Launched in 2006, Abertay's Ethical Hacking degree was the first of its kind in the world, and is recognised as one of the UK's leading vocational security programmes. With the demand for qualified ethical hackers and cyber security specialists rising year on year, coupled with high starting salaries, there has never been a better time to study this fascinating field. Abertay’s BSc (Hons) Ethical Hacking is within its renowned School of Design and Informatics and is accredited by BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT. You will learn a practical and offensive approach, by deliberately breaking computer systems and building cybersecurity defences. The course combines computer networking, digital forensics and expert development as well as programming. You will learn how to protect data and information systems. Abertay’s Ethical Hacking degree gives you a deep understanding of cybercrime so you have the skills to stop hackers. Our links with Industry and recruitment opportunities are outstanding. Abertay is widely recognised as having been instrumental in building the city of Dundee’s place as a global hub for computing and gaming. Our rankings include: • UK University of the Year 2021 - Teaching Quality (The Times/ Sunday Times Good University Guide) • UK Top 10 - Student Satisfaction & Teaching (Guardian Good University Guide 2021) • UK Top 10 - Student Satisfaction (National Student Survey 2020)
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.
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
You can no longer submit a new application for courses starting in 2023.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
- Year 2
- Year 3
Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)
Year 2 - Relevant Higher National Certificate or equivalent. Year 3 - Higher National Diploma in Cyber Security
Standard Qualification Requirements
Applicants should have National 5/GCSE Maths at grade C/4 or equivalent - 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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