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BSc (Hons) Ethical Hacking

Abertay University
Program overview
4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
Start dates
15,500 GBP
September 2021

15,500 GBP
September 2022

15,500 GBP
September 2023

Program description

BSc (Hons) Ethical Hacking

Demand for qualified ethical hackers and cyber security specialists is rising year on year. Study our Ethical Hacking degree and discover the fascinating field of cybersecurity.

How do hackers get into corporate security systems? How do they ‘steal’ computer data? Can you build the right defenses and stop hackers in their tracks? Find out how on our Ethical Hacking degree course.

We are right at the forefront of cybersecurity, producing highly skilled, in-demand graduates. You’ll develop a practical and offensive approach, by deliberately breaking computer systems and building cybersecurity defences.

  • Understand the processes behind hacking and cyber attacks.
  • Work out how illegal hacks can be stopped.
  • Create real-life countermeasures and fixes.
  • Shut down security hacks quickly and professionally.
  • Document it and do it again!

The course combines computer networking, digital forensics and expert development as well as programming. You will learn how to protect data and information systems. Our Ethical Hacking degree gives you a deep understanding of cybercrime so you have the skills to stop hackers - fast.

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Admission requirements

General Requirements

  • All applicants must have passes in English and Maths - National 5 grade C or GCSE grade C/4 or equivalent. National 5 ESOL is accepted in lieu of National 5 English. National 5 Lifeskill Maths is not accepted in lieu of Maths.

Subjects that are accepted for entry

  • One of the following: Business Management; Classical Studies; Economics; English; ESOL; Geography; History; Media Studies; Modern Studies; Philosophy; Politics; Psychology; Religious, Moral and Philosophical Studies; Sociology

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

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Program content

Year 1

  • Computer Hardware Architecture and Operating Systems
  • Computer Networking 1
  • Programming with C++
  • Introduction to Security
  • Software Design

Year 2

  • Data Structures and Algorithms 1
  • Dynamic Web Development 1
  • Ethical Hacking 1
  • Data Structures and Algorithms 2
  • Digital Forensics 1

Year 3

  • Computer Networking 2
  • Professional Project Development and Delivery
  • Professional Project Planning and Prototyping
  • Ethical Hacking 2
  • Ethical Hacking 3
  • Software Development for Mobile Devices

Year 4

  • Digital Forensics 2
  • System Internals and Cybersecurity
  • Honours Project Proposal and Execution
  • Honours Project Dissertation (1) (
  • Engineering Resilient Systems 1

Scholarships & funding

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

Tuition fees

  • Scottish & EU Students: £1,820
  • English, Welsh & Northern Irish Students: £9,250
  • International Students: £14,000


Ethical Hacking BSc (Hons) - the benefits are clear:

  • One of the leading cybersecurity courses in the UK.
  • The first Ethical Hacking degree in the world.
  • Accredited by the BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT.
  • Great industry links and recruitment opportunities.
  • High employment rate on graduation.
  • Excellent starting salaries.

Award Title: BSc (Hons)

Career opportunities

The worldwide shortage of cybersecurity specialists means that our graduates have little difficulty finding employment, with many Ethical Hacking students headhunted before graduation.

Our graduates work for Dell secure works, Goldman-Sachs, GCHQ, NCC Group, Firstbase Techies, Nettitude, Portcullis, MWE, NCR, Prundential and many other prominent organizations.

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

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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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