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Cyber Security (BSc) (Full-Time, 2018 Entry)

 

What will I learn?

Cyber space comprises all the interactions with all the networks of digital devices used to store, modify and communicate information, across all time. It is global in reach and vast in scale, extending far beyond the Internet. Its interactions are with people, with the physical environment, and with other digital devices. It is a pervasive enabler in modern society. Most things are possible; not all are desirable; context is everything.

Cyber Security seeks to enable the good and prevent the bad in cyber space. For you to contribute to this task, you will learn a broad range of theory and practice. Most things will be viewed from two perspectives: what should happen, and what does happen. Many cyber security challenges lurk in this gap between concept and reality.

You will learn how to construct robust software. You will learn how to store data over time and communicate it over distance. You will learn how computer systems are organised. You will learn the capabilities of cryptographic techniques. You will learn the processes and procedures that provide assurance that things are as they should be. And you will learn the mindset, tools and techniques to discover the shortcomings of cyber systems, duly constrained by ethics and the law.

The course has a strong technical focus so that you understand precisely how the digital parts of cyber systems function. However, the role played by people, processes and the physical environment in achieving cyber security is also a critical part of your study. Taken together, you will learn how to harden the security posture of an organisation's cyber systems.

You will be studying on a course that has received provisional GCHQ certification as a Bachelor’s Degree in Cyber Security. You will be studying at a University that is recognised as a GCHQ Academic Centre of Excellence for Cyber Security Research.

How will I learn?

The teaching and learning is structured around high-intensity workshops with structured independent consolidation activities in between.

  • The workshops will comprise a mix of conventional lectures, practical laboratory sessions and tutorial sessions. The proportions and emphasis will vary from module to module.
  • The consolidation activities typically will involve the application of material covered in the workshop to a practical problem. Some of this consolidation activity will be individual, some will be working in teams. Some development projects will span several workshops and run for several weeks.

Much of the practical activity will take place in the dedicated Cyber Security laboratories within the Cyber Security Centre. Your studies will culminate in your final year individual cyber project.

How will I be assessed?

Your performance will be assessed by a combination of coursework and written examination. The coursework may be individual or group work involving aspects of cyber system development, cyber system analysis, cyber research, and presentation of findings.
Second year and final year assessment contributes 30:70 to your final BSc degree classification.

  • Entry Requirements

    A level AAB STEM subjects preferred (Physics, Chemistry, Biology, General Sciences, Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics).

    International Baccalaureate 36 points, including 4 in English.

  • These normally exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking.
  • BTECs: Applicants offering BTECs are advised to contact the Undergraduate Admissions Team for
    further information prior to application (Tel: +44 (0)24 7652 3723 Email: ugadmissions@warwick.ac.uk)

    Contextual data and differential offers Warwick may make differential offers to students in a number of circumstances. These include students participating in the Realising Opportunities programme, or who meet two of the contextual data criteria. Differential offers will be one or two grades below Warwick’s standard offer (to a minimum of ABB).

  • Access Courses Access to HE Diploma (QAA-recognised) including appropriate subjects with 45 credits at Level 3, including Distinction in 33 Level 3 credits, and Merit in 12 Level 3 credits.

  • We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more nformation please visit the international entry requirements page.

    Further Information

    Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry welcomed.

    Interviews We do not typically interview applicants. Offers are made based on your UCAS form which includes predicted and actual grades, your personal statement and school reference. We are considering innovative ways to broaden how we assess candidates, so you are advised to check our website prior to applying in case we have introduced any changes.

  • Open Days Offer holders are invited to a Departmental Open Day. Dates for these are to be confirmed.

What modules could I study?

Year 1 lays the foundations for you to develop a deeper understanding of cyber space. You will study topics such as software development, computer architecture, networks, operating systems and information risk management.

  • Software Development and Security
  • Cyber Systems Architecture and Organisation
  • Discrete Structures for Cyber Security
  • Networks, Communication and Cyber Defence
  • Operating Systems in the Cyber Context
  • Information Risk Management

Year 2 builds on your knowledge and skills by giving you the chance to explore areas such software engineering, programming languages, human computer interaction, secure systems managing information and securing information all with a cyber security theme.

  • The Cyber Context of Software Engineering
  • Programming Languages for Cyber Security
  • Human Behaviour in Cyber Systems
  • Implementing Secure Systems
  • Information Management
  • Information Security Management

Year 3 exposes you to advanced topics in cyber security. You will complete an individual project, where you will apply your skills to an area of your choice under the supervision of our academics.

  • Low-level Tools and Techniques for Cyber Security
  • Data Science, Algorithms, and Complexity in the Cyber Context
  • Operational Security Management
  • Cyber Security Incident Management
  • Individual Project

Find out more about modules and course structure on the WMG website.

*The modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please read our terms and conditions for more detailed information.

What careers can a Warwick degree in Cyber Security lead to?

Career paths can be technical, managerial, and strategic in the public, private, or charity sector; enabling social services, commerce, healthcare, transportation, environmental protection and more generally, a secure digital society.

Early career roles could include:

Network Security Administrator, Forensic Analyst, Threat Analyst, Penetration Tester and Secure Software Developer.

Later career roles could include:

Security Architect, Security Assessor, Malware Reverse Engineer, Incident Response Coordinator, Cyber Security Consultant, and Chief Information Security Officer.

Essential information

Entry Requirements
A level: AAB STEM subjects preferred

IB: 36 points, with a minimum of 4 in English

UCAS Code
H651

Award
Degree of Bachelor of Science (BSc)

Duration
3 years full time (30 weeks per academic year)

Department website
Warwick Manufacturing Group

Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry

Tuition fees
Find out more about fees and funding

Other course costs
There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course. For further information on the typical additional costs please see the Additional Costs page.

This information is applicable for 2018 entry.


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