City, University of London

Computer Science with Cyber Security City, University of London Degree level: Undergraduate

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This degree is suitable for students who are looking for a successful career in technical computing, with interests in the various roles directly and indirectly connected to the world of computer, network and information security. It is fully accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT and fully meets the further learning academic requirement for registration as a Chartered IT Professional.

You should be motivated to understand how computer systems are built and excited by the rapid pace of change in the field. There is an ever-growing need for sharp, code-literate, motivated graduates in an industrial sector that makes a multi-billion pound contribution to the UK economy.

The degree focuses on how software and programming work, together with specialist content in computer security. The course will prepare you for a successful career in the techincal areas of computer science and informatio security by developing skills in analysis, design and programming as well as specialisms in cyber security.

Starting with core foundational skills, such as programming, the course progresses to cover a range of computing topics with a focus on practical application, while maintaining a strong theoretical underpinning.

During the course you will become ethical hackers as you are challenged to identify flaws in computing devices and networks; to cryptanalyse classical and modern ciphers; and to trace attacks while auditing systems.

The School has its own dedicated placements team with over 20 years of experience in providing on-hand placement and internship support as well as guidance for students throughout their studies. Placements are highly encouraged at City. Students that complete a placement year benefit from gaining professional experience working on real-life projects and are also more likely to achieve higher grades, secure a graduate-level job and earn a higher salary. In recent years students from our computer science courses have been able to obtain placements at leading companies within their chosen field such as Accenture, Deloitte, Hewlett Packard, IBM and Xerox.

Course details

Modules

All Computer Science courses at City share a common first year. Students can select their final degree course at the end of the first year.

Core modules:
Introduction to Algorithms
Mathematics for computing
Operating Systems
Systems architecture
Programming in Java
Databases and Web Development

In year two, students take a further seven core modules, including a team project:

Core modules:
Data structures and algorithms
Programming in C++
Language processors
Computer Networks
Object-orientated analysis and design
Professional development in IT.

In year three, students take three core modules and five electives, mixing Computer Science with specialist
Cyber Security modules.

Core modules:
Information Security Fundamentals
Network security
Digital forensics

Alongside specialist core modules and elective modules, you will undertake a large individual project researching and developing systems in an area of your own specialist interest.

Core modules include:
Advanced Algorithms and Data Structures
Cryptography
Computational Cognitive Systems
Security Auditing and Certification

Assessment method

The balance of assessment by examination, practical examination and assessment by coursework will to some extent depend on the optional modules you choose.

The approximate percentage of the course assessment, based on 2018/19 entry is as follows:

Year 1
Written examination: 49% ∙ Coursework: 51%

Year 2
Written examination: 35% ∙ Coursework: 65%

Year 3
Written examination: 50% ∙ Coursework: 50%

Year 4
Written examination: 25% ∙ Practical: 2% ∙ Coursework: 73%

Assessment weightings by year
Year 1: 0% ∙ Year 2: 20% ∙ Year 3: 40% ∙ Year 4: 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

*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 code G4G0
Institution code C60
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 128 points Computer Science, Mathematics and Physics preferred
A level ABB Computer Science, Mathematics and Physics preferred
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) D*DD IT/Numerate subjects (e.g. IT(Software Development) preferred
Extended Project We welcome applications that include the EPQ. Where relevant, this may be included in our offer, resulting in an ‘A’ Level offer reduced by one grade.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 GCSE English Language at grade 4 and Mathematics at grade 6 (C in English, B in Mathematics) or equivalents.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 32 points IB with 32 points to include 6 in all Higher Level subjects

We do accept applications from students who are completing a combination of
qualifications. For this course, this would be something like: D* in IT with a grade B in ‘A’ Level Computer Science and a grade B in another ‘A’ Level. We may also take ‘AS’ Level grades into consideration.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

No fee information has been provided for this course

Additional fee information

For 2020 fees information, please visit: https://www.city.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/fees

Provider information

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City, University of London
Northampton Square
City of London
EC1V 0HB


Course contact details

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Undergraduate Admissions Office

020 7040 5060