BSc Cyber Security aims to give students a fundamental understanding of how to protect organisations, networks, IT systems and individuals against Cyber attacks and Cyber threats. This course covers all the main topic areas required by the British Computing Society for an accredited Cyber Security degree, and includes understanding of Cyber threats and attacks, and the criminal sub-culture which is increasingly profiting from those attacks, how to manage information and the risks to that information, practical approaches to implementing physical and process controls to reduce information threats, and the design of secure systems and products which will enable businesses to withstand Cyber attacks. The course also includes aspects of Cryptography and Forensic Computing, and students will have the opportunity to engage with the latest software and forensic approaches. Several staff at The University of Wolverhampton are engaged in Cyber security research and work closely with industry to ensure that the course will produce graduates who have the skills which industry needs. Employment in the area of Cyber security is predicted to increase five fold in the next two years, and there is already a severe shortage of trained graduates who are able to work in this area. Therefore, the likelihood of gaining well-paid employment at the end of your degree is extremely high.
Your areas of study during year one will include the fundamentals of Cyber Security, Information Management and security in organisations, Computer Programming and problem-solving, and Computer networks and operations. By the end of year one, you will have good technical awareness and an understanding of the main issues associated with Cyber Security.
In the second year, you will cover subjects in more depth and gain more practical experience of using technology to support Cyber security in a variety of ways. This will include using specialist software, investigation of human factors which affect our security, looking at the management of risk, gaining a technical understanding of Computer and security architecture, and understanding how data is stored and used in organisations You will also have the opportunity to study forensic computing, using industry-standard software and tools.
In your third year, you will further develop and apply knowledge and experience of a range of different applications and various technologies, techniques, tools and methods in relation to Cyber Security. You will continue to work with forensic computing techniques, and will extend your knowledge of database technologies. You will also gain experience of ethical hacking and advanced networking. Information Management and Governance and the protection of Information Systems is also covered this year. Themes covered in this year will influence and support your final year project module, and you will have the option to engage with industry to work on a real-life project.
Optional Placement Year
The University of Wolverhampton is keen to ensure graduates have both the academic and work based skills required in industry. Graduates have the option of a placement in industry between levels two and three. This results in a four year degree which allows graduates to be awarded a BSc (Hons) Cyber Security with sandwich.
The university has state-of-the-art teaching facilities and computing labs, and students will experience a variety of learning environments, including practical labs, classroom teaching, visits to industry partners, and more formal lectures. We have a fully-equipped network and security lab, and students will have the opportunity to engage in simulated hacking activities, build networks, and use forensic software, and cloud computing and database technologies.
The course team have excellent links with industry and staff working in the field of Cyber Security, and are undertaking some exciting and interesting research which means that teaching is relevant and up-to-date. The teaching on the course is outstanding, with all teaching staff possessing or in the process of gaining a relevant teaching qualification, and we are fully committed to ensuring you have an excellent student experience. We have developed excellent specialist facilities to support our students, and have recently invested in extensive hardware and software to support the Cyber Security course, which means that students have the opportunity to gain practical skills which are highly valued in industry.
We encourage our students to be really involved in their course and University life, and have several clubs and activities which are largely student-led, such as the Code Club, and the Computer Games Society.
Graduates can expect to find employment as Cyber security specialists, security managers, Cyber and information security analysts, consultants, information security officers, computer forensic specialists, and technical computing and network staff. Typical employers include specialist Cyber and Information security companies and consultancies, large and medium commercial organisations, local authorities, government departments, military Cyber Security operations and financial organisations.
The BSc (Hons) Cyber Security degree provides graduates with the full range of skills which the government recognises as essential for Cyber Security personnel. A fundamental understanding of Cyber and Information Security and associated technologies, an ability to manage security within organisations, and technical skills which support security are all outcomes of the degree. Close links and the opportunity to work with industry means that graduates will also have a good level of business awareness.
The University of Wolverhampton Cyber Security course also gives students extensive opportunities to develop excellent transferable skills, such as problem solving, communication skills, project management skills, the ability to work effectively in teams and individually, and self-management and the ability to gather, evaluate and reflect on information.