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Ethical Hacking and Cybersecurity MSci/BSc 2017/18 entry

Clearing 2017

Clearing places available on this course

We have limited places available on this course through Clearing. Contact us to discuss your options:

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Reasons to make us your clearing choice

  • No. 12 UK University - The Guardian University Guide 2018
  • Awarded Gold in the Teaching and Excellence Framework (TEF)
  • 1st for overseas student experiences in 2015/16 - HESA 2017
  • UK’s top new university - The Guardian and the Complete University Guides 2018
Course code:

GG45
I120

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years sandwich
4 years full-time, 5 years sandwich or study abroad

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2017

 

Fees:
Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 2222


Overview

With groups like the NHS making headlines over cyber-attacks, courses like Ethical Hacking and Cybersecurity have never been more important.

Ethical Hacking and Cybersecurity is big business. According to the European Commission, the cost of computer crime is around €750 billion a year. This course is designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills to lead the fight against cyber criminals and keep hard-earned assets secure.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Teaching Excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

Course essentials

A degree which offers you more, at no extra cost

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:

The British Computer Society (BCS)

Accreditation by BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT, for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered IT Professional; partially meeting the Academic Requirement for registration as a Chartered Scientist; and, on behalf of the Engineering Council, partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

What our students say

Overcoming the challenges posed by this course nurtured my passion for this industry and put me on the path to an exciting new career.

Tudor Muntean-Cojan

Course information

Cybersecurity is fast becoming the most pressing and least understood problem for many individuals, businesses and nations. The landscape itself is difficult to visualise, built on layer upon layer of evolving computing equipment, networks, protocols and software.

We specialise in providing a largely practical, project-led approach to study, using the appropriate industry tools, across different platforms. We have our own dedicated laboratories for this purpose and our academic staff have practical experience from law enforcement and business perspectives.

Our activity-led learning approach means your education should be hands-on; we aim to make you familiar with penetration testing tools, encryption algorithms and forensic analysis software.

88%

of our students are satisfied with the quality of the course

NSS, 2016

Modules

Overview

The first year focuses on enabling students from a diverse range of backgrounds to make a solid start on their degree courses and understand fundamental principles.

Modules

  • Digital Forensics Fundamentals

  • Introduction to Computer Security

  • Computer Architecture and Networks

  • Introduction to Computing

  • Introduction to Algorithms

  • Logic and Sets

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

In the second year, more modules specialise in security-related topics. There is also an important group project that gives you experience in effective team working towards a complex goal.

Modules

  • Real-World Project

  • Operating Systems, Security and Networks

  • Intermediate Digital Forensics

  • Ethical Hacking 1

  • Networked System Architectures

  • Technology and its Social, Legal and Ethical Context

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

Modules

  • Professional Placement

  • Study Abroad

Overview

The final year of the BSc course covers advanced topics at the forefront of contemporary practice, including a significant individual project where you will work alongside an experienced tutor in the field.

Modules

  • Ethical Hacking 2

  • Systems Security

  • Advanced Network Management and Design

  • Individual Project

  • Optional modules

    1 from the following:

    • Data Recovery and Advanced Digital Forensic Analysis
    • Secure Programming and Exploit Development

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

Modules

  • Ethical Hacking

  • Network Forensics

  • Forensic Computing Methods

  • Internet Systems Development

  • Master’s Research Project

12th

Coventry University has climbed the rankings again to 12th in the UK Guardian University Guide 2018

In more detail...

  • The option to do Forensic Toolkit (FTK) certification.
  • Opportunities to attend international events in conjunction with the course.
  • Optional sandwich year in industry or business placement either in the UK or overseas (subject to application).
  • An active Computer Security Society involving both staff and students, including industry talks, regular hacker games and activities and a yearly budget.
  • Dedicated teaching staff who are committed and experienced academics, active in educational development and technical research which informs their teaching.
  • Optional membership of the Cisco Academy programme leading to an industry recognised Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) qualification. Additional costs may apply. Please check with the membership body for details.
  • Accreditation by BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT, for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered IT Professional; partially meeting the Academic Requirement for registration as a Chartered Scientist; and, on behalf of the Engineering Council, partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

We have a specialist ethical hacking lab used specifically for students on this course.

