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Sheffield Hallam University

Cyber Security

UCAS Code: GG4N

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

Entry requirements


Access to HE Diploma needs 45 credits at level three.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE English and maths grade C or grade 4 or above. GCSE equivalencies are accepted.

UCAS Tariff

80

80 UCAS points, including 56 points from two A levels or equivalent, or an alternative qualification such as an Access course. If you don't meet these criteria you may be qualified for our Extended Degree Programme in Computing

92%
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

4 years | Sandwich | 2019

Subject

Computer and information security

• Study diverse cyber-security and computing topics.
• Develop knowledge of web and mobile security, and their governance.
• Build a solid theoretical grounding in systems, networks and data communication.
• Gain useful industry credentials through British Computer Society accreditation.
• Have the opportunity to study abroad — Erasmus funding is available for European placements.

On this course, you'll learn about cyber security from penetration testing to ethical hacking and network intrusion. Upon graduation, you'll have attained specialist credentials, and be ready to tackle real cyber security threats.

On this specialist course in cyber security, you develop professional understanding, insight and skill in computer and information security. You'll work with industry employers and expert staff, cementing both your practical and theoretical knowledge.
Assessments are varied, and include reports, presentations, demonstrations, discussions and online activities.

**You learn through**
• lectures
• seminars
• practical tutorial sessions
There are opportunities to study abroad at one of our partner universitieswith the possibility of funding through the Erasmus programme.

**Applied learning**
**Work placements**
In your third year, you can take a one-year paid work placement. Work placements offer you valuable experience, and an enjoyable opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills.

Many organisations need experienced IT and cybersecurity staff, and a placement will give you the experience you need to add to your CV to secure a desirable security-related position in a competitive job market. We help you to gain a placement and support you through the application process.
During the placement, you will be mentored by a member of academic staff, who will visit you at your place of work. Previous students have worked at organisations including:

• Cisco
• Citrix
• 3Squared
• Next
• Servelec Group
• Hewlett-Packard Ltd
• IBM Ltd

**Networking opportunities**
You will have the opportunity to talk with a number of dynamic companies and professionals that specialise in the field of cyber security, as well as others concerned with the sector.

In the past we have invited Citrix, Cisco, PwC, Sec-1 and other individual consultants in the cyber security industry give guest lectures and seminar

Modules

**Year one modules**- • introduction to computer and information security • computer and systems architecture • networking fundamentals • programming fundamentals • mathematics for networks • professionalism and communication skills

**Year two core modules**- • ethical hacking • secure networking technologies • database administration and security • network services and administration • project-based learning • network intrusion detection

**Year three**- • work placement

**Final year core modules**- • information security management • web security • mobile security • enterprise applications management • professionalism and employability • dissertation project

Assessment methods

• Coursework
• Group work
• Examinations
• Final year project

Tuition fees

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

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£13,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

Extra funding

Scholarships, discounts and bursaries may be available to students who study this course.

The Uni


Course location:

Sheffield Hallam University

Department:

Faculty of Science Technology and Art

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

81%
high
Computer and information security

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Software engineering

Teaching and learning

79%
Staff make the subject interesting
92%
Staff are good at explaining things
83%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
91%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

88%
Library resources
87%
IT resources
91%
Course specific equipment and facilities
75%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

94%
UK students
6%
International students
93%
Male students
7%
Female students
82%
2:1 or above
8%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
D

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

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.

£22,500
med
Average annual salary
89%
med
Employed or in further education
98%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

81%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
4%
Customer service occupations
3%
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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