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Cyber Security (BSc) (Full-Time, 2020 Entry)

Cyber Security (BSc)


  • UCAS Code
  • H651
  • Qualification
  • BSc
  • Duration
  • 3 years full-time
  • Entry Requirements
  • A level: AAB
  • IB: 36
  • (See full entry
  • requirements below)

Studying Cyber Security (BSc) will develop your ability to enable good and prevent harm in cyberspace. This is a significant challenge since cyberspace extends far beyond the internet. It comprises all interactions with all networks of digital devices that are used to store, modify and communicate information, across all time.

Our BSc is provisionally certified by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) at GCHQ.

This degree combines theory and practice, with a strong technical focus to develop your understanding of how cyber systems are intended to function and how they might be abused. The relationship between cyber security technology, people, processes and the physical environment is a feature of the course. Our BSc is provisionally certified by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) at GCHQ. Warwick is also recognised by the NCSC as a ‘Centre of Excellence for Cyber Security Research’.

You will learn how to construct robust software, how to store data over time and communicate it over distance, how computer systems are organised, and the capabilities of cryptographic techniques. You will also develop an understanding of the processes and procedures that provide assurance that things are as they should be. Finally, you will gain the mindset, tools and techniques to discover the shortcomings of cyber systems, duly constrained by ethics and the law.

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
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 year one and 15 hours per week in year 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%)

'It is unlikely we will be able to support student mobility through study abroad programmes. The very specific curriculum of BSc Cyber Security mean that an intercalated year abroad at one of our partner universities is unlikely to fit alongside the remainder of the curriculum.

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.

A level: AAB (STEM subjects preferred)

IB: 36 (STEM subjects preferred)

Additional requirements: 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).

  • 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 website.

We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.

Taking a gap year
Applications for deferred entry welcomed.

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.

Year One
  • 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 Two
  • 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 Three
  • 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
Selection of optional modules that current students are studying

All modules are currently core. However, modules will evolve to reflect the dynamic cyber environment and the ever changing 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.

Helping you find the right career

Our department has a dedicated professionally qualified Senior Careers Consultant who works within Student Careers and Skills to help you as an individual. Additionally your Senior Careers Consultant offers impartial advice and guidance together with workshops and events, tailored to our department, throughout the year. Previous examples of workshops and events include:

  • Career planning for WMG students
  • Options in Engineering
  • Warwick careers fairs throughout the year
  • Effective Applications for WMG students
  • Researching Employers for WMG students

Find out more about our Careers & Skills Services here.

A level: AAB (STEM subjects preferred)

IB: 36 (STEM subjects preferred)

Additional requirements: You will also need to meet our English Language requirements.

UCAS code

Degree of Bachelor of Science (BSc)

3 years full-time

Start date
28 September 2020

Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry

Tuition fees
Find out more about fees and funding

Additional course costs
There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course. Students who choose to complete a work placement will pay reduced tuition fees for their third year.

This information is applicable for 2020 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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