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Course summary

Please check the Sheffield Hallam University website for the latest information. Course summary

  • Learn how to provide in-depth cyber defences. that are highly sought after by industry
  • Develop your knowledge of network and application cyber security.
  • Understand the principles behind the tools and techniques used to secure data.
  • Create complex technical solutions to real-world security problems.
On this course, you’ll develop a deep understanding of practical cyber security – including key concepts of networks, applications and systems. You’ll become a cyber security practitioner who understands and can build upon the fundamental principles – providing complex cyber defences to solve real-world problems. How you learn All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive. You’ll start by developing strong practical skills in cyber security through lectures and hands-on tutorial sessions. Here you’ll build the knowledge, experience, understanding and critical thinking you need to solve cyber security problems. You’ll develop these further on real-world projects – collaborating in small teams to produce deliverables inspired by industry. You learn through
  • lectures
  • hands-on lab sessions and tutorials
  • regular feedback
  • teamwork and group-based learning
  • applied learning discussions
  • self-study
During your final year, you’ll create a significant cyber security deliverable – guided by a dedicated project supervisor. As part of this individual project, you’ll undertake research and develop new skills, while creating a solution to a complex cyber security problem. The course encourages you to take an active approach to learning and self-development to develop highly sought-after cyber security skills through problem-solving activities, practical implementation and teamwork. **Applied learning Work placements** You’ll have the opportunity to arrange a year-long work placement between your second and third years. This gives you real-world experience – preparing you for your future career by immersing yourself in the industry you’ve been learning about. Students from this course have been on placement with companies such as IBM, various police forces, Microsoft, the NHS, the civil service and BAE Systems. Students have the opportunity to practise cyber security skills while on placement – as well as benefiting from the network of practitioners they’re working alongside. Live projects During each year of your course, you’ll be applying your learning using industry projects. These will challenge you to solve real-world cyber security problems while developing team and project management skills. This is great preparation for the world of work – all in a supportive learning environment. We work in partnership with the North East Business Resilience Centre (NEBRC) – a non-profit organisation aiming to support and help to protect regional businesses from cybercrime. NEBRC employs our students to deliver specialist services during their studies. The NEBRC was established in 2019 – funded by a variety of private and public partners including the Police – to provide specialist services to a range of businesses and members across England. Networking opportunities We’re a member of the Chartered Institute of Information Security (CIISec) Academic Partner Programme. The CIISec is the only information and cyber security institution to have been granted Royal Charter status. This means you’ll be able to develop contacts within the cyber security community. You’ll also have access to world-class speakers and the opportunity to network with prospective employers.


Important notice The structure for this course is currently being reviewed and enhanced to provide the best possible learning experience for our students. Module structure, content, delivery and assessment are all likely to change, but we expect the focus of the course and the learning outcomes to remain as described above. Once the changes have been confirmed, updated module information will be provided directly to all applicants for September 2023. You will be able to complete a placement year as part of this course. See the modules table below for further information. Year 1 Compulsory modules Computer Systems And Architecture 20 Introduction To Computer And Information Security 20 Mathematics And Cryptography 20 Networking Fundamentals 20 Professionalism And Employability Skills 20 Programming Fundamentals 20 Year 2 Compulsory modules Database Administration And Security 20 Ethical Hacking 20 Network Intrusion Detection 20 Network Services And Administration 20 Project Based Learning 20 Secure Networking Technologies 20 Year 3 Optional modules Placement Year - Final year Compulsory modules Advanced Penetration Testing 20 Enterprise Applications Management 20 Information Security Management 20 Project (Network, Cyber And Forensics) 40 Elective modules Data Storage 20 Mobile Security 20 Network Security 20

Assessment method

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How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

We welcome applications from people of any age. We may be flexible in our normal offer if you can show a commitment to succeed and have the relevant skills and experience. This must show that you will benefit from and finish the course successfully. Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 or over at the point of enrolment.

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English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic)6With a minimum of 5.5 in all skills.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £15860 Year 1
International £15860 Year 1

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Cyber Security at Sheffield Hallam University - UCAS