Sheffield Hallam University

Cyber Security Sheffield Hallam University Degree level: Undergraduate


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Course summary

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  • Study diverse cyber-security and computing topics.

  • Develop knowledge of web and mobile security, and their governance.

  • Build a solid theoretical grounding in systems, networks and data communication.

  • Gain useful industry credentials through British Computer Society accreditation.

  • Have the opportunity to work abroad — Erasmus funding is available for European placements.

On this course, you'll learn about cyber security from penetration testing to ethical hacking and network intrusion. Upon graduation, you'll have attained specialist credentials, and be ready to tackle real cyber security threats.

How you learn

On this specialist course in cyber security, you develop professional understanding, insight and skill in computer and information security. You'll work with industry employers and expert staff, cementing both your practical and theoretical knowledge.

Assessments are varied, and include reports, presentations, demonstrations, discussions and online activities.

You learn through

  • lectures

  • seminars

  • practical tutorial sessions

There are opportunities to study abroad at one of our partner universities with the possibility of funding through the Erasmus programme.

Applied learning

Work placements

In your third year, you can take a one-year paid work placement. Work placements offer you valuable experience, and an enjoyable opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills.

Many organisations need experienced IT and cybersecurity staff, and a placement will give you the experience you need to add to your CV to secure a desirable security-related position in a competitive job market. We help you to gain a placement and support you through the application process.

During the placement, you will be mentored by a member of academic staff, who will visit you at your place of work. Previous students have worked at organisations including

  • Cisco

  • Citrix

  • 3Squared

  • Next

  • Servelec Group

  • Hewlett-Packard Ltd

  • IBM Ltd

Networking opportunities

You will have the opportunity to talk with a number of dynamic companies and professionals that specialise in the field of cyber security, as well as others concerned with the sector.

In the past we have invited Citrix, Cisco, PwC, Sec-1 and other individual consultants in the cyber security industry give guest lectures and seminars.

Course details


Year 1
Compulsory modules
Computer Systems And Architecture 20
Introduction To Computer And Information Security 20
Mathematics And Cryptography 20
Networking Fundamentals 20
Professionalism And Employability Skills 20
Programming Fundamentals 20

Year 2
Compulsory modules
Database Administration And Security 20
Ethical Hacking 20
Network Intrusion Detection 20
Network Services And Administration 20
Project Based Learning 20
Secure Networking Technologies 20

Year 3
Optional modules
Placement Year

Final year
Compulsory modules
Advanced Penetration Testing 20
Enterprise Applications Management 20
Information Security Management 20
Mobile Security 20
Project (Network, Cyber And Forensics) 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

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

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 112 points This must include at least 64 points from two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. For example:

BBC at A Level.
DMM in BTEC Extended Diploma.
A combination of qualifications, which may include AS Levels, EPQ and general studies
Access to HE Diploma M: 15 credits Access to HE Diploma with at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2. At least 15 level 3 credits must be at merit grade or above, from a QAA-recognised Access to HE course, or an equivalent Access to HE certificate.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 English Language or Literature at grade C or 4
Maths at grade C or 4

We welcome applications from people of any age. We may be flexible in our normal offer if you can show a commitment to succeed and have the relevant skills and experience. This must show that you will benefit from and finish the course successfully.

Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 at the point of enrolment.

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

English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 With a minimum of 5.5 in all skills.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £13,650 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

Sponsorship information

Scholarships, discounts and bursaries may be available to students who study this course.

Provider information

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Sheffield Hallam University
City Campus
Howard Street
S1 1WB

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