Computer Science for Cyber Security
Duration: 3 years
Attendance mode: Full-time
Award: BSc (Hons)
Placement: Placement year not available
Suitable for international students
Faculty of Engineering & Informatics
Develop the skills you need for a career as a cyber security professional, working in a rapidly growing and vitally important industry.
The BSc (Hons) Computer Science for Cyber Security blends core computer science disciplines with specialist areas of cyber security such as:
- security technologies
- computer communications and networks
- electronic business
If you enjoy solving problems, are innovative and creative, and have a passionate interest in technology this programme is tailor made for you.
Our graduates make a positive impact on society, not only through preventing and reducing cyber security attacks, but by applying the wide-ranging skills developed on this programme in other areas of information technology.
This programme shares a common first year with all our other Computer Science programmes (Computer Science for Games, Business and Software Engineering, as well as the standard Computer Science programme), allowing you to transfer before the start of the second year if you feel an alternative course suits your emerging interests or career aspirations better.
The BSc (Hons) in Computer Science for Cyber Security is also available as a four-year programme, which includes a sandwich placement year in industry.
"We live in a world where cyber attacks are a fact of life and Cyber Security experts are in demand. Computer Science for Cyber Security is designed to equip you with the essential skills and hands on experience needed to meet that demand."
There are so many reasons to choose to study in Bradford. Our city campus is award winning and ideally located within easy reach of transport networks, as well as the picturesque Yorkshire Dales, meaning you’re never far from a bustling urban shopping hub, or from a relaxing and peaceful hike through the beautiful Yorkshire countryside.
Our facilities are cutting edge and include specialised laboratories, such as our new Internet of Things lab and our state of the art Ethical Hacking lab. Our Computing Enterprise Centre offers students the opportunity to work on real-world projects using powerful hardware and industry standard software, under the supervision of subject experts.
We have a range of state of the art hardware and gadgets such as VR headsets, EEG headsets (mind-readers!), tablets, mobile phones, and much more. Our staff are research active and embed outcomes of their world leading research into the design of our courses, ensuring you are equipped not just for the job market today, but are well prepared for the future.
Employability is a key focus of our courses and we collaborate with industrial partners through our Industry Advisory Board. Their input shapes our courses and module content so that you are career-ready upon graduation. We provide opportunities for all students to gain real world experience of work, both through our placement year courses and live industry projects within the course.
We have a commitment to strong pastoral care for all of our students, beginning at enrolment with our personal tutors for all students, our regular contact hours for tutor groups and our supportive student service teams who are always ready to help with any questions and provide the advice that you need.
Typical offer: ABB / 128 UCAS points
There are no specific subject requirements.
BTEC Extended Diploma:
DDM — there are no specific subject requirements.
Applicants on Access Programmes:
128 UCAS tariff points from an Access to Higher Education Diploma to include 15 Level 3 credits at Distinction and 30 Level 3 credits at Merit.
Plus minimum of:
GCSE English Language and Maths at grade C or 4 (equivalents accepted).
Additional entry requirements:
If you are an international student and you do not meet the entry requirements for direct entry onto this course you may be interested in our International Certificate of Foundation Studies.
English language requirements:
Minimum IELTS at 6.0 or the equivalent.
If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.
The modules for this course can be found in the latest programme specification.
The aim of the programme is to provide you with a sound grounding in the fundamentals of computer science, cyber security, software development (programming) and the tools and applications that modern computer scientists use.
All modules are core.
- Mathematics for Computing (20 credits)
To provide the foundations for formal specification and modelling of computer systems.
- Technical and Professional Skills (20 credits)
To equip students with a range of academic, professional, personal and technical skills; to provide fundamental subject specific concepts; to raise awareness of, and interest in, ethical issues such as sustainability within the context of the students' chosen discipline, intellectual property, copyright and copyleft in IT, plagiarism, cyber security and privacy.
- Fundamentals of Programming (20 credits)
To introduce fundamental principles of computer programming and software construction. To develop skills in problem solving applied to computer programming.
