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BSc Cybersecurity

Abertay University
Program overview
4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
Start dates
June 2022

June 2023

June 2024

Program description

BSc Cybersecurity

Demand for qualified cybersecurity specialists is rising year on year. The real threat of cybercrime means that cybersecurity experts who find and fix security vulnerabilities are highly sought-after.

Why study a Cybersecurity Degree?

The UK’s national cybersecurity strategy identifies software vulnerabilities as a key threat, and makes building security into software from the start as a national priority. But most software developers aren’t security experts – and that’s what the industry needs.

This degree aims to give you the skills to design and implement secure software systems that are resilient to cyberattack. New for 2021, we are drawing on our teaching expertise in ethical hacking, computing, secure software engineering and human-centred security. We want to prepare you for the rapidly-evolving cybersecurity work environment.

Right from the start, you will get an in-depth understanding of programming and building secure systems through hands-on experience. You will be working across desktop, mobile and embedded platforms.

Using your grasp of programming and computer architecture, the measures you design will help stop cyberattacks by creating systems with fewer vulnerabilities. By the time you graduate you will have a range of specialist analytical, operational and developer skills designed to make you hugely employable.

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Admission requirements

Please note: All applicants must have a pass in Maths - National 5 grade C or GCSE grade C/4 or equivalent. National 5 Lifeskills Maths not accepted in lieu of Maths.

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English Language Requirements

All courses at Abertay University are taught in English. If your first language is not English, you will need to demonstrate that you meet our English language requirements. Accepted English language qualifications include:

  • IELTS - overall score of 6.0 with no band lower than 5.5
  • TOEFL - overall score of 78 (individual elements: L-17, R-18, S-20, W-17)
  • Cambridge FCE/CAE/CPE - overall score of 169 on Cambridge Grading Scale
  • International Baccalaureate - English B at S5 or H4, English A no specific grade required
  • European Baccalaureate - English Language 1 at grade 6 or English Language 2 at grade 7

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Tuition fees

  • Scottish & EU Students: £1,820 per year
  • English, Welsh & Northern Irish Students: £9,250 per year
  • International Students: £15,500 per year


Award Title: BSc (Hons)

Career opportunities

Our graduates end up in a wide range of roles like software engineers or specialist security reviewers. The grounding we give you means you can transition easily into exciting new roles as the cybersecurity industry develops and grows.

A lot of our graduates become security testers, but some prefer working in defensive roles in areas such as network management and software development. Others set up their own consultancy businesses.

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Abertay University

Abertay University, in Dundee, is the UK University of the Year for Teaching Quality (The Times & Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021) and a UK top 10 institution for both student satisfaction and teaching (Guardian University Guide 2021). Having...

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Abertay University

Abertay University
Bell Street
DD1 1HG Dundee
United Kingdom

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