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BSc (Hons) Cyber Security Management

BSc (Hons) Cyber Security Management video
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As the use of virtual environments, computer databases and information technology has steadily grown, so too has the threat of cyber-attacks. Government agencies, police forces and defence organisations have all identified a major skills shortage of cyber security practitioners globally; as such this cutting-edge degree addresses this gap in the market and has been developed to meet the requirements of the National Cyber Security Strategy.

As well as giving you a sound technical education, this course will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the computer security sector. You’ll be taught by experts in their field, each bringing their unique skills and knowledge to this exciting programme of study.

Our cyber security unit is something special. Using state-of-the-art technology across our three labs, we can run up to 50 million PCs using just 50. As the name of our facility suggests, it’s all about security here. From the labs we can see where cyber attacks are happening all over the world, and what attacks are happening and being stopped at BU. Over 90% of our final year students agreed that they had been able to access specialised equipment, facilities or roooms when they needed to.

All statistics shown are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.

Key information

Next start date:

September 2017, September 2018


Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus


4 years, with a minimum 30-week placement

Relevant subjects:

Computing, IT or ICT, Economics, Sciences, Maths, Law, Psychology

Entry requirements:

For 2017 entry (we will use the new UCAS tariff): 104 to 120 tariff points, including 3 A-Levels, or equivalent qualifications. BTEC Extended Diploma DMM. For more information check out our 2017 entry requirements page

International entry requirements:

If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 6.0 (with minimum 5.5 in each of the 4 components) or equivalent. For more information check out our International entry requirements page.

Course details

On this course you will usually be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners, demonstrators, technicians and research students. You will also benefit from regular guest lectures from industry.

Year 1

Core units

  • Cyber Security Management Fundamentals: This introductory unit will outline the increasingly challenging and pervasive field of cyber security & the relevant terminology and basic concepts of the cyber security domain. The unit will overview of the main topics of cyber security as defined in ISACA’s Cyber Security Nexus (CSX) programme. The knowledge obtained in this unit will support the further development and specialisation in the subsequent and advanced units on managing cyber security.

  • Cyber Psychology: Group discussions and activities will encourage you to critically reflect on the role of psychology factors in the instigation, prevention and mitigation of cyber security incidents and management. You will learn to evaluate the different methodologies needed to undertake research into internet-enabled human behaviour. We will examine the psychological effects of the internet on individuals, groups, commercial organisations and society. The unit tackles topics such as social computing, cyber-bullying, website trust, and consumer attitudes to security.
  • Principles of Programming: You will learn the fundamental skills and understanding of utilising software scripts in a modern scripting language.  You will develop competencies to implement security related tasks in a single scripting language, concentrating on Programming Fundamentals, System and Network Log Analysis, and the Security related issues of programming

  • Digital Forensics Fundamentals: The role of this unit is to provide fundamental skills in understanding the techniques and technologies of forensics, e-discovery, digital investigations and security as they apply in the digital (computer-based) environment. You will learn to construct appropriate security plans, and select and execute relevant forensic techniques as they apply in distributed and non-distributed environments. The focus for practical work will be file forensics.

  • Computer Security: You will learn to understand how integrating security mechanisms and defence-in-depth protection will better manage information services and their processes, storage and transit of data and why this has become an important science and architecture within computing. You will conduct risk mitigation of exposing software systems to intrusion and tampering, developing architectural patterns and security principles to create composite security pattern taxonomy.

  • Business Systems Analysis: This unit provides underpinning for final year units which look in more detail at defining business strategies to mitigate vulnerabilities and provide a secure operating environment in the context of the current threat landscape.

