepts of digital evidence, digital forensic investigation methodology, legacy and current file systems essentials, registry files, password recovery, data acquisition and forensic examination of computer systems using current commercial forensic tools. We will also consider UK and European Commission rules of evidence, legislative frameworks and how the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) Digital Evidence Principles (2012) govern investigations in a law enforcement and corporate environment.
* *Computer security:* Businesses, the public sector and private individuals increasingly rely on digital systems, which has increased their size, scope and complexity making security and assurance significantly more difficult. There is a correlation between the advances made in computer and network technology, the increased complexity created in its usage and the rise in the level of security required. Digital security may have a strong technological component, but it also has an equally strong physical, social and ethical dimension through the people who both use it and try to subvert it. We will explore the digital security landscape, its technologies and strategies for protection to provide you with a good theoretical underpinning for assessing security requirements and preparing strategies.
* *Ethical hacking* We will study different types of network and computer attack vectors and penetration tests. You should become familiar with some of the standard tools, techniques and frameworks which are used to identify weaknesses within computer systems, from scanning and finding vulnerabilities to exploitation and maintaining access..
* *Programming:* You will be taught the concepts and algorithms behind programming to enable you to use whatever programming language that best suits the problem being faced. You will have the opportunity to develop core skills in programming by learning and applying syntax, problem-solving strategies, and theory common to most programming languages. We also examine professional practices associated with the industry, including key software development concepts such as testing code, version control, functional decomposition and event driven programming, as well as how to interact with non-technical colleagues and clients.
* *Software Development:* We offer a practical guide to the software development process with associated tools and techniques, such as project management. We focus on modern iterative process models using object-oriented (OO) modelling methods and tools, including techniques for requirements engineering and analysis, architectural design and detailed software design with patterns, through to software implementation and testing.
* *Computer Architecture and Operating Systems:* We investigate and analyse the origin, structure and use of the fundamental components of computers, how they represent data, the operating systems (OS) used and networking approaches. We will explore basic OS concepts, such as processes, memory management, drivers and file systems. We cover the main features of Linux, Windows, Unix and Mac OSI, among others.

Tuition fees

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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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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

60%
UK students
40%
International students
89%
Male students
11%
Female students
62%
2:1 or above
9%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
D
E

After graduation


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Software engineering

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£25,000
med
Average annual salary
100%
high
Employed or in further education
89%
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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