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University of Portsmouth

Cyber Security and Forensic Computing

UCAS Code: I901

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

Entry requirements


104-120 Tariff points to include a minimum of 2 A levels.

106 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma.

Cambridge Pre-U score of 44.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

3 GCSEs at grade C or above to include English and Mathematics/3 GCSEs at grade 4 or above to include English and Mathematics.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

25

25 points from the IB Diploma, to include 3 Higher Level subjects.

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H3,H3,H3,H4,H4

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

DMM

104-120 Tariff points.

UCAS Tariff

104-120

104-120 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent.

94%
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

**Overview**

Do you have the ability to join the front line in defending computer networks from cyber attacks? Or are you interested in ethical hacking to probe the digital defences of major corporations?

On this BSc (Hons) Cyber Security and Forensic Computing degree course, you’ll turn your tech talent into a professional qualification, armed with a toolkit of knowledge and skills to tackle the toughest digital security challenges.

This degree could lead to a career in law enforcement or British Intelligence. You’ll be qualified to take on roles in cyber security, cryptography and forensic investigation.
Accredited by

This course is accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT and meets the academic requirements for registration as a Chartered IT Professional (CITP). It also meets some of the academic requirements that you need to become a Chartered Scientist (CSci).

We pay Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) student membership fees for all of our students.

100% Overall student satisfaction (NSS, 2018)

95% Graduates in work or further study (DLHE, 2017)

**What you'll experience**

On this degree course, you'll:

- Build sought-after technical and investigative skills to break down security systems, and expose gaps in security when they occur

- Learn to identify cyber intruders, recommend security fixes, and stop hackers in their tracks

- Understand how to investigate cybercrime for the Police and the steps needed to take a case through to court

- Spend plenty of time in our high-powered computer labs, getting to grips with the latest tools and techniques

- Be taught by staff with years of experience and expertise in computer security, with teaching informed by up-to-date research into the latest advancements in forensic computing

- Apply your skills to practical problems as part of the department’s partnership with charities, local and global organisations

- Take advantage of opportunities to put your skills to work through our close relationship with the Hampshire Police High Tech Crime Unit

- Design and develop software, hardware and networks, in fields such as digital forensics and artificial intelligence

- Pick the brains of visiting speakers, who are experts in the forensic and cyber security field

Software and equipment you can use includes:

- a mobile computing lab to develop Android and iOS apps

- a pervasive computing lab for high-performance computing

- a usability lab including state-of-the-art eye tracking equipment

- Linux and Windows systems

- a forensics lab with professional-standard forensic tools

**Careers and opportunities**

Police investigations and civil disputes increasingly involve investigations of computer systems, mobile phones or other information devices. So there's lots of demand for professionals in the field.

When you complete the course, you could work in private and public companies in areas such as law enforcement, cyber security and computer forensics. You'll also be able to register as a Chartered IT Professional (CITP).

What jobs can you do with a Cyber Security and Forensic Computing degree?

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

- security architect

- penetration tester

- cyber security analyst

- forensic investigator

- eDiscovery examiner

- software developer

You'll get advice and support from our Careers and Employability service throughout your studies, and for 5 years after you graduate.

"I chose the University of Portsmouth because of the feel of it and how friendly the staff were. I also love how hands-on it is and how much I actually get to do!" Alex Jarvis, Forensic Computing Student

Modules

A number of general topics are covered in the first year to give you a base for development in the following years such as computer architecture and an introduction to programming. Alongside the core units studied in this year, you’ll also have the opportunity to study particular areas of interest, such as data structures and algorithms and developing web-based scripting. In your final year, you will carry out a final-year project utilising the skills learned during your course and your areas of interest within the forensics field. There’s also the chance to further tailor your course in the areas of network security, network management and data mining.

Assessment methods

We assess you in ways that encourage a deeper understanding and allow you to develop your skills through critical evaluation essays, written exams, research projects, mini projects and presentations.

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
£15,900
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Portsmouth

Department:

Faculty of Technology

TEF rating:

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What students say


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

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This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.


Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

87%
UK students
13%
International students
91%
Male students
9%
Female students
87%
2:1 or above
10%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
E

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.

£23,000
med
Average annual salary
100%
high
Employed or in further education
98%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

44%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
14%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
7%
Information technology technicians
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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