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Ethical Hacking

Entry requirements


A level

B,C,C

To include one of the following:- Computer Science, Maths, Human Biology, Biology, Chemistry, Engineering Science, Environmental Science, Geography and Physics For entry into Year 2 we would look for ABB to include Computer Science

HNC (BTEC)

D

Entry into Year 2 with one of the following:- Computing Computing & Systems Development to include Object Oriented Programming Entry into Year 1 with one of the following:- Creative Media Production Graphic Design Interactive Media

HND (BTEC)

D

Entry into Year 2 with one of the following:- Computing to include Advanced Programming OR Application Development Computing (Applications Development) to include Advanced Programming OR Application Development Computing (Data Analytics) to include Advanced Programming OR Application Development Computing (Intelligent Systems) to include Advanced Programming OR Application Development Computing (Networking Engineering) to include Advanced Programming OR Application Development Computing (Security) to include Advanced Programming OR Application Development Computing (Software Engineering) Computing & Systems Development to include Object Oriented Programming

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

29

To include one of:- Computer Science, Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Engineering Science, Environmental Science, Geography and Physics

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

H2,H3,H3,H3

To include one of:- Computer Science, Maths, Human Biology, Biology, Chemistry, Engineering Science, Geography and Physics

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

DMM

Creative Media Production Electrical/Electronic Engineering Engineering IT For entry into Year 2 we would look for D*DD IT (Networking and Systems Support)

Scottish Advanced Higher

A,B,B

Entry into Year 2 to include Computer Science

Scottish HNC

Pass

Entry into Year 2 with an HNC in one of the following:- Computer Games Development - Graded Unit A to include H1F7 Professionalism and Ethics in Computing Computing - Graded Unit A to include H17X Software Development: Programme Foundations and recommend H1EN Computer Forensic Fundamentals Cyber Security - Graded Unit A - must have done some OOP (ideally C++) Entry into Year 1 with one of the following:- Computer Networking - Graded Unit A Information Technology - Graded Unit A Interactive Media - Graded Unit A

Scottish HND

Pass

Entry into Year 2 with an HND in one of the following:- Computer Games Development - Graded Unit A to include H1F7 Professionalism & Ethics in Computing Computer Science - Graded Unit A to include H17X Software Development: Programme Foundations OR H171 Software Development: Object Oriented Programme OR F86A Games Development: Object Oriented Programme and recommend to have H1EN Computer Forensic Fundamentals Computing: Software Development - Graded Unit A and recommend to have H1EN Computer Forensic Fundamentals Computing: Technical Support - Graded Unit A to include H17X Software Development: Programme Foundations OR H171 Software Development: Object Oriented Programme OR F86A Games Development: Object Oriented Programme and recommend to have H1EN Computer Forensic Fundamentals Entry into Year 1 with one of the following:- Computer Networking & Internet Technology - Graded Unit A Computing: Networking - Graded Unit A Information Technology - Graded Unit A Interactive Media - Graded Unit A

Scottish Higher

A,B,B,B

To include one of:- CComputer Science, Maths, Architectural Technology, Human Biology, Biology, Chemistry, Engineering Science, Geography and Physics - Graphic Communication is NOT a Technical subject

UCAS Tariff

104-152

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About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Computer and information security

Launched in 2006, Abertay's Ethical Hacking degree was the first of its kind in the world, and is recognised as one of the UK's leading vocational security programmes. With the demand for qualified ethical hackers and cyber security specialists rising year on year, coupled with high starting salaries, there has never been a better time to study this fascinating field.

Abertay’s BSc (Hons) Ethical Hacking is within its renowned School of Design and Informatics and is accredited by BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT.

You will learn a practical and offensive approach, by deliberately breaking computer systems and building cybersecurity defences. The course combines computer networking, digital forensics and expert development as well as programming. You will learn how to protect data and information systems.

Abertay’s Ethical Hacking degree gives you a deep understanding of cybercrime so you have the skills to stop hackers. Our links with Industry and recruitment opportunities are outstanding.

Abertay is widely recognised as having been instrumental in building the city of Dundee’s place as a global hub for computing and gaming. Our rankings include:
• UK University of the Year 2021 - Teaching Quality (The Times/ Sunday Times Good University Guide)
• UK Top 10 - Student Satisfaction & Teaching (Guardian Good University Guide 2021)
• UK Top 10 - Student Satisfaction (National Student Survey 2020)

Modules

Year 1 core modules (subject to change over time) - CMP101 Computer Hardware Architecture & Operating Systems; CMP109 Computer Networking 1; CMP104 Programming with C++; CMP110 Introduction to Security; CMP102 Software Design.

You will also be required to select one elective module. For detailed module information please check our website.

Assessment methods

Acquisition of knowledge is facilitated and fostered through a mixture of lectures, tutorials, practicals, directed reading and student-centred learning. The majority of modules make use of online learning resources. Case studies are used to illustrate real world examples and to provide an opportunity for critical analysis and evaluation. Cognitive skills are consistently promoted and developed by means of lectures, tutorial directed reading, seminars and student-centred learning. Within practical exercises, students are expected to evaluate their own work to ensure that products not only work, but are also fit for purpose. Assessments are designed to develop and assess the achievement of the level of performance expected at each level. Knowledge and understanding is assessed using projects, reports, portfolios and practical assessments. Only approximately 20% of the programme is assessed by examination.

Tuition fees

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

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£14,000
per year
International
£14,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Republic of Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£1,820
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Abertay Campus

Department:

School of Design and Informatics

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Computer and information security

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

94%
UK students
6%
International students
87%
Male students
13%
Female students
83%
2:1 or above
16%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
D

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.

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.

£24,000
med
Average annual salary
94%
med
Employed or in further education
74%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

63%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
10%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
5%
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.

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.

£24k

£24k

£26k

£26k

£33k

£33k

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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