Year 2

Core units

  • Cyber Security Management: This unit covers the concepts of managing information protection in organisations, how issues of compliance and awareness are dealt with a view to attaining assured systems. Emphasis is given on existing standards and practices, ethics and the development of security policies, change, configuration and patch. Case studies will demonstrate real world issues, and you will be asked to reflect on all aspects of case studies and draw lessons for future reference.
  • Economics of Information Security: Using case-study examples, you will look at the range of factors firms must consider when setting their information security strategy. Incentives, externalities and vulnerabilities influence executive choices on enterprise investment in security products. You will learn to understand the methodologies used to estimate the economic costs of cybercrime and the role regulations play in better aligning incentives for organisations with information security.
  • Enterprise Security and Privacy: This unit provides a detailed picture of the security and privacy issues surrounding an enterprise, i.e. an entity that incorporates business, information and technology and where its value is greater than the sum of its parts. We will cover a number of services found in a modern organisation and an emphasis will be given to services outsourced in a cloud environment. This emphasis is motivated by the fact that cloud security has been ranked as the greatest challenge of business engagement with cloud service provision.
  • Business Continuity Management: On completion of this unit you will develop a competent plan for implementing an ICT Readiness for Business Continuity (IRBC) management system based on business requirements as defined by its management of business risk, contingency planning and disaster recovery. During the unit you will cover the wider topic of resilience, which is the ability of an organisation to keep functioning during and after an attack, incident or natural disaster.
  • Forensic Law & Practice: You will gain a thorough understanding of the laws relating to cybercrime, and the ethical and professional issues demanded by industry, consumer watchdogs, Government and relevant professional body standards. There will be comprehensive coverage of the entire criminal process from police investigation through the trial process to appeals and rectifications of miscarriages of justice.
  • Security Information and Event Management (SIEM): This unit builds upon a number of previous units such as Programming for Digital Forensics Fundamentals, Programming for Security, Computer Security, and Enterprise Security and Privacy. Having established that the security of a system will eventually fail, the “correct” response to a security incident is of critical importance for the sustainability of an organisation. The unit will be delivered through a combination of lecturer-led sessions and practical lab exercises.

Year 3

You'll complete a minimum 30-week industrial work placement which can be carried out anywhere in the world. The placement year offers a chance to gain experience and make contacts for the future.

Year 4

Core units

  • Cybercrime: External speakers will contribute to sessions where the focus for consideration of the criminal threats to the cyber security of organisations. The underlying ethos is that the resolution of many is the important issues lies beyond the technologies: it resides in a combination of the use of appropriate technologies and tools, in sound management processes and in the psychology and sociology of the stakeholders. The unit will be delivered through a mix of lecturer-led and learner-led sessions, typically based around case studies or journal articles.
  • Cyber Security Assurance: Cyber Security is a UK National Tier-1 Threat and our capability to mitigate this risk is strategically led by the Cabinet Office and its Office of Cyber Security & Information Assurance with the support of The Home Office, GCHQ, Centre for Protection of the National Infrastructure, National Crime Agency and other government agencies. Internationally the UK works with DHS, FBI, ENISA, EUROPOL, INTERPOL, as well the United Nations and with numerous law enforcement and defence agencies to combat the cyber, criminal and state threat, negating the actors & malware agents and reduce cyberspace vulnerabilities. Cyber Security Assurance (CSA) is a global multi-agency, multi-sectorial, multi-disciplinary subject and within this unit the students will become aware of the complexity and risk to assure Global Security.
  • Cyber Situation Awareness: Cyber security managers should be capable of constructing and understanding the threat landscape in their organisations. Cyber situational awareness is an interdisciplinary, evolving complex topic requiring co-ordinated synergy between technical capabilities and human competencies. The aim of this unit is to provide the learner with the necessary skills and knowledge to manage cyber situational awareness as a main component in the development of a Security Operations Centre.
  • Individual Project: To conclude the course, you will pursue a topic of your choice, and demonstrate your ability to study independently. The project is a significant piece of work, and will provide invaluable transferable skills. You will identify and systematically study a problem and select, evaluate and implement an appropriate approach towards a solution. You will appraise your own work throughout, and present coherently the relevance of your project to the security agenda.

Scheduled learning and teaching activities

Contact hours

The hours below give an indication of how you can expect to spend your time during each year of this course. You will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops and practical sessions. Your independent learning could include reading books and journal articles, working on group projects, preparing presentations, conducting library research and writing your assignments.

Year 1 – 26% of your time will be spent in timetabled learning & teaching activities

  • Learning and teaching: 408 hours (estimated)
  • Independent learning: 792 hours (estimated)

Year 2 – 32% of your time will be spent in timetabled learning & teaching activities

  • Learning and teaching: 384 hours (estimated)
  • Independent learning: 816 hours (estimated)

Year 3 - Optional placement

Final year - 14% of your time will be spent in timetabled learning & teaching activities

  • Learning and teaching: 168 hours (estimated)
  • Independent learning: 1032 hours (estimated)

46% of the course is assessed by coursework

  • Year 1: 60%
  • Year 2: 38%
  • Year 3: 0%
  • Final year: 87%

Throughout the course you will be assessed by coursework culminating in your final year research project, but you will also undertake group work and written exams.

