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BEng Cyber Security Engineering

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This BEng Degree Apprenticeship programme has been designed with employers in response to the need to train engineers to work on complex cyber physical systems. These systems are increasingly found in intelligent and connected transport systems, intelligent buildings and smart cities.

About the programme

You will be employed throughout your apprenticeship, spending the majority of your time with your employer and some of your time (a minimum of 20%) studying towards a degree - whether that is on campus, in your own home or at work. If you are passionate about starting your career, but would also like the opportunity to achieve a degree from Warwick, then the Degree Apprenticeships could be for you. Many companies recruit straight onto Degree Apprenticeship programmes – others sponsor existing employees.

This course is delivered by specialist subject leaders and practitioners from our Cyber Security Centre. The University of Warwick is a recognised Academic Centre of Excellence for Cyber Security Research by the National Cyber Security Centre, a part of GCHQ.

What will you learn?

  • Engineering fundamentals
  • How to construct trustworthy software
  • How to store data over time and communicate it over distance
  • How to secure systems
  • The capabilities of cryptographic techniques
  • The processes and procedures that provide assurance that things are as they should be
  • The mindset, tools and techniques to discover the shortcomings of cyber systems, duly constrained by ethics and the law

Combining theory with practice, this programme has a strong technical focus using work based examples that enable you to apply the theory to your work. It is designed to develop you as an engineer with security in mind, and equip you to work on complex infrastructure projects, cyber-physical systems, industrial automation and control systems. You will develop a deep understanding of the cyber-physical environment with emphasis on engineering and cyber security.
You will not only understand how the parts of systems function, but also the role played by people, processes and the physical environment when engineering safe systems. You will learn how to harden the security of an organisation’s systems.

On the Degree Apprenticeship you will explore in depth engineering and cyber security topics. These will include areas such as software engineering, networks and operating systems, engineering maths, programming languages, electrical and electronic circuits and devices, incident management, secure systems implementations and you will have the opportunity to apply these to your work.

Upon successfully completing the apprenticeship programme, you will have gained the necessary skills and knowledge to fulfil the Engineering Council’s academic requirements for registration as an Incorporated Engineer (IEng).

What are the key benefits of the programme?

  • Earn a salary while you study
  • No tuition fees
  • Gain valuable work experience and an early start to your chosen career
  • Build your professional network
  • Develop skills and knowledge sought by employers
  • Gain an accredited degree from a leading university
  • Cutting edge environment with a purpose built Degree Apprenticeship Centre opening in 2019.

Assessment and delivery

Year 1 and 2

For the first two years, you will study six modules per year. These will take place in a series of 'blocks', which will require your attendance at the University of Warwick campus from Monday to Friday, approximately 6 times a year. Part of each module will be studied during each block. You will take examinations and undertake assignments (normally work-based) as part of your assessment.

Year 3 and 4

In years three and four, you study a further ten taught modules that are specialised and individual to your learning needs. The assessment focus is on work-based assignments rather than formal written exams. Each module will be studied in a week, running over five full days (Monday-Friday). In your final year of study you will undertake a work-based project enabling to demonstrate application of the skills you have acquired on the programme.
In addition to normal lectures, practical lab sessions, seminars and tutorials, you will have access to an online "Virtual Learning Environment" for further support between modules.

Is a Degree Apprenticeship right for me?

Whilst there are many benefits to undertaking a Degree Apprenticeship, it isn’t the right choice for everyone. Your student experience will be different from that of a ‘traditional’ student and you will need good time management skills to balance your work and study. You will also need a clear idea of the career you want to pursue, as your apprenticeship will equip you with the skills, knowledge and behaviours for a specific profession.


The starting point for your application to do a Degree Apprenticeship is to find a vacancy with an employer, rather than following the traditional process of applying for a university course through UCAS.

There is currently no central website to apply for apprenticeships, so you can either check the Apprentices page on our website to see what current opportunities are available with our partner companies, or you can search for roles on the Government’s ‘Find an Apprenticeship’ website. Alternatively you can look directly on company websites.

To enrol on the programme, you must have the support of your employer, and have a good standard in Maths (e.g. A Level). If you don't have a Maths qualification, we can assess your ability using our own entry tests. We can provide practice tests and online information to help you with this.

Fees and funding

As an apprentice, you will not contribute to the cost of this degree. Cost are covered by employers and the government.

If you are an employer, please contact us for more information.

Essential information

Entry Requirements*:

A level: ABB (Including Maths)

IB: 34 points (Including Maths at HL)

Award: Degree of Bachelor of Engineering (BEng)

Duration: 4 years

Campus life: Find out more about life on the Warwick campus

This information is applicable for 2019 entry.*

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