Oxford Brookes University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Computer Science for Cyber Security

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Course summary

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Many existing computer science professionals have only basic knowledge of cyber security. They lack the expertise and skills that are required to securely design and build the complex, highly dynamic systems and software used in the modern world. To be a proficient and professional practitioner in this area requires the ability to stay up to date with rapidly changing technologies and to have the competence to apply these technologies effectively. The industry needs graduates who are well versed in applying cyber security concepts to conventional computer science problems. Graduates need, not only to understand the fundamentals of cyber security, but also to be able to apply them to the various technologies and systems that are used in a modern business context. The Computer Science for Cyber Security programme gives students a grounding in computer science and builds on that to give them the concepts needed to produce the secure systems needed for today. The programme explores key ideas in computer science from a cyber security perspective. The theory taught in lectures is reinforced in practicals, where students have the opportunity to use industry-standard tools and techniques, in our dedicated server and networking laboratories, which provide a safe space for students to practise both offensive and defensive security techniques. The programme’s emphasis on live projects, including group work modelled on industry-standard working patterns, gives students the opportunity to learn skills and concepts that are directly applicable to the workplace. Students on the programme also have the opportunity to undertake a placement which enables them to practise and refine their skills within a company or organisation. The design of our programmes is informed by state of the art research being undertaken in the department. For example, the results of a recent project in collaboration with Nominet to protect parts the UK’s internet infrastructure (which was graded outstanding in terms of its outcome) has fed directly into teaching and gave students the opportunity to attend a series of technical seminars and undertake projects on modelling key parts of the UK’s internet. Students on our programmes have access to highly specialised computer laboratories where they learn the practical application of cutting edge theoretical skills and techniques. Our aim is to provide you with an education in computer science and cyber security that will enable you to develop the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to pursue a career in industry, commerce or education. We also encourage you to adopt a critical and independent approach to learning. In the first year you will study the fundamental principles of computing and networks. This includes an introduction to programming, some fundamental concepts in computing, including the first two Cisco accredited modules. In later years you will build on this to study advanced concepts in computer science, cyber security, networking and operating systems as well as the further Cisco accredited modules. On completion of the course you will have gained a knowledge and understanding of the foundations, techniques, limitations, developments, trends and applications of computer science and cyber security and will have experience and skills in designing, creating, developing and maintaining secure networks, computers and software. We consider that a work placement is central to your academic development. Organisations taking our placement students have indicated their satisfaction with them and the preparation they receive in the course prior to their placement. We also believe that our graduates will have developed a well-formed ability to interact effectively within and across discipline boundaries and thus to acquire new knowledge and to develop new skills as the needs arise.

Course details

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

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Application codes

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Please select a course option – you will then see the application code you need to use to apply for the course.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 112 points
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 30 points
GCSE/National 4/National 5 GCSE Maths - Grade 4 GCSE English - Grade 4 1 x further GCSE - Grade 4

IELTS 6.0 overall. Reading 6.0. Writing 6.0. Listening 5.5. Speaking 5.5. If you accept a Conditional offer to this course as your Firm choice through UCAS, and the offer does not include a requirement to pass an English language test or improve your English language, we may be able to make the offer Unconditional. Please check your offer carefully where this will be confirmed for each applicant.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
International £14800 Year 1

Additional fee information

Please note that tuition fees may increase in subsequent years for both new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Oxford Brookes University intends to continue to set fees at the maximum level permitted for new and returning Home and EU students. Fees are subject to agreement by the Office for Students.
Computer Science for Cyber Security at Oxford Brookes University - UCAS