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Cyber Security (BSc) (Course full)


Please note: this course is full for 2019 entry.


Full-time 2019 entry, AAB, IB 36

This degree combines theory and practice, with a strong technical focus, to advance your understanding of how the digital parts of cyber systems function. The role played in achieving cyber security by people, processes and the physical environment is also a key focus of the course.

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Delivered by WMG, our BSc is provisionally certified by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) at GCHQ, and Warwick is also recognised by NCSC as a ‘Centre of Excellence for Cyber Security Research’.

You’ll develop a deep understanding of cyber space, starting with the fundamentals of software development, computer architecture, networks, operating systems, and information risk management.

You’ll also explore areas such as software engineering, programming languages, human-computer interaction, managing and securing information, and advanced topics in cyber security.

Regular individual and group projects will consolidate your learning, enabling you to apply theory to practical problems. Cyber security professionals are in high demand by businesses worldwide, meaning you’ll have access to a wealth of potential career routes in a highly mobile profession when you graduate.

Year one lays the foundations for you to develop a deeper understanding of cyber space. You'll be studying topics such as software development, computer architecture, networks, operating systems and information risk management.

Year two will build on your knowledge and skills by giving you the chance to explore areas such software engineering, programming languages, human computer interaction, secure systems, managing and securing information, all with a cyber security theme.

The third year exposes you to advanced topics in cyber security. You'll also complete an individual project, where you will apply your skills and knowledge to an area of your choice under the supervision of our academics.

The teaching and learning is structured around high-intensity workshops with structured independent consolidation activities in between.

The workshops will comprise a mix of conventional lectures, practical laboratory sessions and tutorial sessions. The proportions and emphasis will vary from module to module.

The consolidation activities typically will involve the application of material covered in the workshop to a practical problem. Some of this consolidation activity will be individual, some will be working in teams. Some development projects will span several workshops and run for several weeks.

Much of the practical activity will take place in the dedicated Cyber Security laboratories within the Cyber Security Centre. Your studies will culminate in your final year individual cyber project.

Class size

As this is a new course, class sizes will be small at around 30 students.

Contact hours

During term time, outside the summer examination period, teaching contact time will normally be 18 hours per week in years one and two.

Your performance will be assessed by a combination of coursework and written examination.

The coursework may be individual or group work involving aspects of cyber system development, cyber system analysis, cyber research, and presentation of findings. The final degree classification is determined by your second (30%) and final year marks (70%)

We support student mobility through study abroad programmes. BSc students have the opportunity to apply for an intercalated year abroad at one of our partner universities.

The Study Abroad Team based in the Office for Global Engagement offers support for these activities. The Department's Study Abroad Co-ordinator can provide more specific information and assistance.

WMG runs a number of Internship and Work Placement programmes for undergraduate students each year.

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A level: AAB (STEM subjects preferred)

  • IB: 36 (STEM subjects preferred)

    You will also need to meet our English Language requirements.

    Contextual data and differential offers: Warwick may make differential offers to students in a number of circumstances. These include students participating in the Realising Opportunities programme, or who meet two of the contextual data criteria. Differential offers will be one or two grades below Warwick’s standard offer (to a minimum of BBB).

  • Access Courses: Access to HE Diploma (QAA-recognised) including appropriate subjects with 45 credits at Level 3, including Distinction in 33 Level 3 credits, and Merit in 12 Level 3 credits.
  • Warwick International Foundation Programme (IFP) All students who successfully complete the Warwick IFP and apply to Warwick through UCAS will receive a guaranteed conditional offer for a related undergraduate programme (selected courses only). For full details of standard offers and conditions visit the IFP page.
  • We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.
  • Further Information

  • Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry welcomed.

    Interviews We do not typically interview applicants. Offers are made based on your UCAS form which includes predicted and actual grades, your personal statement and school reference.

    Open Days All students who have been offered a place are invited to visit. Find out more about our main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us. We want to make our admissions process as straightforward as possible, so find out more about how to make an application, alongside the latest entry requirements.

Year 1
  • Software Development and Security
  • Cyber Systems Architecture and Organisation
  • Discrete Structures for Cyber Security
  • Networks, Communication and Cyber Defence
  • Operating Systems in the Cyber Context
  • Information Risk Management

Year 2
  • The Cyber Context of Software Engineering
  • Programming Languages for Cyber Security
  • Human Behaviour in Cyber Systems
  • Implementing Secure Systems
  • Information Management
  • Information Security Management

Year 3
  • Low-level Tools and Techniques for Cyber Security
  • Data Science, Algorithms, and Complexity in the
  • Cyber Context
  • Operational Security Management
  • Cyber Security Incident Management
  • Individual Project

This is a new course, so our first cohort of students will join us in 2018. Our modules will be constantly evolving to reflect the highly dynamic and fast-paced world of cyber security and the cyber threat landscape.

Career paths can be technical, managerial, and strategic in the public, private, or charity sector; enabling social services, commerce, healthcare, transportation, environmental protection and more generally, a secure digital society.

Early career roles could include:

  • Network Security Administrator
  • Forensic Analyst
  • Threat Analyst
  • Penetration Tester and Secure Software Developer.

Later career roles could include:

  • Security Architect
  • Security Assessor
  • Malware Reverse Engineer
  • Incident Response Coordinator
  • Cyber Security Consultant
  • Chief Information Security Officer.

Entry Requirements

A level: AAB (STEM subjects preferred)

IB: 36 (STEM subjects preferred)


Degree of Bachelor of Science (BSc)

3 years Full Time

Start date

24 September 2019

Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry

Tuition fees
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Other course costs
There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course.

For further information on the typical additional costs please see the Additional Costs page.

This information is applicable for 2019 entry.

Given the interval between the publication of courses and enrolment, some of the information may change. It is important to check our website before you apply. Please read our terms and conditions to find out more.

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