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Computer Security BSc (Hons)

You’ll study abuses of digital technology and learn the skills needed to investigate them. You’ll also complete exercises in computational theory and learn to interpret complex scenarios and explain them to non-specialists.

Overview

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This course, accredited by the BCS – The Chartered Institute for IT, covers a mix of technical computing and professional practice in a modern and varied curriculum.

Reasons to study Computer Security at De Montfort University:

  • Accredited by the BCS - The Chartered Institute for IT
    the first step to achieving the industry-recognised Chartered IT Professional (CITP) status 
  • More than 94% graduate employability
    in work or further study within six months of graduating*, with Computer Security BSc (Hons) graduates earning an average salary of £24,500* and working for companies such as Context Information Security and GMC Software 
  • Dedicated work placements
    enhance your practical and professional skills, with recent placements undertaken at Airbus Group, ECSC, Viglen, Syngenta, Jagex and Capgemini
  • International reputation for research
    DMU’s Cyber Security Centre has an international reputation in computer forensics and digital forensics, which influences the UK government and corporations in their approach to digital forensics and security 
  • Industry-standard facilities
    access specialist forensic and security laboratories within our dedicated Cyber Security Centre, equipped with customised PCs that are configured with multiple operating systems, virtualisation and removable hard drives 
  • Enjoy an international experience with #DMUglobal
    we offer all students the opportunity to take part in a #DMUglobal experience, which can enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons.

This is a specialist course within the broad field of computer science, with particular emphasis on the CIA triad: confidentiality, integrity and availability of information. Computer security is about the appropriate access to digital assets, and this course covers a mix of technical computing and professional practice in a modern and varied curriculum.

Misuses of digital technology are studied, along with the skills needed to investigate them. Computational theory is exercised in a range of experimental playgrounds, and you will learn to interpret complex scenarios and explain them to non-specialists. Expert guest lectures will be given by a wide range of professionals in the forensics and security sector, ensuring learning is relevant to cutting-edge developments in the field.

This course has been designed for students who want to pursue a career in cyber security, or related fields.

 

"The course covers a wide range of topics which allowed me to build a strong skill-set; enabling an easy transition into my placement year and allowed me to develop and build new and existing skills, establish professional connections, and apply my knowledge in a professional environment."

James Dorgan, Computer Security BSc (Hons) student

 

 

*The latest Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey, 2013/14

 

 

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  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: G550

Duration: Three years full-time, four years with placement

Fees and funding: £9,000

EU Students: Find out about student loan information, the LoveEU bundle and scholarships for 2016.

Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship worth up to £6,000.

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Find out about additional costs and optional extras.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Key facts for international students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: G550

Duration: Three years full-time, four years with placement

Fees and funding: £12,250

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Find out about additional costs and optional extras.

How to apply: International students can apply to study at DMU directly using our online portal or direct application form

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

International students can apply to study at DMU directly using our online applications portal.

Entry criteria

2016 Entry Criteria

  • Five GCSEs at grade C or above, including English and Mathematics or equivalent, plus one of the following:
  • Normally 280 UCAS points from at least two A-levels or equivalent or
  • BTEC National Diploma/ Extended Diploma at DMM or
  • Pass in the QAA accredited Access to HE. English and Mathematics GCSE required as a separate qualification as equivalency is not accepted within the Access qualification. We will normally require students to have had a break from full-time education before undertaking the Access course or
  • International Baccalaureate: 28+ points
  • Foundation Year in Computing : Pass 

Portfolio Required: No

Interview Required: No

We welcome applications from mature students with non-standard qualifications and recognise all other equivalent and international qualifications

English language – If English is not your first language we require an English language level of IELTS 6.0 with 5.5 in each component or equivalent

English Language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning , is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.

UCAS Tariff changes

Students applying for courses starting in September 2017 will be made offers based on a new UCAS Tariff. Find out more.

