Cyber Security at University of the West of Scotland - UCAS

Course summary

OVERVIEW BEng (Hons) / MEng (Hons) Cyber Security will teach you how to protect and secure modern data infrastructure. The course will allow you to develop many industry relevant skills based around the ethical hacking framework, underpinned by a thorough understanding of both networking (CCNA) and programming theory.  As the country’s security and prosperity rests on digital foundations it has never been more important to be protected from those who seek to exploit weaknesses and launch attacks. The course has been created to meet a growing need, as identified by the Scottish and UK Governments, for individuals who possess a skillset to meet the challenges posed by the constantly evolving computer systems. Advanced Entry - Years 2 & 3 Advanced entry is only possible to BEng (Hons) Years 2 and 3 of this course for suitably qualified applicants (see below). There are no advanced entry opportunities on the MEng (Hons) course. However, if you are initially registered and enrolled on the BEng (Hons) course, and meet the performance requirements in years 1, 2 and 3 you may be eligible to transfer onto the MEng (Hons) in Year 4. CAREER PROSPECTS Jobs Graduates of the degree will be looking to progress towards roles such as Chief Security Engineer (CSE) or Chief Security Officer (CSO), in sectors such as healthcare, banking and finance and various security related public sector organisations.


In Year 1, you will study the following modules: Introduction to Web Development, CCNA1: Introduction to Networks, Introduction to Programming, Computing Systems, Professional Development in Computing, Security Fundamentals and Mathematics for Computing. In Year 2, you will study core modules covering Database Development, Operating Systems, Ethical Hacking: Tools & Techniques, and Linux: Tools and Administration and then take optional modules dependimng on previous studies and background. These optional modules may include Programming for Cyber Security and further CCNA module. In Year 3, you will study core modules including: Research Methods in Computing, Professional Computing Practice, Cryptography, Digital Forensic Analysis, Systems Programming Concepts. You will then undertake optional modules, again depending upon your previous studies and background. These may include: Python for Network Engineers, Unix System Administration., Information Security Management. Year 4 is the BEng (Hons) year and you will study the following core modules: Secure Programming, Advanced Digital Forensic Analysis, Governance, Risk & Compliance, Group Research Project. You will then undertake optional modules, again depending upon your previous studies and background. This will be from: Network Seecurity or Machine Learning for Data Analytics. The MEng (Hons) is Year 5 and is dominated with your Master's research project where you will undertake a detailed research project on a topic of particular interest to yourself and your career focus. You will also undertake the following core modules: Mobile Forensics and Malware Analysis & Reverse Engineering. You will complete your studies by taking two optional modules from a list including: Advanced Network Security, Applied Cryptography, Incident Response, Cyber Security: Law and Ethics, Network Penetration Testing, and Threat Intelligence.

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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Lanarkshire Campus
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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3
  • Year 4

International applicants

ACADEMIC TECHNOLOGY APPROVAL SCHEME (ATAS) CERTIFICATE: International applicants are advised that they will not need to obtain an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) certificate before they can be considered for an unconditional offer of study on this undergraduate course. ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS: For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. These are shown below.

Entry requirements

Standard Qualification Requirements

Entry to Year 1 with SWAP (BBB) in Access to STEM.

Minimum Qualification Requirements

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6IELTS 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill / component.
Cambridge English Advanced176 overall with no sub-test less than 169
Cambridge English Proficiency176 overall with no sub-test less than 169
Trinity ISEPassISEII with the minimum of a Pass in all sub-tests
PTE Academic54An overall score of 54 with no element below 51
TOEFL (iBT)78no sub-test less than: Reading: 17; Listening: 17; Speaking: 17; Writing: 17

DUO LINGO In addition ot the above English Language tests, for 2022-23 entry, the University has approved the use of the online Duolingo English test as evidence of English language ability. UWS will accept an overall score between 90-115 with no component score below 90. For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. The reason for this is that it’s essential that you are able to read, speak and understand the English language to get the most out of your time at UWS. All international applicants are required to meet minimum English language standards, with the exception of: // Native speakers of English // Erasmus students (unless advised otherwise) // non-Erasmus students from EU partner institutions (your institution must provide confirmation of your English language ability in the absence of a formal qualification) The qualifications above must have been gained within two years prior to the start of your course at UWS.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Scotland £1820* Year 1
England £9250* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250* Year 1
Wales £9250* Year 1
Channel Islands £9250* Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250* Year 1
EU £17250* Year 1
International £17250* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

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

TUITION FEE INFORMATION - SCOTTISH STUDENTS: Eligible Scottish domiciled students can usually apply to have their tuition fees paid for them each year of their studies by the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS). If you're not sure about your eligibility, you should contact SAAS. You need to apply to SAAS each year of study to have your tuition fees paid directly to UWS. TUITION FEE INFORMATION - UK, IRISH & GIBRALTARIAN STUDENTS: Eligible students who are domiciled in England, Wales, or Northern Ireland as well as from the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, Gibraltar or the Republic of Ireland will qualify for tuition fees of £9,250 per academic session of study to a maximum of three years if you are studying on a four year bachelor degree course (eg. BAcc (Hons) / BA (Hons) / BEng (Hons) / BSc (Hons)). So, if your degree is four years' duration, you will only be charged tuition fees for three years. Similarly, if you are studying a five year integrated master's degree course (eg. MEng (Hons)) the you will only be charged tuition fees for four years. TUITION FEE INFORMATION - INTERNATIONAL (NON-EU) & EU STUDENTS: These tuition fees apply to all non-EU, EEA, and all other EU students (excluding those from Republic of Ireland and Gibraltar, whose fee level is as per UK (non-Scottish) students - see section above for more details). ADDITIONAL COSTS: The cost of attending university is an investment in your future career. In addition to tuition fees and living expenses, some courses involve extra costs such as consumable study materials, field trips, equipment and uniforms. You may also want to purchase some core texts and technology such as a new laptop etc. Some of these additional costs are optional, some, such as uniforms or safety equipment may be mandatory. Check the course entry on our website for more more information.

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Cyber Security at University of the West of Scotland - UCAS