Programme specification

Programme specifications provide definitive records of the University's taught degrees in line with Quality Assurance Agency requirements. Every taught course leading to a BU Award has a programme specification which describes its aims, structure, content and learning outcomes, plus the teaching, learning and assessment methods used.

Download the programme specification for BSc (Hons) Cyber Security Management

Whilst every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the programme specification, the information is liable to change to take advantage of exciting new approaches to teaching and learning as well as developments in industry. If you have been unable to locate the programme specification for the course you are interested in, it will be available as soon as the latest version is ready. Alternatively please contact us for assistance.

All statistics shown are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.

Placement opportunities

The experience that you will gain during your placement is invaluable in helping to make informed decisions about your future career path, as well as enhancing employment prospects upon graduation. During the placement year you will have the chance to develop your interpersonal skills and build on the theory and knowledge you have gained so far. Many of our students find that they are offered permanent jobs after graduation by their placement companies. Why not read about some of our students’ experiences?

A placement year is a vital part in developing well-rounded and industry-ready graduates. Many jobs for new graduates are being taken by people who have already had work experience during part of a course. More than half of employers expect would-be recruits to have some kind of work experience, without which they are unlikely to be considered, regardless of their qualifications. You can also choose to take your placement abroad, giving you the opportunity to develop yourself personally, academically, and professionally and gain skills to help you stand out in the job market.

How long is my placement?

You will begin your placement after completion of your second year of study and you must complete a minimum of 30 weeks. We provide a great deal of help and support to ensure you achieve a rewarding and satisfying placement.

A new internship scheme with the National Crime Agency’s National Cyber Crime Unit (NCCU) for students has paid off with the employer retaining five of seven "gifted" candidates in full-time roles. 

Students on courses within the Faculty of Science & Technology have previously worked for:

  • National Crime Agency
  • Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd
  • Dyson Appliances Ltd
  • IBM
  • Barclays Bank
  • British Aerospace.

All statistics shown are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.

Your application

Background and experience

We want dedicated, eager, passionate students who are going to make a real difference to the course they are studying. Our students learn from each other, as well as their academic staff, so it is really important to us that you can show us how much you care about the course you are interested in. Your UCAS personal statement is a great place to do this. Tell us about your personal achievements or any relevant work experience you have done, and show us how they make you the ideal candidate for a place on the course. You will need to be hard-working and committed to your studies, be a good team player, and able to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.

Selection methods

We’ll be selecting the candidates for this course by looking at their UCAS applications. For that reason, make sure your application really stands out from the crowd, and leave us in no doubt as to why you should be joining BU. You can find some handy hints about filling in your UCAS form on our how to apply webpages.

Our offer making process

Our offer making will typically be based on your three main graded qualifications, including any required subjects. Additional study may be valuable for breadth of study, and we will look at a range of qualifications and subjects, including the Extended Project Qualification and General Studies, although these may not be part of our offer.

If you do not meet the criteria of your original offer, we may still offer you a place. We will review your whole application and consider all academic qualifications (including those not in the offer) and the rest of the application to see if you have the academic potential to succeed on the course. If we feel the answer is yes, we will still confirm your place.

How we'll assess your application

We look at individual applications and make a tailored offer based on your potential to succeed on the course considering a range of factors, including your academic achievements, work and other experience, predicted grades, reference and personal statement, and in some cases, your performance at an interview/selection test.

If you meet one or more of our contextual data indicators for educational disadvantage (such as being in care, living in a low participation neighbourhood or in an area with less advantaged socio-economic characteristics), your offer could be between 6-20 points below the published tariff.

Unconditional offer scheme

Our Unconditional Offer Scheme seeks to reward exceptional applicants who are predicted to achieve top academic results. The scheme is offered to applicants on all courses who are predicted AAA at A-level/triple Distinction in BTEC Extended Diploma, or above, or equivalent, subject to any course selection measures and meeting other entry criteria (i.e. required qualifications). What’s more we’ll recognise your achievement if you meet these grades with an Academic Excellence Scholarship from £1,500 when you arrive*.