2017 Entry Criteria

  • Five GCSEs at grade C or above, including English and Mathematics or equivalent, plus one of the following:
  • Normally 112 UCAS points from at least two A-levels or equivalent or
  • BTEC National Diploma/ Extended Diploma at DMM or
  • Pass in the QAA accredited Access to HE. English and Mathematics GCSE required as a separate qualification as equivalency is not accepted within the Access qualification. We will normally require students to have had a break from full-time education before undertaking the Access course or
  • International Baccalaureate: 28+ points
  • Foundation Year in Computing : Pass 

Portfolio Required: No

Interview Required: No

We welcome applications from mature students with non-standard qualifications and recognise all other equivalent and international qualifications

English language – If English is not your first language we require an English language level of IELTS 6.0 with 5.5 in each component or equivalent

English Language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning , is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.

Structure and assessment

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessments

Professional accreditation 

 

 

First year

Core modules:

  • Programming in C - this module covers general programming skills and applies them to a widely-used programming language. The syntax and semantics of the program structures is covered and practical experience gained through weekly lab exercises

  • Computer Ethics, Law and Portfolio – computer ethics explores the ethical and moral underpinnings of UK society and how these impact on the use of interconnected computer systems. The Computer law component explores the historical basis of UK and EU law, substantive law relating particularly to computers, and procedural law concerning the handling of digital evidence. The portfolio work concentrates on the development of client-side web applications

  • Elements of Computing – this module covers three related themes of computer architecture, operating systems and networks. Aspects of computer security are discussed appropriately within the topics. Operating systems mediate between the user and the underlying machine.
    Topics include processes, file systems, memory management, and shell scripting. The computer networks topics include network architectures, data communication fundamentals, transmission schemes and technologies, LAN protocols, and Internet Protocols. The computer architecture topics include CPU components, number representation systems, and an appreciation of assembler programming.

  • Computational Modelling –this module covers a number of related topic areas. The underlying discrete mathematics supports the practical subjects of functional programming and SQL. The topics covered include discrete mathematics (including logic and set theory), hypothesis testing – applying the scientific method, functional programming - an important, contemporary programming paradigm, SQL (querying relational database tables) and software testing techniques

 

Second year

Core modules:

  • Organisations, Project Management and Research – topics include: the business context within which IT projects are procured and developed; major components of the software lifecycle from requirements analysis to system maintenance; software project management including the analysis of risk and metrics for software quality, reliability; compliance and assurance standards; software tools for supporting the management and development process. The module includes a group project element in which a relevant topic is researched and presented to a professional standard

  • Forensics and Security - you will study the principles of digital forensics and security as abstract concepts, and use Windows to learn how to acquire non-volatile digital residue which has evidential value. You will also learn techniques that enhance the security of Linux servers

  • Multi-tier Web Applications – topics include Internet Protocols (including HTTP(S), DNS, HTML, CSS, XML, SMTP, IMF; the client-server paradigm; server configuration; introduction to web application penetration testing), Databases (the relational model; keys, relationships, connection traps; SQL mapping via DDL; integrity, transactions, access control, security) and Secure Scripting (server-side scripting with PHP and client-side scripting with JavaScript)

  • System Defence Strategies - topics to be considered include Incident Response and Penetration Testing, considered to be key knowledge for a Cyber Security specialist. You will learn a range of skills and strategies to protect and defend the information systems within an organisation.

Third year

Core modules:

  • Advanced Topics in Security – this topic gives you the opportunity to penetration test, investigate or respond to realistic mock scenarios; presenting findings in a manner expected of a professional security consultant

  • Professionalism in Forensics and Security – explores the framework within which the professional security consultant works

  • Individual Project – this is where you will have the chance to truly show your ability by defining a research question, conducting experimental research and presenting your findings. Regular supervision meetings will help you to maintain focus and momentum.

Optional modules:

  • Secure Web Application Development
  • Web Application Penetration Testing
  • Telematics 
  • Functional Software Development
  • Front-End Web Development
  • Database Management and Programming
  • Fuzzy Logic and Knowledge Based Systems
  • Privacy and Data Protection

The course is part of DMU’s Cyber Security Centre, which has a national and international reputation in computer forensics and digital forensics, and influences the government and corporations in their approach to digital forensics and security. This shapes the curriculum so that you learn what is important.

