The UK’s national cybersecurity strategy identifies software vulnerabilities as a key threat and makes building security into software from the start a national priority. But most software developers aren’t cybersecurity experts – and that’s what the industry really needs right now. Working across desktop, mobile and embedded platforms, you’ll learn how to design and implement secure software systems that are resilient to cyberattack. Right from the start, you develop an in-depth understanding of programming and building secure systems through hands-on, practical experience. You’ll specialise in the design, implementation and analysis of secure software systems, covering both offensive and defensive techniques. Develop measures to stop cyberattacks You’ll be prepared for the rapidly evolving cybersecurity work environment through our teaching expertise in ethical hacking, computing, secure software engineering and human-centred security. Using your grasp of programming and computer architecture, you’ll develop and implement systems with fewer vulnerabilities to help stop cyberattacks using offensive and defensive techniques. By the time you graduate you’ll have a range of specialist analytical, operational and developer skills designed to make you hugely employable. This means you can easily transition into exciting new roles as the cybersecurity industry develops and grows, and work in jobs such as software engineers or specialist security reviewers. This course ranked top 5 in the UK for Course Satisfaction (Computer Science and Information Systems) in the 2022 Guardian University Guide. Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Education Abertay University was one of the first eight UK universities to be awarded Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Education, and the first in Scotland to gain Gold. This is recognition by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) – part of GCHQ.
Year 1 core modules:- Computer Hardware Architecture and Operating Systems; Computer Networking 1; Programming with C++; Software Design; Introduction to Security; ABE101 Abertay 101 - Being Successful at Abertay.
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
Standard Qualification Requirements
Maths at National 5/GCSE at grade C/4 or equivalent required - National 5 Lifeskill Maths and Application of Maths NOT accepted in lieu of Maths.
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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
We look for applicants to have achieved an overall IELTS score of 6.0 with no individual test lower than 5.5. Some degrees have higher requirements - refer to the 'entry routes' tab of each degree for more detail.
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