Cyber Security BSc (Hons)

With unprecedented demand for cyber security expertise to protect our society, economy, national security and critical infrastructure, this course is designed to meet the industry’s need for highly qualified graduates.

Overview


Dr Iryna Yevseyeva as she discusses why you should study cyber security and digital forensics at DMU.


Technology and computer systems are becoming ever more integrated with our day-to-day lives, meaning the protection of all the data and information they contain is paramount.

With many organisations and businesses now considering the protection of online information a critical business issue, there’s an increased focus and demand on the role of cyber security.

The specialist techniques taught as part of this course will help prepare you for a career in a rapidly growing industry which is currently faced with a shortage of skills.

DMU Leicester graduates have progressed into careers in industry, government and law enforcement, as security analysts, penetration testers, forensic investigators and cyber security engineers, at organisations such as Deloitte, Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), Airbus, and Rolls-Royce.

Key features

  • DMU Leicester has been named a gold standard ‘Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Education’ by the leading authority on cyber security in the UK, the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) - part of GCHQ. DMU Leicester is the first university in the East Midlands to achieve this prestigious status.
  • This course is taught by experts  who have an international reputation in computer security and digital forensics, influencing the approach taken by the UK government and leading organisations.
  • Study modules on cryptography, penetration testing and professionalism in forensics and security.
  • Benefit from specialist forensic and security laboratories, fitted with customised PCs configured with multiple operating systems, virtualisation and removable hard drives.
  • DMU Leicester Global programme offers students the opportunity to have a valuable international experience as part of their studies. DMU Leicester Cyber Security students recently gained insights into San Francisco’s tech industry, while others put their skills to the test at New York’s Spyscape museum.
  • DMU Leicester has been recognised for conducting world-leading cyber security research, having been named the East Midlands’ first ‘Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research’.


I found a new beginning

The tutors that believed in Tennessee and shared their industry experience took her from foundation degree to software engineer – now she's helping the next generation.

Structure and assessment 

Entry criteria

WHO CAN APPLY? 

Students in the final year of secondary education institutions;

Students in the final year of technical, vocational, post-secondary and higher education institutions;

Graduates from secondary, post-secondary or higher education institutions. 

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS 

As part of the selection process the Admissions team will consider the following

Your Qualifications + English Language ability + Personal Statement + Reference (Letter of Recommendation from your last education institution)

Qualifications

Kazakhstan Qualifications

  • High School Diploma
  • UNT is not required

OR

UK Qualifications

  • 5 GCSE/IGCSE’s at A*- E, or two GCE A levels (grades A- E), or three GCE AS levels (grades A-E)

OR

  • International Baccalaureate
  • International Baccalaureate IB – a minimum of 20 points
  • International Baccalaureate IB – Middle Years Programme – 28 points with a minimum grade of 3 in each component 


English language

We care about your success.

Having a good foundation in English that you will further develop and enhance during your studies with us will give you the confidence and skills that will set you up for success.

The standard entry requirement is IELTS 5.0 (no component below 5.0)

Personal Statement  

As part of the selection process we will ask you to submit a short statement in English to describe your ambitions, skills, and experience. Your personal statement supports your application to study at the university. It’s a chance for you to say why you’d like to study a particular course or subject, and what skills and experience you possess that show your passion for your chosen field. It is an opportunity for you to write about YOU!

Letter of Recommendation from your last education institution

You will need to provide a reference letter from your previous school or college’s teacher, counsellor, or principal.   


Course modules

Year one

  • C Programming 1
  • C Programming 2
  • Computer Ethics
  • Computer Law and Cyber Security Management
  • Computer Systems
  • Computer Networks
  • Mathematics for Computation
  • Database Design & Implementation

Year two

  • Introduction to Research
  • Web Application Development
  • Windows Forensics
  • Linux Security
  • Cryptography
  • Cyber Threat Intelligence and Incident Response
  • Software and Security Management
  • Penetration Testing

Year three

  • Final Year Project*
  • Professionalism in Forensics and Security
  • Emergent Topics in Security
  • Malware Analysis

Note: All modules are subject to change in order to keep content current.

*The accredited BCS programme requires that the final year project module is passed.

Teaching and assessments

The course is part of DMU Leicester’s Cyber Security Centre, which influences the government and corporations in their approach to cyber security. This shapes the curriculum so that you learn what is important. It also grants you privileged access to career opportunities. 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 25 per cent end-of-year examination and 75 per cent coursework in each year. The coursework takes a variety of forms, with frequent laboratory-based phase tests providing early feedback on progress. In the second year, more substantial assignments are set, including a research study. In the final year, assessment is typically by coursework with some specialist optional modules assessed by exams.

Opportunities and careers

This programme has been developed to help give students the skills needed for careers in the cyber security industry.

Graduates have excellent opportunities to pursue careers in industry, government, or law enforcement in roles such as a security analyst, penetration tester, forensic investigator, or cyber security engineer. Previous graduates from our cyber security programmes have gone on to work for organisations such as Deloitte, GCHQ, Airbus, and Rolls-Royce. 


Fees

Undergraduate
For September 2022/23 entry, our tuition fees for full-time undergraduate local and international students are 12,500$.

Financial support for students
We are committed to supporting students and firmly believe that finance should not be a barrier to accessing world class university education

We will be offering a large number of discounts and scholarships as part of our offering.

Our Admissions team are here to provide you with advice on all aspects of money matters, including tuition fees, financial help and on funding your studies.

Early bird 2022 discount

We are offering our second 2022 intake students Early bird discount.

The Early bird discount seeks to award students who choose to begin a new undergraduate course at DMU Kazakhstan before May 15th 2022.

If you apply to study on a full-time Undergraduate Degree course by 6pm on the 15 May 2022, you will automatically receive a 5% discount off your course fees for your first year of study.

So don’t miss out on this great offer and start your international education at DMU Kazakhstan today!

This discount applies to all our full-time taught degree courses, and is available to local and international students.

Family loyalty discount
The Family Loyalty Discount is for local and international students. When 2 or more family members enrol at the same time a further 5% discount will be given off your course fees for each family member for each year they are enrolled on a full-time course, whether that is an undergraduate degree, graduate degree or English language course. The discount will be offered for a maximum of 2 family members and the family discount will be applied after any discount is applied.

You must be the sibling, spouse or child of someone who is either currently studying on, or has graduated from, a full-time course here at DMU Kazakhstan. That relative must also be (or have been) classified as a local or international student.

Siblings: you and your sibling can have one or both parents in common.

Children/parents: you can be related by blood or by marriage.

Spouses: You can become eligible for this discount by marrying someone who is currently studying at the University.

Needs and Merit Based Financial Support – 100%, 50% and 33% DMU Kazakhstan Scholarships
Future great leaders and changemakers can come from anywhere. Financial challenge and limitations should not prevent the next great business CEO, entrepreneur, lawyer, future diplomat from gaining the tools, skillsets and networks to bring positive change and create impact.

We are proud to offer a range of income based and merit-based full and partial scholarships that will enable the most promising and talented young students from across the region to join our leading innovative university, despite financial adversity or economic hardship.

Early bird 2022 discount

Contact our Admissions team for further details on funding.



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