Abertay University

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Abertay University (formerly University of Abertay Dundee)


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Course summary

The UK's National Cyber Security Strategy identifies software vulnerabilities as a key threat, and building security into software from the start as a national priority. However, most software developers are not security experts, which is the need from industry that needs filled. Abertay’s BSc (Hons) Cybersecurity is within its renowned School of Design and Informatics. It draws upon Abertay's teaching and research expertise in Ethical Hacking, secure software engineering and human-centred security to ensure that you are well prepared for the rapidly evolving commercial cybersecurity environment. You will learn how to design and build secure software systems that are resilient to cyberattack. The degree combines computer science, maths, software engineering and cybersecurity. You will gain experience working with desktop, server, mobile and embedded platforms, and learn low-level programming and computer architecture, right from the start of the programme. Our links with Industry and recruitment opportunities are outstanding. Abertay is widely recognised as having been instrumental in building the city of Dundee’s place as a global hub for computing and gaming. Our rankings include: • UK University of the Year 2021 - Teaching Quality (The Times/ Sunday Times Good University Guide) • UK Top 10 - Student Satisfaction & Teaching (Guardian Good University Guide 2021) • UK Top 10 - Student Satisfaction (National Student Survey 2020)


Year 1 core modules (subject to change over time) - CMP101 Computer Hardware Architecture & Operating Systems; CMP109 Computer Networking 1; CMP104 Programming with C++; CMP110 Introduction to Security; CMP102 Software Design; ABE101 Abertay 101 - Being successful to Abertay. You will also be required to select three MySuccess modules of your choosing. For detailed module information please check our website.

Assessment method

You’ll learn through a blend of lectures, tutorials, practical work and reading. The majority of modules make use of online learning resources. Real world case studies of major attacks and data breaches are used provide the opportunity for critical analysis and evaluation in class. During practical exercises, you’ll be expected to evaluate your own work to make sure that products are functional and fit for purpose. Knowledge and skill are assessed through project work, reports, portfolios and practical assessments. Approximately 20% of the degree is assessed by examination.

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

International applicants

International applicants are required to demonstrate English language ability at IELTS 6.0 (no band less than 5.5) or acceptable equivalent.

Entry requirements

Standard Qualification Requirements

All applicants must have National 5 Maths at C or equivalent

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Minimum Qualification Requirements

We may make you an offer at the minimum entry grades if you meet the criteria.

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English language requirements

IELTS 6.0 (no band less than 5.5)

Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £1820 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
EU £14000 Year 1
International £14000 Year 1

Additional fee information

The International/EU fees will be £15,500 for the following courses:- BA (Hons) Computer Arts BA (Hons) Game Design and Production BSc (Hons) Computer Game Applications Development BSc (Hons) Computer Games Technology BSc (Hons) Computing BSc (Hons) Cybersecurity BSc (Hons) Ethical Hacking
Cybersecurity at Abertay University - UCAS