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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

Modules

Year 1 core modules (subject to change over time) - CMP101 Computer Hardware Architecture & Operating Systems; CMP109 Computer Networking 1; CMP104 Programming with C++; CMP110 Introduction to Security; CMP102 Software Design. You will also be required to select one elective module. For detailed module information please check our website.

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

Application deadlines

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

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course codeGG45
Institution code A30
Campus nameAbertay Campus
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
A level BCC To include one of the following:- Computer Science, Maths, Human Biology, Biology, Chemistry, Engineering Science, Environmental Science, Geography and Physics For entry into Year 2 we would look for ABB to include Computer Science
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM Creative Media Production Electrical/Electronic Engineering Engineering IT For entry into Year 2 we would look for D*DD IT (Networking and Systems Support)
Scottish Higher ABBB To include one of:- Computer Science, Maths, Architectural Technology, Human Biology, Biology, Chemistry, Engineering Science, Geography and Physics - Graphic Communication is NOT a Technical subject
Scottish Advanced Higher ABB Entry into Year 2 to include Computer Science
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 29 points To include one of:- Computer Science, Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Engineering Science, Environmental Science, Geography and Physics
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H2, H3, H3, H3 To include one of:- Computer Science, Maths, Human Biology, Biology, Chemistry, Engineering Science, Geography and Physics
Scottish HNC Pass Entry into Year 2 with an HNC in one of the following:- Computer Games Development - Graded Unit A to include H1F7 Professionalism and Ethics in Computing Computing - Graded Unit A to include H17X Software Development: Programme Foundations and recommend H1EN Computer Forensic Fundamentals Cyber Security - Graded Unit A - must have done some OOP (ideally C++) Entry into Year 1 with one of the following:- Computer Networking - Graded Unit A Information Technology - Graded Unit A Interactive Media - Graded Unit A
Scottish HND Pass Entry into Year 2 with an HND in one of the following:- Computer Games Development - Graded Unit A to include H1F7 Professionalism & Ethics in Computing Computer Science - Graded Unit A to include H17X Software Development: Programme Foundations OR H171 Software Development: Object Oriented Programme OR F86A Games Development: Object Oriented Programme and recommend to have H1EN Computer Forensic Fundamentals Computing: Software Development - Graded Unit A and recommend to have H1EN Computer Forensic Fundamentals Computing: Technical Support - Graded Unit A to include H17X Software Development: Programme Foundations OR H171 Software Development: Object Oriented Programme OR F86A Games Development: Object Oriented Programme and recommend to have H1EN Computer Forensic Fundamentals Entry into Year 1 with one of the following:- Computer Networking & Internet Technology - Graded Unit A Computing: Networking - Graded Unit A Information Technology - Graded Unit A Interactive Media - Graded Unit A
HNC (BTEC) D Entry into Year 2 with one of the following:- Computing Computing & Systems Development to include Object Oriented Programming Entry into Year 1 with one of the following:- Creative Media Production Graphic Design Interactive Media
HND (BTEC) D Entry into Year 2 with one of the following:- Computing to include Advanced Programming OR Application Development Computing (Applications Development) to include Advanced Programming OR Application Development Computing (Data Analytics) to include Advanced Programming OR Application Development Computing (Intelligent Systems) to include Advanced Programming OR Application Development Computing (Networking Engineering) to include Advanced Programming OR Application Development Computing (Security) to include Advanced Programming OR Application Development Computing (Software Engineering) Computing & Systems Development to include Object Oriented Programming

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

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course

https://www.abertay.ac.uk/course-search/undergraduate/ethical-hacking/


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.

List of English Language Requirements

https://www.abertay.ac.uk/studying/informationforinternationalstudents/english-requirements/


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