City, University of London

Degree level: Undergraduate

Computer Science with Cyber Security

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Course summary

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This degree is suitable for students who are looking for a successful career in technical computing, with interests in the various roles directly and indirectly connected to the world of computer, network and information security. It is fully accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT and fully meets the further learning academic requirement for registration as a Chartered IT Professional. You should be motivated to understand how computer systems are built and excited by the rapid pace of change in the field. There is an ever-growing need for sharp, code-literate, motivated graduates in an industrial sector that makes a multi-billion pound contribution to the UK economy. The degree focuses on how software and programming work, together with specialist content in computer security. The course will prepare you for a successful career in the technical areas of computer science and information security by developing skills in analysis, design and programming as well as specialisms in cyber security. Starting with core foundational skills, such as programming, the course progresses to cover a range of computing topics with a focus on practical application, while maintaining a strong theoretical underpinning. During the course you will become ethical hackers as you are challenged to identify flaws in computing devices and networks; to cryptanalyse classical and modern ciphers; and to trace attacks while auditing systems. The School has its own dedicated placements team with over 20 years of experience in providing on-hand placement and internship support as well as guidance for students throughout their studies. Placements are highly encouraged at City. Students that complete a placement year benefit from gaining professional experience working on real-life projects and are also more likely to achieve higher grades, secure a graduate-level job and earn a higher salary. In recent years students from our computer science courses have been able to obtain placements at leading companies within their chosen field such as Accenture, Deloitte, Hewlett Packard, IBM and Xerox.

Course details


All Computer Science courses at City share a common first year. Students can select their final degree course at the end of the first year. Core modules: Introduction to Algorithms Mathematics for computing Operating Systems Systems architecture Programming in Java Databases and Web Development In year two, students take a further seven core modules, including a team project: Core modules: Data structures and algorithms Programming in C++ Language processors Computer Networks Object-orientated analysis and design Professional development in IT. In year three, students take three core modules and five electives, mixing Computer Science with specialist Cyber Security modules. Core modules: Information Security Fundamentals Network security Digital forensics Alongside specialist core modules and elective modules, you will undertake a large individual project researching and developing systems in an area of your own specialist interest. Core modules include: Advanced Algorithms and Data Structures Cryptography Computational Cognitive Systems Security Auditing and Certification

Assessment method

The balance of assessment by examination, practical examination and assessment by coursework will to some extent depend on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessment, based on 2018/19 entry is as follows: Year 1 Written examination: 41% ∙ Coursework: 59% Year 2 Written examination: 35% ∙ Coursework: 65% Year 3 Written examination: 33% ∙ Coursework: 67% Year 4 Written examination: 25% ∙ Practical: 2% ∙ Coursework: 73% Assessment weightings by year Year 1: 0% ∙ Year 2: 20% ∙ Year 3: 40% ∙ Year 4: 40%

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • BCS - The Chartered Institute for IT

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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Qualification requirements

We do accept applications from students who are completing a combination of qualifications. For this course, this would be something like: D* in IT with a grade B in ‘A’ Level Computer Science and a grade B in another ‘A’ Level. We may also take ‘AS’ Level grades into consideration.

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