In the first year, you will normally attend around 13-15 hours of timetabled taught sessions each week, split across a variety of lectures, small group activities and practical laboratory work.

Assessment is made up of roughly 50 per cent end of year examination and 50 per cent coursework in each year. The coursework takes a variety of forms, with frequent laboratory based phase tests providing early feedback on progress.

Assessed essays will be set for some topics and you will put together a portfolio to showcase your abilities. In the second year, more substantial assignments are set, including a research study.

In the final year, assessment is typically by examination, with core material being assessed by coursework. A prominent part of the course is the fortnightly series of guest lectures, given by a wide range of experts in the forensics and security domain.

A prominent part of the course is the fortnightly series of guest lectures, given by a wide range of experts in the forensics and security domain, ensuring your learning remains relevant to current industry practice.

 

 

This course is accredited by the BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT; the Institute collaborates with government, industry and relevant bodies to establish good, best and next working practice, codes of conduct, skills frameworks and common standards.
Once you have graduated and begun to work as an IT professional you can apply to become a full member of the BCS and, as your career develops, gain the status of Chartered IT Professional (CITP), giving you a recognised industry-relevant qualification.

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Facilities and features

Cyber Security Laboratories

You will use specialist forensic and security laboratories within our dedicated Cyber Security Centre, and benefit from customised PCs configured with multiple operating systems, virtualisation and removable hard drives; as well as specialised servers, wired and wireless networking equipment and a wide variety of other hardware and software components. Standard investigative software is used to support the forensic analysis of digital devices.

Cyber Security Centre

The laboratories are the base for our Cyber Security Centre (CSC), a multidisciplinary group of academics and industry experts who focus on a wide variety of cyber security and digital forensics issues. Their mission is to provide the full benefits to all of a safe, secure and resilient cyberspace.

The laboratories play a vital role in the group's research and development work. Whether you are a first year undergraduate or a PhD student, within the laboratories you will be working with the latest tools and techniques at the forefront of computer forensics and security research.

Campus Centre

This is DMU’s social hub, housing a large food court, shops, the Lobby bar, De Montfort Students’ Union (DSU), performance studios and our chaplaincy.

There are also Conference Rooms, allowing us to host a variety of events from workshops, lectures, practical sessions and group work to exhibitions.

In March 2016 work is due to start in the centre to create a state-of-the-art new home for DSU, making it more visible, offering more breakout space and giving better access to its key services.

Library and Learning Zones

We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus. These give access to more than half a million publications, an extensive range of DVDs, e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. 

During standard term-time (October to June) the main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Outside of this period, and during university holidays, the library will remain open but with reduced opening hours.

Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks. We offer a range of workshops, drop-in and one-to-one sessions, and our Just Ask service provides email and telephone support.

Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.

Originally set up in our main Kimberlin Library, the learning zones proved so popular that more were created in the Eric Wood Building and Greenhouse. These flexible spaces are ideal whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.

They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with interactive whiteboards and DVD players. Eduroam wi-fi is available across all campus locations.

Opportunities and careers

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Graduate Careers

Graduates pursue careers as forensic computing specialists for government agencies, security consultancies and commercial IT departments. 

Recent graduates have been working as software consultants, web developers, security consultants, surveillance assistants, IT officers and more.

Graduates are also well positioned to continue their academic careers by embarking on postgraduate study, in either research or taught areas, which offers the opportunity for further specialisation and enhances their existing skills.

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#DMUglobal

This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.

Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.

Our dedicated #DMUglobal High Flyers Award offers ambitious students a discount of up to £1,000 towards a #DMUglobal opportunity (terms and conditions apply).

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Placements

Placements can enhance your career prospects and give you the chance to use theory from the classroom in a real-world scenario before you have graduated.

Technology's dedicated Placement Unit provides support to all of our students looking to integrate a placement within their university career on both undergraduate degrees and postgraduate masters programmes. The placement unit will help you search for placement opportunities, create and refine your CV and interview approach, and offer any advice you need to find a great placement.

Students of this course have recently taken part in work placements at Airbus, ECSC Ltd, CY4OR Ltd, Viglen Ltd, Syngenta, Jagex Ltd and Capgemini UK.

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