University of Salford has opted into the TEF and received a Bronze award.
With data breaches on the rise, the protection of our personal and financial information, and the systems that hold them, has never been more important. Our industry-designed BSc (Hons) Computer Science with Cyber Security degree provides specialist cyber security knowledge and a hands-on ethos, so you're ready to fight cyber crime.
Cyber criminals are using more sophisticated techniques to infiltrate I.T systems. Many organisations throughout the world urgently need talented people to reduce their risk and help to keep their systems secure. Our industry-designed three-year course will provide you with essential computer science knowledge and specialist cyber security skills, delivered to professional standards and ready to prepare you for a rewarding and exciting career.
You will learn about the inner workings of programmes, operating systems and networks, so you can understand the mechanisms of cyber-attacks. You’ll explore network security, data structures and network penetration testing. You’ll examine cyber investigation and malware and exploit analysis. You will cultivate independent technical judgement to establish security.
With the professional experience pathway, you'll spend a year in industry between your second and third year. This is an excellent opportunity to expand your CV, apply your academic knowledge, build workplace skills in a real-world environment, and to reflect on your own personal development and career choices. Successful completion of an industrial placement year, which you'll arrange with our support, will add 'with Professional Experience' to your degree award title.
With our envious campus location, minutes from central Manchester, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to get involved in the region's thriving tech community. There will also be opportunities to enjoy extra-curricular activities through our computing society, or take part in HackManchester, which Salford won in 2018. Salford is also part of the recently announced GM Cyber Foundry, part of the city-region’s blueprint to be the European leader in digital which will see GCHQ move some operations to Manchester.
• Explore the inner workings of programmes, operating systems and networks to understand cyber attacks
• Learn forensics so you can diagnose attacks and determine the extent of damage
• Develop an understanding of cryptography to address security concerns
• Study evidence preservation so you can work within an ethical framework
• Understand risk management so you to actively manage threats rather than just solve problems
• Spend a year in industry, developing essential workplace skills
Year one modules may include: Database Systems, Computer System Internals and Linux, Programming 1, Programming 2, Professional Development and Practices, Web Development and HCI. Yeah two modules may include: Al and Data Mining, Client Server Systems, Data Recovery, Tracing and Evidence Gathering, Data Structures and Algorithms, Network Penetration Testing, Networking and Security. Year three modules may include Project, Cyber Investigation, Malware and Exploit Analysis, Information Security Management plus one of the following optional modules: Mobile Development, Business Management, Virtual Reality and 3D Games.
How to apply
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!
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
|UCAS Tariff||112 - 120 points||112 - 120 UCAS Tariff Points, from a minimum of 2 A2 subjects or equivalent|
|A level||112- 120 UCAS Tariff Points. A Level grade C in Maths (Maths with Mechanics) or a Numerate Science (Physics/Chemistry) or Computer Related Subject. Pass A Level Science Practical.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||DDM||Computer Related Subject (or Engineering or Science with distinctions in maths modules)|
|Access to HE Diploma||Pass with 112-120 UCAS points. QAA Approved in a Computer Related Subject with level 3 Maths content.(offer FY if insufficient maths)|
|Scottish Higher||120 UCAS Tariff Points, Maths or a Numerate Science or Computer Related Subject.|
|AS||112- 120 UCAS Tariff Points. Qualification not accepted on its own, must be completing a minimum of 2 A2s or equivalent.|
|Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal||112-120 UCAS Tariff Points, Maths or a Numerate Science or Computer Related Subject.|
|Extended Project||112- 120 UCAS Tariff Points. Qualification not accepted on its own, must be completing a minimum of 2 A2s or equivalent.|
|GCSE/National 4/National 5||Grade C or grade 4 (or above) in Maths and English GCSE is required. Equivalent qualifications Key Skills level 2, and Functional Skills Level 2, are also accepted.|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme||30 points||30 Points with 14 in Higher Level subjects, including subjects Engineering, Science or Technology|
|Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)||112-120 UCAS Tariff Points Maths or a Numerate Science or Computer Related Subject.|
|Leaving Certificate - Ordinary Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)||112-120 UCAS Tariff Points, Maths or a Numerate Science or Computer Related Subject.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate (first teaching from September 2016)||120 UCAS Tariff Points. Qualification not accepted on its own, must be completing a minimum of 2 A2s or equivalent.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||D*D*||Computer Related Subject (or Engineering or Science with distinctions in maths modules)|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016)||120 UCAS Tariff Points. Qualification not accepted on its own, must be completing a minimum of 2 A2s or equivalent.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||120 UCAS Tariff Points. Qualification not accepted on its own, must be completing a minimum of 2 A2s or equivalent.|
|Scottish Advanced Higher||120 UCAS Tariff Points. Maths or a Numerate Science or Computer Related Subject.|
|Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)||112- 120 UCAS Tariff Points, Maths or a Numerate Science or Computer Related Subject.|
Fees and funding
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