We believe that unconditional offers will reduce pressure on applicants who will continue to strive to achieve the best grades possible. Excellent grades will become a part of applicants’ CVs and are also required for BU’s scholarships. International qualifications are considered in the scheme; however applicants must satisfy the English language requirements. *Our scholarships are subject to terms, conditions and eligibility criteria, detailed on our scholarships pages.

2017 entry requirements

The new UCAS Tariff will be used for September 2017 entry.

The entry requirements for this course are 104 to 120 tariff points, including 3 A-Levels, or equivalent qualifications. BTEC Extended Diploma DMM.

UCAS have created a helpful calculator so you can calculate points to use for courses starting from September 2017 onwards.

Excluded subjects: This course does not accept General Studies

GCSEs: This course requires a minimum of 4 GCSEs grades A* - C  (or grade 4 or above in the newly reformed GCSE grading) including Maths and English or equivalent qualifications.

Numeracy and literacy: We need to be sure that you can express yourself in written English and have basic numeracy skills. We look at Level 2 of the National Qualifications Framework, which includes GCSEs, Key Skills and Functional Skills. If you do not have formal qualifications to this level or have alternatives, we may still be able to consider your application, please contact the askBU enquiry service to find out more.

Other qualifications: We have outlined below other qualifications that we consider for this course. If you are studying a qualification that is not listed, please contact the askBU Enquiry Service, it may be that we can still consider it.

Advanced/Progression Diplomas: We welcome applicants studying the Advanced or Progression Diploma – additional qualifications will be required to meet the tariff points for the Progression Diploma.

Access courses: BU welcomes Access to HE Diploma applicants. This course requires applicants to Pass the Access to HE Diploma in ICT/Science/Business (with 60 Credits - at least 45 at level 3, remainder at level 2 or equivalent). Any combination of grades to meet the overall tariff is acceptable.

BTEC qualifications

  • Extended Diploma: This course requires a Distinction, Merit, Merit.

  • Diploma: This course requires at least a Distinction, Merit in addition to an A-Level or equivalent to achieve the overall tariff.

  • 90-credit Diploma: The 90-credit Diploma will be accepted as part of your overall tariff but it must be accompanied by A-Levels or equivalent qualifications.

  • Subsidiary Diploma: This course requires a Distinction in addition to two A-Levels or equivalent to achieve the overall tariff.

Cambridge Pre-U Diploma: We welcome applicants studying the Cambridge Pre-U Diploma or a combination of Pre-U subjects and A-levels.

European Baccalaureate: Applicants are required to achieve a minimum score of 75% overall.

International Baccalaureate Diploma: The IB Diploma is welcomed as part of the International Baccalaureate (IB). This course requires 28-30 points including 5 points from each of the 3 Higher Level subjects.

Scottish Qualifications: Scottish Advanced Highers, Scottish Highers and other Scottish qualifications are all welcomed providing that your results meet the overall course tariff.

Welsh Baccalaureate: The Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma is welcomed alongside A-Levels or equivalent, to meet the overall course tariff.

OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Qualification: The OCR Extended Diploma or a combination of one Diploma plus one Introductory Diploma is acceptable for entry to this course.

Extended Diploma: This course requires Distinction, Merit, Merit.

Other combinations of OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical qualifications to meet the overall course tariff may be acceptable.

Extended Project Qualification: The grade achieved for the Extended Project may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has marginally failed to meet the conditions of their offer.

Deferred Entry: We are happy to consider applicants for deferred entry.

International entry requirements

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you can understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements for this course are normally:

IELTS (Academic) 6.0 or equivalent.

View further information about our English language requirements.

If you do not meet the English language requirement for your degree then why not join our Pre-Sessional English course? Successful completion of our Pre-Sessional English course will meet your English language requirement, without the need to re-take IELTS.

Academic entry requirements

You can find details of the international qualifications we accept, and what level of study they apply to, on our entry requirements for non-UK students’ page.


The modern focus on computing and IT means that cyber security is a growing priority for organisations of every size, while the likes of government agencies, NGOs, police authorities and defence organisations are placing increasing importance on cyber security. This course is designed to provide the cyber security specialists of the future, filling a skills gap in the IT sector.

The National Crime Agency has just recruited five graduates as a result of their internship scheme. All of the interns were given responsibility for their own projects as well as taking part in the day-to-day work within their teams. Justified by their performance, they were offered an interview, which they all successfully passed, and were then offered a job.

