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BSc (Hons) Cyber Security and Forensic Computing

University of Portsmouth
3-4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
Portsmouth
English

About this program

BSc (Hons) Cyber Security and Forensic Computing

Do you have the ability to join the front line in defending computer networks from cyber attacks? Or are you interested in ethical hacking to probe the digital defences of major corporations?

On this BSc (Hons) Cyber Security and Forensic Computing course, you’ll turn your tech talent into a professional qualification, armed with a toolkit of knowledge and skills to tackle the toughest digital security challenges.

This degree could lead to a career in law enforcement or British Intelligence. You’ll

Admission requirements

Typical offers

  • A levels – ABB–BBC
  • UCAS points – 112–128 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent, including an A Level in a relevant subject (calculate your UCAS points)
  • BTECs (Extended Diplomas) – DDM–DMM
  • International Baccalaureate – 25–26

English language requirements

  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

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


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Program content

Year 1

Core modules

  • Architecture and Operating System
  • Core Computing Concepts
  • Cyber Security and Forensic Computing
  • Programming
  • System Administration and Internetworking

Year 2

Core modules

  • Ethical Hacking
  • Forensic Fundamentals
  • Forensic Investigations
  • Operating Systems And Internetworking
  • Virtualisation and Cloud Computing

Optional modules

  • Cyber Law Governance and Human Rights
  • Data Structures And Algorithms
  • Industrial Placement – School of Computing
  • Learning from Experience
  • Learning from Experience Teaching Placement
  • Network Servers and Services

Year 3

Core modules

  • Malware Forensics
  • Security And Cryptography
  • Vulnerability, Discovery and Exploitation

Optional modules

  • Advanced Network
  • Final Year Study Project
  • Hacking 4 Defence
  • Individual Project (Engineering)
  • Practical Data Analytics And Mining
  • Security Management

Scholarships & funding

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

Program delivery

Duration

  • 3 years full-time
  • 4 years sandwich with work placement

Tuition

  • For UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students: £9,250 per year
  • For International students: £17,600 per year

Qualification

On this degree course, you'll:

  • Build sought-after technical and investigative skills to break down security systems, and expose gaps in security when they occur
  • Learn to identify cyber intruders, recommend security fixes, and stop hackers in their tracks
  • Understand how to investigate cybercrime for the Police and the steps needed to take a case through to court
  • Spend plenty of time in our high-powered computer labs, getting to grips with the latest tools and techniques
  • Be taught by staff with years of experience and expertise in computer security, with teaching informed by up-to-date research into the latest advancements in forensic computing
  • Apply your skills to practical problems as part of the department’s partnership with charities, local and global organisations
  • Take advantage of opportunities to put your skills to work through our close relationship with the Hampshire Police High Tech Crime Unit
  • Design and develop software, hardware and networks, in fields such as digital forensics and artificial intelligence
  • Pick the brains of visiting speakers, who are experts in the forensic and cyber security field

Career paths

Police investigations and civil disputes increasingly involve investigations of computer systems, mobile phones or other information devices. So there's lots of demand for professionals in the field.

When you complete the course, you could work in private and public companies in areas such as law enforcement, cyber security and computer forensics. You'll also be able to register as a Chartered IT Professional (CITP).

What jobs can you do with a Cyber Security and Forensic Computing degree?

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

  • security architect
  • penetration tester
  • cyber security analyst
  • forensic investigator
  • eDiscovery examiner
  • software developer

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University of Portsmouth

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Why study at University of Portsmouth

Portsmouth is consistently within the top-ranked institutions in the UK for student satisfaction, which is reflected in the teaching quality, but also the experience that students enjoy with us.

Students can live a few minutes' walk away from their faculty buildings on campus, with only a 5-10 min walk to the seaside.

The cost of living and accommodation in Portsmouth are significantly lower than in the larger cities in the UK, meaning you'll be able to live more comfortably here. The city is so compact that you don't need to take any public transport and most students/lecturers get around by bike.

The city has a population of around 200,000 and over 10% of this is made up of our student population. We have 5,000 students from overseas on campus.

Contact info

University of Portsmouth

Winston Churchill Avenue
PO1 2UP Portsmouth Hampshire
United Kingdom

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www.port.ac.uk

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