- Computer Architecture and Systems Software (20 credits)
To gain a knowledge and understanding of the fundamental aspects of computer architecture and systems software with a focus on digital logic design, computer hardware systems and systems software.
- Software Design and Development (20 credits)
To introduce object orientation (OO) in the context of software analysis and design and relate them to OO programming concepts. To further develop theoretical understanding and practical skills for developing software. To introduce basic software engineering principles of software project management.
- Internet Technologies (20 credits)
To provide the background knowledge of computer and networked systems and the World Wide Web, and their modes of operation.
At the end of Year 1, students will be eligible to exit with the award of Certificate of Higher Education if they have successfully completed at least 120 credits and achieved the award learning outcomes.
THIS AWARD DOES NOT CONFER ELIGIBILITY TO REGISTER WITH BCS.
- Database Systems (20 credits)
To provide a co-ordinated and consistent coverage of theory, design and development of database systems and their role in building software systems.
- System Security Management (20 credits)
To initiate and understand the concepts and principals of computer misuse, criminal acts and detection. This will help the development of student's skills in discovering, regulating and uncovering hidden and disguised information. It will also contribute to the appreciate of importance of information and data security.
- Data Structures and Algorithms (20 credits)
To introduce computational thinking for problem solving as core computer science knowledge that all computing practitioners are expected to know and use: to explore computational aspects of data representation and to develop familiarity with well- established and proven solutions to problems that occur frequently throughout computing and practical computing applications.
- Enterprise-Pro (20 credits)
To provide theoretical understanding of and practical experience of a collaborative software development project.
- Computer Communications and Networks (20 credits)
To introduce concepts of data communication with computer networks at different levels and applications. To develop skill in network design and performance evaluation skills. To reinforce the background knowledge with practical experience of computer networks.
- Computational Modelling and Artificial Intelligence (20 credits)
To provide an introduction to the foundation of Symbolic and Declarative Computing.
- Statistics and Data Analysis (20 credits)
To encourage the acquisition of advanced skills of statistical data analysis and computational sciences. To introduce concepts and methodology behind statistical tests of significance and their application to data analysis.
At the end of Year 2, students will be eligible to exit with the award of Diploma of Higher Education if they have successfully completed at least 240 credits and achieved the award learning outcomes.
THIS AWARD DOES NOT CONFER ELIGIBILITY TO REGISTER WITH BCS
- Final Year Project (20 + 20 credits)
To provide you with the opportunity to apply your knowledge assimilated and imparted during the previous years of your course, and advance your problem solving skills through the solution of a problem normally involving the practical development of a product or process.
- Cyber Security (20 credits)
To develop a comprehensive understanding of the underlying technologies of secure systems and a critical awareness of the inherent risks and related privacy issues of their use in business.
- Mobile Applications (20 credits)
To communicate knowledge of the technology necessary and available to deliver applications and web content to mobile devices.
- Neural Networks and Fuzzy Systems (20 credits)
To understand neural networks and fuzzy logic theory; to gain knowledge of neural networks and fuzzy system development; to apply the techniques for solving real-life problems, such as signal processing, control, and pattern recognition.
- Elective* (20 credits)
- Foundations of Cryptography (20 credits)
To gain an understanding of the mathematical principles underlying cryptography and to be able to apply cryptographic techniques to securing network applications.
- Principles of Security Technologies (20 credits)
To provide students with an insight into the technologies which have risen to prominence in detecting, monitoring and predicting the risk of security breaches.
*Choice for Elective is one 20-credit module at level 6 or 7 with no timetable clashes once in programme.
Students will be eligible for the exit award of Ordinary Degree of Bachelor if they have successfully completed at least 300 credits, and 240 credits before the final year.
THIS AWARD DOES NOT CONFER ELIGIBILITY TO REGISTER WITH BCS.
Students will be eligible for the award of Honours Degree of Bachelor if they have successfully completed at least 360 credits.
THIS AWARD CONFERS ELIGIBILITY TO REGISTER WITH BCS.
