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BSc Ethical Hacking and Cybersecurity

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Course Overview

There is a global shortage of engineers, computing scientists and construction professionals and
employment opportunities remain extremely buoyant.
The course is designed to foster a critical, analytical and experiential approach to embedded study skills
and subject-specific academic English. The course supports students towards informed career choices,
with awareness of their own strengths and knowledge of career pathways. Successful completion of this
year will enable progression to year 2 (Level 4) of the BSc Ethical Hacking and Cyber Security
This year aims to develop knowledge and skills that can be applied to solving scientific problems. The
educational experience also aims to develop students’ intellectual and personal skills. The course has
equal proportions of applied science and engineering (40 credits), mathematics (40 credits) and English
language (40 credits).

Main Study Themes

Cyber Security

This core theme refers to all of the ethical hacking and cyber security aspects of the course that are not covered by other themes. Most critically, it covers the practical skills required to secure or exploit systems .


A key requirement for graduates in cyber security, also explicitly stated in various course standards and certifications, is the ability to develop software. This could be the development of secure software for clients, or the development of software to be used in security research and practice.


Understanding information systems of various types is an essential skill in cyber security. This theme brings together material on classical computer science topics, such as operating systems, as well as auto-motive systems, Internet of Things and more.


This theme covers system and service auditing, compliance, standards, certification, legal and ethical requirements related to cyber security.

Management, Leadership and Professionalism

Beyond the theoretical and practical knowledge of the course, graduates will require an understanding of what is expected of them in a professional sense. This theme includes understanding the domains in which graduates typically work, building professional profile, leader-ship, management of teams and projects, wider business concerns and making use of third-party services .

Course Information

The Ethical Hacking and Cyber Security course has been developed after a decade of experience teaching
cyber security and producing graduates who go on to careers in the sector. Previous graduates have gone
on to become security consultants, security engineers, penetration testers and other sector specific roles.
With a strong emphasis on practical application of academic and theoretical aspects, the course teaches
the key skills and competencies required by a cyber security professional, using specialised physical and
virtual labs.
Students can study the course with a placement year

  • Applicable Mathematics
  • Foundation Physics
  • Foundation Academic English 1 for Engineering and Computing
  • Applied and Computational Mathematics
  • Applied Science and Engineering
  • Foundation Academic English 2 for Engineering and Computing
  • Cyber Security Fundamentals
  • Introduction to Programming
  • Networking and Computer Architectures
  • Information Security Management
  • The Ethics and Legal Frameworks of Cyber Security
  • Foundations of Computer Science
  • Practical Penetration Testing
  • Programming and Operating Systems
  • Foundations of Networking
  • Security Operations
  • Digital Forensics
  • The Internet and Web Technologies
  • Advanced Penetration Testing
  • Reverse Engineering and Exploit Development
  • Secure Network Design and Management
  • Digital Security Risk and Audit Management
  • Applied Cryptography
  • Advanced Digital and Network Forensics
  • Research Project Preparation
  • Research Project Delivery

We regularly review our course content to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

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