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Edinburgh Napier University

Cyber Security and Forensics

UCAS Code: GG57

Bachelor of Engineering (with Honours) - BEng (Hon)

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,C

Including a science: Biology, Chemistry, Computing, Engineering Science, Information Technology, Software Systems Development, Digital Technology, Psychology, Maths or Physics. GCSE Grade C/4 in Maths and English.

Access to HE Diploma

D:12,M:33

Pass Access to HE Diploma in a related subject with 45 credits overall with minimum 33 Credits at Merit & 12 Distinction to include a Science at Level 3 (Biology, Chemistry, Computing, Engineering Science, Psychology, Maths or Physics). Maths and English required at Level 2 or equivalent.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

29

Award of Diploma with 29 points overall with three HL subjects at grades 6, 5, 5 including one of the following at grade 5: Biology, Chemistry, Computing, Engineering Science, Psychology, Maths or Physics. 4 points in SL Maths and English.

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

H2,H2,H2,H3

Grades H2, H2, H2, H3 at Higher Level to include a science: Biology, Chemistry, Computing, Engineering Science, Psychology, Maths or Physics. Grade O4 at Ordinary Level in Maths and English.

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

DM

Minimum grades DM (Distinction, Merit)and A Level grade C. GCSE grade C/4 in English and Maths.

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

DMM

Minimum grades DMM (Distinction, Merit, Merit) in a related subject. GCSE English & Maths at Grade C/4

Scottish Higher

A,B,B,B

Including a science: Biology, Chemistry, Computing, Engineering Science, Information Technology, Software Systems Development, Digital Technology (NOT Digital Media), Psychology, Maths or Physics. National 5 C in Maths and English. If you are eligible for an adjusted offer under our Contextual Admissions Policy, please see the ‘Minimum Qualification Requirements’ below.

UCAS Tariff

112-114

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subject

Computer and information security

Learn the importance of network security and in future you could be protecting organizations from cyberattacks.

BEng (Hons) Cybersecurity and Forensics has been awarded full undergraduate certification from the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) – the first undergraduate course in the UK to achieve full accreditation.

Combining three of the most sought-after streams of computing, this course capitalises on the rising awareness of the importance of network security and is a valuable foundation to a successful and well-paid career.

Two years of general computing studies will lead you to the specialty areas of security and forensics, software development and computer networks. After four years, you’ll have the expertise needed to create and analyse effective and secure computer systems.

In the computing career market, the demand for security engineers is increasing. As a graduate, you’ll have the wide range of skills plus the specialised expertise in data security needed to move into a variety of roles.

This course is also accredited by BCS The Chartered Institute for IT.

Please visit our website for full course and module details.

Tuition fees

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

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£13,770
per year
International
£13,770
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£1,820
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Merchiston Campus

Department:

School of Computing

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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.

77%
med
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

67%
Staff make the subject interesting
77%
Staff are good at explaining things
70%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
84%
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

89%
Library resources
82%
IT resources
90%
Course specific equipment and facilities
64%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

76%
UK students
24%
International students
91%
Male students
9%
Female students
69%
2:1 or above
2%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
C

After graduation


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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.

£22,000
med
Average annual salary
85%
low
Employed or in further education
81%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

77%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
4%
Engineering professionals
4%
Information technology technicians

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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