Abertay University has opted into the TEF and received a Silver award.
Launched in 2006, Abertay's Ethical Hacking degree was the first in the world, and is recognised as one of the UK's leading vocational security programmes. The programme takes an offensive approach to security, which means you will learn how to break systems and circumvent security defences - not just study encryption. Cisco reported one million cyber security job openings globally in 2016, with demand expected to rise to six million by 2019.
Core modules (subject to change over time) - Computer Architecture; Programming with C++; Software Design; Introduction to Security; Data Structures & Algorithms 1; Ethical Hacking 1; Data Structures and Algorithms 2; Ethical Hacking 2; Professional Project Planning & Prototyping; Professional Project Development & Delivery and Honours Project. Other modules that may be offered (subject to change over time) - Computer Networking 1; Digital Forensics 1; Dynamic Web Development 1; Computer Networking 2; Software Development for the Mobile Platform; Digital Forensics 2; Ethical Hacking 3 and Penetration Testing 1.
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
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|Campus name||Abertay Campus|
Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
|A level||BCC||To include one of the following:- Computer Science, Architecture, Engineering, Geology, Applied Environmental Studies, Environmental Science, Applied Science, Biology, Chemistry, Geography, Maths or Physics and I&CT|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||DMM||
Creative Media Production (Games Development)
Creative Media Production (Interactive Media)
IT (Networking and Systems Support)
IT (Software Development)
Diploma in Operations and Maintenance Engineering
|Scottish Higher||ABBB||To include one of:- Computer Science, Maths, Architectural Technology, Human Biology, Biology, Building Construction, Chemistry, Engineering Science, Environmental Science, Geography, Physics and I&CT|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme||29 points||To include one of:- Technology, Engineering, Biology, Chemistry, Construction Studies, Geography, Maths or Physics at S5 or H4|
|Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)||H2, H3, H3, H3||To include one of:- Technology, Engineering, Biology, Chemistry, Construction Studies, Geography, Maths or Physics|
Applicants should have National 5/GCSE Maths at grade C/4
Additional entry requirements
Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)
Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9,250||Year 1|