Cyber Security at Sheffield Hallam University - UCAS

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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.
  • 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 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. These sessions will build your insight of how and when to use appropriate processes, tools, technologies and management practices in areas including network fundamentals, cryptography, and information security. You’ll develop these skills further on real-world projects – collaborating in small teams to produce deliverables inspired by industry. Previous students have worked with the Yorkshire and Humber Regional Cyber Crime Unit to develop security demos. Tackling real projects like these will help prepare you for a career in cyber security, all within a supportive learning environment. 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 apply new skills while you create a solution to a complex cyber security problem. The course team offers guidance and support throughout this process. 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.  You learn through
  • lectures
  • hands-on lab sessions and tutorials
  • regular feedback
  • teamwork and group-based learning
  • practice-based applied learning
  • discussions
  • self-study
You’ll be supported in your learning journey towards highly skilled, graduate level employment through several key areas. These include:
  • access to our unique student support triangle to help with your personal, academic and career development
  • access to our Skills Centre with one to ones, webinars and online resources, where you can get help with planning and structuring your assignments
  • industry-specific employability activities such as live projects, learning in simulated environments and networking opportunities
Applied learning *Work placements * You’ll have the opportunity to complete a year-long work placement between your second and third year. A placement is widely recognised as the gold standard opportunity to gain personal and professional development through real-world experience. You will be encouraged to take up this opportunity, as it will benefit your long-term career prospects and salary level, as well as your academic achievements and degree classification. Your course will prepare you to succeed in your placement and you will be supported throughout it. Your placement will allow you to apply the knowledge and skills gained on your course, in areas such as information security, network intrusion, and cyber analysis.


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances. 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 Networks Introduction To Cyber Security, Maths And Cryptography Professionalism And Employability Software Development Year 2 Compulsory modules Database Administration And Security Ethical Hacking And Intrusion Detection Project Based Learning Secure Network Services And Administration Year 3 Optional modules Placement Year Final year Compulsory modules Advanced Penetration Testing And Information Security Management Enterprise Applications Management Project (Cyber Security And Networks) Elective modules Blockchain And Iot Security Data Storage Offensive Forensics

Assessment method

Coursework Exam Practical

How to apply

Application codes

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

We will offer flexibility on our usual entry requirements for clearing applicants. Please call us on 0330 024 6390 to discuss your options and apply.

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Additional entry requirements


Please note that this information is subject to change without notice by Sheffield Hallam University.

English language requirements

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

If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or equivalent. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

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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 £16655 Year 1
International £16655 Year 1

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2024/25 is £9,250 per year. These fees are regulated by the UK government and are therefore subject to changes in government policy. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200. Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2024/25 is £16,655 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200. Please refer to our website for up-to-date information on costs and fees:

Sponsorship information

Scholarships, discounts and bursaries may be available to students who study this course.

Cyber Security at Sheffield Hallam University - UCAS