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Oxford Brookes University

Computer Science for Cyber Security

UCAS Code: II10

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

Entry requirements


GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE Maths - Grade 4 GCSE English - Grade 4 1 x further GCSE - Grade 4

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

30

UCAS Tariff

112
90%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Other options

6 years | Part-time | 2019

4 years | Sandwich including industrial placement | 2019

Subject

Computer and information security

Many existing computer science professionals have only basic knowledge of cyber security. They lack the expertise and skills that are required to securely design and build the complex, highly dynamic systems and software used in the modern world. To be a proficient and professional practitioner in this area requires the ability to stay up to date with rapidly changing technologies and to have the competence to apply these technologies effectively. The industry needs graduates who are well versed in applying cyber security concepts to conventional computer science problems. Graduates need, not only to understand the fundamentals of cyber security, but also to be able to apply them to the various technologies and systems that are used in a modern business context.

The Computer Science for Cyber Security programme gives students a grounding in computer science and builds on that to give them the concepts needed to produce the secure systems needed for today. The programme explores key ideas in computer science from a cyber security perspective. The theory taught in lectures is reinforced in practicals, where students have the opportunity to use industry-standard tools and techniques, in our dedicated server and networking laboratories, which provide a safe space for students to practise both offensive and defensive security techniques.

The programme’s emphasis on live projects, including group work modelled on industry-standard working patterns, gives students the opportunity to learn skills and concepts that are directly applicable to the workplace. Students on the programme also have the opportunity to undertake a placement which enables them to practise and refine their skills within a company or organisation.

The design of our programmes is informed by state of the art research being undertaken in the department. For example, the results of a recent project in collaboration with Nominet to protect parts the UK’s internet infrastructure (which was graded outstanding in terms of its outcome) has fed directly into teaching and gave students the opportunity to attend a series of technical seminars and undertake projects on modelling key parts of the UK’s internet. Students on our programmes have access to highly specialised computer laboratories where they learn the practical application of cutting edge theoretical skills and techniques.

Our aim is to provide you with an education in computer science and cyber security that will enable you to develop the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to pursue a career in industry, commerce or education. We also encourage you to adopt a critical and independent approach to learning.

In the first year you will study the fundamental principles of computing and networks. This includes an introduction to programming, some fundamental concepts in computing, including the first two Cisco accredited modules. In later years you will build on this to study advanced concepts in computer science, cyber security, networking and operating systems as well as the further Cisco accredited modules.

On completion of the course you will have gained a knowledge and understanding of the foundations,
techniques, limitations, developments, trends and applications of computer science and cyber security and will have experience and skills in designing, creating, developing and maintaining secure networks, computers and software.

We consider that a work placement is central to your academic development. Organisations taking our placement students have indicated their satisfaction with them and the preparation they receive in the course prior to their placement. We also believe that our graduates will have developed a well-formed ability to interact effectively within and across discipline boundaries and thus to acquire new knowledge and to develop new skills as the needs arise.

Tuition fees

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

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£14,280
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Oxford Brookes University

Department:

Engineering, Computing and Mathematics

TEF rating:

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Computing

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

77%
UK students
23%
International students
82%
Male students
18%
Female students
69%
2:1 or above
16%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
B

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.

£26,000
med
Average annual salary
92%
med
Employed or in further education
66%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

56%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
16%
Information technology technicians
5%
Business, research and administrative 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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