Our Cyber Security degree provides you with the knowledge and skills to secure and protect critical information systems to the high professional standards demanded by industry.

BSc Cyber Security

You will study the different ways that computer software and hardware systems can be vulnerable to attack and gain practical skills in how to defeat malicious threats. This will form the basis for a career as a professional Cyber Security Specialist who can work effectively to protect critical systems from being compromised by internal and external threats. 

The course, with its strong emphasis on practical security applications, is designed to equip you for a career at the forefront of developments in Cyber Security. 


BSc (Hons)



Course Dates

January (For international fee paying students only)

Course Length

Full time: 4/5 years (Hons) with Exit Awards at the end of each stage. The course is normally 4 years & is 5 years when a 1 year industrial or international placement is included.

Mode of Attendance



Year 1

You will start to learn about computer networks and the security problems that affect hardware systems. You will also learn skills in software design and development and gain an understanding of how information technology is used in industry and commerce.

Year 2

Cyber Security requires a deep knowledge of many aspects of Computer Science ranging from Network Management and Security to Software Development. In Year 2, you will develop these skills and your professional skills through problem-based learning.

Year 3

A key feature of this course is its year-long, paid industrial placement option which usually takes place between Years 3 and 4.

Year 4

In Year 4, you will focus on protecting wired and wireless networks and how to securely store and protect data from threats and breaches. You will learn about security models and practical elements of cryptography, database and web security.

Year 5

In your final year, you will develop advanced skills in the management and security of networks and study the threats posed by malicious software. You will gain expertise in advanced security topics such as Ethical Hacking, Digital Forensics and Penetration Testing. 


Modules and delivery order may change for operational purposes.

The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our course and module disclaimer for more information. 

You will be taught using a combination of teaching and learning methods, including lectures, tutorials, computing laboratories, workshops, seminars, practical work, industrial placement (where appropriate), integrative real-world project work, student-centred learning and private study.

You will study four modules each semester and each module involves around three hours of class teaching per week.  Most modules will consist of one hour of lectures delivered to the whole class, plus a further two hour laboratory taught to a small group of about 20-24 students.

Year 4 activity summary


  • Approximately 40 students per group
  • Four hours per week 

Practical class or workshop

  • Approximately 40 students per group
  • Eight hours per week 

Project Supervision

  • One to One
  • Half an hour per week 

Independent study summary

Self-directed learning skills is a key aim of the course. A 15-credit module represents 150 hours of study over the course of a Semester. Of this, roughly two-thirds will be self-study and completion of assessments, clearly indicating the importance of self-directed learning for this course.

Staff delivering this course

Many of our staff on the course have some grade of fellowship of the Higher Education Academy and feature in the annual Support and Teaching staff with Appreciation and Recognition (STAR) awards voted by the students and organised by RGU:Union.

The course is taught by a team of Academic staff, many of which have industrial experience in securing and managing complex network systems to meet demanding business environments. The practical nature of the course enables you to benefit from staff experience and work with cutting edge technologies and methodologies to develop robust network systems for these demanding business environments.

As well as Academic members of staff, some teaching may be undertaken by Industry Experts, Postgraduate Research students, Library staff, Study Skills and Careers Service staff.


  • Customised Project Computing Labs
  • Over 250 High Specification PC’s
  • University Library

How you are assessed

Typically students are assessed each semester:

  • Two Written Exams. Average time of exam three hours
  • Two Project Outputs
  • Two Reports
  • Dissertation


We aim to provide you with feedback within 20 working days of hand-in for all written exams, coursework and practical exams.

Academic Support

The Disability & Dyslexia Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.

Study Skills Support

The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in:

  • Academic Writing
  • Study Skills (note taking, exam techniques, time management, presentation)
  • Maths And Statistics
  • English Language
  • Information Technology Support

More on Study Support

SQA Higher: BBBC and two further passes to include English and Maths at National 5 grade C or above if not held at Higher. Applicants who have successfully completed two Advanced Highers (or equivalent), including Computing and another numerate subject, may be eligible.

GCE A Level: BCC and two further passes to include English and Maths at GCSE grade 5/C if not held at A Level.

Irish Leaving Certificate Higher: H2H3H3H3 and two further passes to include English and Maths at grade O3 or above if not held at Higher.

IB Diploma: 27 to include a pass in Standard Level English and Maths at grade 4 or above if not held at Higher Level.

Alternative Qualifications: We welcome applications from those with equivalent qualifications to those stated, including SVQs/NVQs, access programmes and overseas qualifications. Applications from students with non-standard qualifications or work experience will be considered on an individual basis.

International students who do not meet our direct entry requirements for this course can gain additional entry points through our International College at Robert Gordon University.

English Language

Applicants whose first language is not English should have an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with no component lower than 5.5, or an equivalent.

We accept a variety of in-country and secure English language tests, find out more:

English Language requirements

* All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. A small number of courses require higher levels, but this will be stated explicitly on your offer letter.

An optional paid placement of three months (summer) or 12 months is offered. 

You are supported in finding a placement through the University Placements Office by a dedicated Placements Coordinator within the School who oversees the placement module. You are also assigned a Placement Supervisor who carries out regular visits to placement providers and meets with you and your employer.

You are also welcome to find your own placements.

More on placements


Accreditation is being sought from the British Computer Society. Successful graduates can apply for membership of the Society, providing valuable additional professional recognition. In addition, students will have the opportunity to enhance their employability by gaining CCNA and CCNA Security qualifications recognised throughout networking and security industries.

If you are a Scottish resident or EU national you are not liable to pay fees and should apply to SAAS for funding.

Students from other parts of the UK should visit the appropriate website:


For Academic Year 2018/2019

Scottish/EU Students

  • £1,820 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

  • £6,750 per academic year

International Students

  • £13,270 per academic year

For Academic Year 2017/2018

Scottish/EU Students

  • £1,820 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

  • £6,750 per academic year

International Students

  • £12,880 per academic year

For Academic Year 2016/2017

Scottish/EU Students

  • £1,820 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

  • £6,750 per academic year

International Students

  • £12,800 per academic year


Course fees are reviewed periodically and so are subject to change for new applicants. All tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in your offer letter. You will also be liable to pay a graduation fee of £40 before receiving a University award.

For further information see Student Finance pages


Information for Undergraduate Applicants

January Start (for international fee paying students only)

If you have missed the September start deadline or are required to complete an English language module you will have an opportunity to start the course in January through ICRGU.

Find out more about undergraduate courses starting in January

Terms and Conditions of Admissions

The Terms and Conditions of Admission describe to applicants holding an offer of a place to study at RGU, the principal rights, duties and obligations of both the applicant and the University prior to enrolling on a course of study.

Terms and Conditions of Admissions (PDF 142KB)

The course prepares you for a career in as a cyber security specialist. There is a large and growing demand for graduates who have the ability to secure computing networks and protect the critical information systems of businesses and government organisations. As a graduate of the course you could find employment in a variety of areas from the financial sector, commercial or industrial companies to the national security services.

Possible employment opportunities include: IT security engineer, information and data security analyst, network manager, IT security developer, IT risk and fraud specialist and e-business security analyst, digital forensics expert.

The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:

Other Fees and Charges

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