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Cyber Security and Forensic Computing

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B-B,B,C

We also accept other combinations equivalent to 112-128 Tariff points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, including an A Level in a relevant subject, or equivalent.

112-128 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma (Technology based).

Cambridge Pre-U score of 46-52, to include a Principal Subject in a relevant subject.

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

25-26

25-26 points from the IB Diploma, to include 3 Higher Level subjects, with one relevant subject at Higher Level.

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

H3,H3,H3,H3,H4-H2,H2,H3,H3,H3


To include a Higher Level in a relevant subject.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

DDM-DMM

Must be in a relevant subject

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF)

DDM-DMM

Must be in a relevant subject

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

DDM-DMM

Must be in a relevant subject

112-128 Tariff points, including an Advanced Higher in a relevant subject.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications

T Level

M

T Level in Digital: Digital Production, Design and Development: Merit // T Level in Construction: Design, Surveying and Planning: Merit // T Level in Education and Childcare: Not Acceptable

UCAS Tariff

112-128

112-128 points. including an A Level in a relevant subject, or equivalent.

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2022

Subject

Computer and information security

**Overview**
Digital security breaches can bring down banks, hospitals and governments. But you can join the fight against cybercrime.

Investigate cyberattacks, expose flaws in security systems and stop hackers in their tracks. Use ethical hacking to secure the operating systems of global companies. Become an expert in malware forensics and cryptography in a world that relies on computing to thrive.

On this BSc (Hons) Cyber Security and Forensic Computing course, you’ll build technical and investigative skills to break down security systems, expose gaps in security and identify cyber intruders. You’ll also learn how to investigate cybercrime for the police and see a case through to court.

**Course highlights**

- Benefit from our close relationship with the Hampshire Police High Tech Crime Unit through an optional internship

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

- Benefit from the Student Union's cyber and computing clubs and societies such as the AI and Robotics Club, IT Society and Gaming Society

- Gain insight from guest expert lecturers from the forensic and cyber security field

- Be taught by industry professionals such as Fudong Li, who is currently working towards Foresight, an ecosystem of training and simulation platforms that will advance the skills of cyber-security professional

**Careers and opportunities**
The cost of cybercrime was estimated at $1 trillion in 2020 – 50% higher than in 2018. According to the UK Government, 64% of large businesses and 51% of high-income charities reported cyber security breaches or attacks in a 12 month period.

Not surprisingly, with the growing threat of cyber crime, senior cyber security analysts can expect salaries from £35,000 to £60,000 and you can earn up to £80,000 a year as a senior forensic computer analyst. And the demand is there – 100% of our students from this course who are in work 15 months after they graduate are in highly skilled work.

Our graduates have worked for companies such as:

- Metropolitan Police

- Lockheed Martin

- Capgemini

- Adatis

- F-Secure

- Dynamics Consultants

Roles you could go onto with a Cyber Security and Forensic Computing degree include:

- digital forensic examiner

- threat hunter

- cyber intelligence analyst

- cloud infrastructure consultant

- cyber security analyst

- data analytics consultant

**Placement year opportunities**

Taking an optional placement year will give you the experience you need to increase your chances of landing your perfect role after graduation.

We'll give you all the support you need to find a placement that prepares you for your career, and we'll continue to mentor you throughout your placement.

Previous students have taken placement roles such as:

- cyber analyst

- cyber forensic analyst undergraduate

- security operations analyst

- undergraduate software developer and support analyst

- technology industrial placement student

They've completed placements at organisations including:

- InTandem

- Nomura

- BAE Systems

- IBM

- Pfizer

Modules

Year 1
Core modules in this year include:
- Architecture and Operating Systems
- Core Computing Concepts for Cyber Security and Forensic Computing
- Cyber Security and Forensic Computing
- Programming
- Systems Administration and Internetworking

Year 2
Core modules in this year include:
- Ethical Hacking
- Forensics Fundamentals
- Forensic Investigations
- Operating Systems and Internetworking
- Virtualisation and Cloud Computing

Optional modules in this year include:
- Cyberlaw Governance and Human Rights
- Data Structures and Algorithms
- Learning from Experience
- Network Servers and Services

Placement year (optional)

At the end of your second year of study, you can do an optional placement year in the UK or overseas. This gives you experience in the field, helping to boost your skills and career prospects with real-world experience.
Previous students have secured placements in roles such as cyber specialist, forensic investigator and cyber security analyst at organisations such as: Deloitte, The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL), Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ).
We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your aspirations. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Year 3
Core modules in this year include:
- Malware Forensics
- Security and Cryptography
- Vulnerability Discovery and Exploitation

Optional modules in this year include:
- Advanced Networks
- Final Year Study Project
- Hacking 4 Defence
- Individual Project (Engineering)
- Practical Data Analytics and Mining
- Security Management

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Assessment methods

You’ll be assessed through:

critical evaluation essays
written exams
research projects
mini projects
presentations

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

Year 1 students: 27% by written exams and 73% by coursework
Year 2 students: 52% by written exams, 3% by practical exams and 45% by coursework
Year 3 students: 30% by written exams and 70% by coursework

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
£18,300
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Republic of 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

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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.

59%
low
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

57%
Staff make the subject interesting
74%
Staff are good at explaining things
76%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
67%
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

72%
Library resources
76%
IT resources
72%
Course specific equipment and facilities
37%
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?

84%
UK students
16%
International students
88%
Male students
12%
Female students
68%
2:1 or above
8%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
D
B

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.

£23,000
med
Average annual salary
100%
high
Employed or in further education
72%
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

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.

£23k

£23k

£26k

£26k

£30k

£30k

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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