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You will learn how software and hardware systems are vulnerable to attack, and gain practical skills in how to defeat malicious threats. You will be equipped with the knowledge and experience required to gain industry-approved external professional certifications in networking and security to augment your Honours degree. This will form the basis of your career as a professional Cyber Security Specialist who can work effectively to protect critical systems from internal and external threats.
You’ll be introduced to the creative, practical and intellectual skills you will need as a computing professional. You’ll learn about computer networks and security problems that affect hardware systems, learn skills in software design and development, and gain an understanding of how information technology is used in industry and commerce.
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.
A key feature of this course is its year-long, paid industrial placement option which usually takes place between Years 3 and 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.
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.Detailed module 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.
- Lectures - 40 students per group, 4 hours per week
- Project Supervision - 1 students per group, 30 minutes per week
- Practical class or workshop - 40 students per group, 8 hours per week
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 on This Course
The course is taught by a team of staff who have academic and/or industrial experience in designing and managing complex network systems to meet demanding business environments. The practical nature of the course enables you to benefit from staff experience and to work with cutting-edge technologies and methodologies to develop robust network systems for these demanding business environments.
Many staff on the course have a grade of fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (HEA). In a addition to academic members of staff, some teaching may be undertaken by industry experts, postgraduate research students, library staff, study skills and careers service staff.
Typically students are assessed each semester:
- Two Written Exams. Average time of exam three hours
- Two Project Outputs
- Two Reports
We aim to provide you with feedback within 20 working days of hand-in for all written exams, coursework and practical exams.
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.
ONLINE LEARNING & SUPPORT
All undergraduate and postgraduate students, whether you are learning on-campus or by online distance learning, benefit from using our collaborative virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle. You will be provided with 24/7 online access to your learning material and resources, along with the ability to interact with your class members and tutors for discussion and support.
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
The Library offers support for your course, including the books, eBooks, and journals you will need. We also offer online reading lists for many modules, workshops and drop-ins on searching skills and referencing, and much more.
Optional, paid, 3-month (summer) or 12-month placements can be undertaken in this course. You will be supported by a dedicated Placements Coordinator within the school who oversees the placement module. You will also be assigned a Placement Supervisor who will carry out regular visits to your placement provider and meet with you and your employer. The confidence and experience you could acquire during a placement will make you more employable and put you one step ahead of the competition when you graduate.
Please note, placements are not guaranteed.
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.
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 Year 1 entry: BCC and two further passes to include English and Maths at GCSE grade 5/C if not held at A Level.
GCE A Level Year 2 entry: ABB/BBB to include Math and another numerate subject. English at GCSE grade 5/C is required 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 Year 1 entry: 27 to include a pass in Standard Level English and Maths at grade 4 or above if not held at Higher Level.
IB Diploma Year 2 entry: 32/30 to include Math and another numerate subject at higher level pass. Standard Level English at grade 4 or above if not held at Higher Level.
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 Requirements
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.
Our Pre-Sessional English Programme (PSP) is available for students who have not yet reached the required English level and those who would like to improve their language competency.
Please note, some courses may require a higher standard of English than stated in this page. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
For Academic Year 2019/2020
- £1,820 per academic year
Rest of UK Students
- £6,750 per academic year
- £13,670 per academic year
The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:
- The cost of books that you may wish to purchase.
- Costs associated with your placement / study abroad
- Accommodation and Living costs
- £50 for materials
- Approximately £500 for laptop
The opportunity to work with one of the world’s leading oil and gas groups reflects the strong industrial ties of this course.
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.
Taking this course, you will have access to some of the world's best facilities.
We've invested more than £100 million in the development of our campus, new facilities and new resources.University Wide Facilities
UCAS Code: I100
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January Intake - International Applicants Only
International fee-paying students applying to start in January should apply via International College at Robert Gordon University (ICRGU)
Applicants for first year entry will apply to other universities as well as to RGU through a single online Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) application.
Applicants from non-EU countries can apply direct to the University with our PDF form.
RGU accepts applications through the Common Application for those liable to pay international tuition fees.