Our BSc (Hons) Cyber Security with industrial placement is ideal if you're fascinated by computers, enjoy problem-solving and want a fast-paced, challenging job. We offer the knowledge and skills needed to anticipate and combat computer software and data threats, including hacking, theft, viruses, and other forms of cyber attack. A recent report estimates that the cyber security industry requires an extra 3.4 million professionals worldwide (1). Qualified cyber security professionals have access to excellent career opportunities and competitive salaries. The University of Bolton's BSc (Hons) Cyber Security with industrial placement course is an ideal route into this dynamic and evolving industry. By studying with us, you can learn how to protect data and information systems from cyber breaches while experiencing life at our supportive, student-focused, multicultural campus. Covering how to design secure computer systems, this forward-thinking degree emphasises secure software development and promotes a deep understanding of the structure of computing systems. Throughout the course, you'll develop technical knowledge and applied skills in security defence techniques and counter-measures, ready to protect computer systems and electronic infrastructures from attack. In particular, we'll focus on helping you learn to design and develop your own security tools for probing, analysing and defending computer systems against attack. Our expert and dedicated team will cover how to analyse and evaluate security threats and vulnerabilities to information systems, perform security risk assessments and develop security controls, processes and software. We'll support you as you learn how to respond to security incidents and implement resolution activities. The department's strong links with business mean you'll have the chance to work on ‘live briefs’ in your coursework assignments, so you'll have the opportunity to enjoy real-world context and application for the skills and knowledge we'll help you develop. With class sizes no greater than 30, we can offer you meaningful, personalised learning plans. Our dedicated and enthusiastic lecturers, many of whom are active researchers with extensive industry insights and experience, will help you develop both the theoretical knowledge and the practical, hands-on skills required by the security sector that will put you one step ahead of attackers from day one. Meanwhile, guest speakers and lecturers give you access to highly relevant and up-to-date input from industry settings. All of this is backed by our well-equipped IT suites, where you'll get to apply and develop your learning individually and in groups with expert guidance and support. The University will offer lots of support to help you find a placement with a relevant company in preparation for your year in industry (the industrial placement takes place between the second and final years of your course). Through our relationships with employers, we'll share placement adverts as they become available, and you can also seek your own placement. Our placement team will help with applications and interview skills. Your placement does not have to be in the Bolton area – it could be elsewhere in the UK. Completing a year in industry will give you invaluable skills and experience that will help you in your final year of study with us and boost your CV to help you find an enhanced career afterwards. If you're unsuccessful in securing a placement, you'll be able to transfer directly to the final year of study and complete your degree in three years. (1) https://www.isc2.org/Research/Workforce-Study accessed on 11 July 2023
Information about the modules offered as part of this course is available on the University of Bolton’s website.
Details of the learning activities and assessment methods for this course are available on the University of Bolton’s website.
How to apply
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
You should also have five GCSEs at grade C or above or grade 4 to 9 (or equivalent), including English and Mathematics. We'll be happy to consider your application if you don't meet the standard entry requirements but have non-traditional qualifications and/or relevant experience.
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Additional entry requirements
You’ll be required to attend an interview and/or provide a portfolio of work. As part of your interview, you may be asked to undertake additional assessment(s) to determine your suitability for the course.
English language requirements
|IELTS (Academic)||6||If English isn’t your first language you’ll also need IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent).|
We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details.
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Fees and funding
|Republic of Ireland||£29600*||Whole course|
|Northern Ireland||£29600*||Whole course|
|Channel Islands||£29600*||Whole course|
*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.