Abertay University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Ethical Hacking

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Course summary

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Launched in 2006, Abertay's Ethical Hacking degree was the first in the world, and is recognised as one of the UK's leading vocational security programmes. The programme takes an offensive approach to security, which means you will learn how to break systems and circumvent security defences - not just study encryption. Cisco reported one million cyber security job openings globally in 2016, with demand expected to rise to six million by 2019.

Course details


Core modules (subject to change over time) - Computer Architecture; Programming with C++; Software Design; Introduction to Security; Data Structures & Algorithms 1; Ethical Hacking 1; Data Structures and Algorithms 2; Ethical Hacking 2; Professional Project Planning & Prototyping; Professional Project Development & Delivery and Honours Project. Other modules that may be offered (subject to change over time) - Computer Networking 1; Digital Forensics 1; Dynamic Web Development 1; Computer Networking 2; Software Development for the Mobile Platform; Digital Forensics 2; Ethical Hacking 3 and Penetration Testing 1.

Assessment method

Acquisition of knowledge is facilitated and fostered through a mixture of lectures, tutorials, practicals, directed reading and student-centred learning. The majority of modules make use of online learning resources. Case studies are used to illustrate real world examples and to provide an opportunity for critical analysis and evaluation. Cognitive skills are consistently promoted and developed by means of lectures, tutorial directed reading, seminars and student-centred learning. Within practical exercises, students are expected to evaluate their own work to ensure that products not only work, but are also fit for purpose. Assessments are designed to develop and assess the achievement of the level of performance expected at each level. Knowledge and understanding is assessed using projects, reports, portfolios and practical assessments. Only approximately 20% of the programme is assessed by examination.

How to apply

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If you already have a 2020 application and are in Clearing, you can add this course as a Clearing choice in Track – contact the university or college first to check they have places.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Applicants should have National 5/GCSE Maths at grade C/4 or equivalent - Lifeskill Maths NOT accepted in lieu of Maths

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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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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £1820 Year 1
Scotland £1820 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £14000 Year 1

Additional fee information

International tuition fees for the following courses are £15,500:- Computer Games Technology Computer Game Applications Development Computer Arts Ethical Hacking Game Design & Production
Ethical Hacking at Abertay University - UCAS