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BSc (Hons) Cyber Security Management

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  • UCAS Code:
    2DA6
  • Institution:
    B50
  • Delivery:
    Sandwich (Thick) out of college.

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. You’ll also have access to our state-of-the-art Cyber Security Unit.

In addition, according to a recent report by the Economist, BU is ranked third for boosting graduate salaries in Computer Science. In 2014, our graduates earned an average of £33,500 – £7,224 more than the expected earnings.

​We understand that computing is a diverse subject and that it can be difficult to know what area you’d like to specialise in at this stage in your career. That’s why all of our courses within the computing framework share a common first year, giving you the time to really explore the subject before deciding on a specialism. There are courses that allow you to keep a relatively wide focus, as well as degrees that provide a greater level of specialism, giving you plenty of flexibility when it comes to which direction you want your career to take.

This course forms part of BU’s framework of computing alongside the following other courses:

You only need to apply for one of the courses in the framework. If you change your mind and would prefer to study a different course within the framework, you will have the opportunity to change your final degree title during your study with us.

We have specialist computing suites on campus which 94% of our final year students who study compter science courses said they could access when they needed to. Why not visit us to discover these for yourself or join us on live chat now to find out more?

All statistics shown throughout this page 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 2019, September 2020

Location:

Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus

Duration:

4 years full-time with a minimum 30-week placement or 3 years full-time. You will be enrolled onto the 4-year degree, but can opt out of the placement year

Entry requirements:

For 2019 entry: 104-120 tariff points including 2 A-levels or equivalent. BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM. For more information check out our 2019 entry requirements.

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.

Course details

On this course you will 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.

Contact hours and assessment

Details of the assessment methods and contact hours for each unit of the course can be found in the programme specification.

Download the programme specification (pdf 418kb)

Placements

A placement year is a vital part in developing well-rounded and industry-ready graduates. The experience that you will gain 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.

A lot of our students find that they are offered permanent jobs after graduation by their placement companies, and many jobs for new graduates are 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.

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. 

Find out about BU students’ experiences on placementsAll you need to know about placements

Your application

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.

How to apply

Entry requirements

Careers

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.

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. Within six months of completing their course, 92% of our students who study Computer Science courses are working or studying.

Costs and fees

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per year. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course. You can find full information about funding your studies and paying your fees in our undergraduate fees and funding section. That’s also where you’ll find information about the scholarships and bursaries on offer – including unlimited Academic Excellence Scholarships for UK, EU and International students.

Fees quoted are for tuition only unless stated otherwise, and we’re committed to ensuring there are no hidden extra costs while you’re at university – that’s why we’re clear about what you can expect us to cover, and what your cost of living will be. You’ll also find you could benefit from a range of discounts as a student.

Find out more about budgeting and living expenses

Our staff

On this course you will be taught by staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This could include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners and research students, many of whom are actively engaged in research and/or professional practice which is integrated into the teaching of this course. Please note that teaching staff can change.

Course changes

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.