Learning activities and assessment
Most modules use a mixture of formal lectures, practical lab sessions, tutorials and seminars. Some modules involve supervised group work, usually with an assigned academic staff member for each group. All modules require students to undertake independent study, supported through distance learning technologies such as our Virtual Learning Environment. Reading lists and suggested resources for independent study provide further direction for students to undertake this work, and regular contact hours and informal feedback throughout the courses provide opportunities for further guidance for learners. Assessments for modules mostly take the form of practical coursework, lab tests and written exams, with all forms being well represented throughout all years of the course across all modules.
All of our programmes offer the opportunity to study abroad at an international partner institution.
Career support and prospects
The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.
Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.
91% of our 2016 Computing graduates found employment or went on to further study within six months of graduating.*
The importance of cyber security is growing in every area of our technology driven, interconnected society – from state sponsored hacking, to industrial espionage to personal privacy, the subject is now high profile and high priority.
Knowledge in this area is in high demand, and there is a significant skills gap – meaning you’ll be highly employable. A range of other career opportunities will also be open to you on graduation.
Computers are what underpin, support and transform science, business, society and every aspect of modern life. Our graduates have been highly regarded and sought after.
Recent computing graduates have gone on to work in many fascinating areas and industries.
Examples of career roles entered by recent Computing graduates include:
- Security Consultant
- Penetration Tester
- Information Security Specialist
- Software Developer
- System Architect
- Data Scientist
- Computer Science Teacher, and many more.
The average starting salary for our 2016 Computer Science graduates was £25,222.*
*These DLHE statistics are derived from annually published data by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), based on those UK domiciled graduates who are available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known.
We have a commitment to strong pastoral care for all of our students, which includes a Personal Tutor for all students, regular contact hours for tutor groups and our supportive student service teams who are always ready to help with any questions and provide the advice that you need. In addition to standard study support through taught sessions, our Virtual Learning Environment allows students to access resources, participate in group work and submit work from anywhere in the world 24/7. Our Personal Tutor system provides students with a specific academic staff member to support them through regular meetings and interactive activities, acting as an independent source of advice and guidance on making the transition to Higher Education and assisting them with any questions or problems they encounter. University central services are rich with support teams to assist students with every aspect of their journey through our degree courses. From our Career and Employability Service, through our strong Students' Union, to our professional and efficient Student Finance team, there are always friendly faces ready to support you and provide you with the answers that you need.
Most of our staff are research active, and contribute to the cutting edge of their disciplines. Bradford has a strong pedigree of world leading research, and our aim is to ensure that students benefit from our staff’s insight into the future of their subject. The integration of new and innovative research findings into our curriculum, known as Research Informed Teaching, is a core value and one of the key principles driving the design of our courses and our modules. Particularly in the final year, but throughout their course from the very first day, students are given insight into the future of computing and cyber security.
Our facilities are impressive, with several large and small labs filled with dual-screen, dual boot (Windows and Linux) systems packed with industry standard software. Our specialised labs, such as the Ethical Hacking lab and the Internet of Things lab, allow students to build their skills within these key areas of growth, in a structured way, through taught modules.
We own a range of exciting and expensive devices allowing students working on supervised projects to experiment with cutting edge technology, including VR headsets, Raspberry Pi microcomputers, EEG headsets and many more.
We provide a range of online facilities to support independent learning, including our Virtual Learning Environment which gives you access to learning materials and collaborative learning tools 24/7, anywhere in the world. We also provide virtual server technology using in-house hardware to allow students to use our operating systems remotely.
Explore some of our facilities using the interactive 360° tour below:
Fees, Finance and Scholarships
- Home/EU: £9,250*
- International: £17,800
* Fees going forward have been capped by the Government at £9,250 in October 2017..
See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.
See our Fees and Financial Support website.
Extra costs incurred as part of your course
There are no additional costs for this course and no mandatory purchases of equipment or clothing required.
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Download the programme specification for Computer Science for Cyber Security
This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.