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Computer and Information Security University of Plymouth Degree level: Undergraduate

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Cyber security is now widely recognised as an international priority, with hacking, malicious code, and data theft being just three of the many reasons why it's vital in the design, development and implementation of today’s IT systems. This course delivers a view of security threats and solutions, alongside an essential background in wider IT topics. This is particularly important in light of the national Cyber Security Strategy and the current shortage of related skills in the marketplace.

You will enhance your knowledge of a variety of computing disciplines, including analysis and design, programming, networking, information systems. You’ll benefit from links to professional and industry bodies, including IISP Academic Partnership and the ISACA Academic Advocate programme. You’ll distinguish yourself professionally with a degree accredited by the BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT.

  • Benefit from outstanding teaching: in the 2017 National Student Survey 86 per cent of our final year students said that “Staff have made the subject interesting”

  • Access a wide variety of specialist software, tools and up-to-date facilities, including a dedicated security and forensics laboratory

  • Enhance your knowledge of a variety of computing disciplines, including analysis and design, programming, networking, information systems

  • Benefit from specialised course material covering the legal and regulatory aspects of computing and information security

  • Build an appreciation of the wider role information security plays within an organisational context

  • Benefit from links to professional and industry bodies, including IISP Academic Partnership and the ISACA Academic Advocate programme

  • Learn from a strong team of security researchers and experts with international reputations delivering the course

  • Hone your research skills - we work closely with our Centre for Security, Communications and Network Research

  • Distinguish yourself professionally with a degree accredited by the BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT. A graduate is entitled to membership of the society (MBCS) and can work towards Chartered IT Professional (CITP) or Chartered Engineer (CEng) registration with three years' relevant work experience.

Course details

Modules

Year 1:

We'll introduce you to the world of information security: hackers, crackers, viruses, trojans, worms, botnets, zombies, phishing and pharming. Build your computing knowledge of programming, computer systems, networks and systems analysis and design. Develop you personal and professional skills for a successful career in information security. The course is designed to help you to develop an appreciation of the wider role information security plays within an organisational context.

Year 2:

Explore topics in the development of secure systems: access control, authentication, biometrics, trusted computing, secure coding, cryptography, vulnerability management, malware analysis. You’ll also develop the knowledge and skills required to undertake digital forensic investigation. A security project drawing on your study so far will enable you to design, develop and evaluate a security mobile app and prepare you for placement.

Final year:

Deepen your understanding of key network security concepts and develop the skills required to undertake penetration testing, intrusion analysis, and incident management. Incorporate all of the varying elements of security by studying information security management, and appreciate the human, legal and regulatory aspects involved in the design and implementation of information security. A substantial project will also help you to develop specialised skills and expertise.

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Assessment method

23% of assessment is by exam, 72% by coursework and 5% practical assessment

Professional bodies

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

  • BCS - The Chartered Institute for IT

How to apply

Application deadlines

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

15 January

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

International applicants

The University of Plymouth has a dedicated International Student Advice (ISA) service who will support you from the day you accept an offer at the University, right through to graduation. They will offer help and advice so you can get the most out of your studies, and your time in the UK, visit www.plymouth.ac.uk/student-life/services/international-students/international-student-advice for more information. Once you have applied through UCAS, your conditional offer letters will also be sent to you by email, so be sure to enter your current email address on your application and to check this email regularly. You'll need your unconditional letter, and the Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) that we'll send you, when applying for your student visa to the UK. A minimum £2,000 tuition fee deposit will be required before we'll send you the CAS. We're a licenced Tier 4 Sponsor under the Points Based System. To comply with our duties as a Tier 4 sponsor, we're required to check other aspects of your application in addition to your academic achievements, for example any previous studies, financial status and your immigration history in the UK. For course entry requirements (inc. English requirements) please refer to the specific page for the course you are interested in (www.plymouth.ac.uk/study). A recognised English language qualification (e.g. IELTS) would be required or successful completion of one of the University's pre-sessional English Language courses. Check our country pages to find out more about application from your specific home country www.plymouth.ac.uk/international/study/international-students-country-guides. International fees, please visit our fees and funding pages www.plymouth.ac.uk/study/fees If you have any questions please contact international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk


Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 112 - 120 points To include a minimum of 2 A Levels, excluding General Studies

Applicants are required to have Grade B/5 in GCSE Maths. If you hold a Grade C/4 in GCSE Maths, please contact the institution
A level 112-120 UCAS points to include a minimum of 2 A Levels, excluding General Studies.

Applicants are required to have Grade B/5 in GCSE Maths. If you hold a Grade C/4 in GCSE Maths, please contact the institution
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM - DDM Applicants are required to have Grade B/5 in GCSE Maths

We will consider Maths modules within the BTEC alongside Grade C/4 GCSE Maths - enquire at institution.
Access to HE Diploma Pass Access to HE Diploma (e.g. Computing/IT/Science/ Humanities/Engineering) with at least 33 Level 3 credits at Merit and/or Distinction to include 12 credits at level 3 in Maths with Merit.
Scottish Higher Considered in combination with Advanced Highers
AQA Certificate in Mathematical Studies (Core Maths) Considered in combination.
AS Considered in combination
City & Guilds Certificate in Using and Applying Mathematics (Core Maths) Considered in combination.
Extended Project Considered in combination
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 27 - 30 points Maths and English accepted within as GCSE equivalent.
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H2, H2, H2, H3, H3 Maths and English considered within as GCSE equivalent at H1-H7 or O1-O4
OCR Certificate in Quantitative Problem Solving (MEI) (Core Maths) Considered in combination.
OCR Certificate in Quantitative Reasoning (MEI) (Core Maths) Considered in combination.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Considered in combination.
Applicants are required to have Grade B/5 in GCSE Maths

We will consider Maths modules within the BTEC alongside Grade C/4 GCSE Maths - enquire at institution.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Considered in combination.
Applicants are required to have Grade B/5 in GCSE Maths

We will consider Maths modules within the BTEC alongside Grade C/4 GCSE Maths - enquire at institution.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Considered in combination.
Applicants are required to have Grade B/5 in GCSE Maths

We will consider Maths modules within the BTEC alongside Grade C/4 GCSE Maths - enquire at institution.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Considered in combination.
Applicants are required to have Grade B/5 in GCSE Maths

We will consider Maths modules within the BTEC alongside Grade C/4 GCSE Maths - enquire at institution.
Pearson Edexcel Certificate in Mathematics in Context (Core Maths) Considered in combination.
Scottish Advanced Higher 112-120 UCAS points to include 2 Advanced Highers

Applicants are required to have Grade B/5 in GCSE Maths or an equivalent
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) Considered in combination
WJEC Eduqas Certificate in Mathematics for Work and Life (Core Maths) Considered in combination.

All applicants are required to have GCSE C/4 at English and B/5 at Mathematics. If you hold a Grade C/4 in GCSE Maths, please contact the institution


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 * Year 1
EU £9,250 * Year 1
England £9,250 * Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 * Year 1
Scotland £9,250 * Year 1
Wales £9,250 * Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

* Please note fees are subject to change - for all information about tuition fees, please visit our fees and funding pages. ** International fees, please visit our fees and funding pages. *** ‘Islands’ refers to fees for both the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.

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