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Computer Science with Cyber Security

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B

Computer Science, Mathematics and Physics preferred

We welcome applications that include the EPQ. Where relevant, this may be included in our offer, resulting in an ‘A’ Level offer reduced by one grade.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE English Language at grade 4 and Mathematics at grade 6 (C in English, B in Mathematics) or equivalents.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

32

IB with 32 points to include 6 in all Higher Level subjects

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

D*DD

IT/Numerate subjects (e.g. IT(Software Development) preferred

UCAS Tariff

128

Computer Science, Mathematics and Physics preferred

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subjects

Computer science

Computer and information security

This integrated master’s degree will equip you with the skills for a career in the multi-million pound cyber security sector. You’ll learn how computer systems are built and work, before learning to audit systems for vulnerabilities and flaws. In an increasingly digital world, these skills are in high demand.

This degree is suitable for students who are looking for a successful career in technical computing, with interests in the various roles directly and indirectly connected to the world of computer, network and information security. It is fully accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT and fully meets the further learning academic requirement for registration as a Chartered IT Professional.

You should be motivated to understand how computer systems are built and excited by the rapid pace of change in the field. There is an ever-growing need for sharp, code-literate, motivated graduates in an industrial sector that makes a multi-billion pound contribution to the UK economy.

The degree focuses on how software and programming work, together with specialist content in computer security. The course will prepare you for a successful career in the technical areas of computer science and information security by developing skills in analysis, design and programming as well as specialisms in cyber security.

Starting with core foundational skills, such as programming, the course progresses to cover a range of computing topics with a focus on practical application, while maintaining a strong theoretical underpinning.

During the course you will become ethical hackers as you are challenged to identify flaws in computing devices and networks; to cryptanalyse classical and modern ciphers; and to trace attacks while auditing systems.

- You will study at master’s level in your fourth year, learning alongside our internationally renowned researchers at the cutting edge of the subject.

- Become proficient in a broad range of programming languages and cutting-edge games programming techniques

- Boost your professional credibility, employability and earning potential with a degree that satisfies the academic requirements for CEng status

- Gain practical work experience with an optional one-year work placement: past students have worked for Accenture, Deloitte, HP, IBM and Xerox

- Study in City’s computing labs, which include the latest hardware and software, such as state-of-art NVidia GPUs

- Gain three years of professional experience with our innovative Professional Pathway Scheme, combining paid employment and study.

The School has its own dedicated placements team with over 20 years of experience in providing on-hand placement and internship support as well as guidance for students throughout their studies. Placements are highly encouraged at City. Students that complete a placement year benefit from gaining professional experience working on real-life projects and are also more likely to achieve higher grades, secure a graduate-level job and earn a higher salary. In recent years students from our computer science courses have been able to obtain placements at leading companies within their chosen field such as Accenture, Deloitte, Hewlett Packard, IBM and Xerox.

Modules

All Computer Science courses at City share a common first year. Students can select their final degree course at the end of the first year.

Core modules:
Introduction to Algorithms
Mathematics for computing
Operating Systems
Systems architecture
Programming in Java
Databases and Web Development

In year two, students take a further seven core modules, including a team project:

Core modules:
Data structures and algorithms
Programming in C++
Language processors
Computer Networks
Object-orientated analysis and design
Professional development in IT.

In year three, students take three core modules and five electives, mixing Computer Science with specialist
Cyber Security modules.

Core modules:
Information Security Fundamentals
Network security
Digital forensics

Alongside specialist core modules and elective modules, you will undertake a large individual project researching and developing systems in an area of your own specialist interest.

Core modules include:
Advanced Algorithms and Data Structures
Cryptography
Computational Cognitive Systems
Security Auditing and Certification

Assessment methods

The balance of assessment by examination, practical examination and assessment by coursework will to some extent depend on the optional modules you choose.

The approximate percentage of the course assessment, based on 2018/19 entry is as follows:

Year 1
Written examination: 41% ? Coursework: 59%
Year 2
Written examination: 35% ? Coursework: 65%
Year 3
Written examination: 33% ? Coursework: 67%
Year 4
Written examination: 25% ? Practical: 2% ? Coursework: 73%

Assessment weightings by year
Year 1: 0% ? Year 2: 20% ? Year 3: 40% ? Year 4: 40%

The Uni


Course location:

City, University of London

Department:

Computer Science

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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.

69%
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

63%
Staff make the subject interesting
74%
Staff are good at explaining things
69%
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

84%
Library resources
86%
IT resources
92%
Course specific equipment and facilities
53%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

83%
UK students
17%
International students
85%
Male students
15%
Female students
82%
2:1 or above
11%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
C

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?

81%
UK students
19%
International students
77%
Male students
23%
Female students
79%
2:1 or above
11%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
C

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.

£27,300
med
Average annual salary
75%
low
Employed or in further education
68%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

62%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
12%
Information technology technicians
8%
Engineering professionals

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.

Computing

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
81%
low
Employed or in further education
68%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

49%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
16%
Information technology technicians
7%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers

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.

Computing

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

£26k

£26k

£32k

£32k

£38k

£38k

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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