The course has two core themes. The first relates to specialist security topics in the computing field including ethical hacking, digital forensics and encryption algorithms. The second is general-purpose computer systems technology.

Your course will be based on a series of lectures, with associated seminars and project based practical classes. In addition, your personal tutor will review and discuss your progress with you and will be available for advice.

An estimated percentage breakdown of how your studies will be assessed is as follows:

  • Coursework, essays, project and group work: 65%
  • Practical exams e.g. presentations, tests: 20%
  • Formal examinations: 15%

65% assessed by coursework and project work

In a typical week you will have up to 18 contact hours of teaching and this will break down as:

  • Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 6 hours each week.
  • Medium-group teaching: 6 hours each week – tutorial, laboratory and seminar classes.
  • Large-group teaching: 6 hours each week in lecture-style classes..

Additionally, you will be expected to complete 22 hours each week – working independently and in groups on assignments, background reading and tutorial work

Coventry University has links with many universities around the globe. We encourage you to study abroad as part of your degree. We will endeavour to support you in finding a placement anywhere in the world.

Placements are currently available in Europe (through the Erasmus scheme), America or Asia.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2015/16, we were able to provide a total of 2101 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 76% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 23% from postgraduate travel.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA)


2,101

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2015/16



16,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far


21

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses

What our students say

Overcoming the challenges posed by this course nurtured my passion for this industry and put me on the path to an exciting new career.

Tudor Muntean-Cojan

Clearing places available on this course

During Clearing, the tariff points for this course may change. Clearing tariff points will be published 14th August.

Know your results? See if we could offer you a place

Waiting for results day? Visit our Clearing pages for advice

What our students say

Overcoming the challenges posed by this course nurtured my passion for this industry and put me on the path to an exciting new career.

Tudor Muntean-Cojan

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

For more information, please visit our Finance pages.

Starts

Fee


September 2017

£9,250 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship.

Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2017

£9,250 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


September 2017

£14,104 (per year)


Course essentials at no extra cost

We're committed to communicating study costs clearly to make sure you're not faced with having to make any unexpected payments.

This is why our ‘Flying Start’ package provides you with a few course essentials. Your full-time fee for an undergraduate degree will cover the following:

UK field trips

Any mandatory site visits and trips within the United Kingdom.

Key material

This can include core textbooks, software and equipment.

Laser prints

1,000 A4 sides of black and white laser printing credits per year.

Optional year

Pay no tuition fees for optional work placements or study abroad trips.

As well as covering UK field trips, key materials and laser print, the fees for this course also include:

  • High-end tablet device for reading, note-taking and accessing other online resources and development


Additional costs not included in the fees:

  • Any optional overseas field trips or visits: £400+ per trip
  • Optional personal computer and software: £500+
  • Media consumable items: £30+ per year

What our students say

Overcoming the challenges posed by this course nurtured my passion for this industry and put me on the path to an exciting new career.

Tudor Muntean-Cojan

Career prospects

You will work with staff on real-world problems from industry, commerce and research groups as you would in professional practice; giving you the opportunity to develop professional skills at the same time that you learn the technical content of your degree.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University's Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

The Faculty’s Employability and Placement team, EC Futures, are the proud winners of the Best University Placement Service (UK 2015) presented by the NUE Awards. 

100%

of our graduates are in work or further study six months after the course

DHLE 2014/15

Where our graduates work

There are a wide variety of roles available for successful graduates in ethical hacking and network security. You may find yourself working as:

a systems security specialist, a specialist that supplies security assessment and consultancy services to a wide range of commercial and public sector organisations, a software developer providing specialist tools to the computer security industry.

£26K

Our graduates earn an average salary of £26,000 six months after the course (DHLE 2014/15)

What our students say

Overcoming the challenges posed by this course nurtured my passion for this industry and put me on the path to an exciting new career.

Tudor Muntean-Cojan
Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place with us, a Student Contract (“the Contract”) will be formed between you and the University. The Contract will detail all of your rights and also the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and will also contain all of the obligations that the University owes to you.  We would encourage you to read the Student Contract before you accept any offer of a place at the University. A copy of the Contract can be found here.