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Aston University, Birmingham

Cyber Security

UCAS Code: I190

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

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B-B,C,C

BBB: Standard offer BBC: If the student is also presenting either Core Maths or Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) grade B BCC: Contextual offer (more details https://www2.aston.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/contextual-offer)

Access to HE Diploma

D:30,M:15

in relevant subject area

GCSE/National 4/National 5

Maths Grade C/4 and English Language Grade C/4

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

31

with 5, 5, 5 at Higher Levels subjects.

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

DDM

BTEC in relevant subject area

UCAS Tariff

104-120

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About this course


Course option

4.0years

Sandwich | 2021

Subject

Applied computing

Our BSc Cybersecurity course is offered as either a four year course with integrated placement year. We aim to produce computing graduates who specialise in cybersecurity. The practical orientation of our programmes, and industry input, will enable you to gain the range of professional and technical skills you will need to start a career in cybersecurity.

Throughout the course, you will develop expertise in cybersecurity and the key applications of computing science in each year of the programme. Particular emphasis is placed on applications in industry and commerce. You will focus on a range of topics including security management, designing secure systems and human factors in security.

Career prospects continue to be strong for our students with their sound understanding of the principles and practical applications of computing. The majority of our Computer Science graduates find stimulating and rewarding positions in computing related activities with suppliers and users or within a wide range of careers for which a university degree is a prerequisite.

Key course benefits:

- Our placement year offers you the opportunity to gain valuable experience and set your studies in the context of a working environment, designed to boost your future employment prospects.

Modules

Security Fundamentals: Scene-setting module introducing the fundamental concepts of cyber security.

Networks, distributed Systems and Network Security: A 30-credit wide-ranging module that goes from basic networking principles to networking protocols to network topologies to the OSI stack and TCP/IP, then introduces distributed systems, distributed system architectures and (e.g.) contemporary issues such as the cloud and Internet of Things. The final 10 credits will revisit many of these with a focus on network security; vulnerabilities, threats and mitigations (secure protocols, key exchange, PKI, network analytics, firewalls, and so on.

Secure Programming: Now students have the basics of programming, helping them learn about developing secure code; defensive programming, memory usage and vulnerabilities (e.g. buffer overflows, code injections), introducing V&V strategies.

Security Threats, Vulnerabilities and Mitigations: Building on these concepts introduced in outline in Security Fundamentals. Case-study based. Large element on cryptography and cryptanalysis.

Information Assurance Methodologies and Testing: Draws on existing module on testing and reliability. Places security in the context of other dependability attributes (reliability, availability, safety, …) and outlines a range of V&V techniques for these in general, and for security in particular. Large element on penetration testing. Likely to be heavily lab-based.

Security Management: Security policy, access control, culture and governance, operational security hygiene.

Ethical, Legal and Business Issues: Ethical issues around use and misuse of data (lots of case studies). Business obligations, governance and risk (financial, reputational, etc.). The law as it applies to the management and collection of data (e.g. GDPR).

Designing Secure Systems: Module that specializes the existing Software Engineering module with a focus on developing the knowledge and skills needed to analyse problems from a security perspective (e.g. misuse cases) and develop a solution design with the appropriate architecture and design-level mitigations to deal with the identified threats. Introduces notion of risk. Likely to be groupwork-based.

Human Factors in Security: Draws on material form existing HCI modules with additional material on (e.g.) how poor HCI compromises security (e.g. requiring people to remember long passwords). Large element on human factors and social engineering.

Security Risk Management: How to identify assets, and assess their value and the vulnerabilities and threats that apply to them. More on corporate governance.

Security Forensics: Part introduction to digital forensics (data storage media, operating systems, networks and mobile devices, …), and part introduction to forensic linguistics to (e.g.) profile chatroom grooming.

Tuition fees

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England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£16,700
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Aston University, Birmingham

Department:

School of Engineering and Applied Science

TEF rating:
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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

95%
UK students
5%
International students
82%
Male students
18%
Female students
76%
2:1 or above
15%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
C

After graduation


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Computing

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£27,000
med
Average annual salary
91%
med
Employed or in further education
79%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

65%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
10%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
7%
Business, research and administrative professionals

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