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University of Bradford

Computer Science for Cyber Security

UCAS Code: I190

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

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,C

As UCAS tariff

112 UCAS tariff points and Higher Level grade 3 or Standard Level grade 4 in English and Maths.

112 UCAS tariff points to include 5 Higher Level Subjects and Ordinary Level English and Maths at grade O4

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

DMM

As UCAS tariff to include at least one Advanced Scottish Higher

UCAS Tariff

112

112 UCAS tariff points to include 1 GCE Advanced Level or equivalent and GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C/grade 4 or equivalent.

83%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subjects

Computer science

Computer and information security

Develop the skills you need for a career as a cyber security professional, working in a rapidly growing and vitally important industry.

The BSc (Hons) Computer Science for Cyber Security (with placement year) blends core computer science disciplines with specialist areas of cyber security such as:

*cryptography
*security technologies
*computer communications and networks
*electronic business

The placement year in industry enables you to build contacts whilst developing your skills and professional confidence.

If you enjoy solving problems, are innovative and creative, and have a passionate interest in technology this programme is tailor made for you. Our graduates make a positive impact on society, not only through preventing and reducing cyber security attacks, but by applying the wide-ranging skills developed on this programme in other areas of information technology.

This programme shares a common first year with all our other Computer Science programmes (Computer Science for Games, Business and Software Engineering, as well as the standard Computer Science programme), allowing you to transfer before the start of the second year if you feel an alternative course suits your emerging interests or career aspirations better

Modules

All of our Computing courses share a common first year, allowing transfer between them before the start of the second year. Our first year modules cover foundation topics including introductory computer programming, internet technologies, professional skills and more.

The second year also includes many modules common to all of our courses, further strengthening core and fundamental knowledge required by all Computing graduates. The second year also introduces course specific modules and our flagship Enterprise Pro module which embeds industry projects within your course, giving you significant real world experience of designing and developing a solution to an industry proposed problem, within a supervised and academically supported team.

Our final year is where you will further develop your computing and cyber security skills allowing you to launch your career. The course includes a final year project as well as further specialist content and the opportunity to take an elective module to really personalise your degree.

Year 1:
Computer Architecture and Systems Software (core)
Fundamentals of Programming (core)
Internet Technologies (core)
Mathematics for Computing (core)
Software Design & Development (core)
Technical and Professional Skills (core)

Year 2:
Computer Communications and Networks (core)
Data Structures and Algorithms (core)
Database Systems (core)
Enterprise Pro (core)
Security Management (core)
Computational Modelling & Artificial Intelligence (option)
Statistics & Data Analysis (option)

Year 3:
Cyber Security (core)
Final Year Project (core)
Foundations of Cryptography (core)
Foundations of Security Technologies (core)
Computer Communications and Networks (option)
Elective (option)
Mobile Applications (option)
Neural Networks and Fuzzy Systems (option)

Assessment methods

Most modules use a mixture of formal lectures, practical lab sessions, tutorials and seminars. Some modules involve supervised group work, usually with an assigned academic staff member for each group. All modules require students to undertake independent study, supported through distance learning technologies such as our Virtual Learning Environment. Reading lists and suggested resources for independent study provide further direction for students to undertake this work, and regular contact hours and informal feedback throughout the courses provide opportunities for further guidance for learners. Assessments for modules mostly take the form of practical coursework, lab tests and written exams, with all forms being well represented throughout all years of the course across all modules

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
£18,420
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Bradford

Department:

School of Computer Science

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.

62%
low
Computer science

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.

Computer science

Teaching and learning

58%
Staff make the subject interesting
68%
Staff are good at explaining things
72%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
73%
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

65%
Library resources
65%
IT resources
79%
Course specific equipment and facilities
46%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

77%
UK students
23%
International students
85%
Male students
15%
Female students
58%
2:1 or above
14%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
D
C

Software engineering

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

83%
UK students
17%
International students
84%
Male students
16%
Female students
79%
2:1 or above
13%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
B

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.

Computer science

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.

£20,000
low
Average annual salary
86%
low
Employed or in further education
88%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

46%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
13%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
8%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

This is a newly-classified subject area for this kind of data, so we don’t currently have very much information to display or analyse yet. The subject is linked to important and growing computing industries, and over time we can expect more students to study them — there could be opportunities that open up for graduates in these subjects as the economy develops over the next few years.

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.

£19,500
low
Average annual salary
93%
med
Employed or in further education
76%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

39%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
11%
Information technology technicians
8%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
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.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Computer science

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

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Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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Post-six month graduation stats:

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It offers a snapshot of what grads went on to do six months later, what they were earning on average, and whether they felt their degree helped them obtain a 'graduate role'. We calculate a mean rating to indicate if this is high, medium or low compared to other universities.

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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