So this course at BU really prepares you for work in this ever-changing sector. You will have the opportunity to make connections in the industry through work placements and your skills will be highly sought after once you graduate. What’s more, you can also choose to take your placement abroad, giving you the opportunity to develop yourself personally, academically, and professionally and gain skills to help you stand out in the job market. 86% of final year students are in a professional or managerial position 6 months after graduating. Roles they fulfil include:

  • Cyber security engineer
  • Cyber security practitioner
  • Security consultant
  • Security systems analyst
  • Technology consultant.

Further study

Once you have completed an undergraduate Honours degree, you can further develop your education by studying for a postgraduate degree. Please visit our Postgraduate section for further details about our range of Master's degrees.

All statistics shown are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.

Meet our staff

Professor Vasilis Katos

The Head of the Department of Computing & Informatics, Vasilis is a certified Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator (CHFI) and has experience as an Information Security Consultant. He has served as an expert witness in Information Security for a criminal court in the UK.

Dr Edward Apeh

Course leader for BSc (Hons) Cyber Security Managment, Edward has over 12 years of industry experience and has led successful projects in the areas of data analytics, data mining and web technologies. He is published in the area of cyber security, data analytics, cognitive computation and neurocomputing; and he has a number of patents in signal analysis and processing.

Dr Christopher Richardson

Christopher heads up the Bournemouth University's Cyber Security Unit (BUCSU). He was recently quoted by leading newspapers on the Tesco Bank hacking scandal. He brings case studies like this to life in his teaching.

Read more about the expertise of other members of the Department of Computing & Informatics, and  book on to an open day and come along and meet some of them.

No hidden extras

What you can expect from us

All of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of support and services. You will receive more details if you are made an offer of a place on the course. 

  • One set of study-related consumables such as a memory stick/ DVD
  • Materials for laboratory and field-based teaching activity
  • Support for placements (UK or abroad) and fieldwork, and non-financial support whilst on placement
  • A range of student services – advisors, help desks, counsellors, placement support and careers service
  • The Library – access to a wide range of electronic resources (databases, e-journals and e-books), print and multimedia collections, subject librarians and study spaces
  • IT labs (some open 24/7), wireless network, AV equipment to borrow
  • Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) scheme
  • Disability and additional learning support
  • The BU Language Centre to help you develop/improve foreign or English language skills
  • 24 hours a day, 365 days a year security team.

Costs of living and other expenses you need to consider

  • Accommodation and living costs: view our price guide
  • Text books: remember that our award-winning library is stocked with a large range of text books for all courses, as well as online resources such as industry journals, free of charge
  • General stationery and other supplies such as print and presentation materials: the Students’ Union shops stock a wide range of stationery supplies on both campuses
  • Travel to, from and between BU campuses: our bus service operates in the local areas offering a subsided travel rate; we also have a large number of secure bike storage compounds
  • SportBU membership: check out our student membership packages, sports events, varsity teams, information about our new facilities and more on the SportBU webpages
  • Optional fieldwork travel, outdoor wear and footwear (where applicable)
  • Telephone and travel costs incurred when undertaking interviews for coursework/securing placements.
  • A fee will be payable towards the cost of an Educational Psychology Assessment if this is required in connection with additional learning support. BU pays for approximately two-thirds of the cost of this assessment for UK students. For more details and current pricing please visit the Students section of the website.

Repeat units

If you need to repeat one or more units during the course of your studies (with or without attendance) you may be required to pay an additional fee of £1,500 per 20 credit unit. 

Financial help available from BU

We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to students who are beginning their studies at BU. Our website also provides details on living costs, budgeting and paying your tuition fees.

Course changes

The table below indicates the latest changes to this course.

Date Changes to this course Where the change was made Previous text

Change the assessment of the Information Assurance unit from 50% examination and 50% coursework to one single 100% coursework element (5,000 words)

Programme specification 50% examination, 50% coursework

Hear from our staff

Dr Christopher Richardson

BU’s facilities for Cyber Offence, Defence, Analytics and Cyber Forensics are relatively unique in the UK providing an perfect base for research and education.

What employers think

Detective Superintendent Mark Callaghan

Cyber-crime is a fast growing area with criminals exploiting the speed, convenience and facelessness of the internet to commit a range of criminal activities.

What our students say

Adam Tonks

I will definitely be entering into a cyber career when I graduate, and taking part in the Cyber Security Challenge UK has helped massively with helping me achieve this.

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