Abertay University

Ethical Hacking Abertay University Degree level: Undergraduate


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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.

Course details


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.

Assessment method

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

This course is not accepting applications at this time. Please contact the provider to find out more.

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

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Course code GG45
Institution code A30
Campus name Abertay Campus
Campus code -

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
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)
Electrical/Electronic Engineering
IT (Networking and Systems Support)
IT (Software Development)
Manufacturing Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
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

Tuition fees

EU £1,820 Year 1
International £14,600 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £1,820 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

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Provider information

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