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Overview

The cyber security landscape is constantly evolving and organisations are finding it increasingly difficult to defend themselves from these constantly changing and persistent threats. It is critical that both business and government agencies protect their systems and data from potential risks arising from these threats. Because of this, there is a demand for qualified cyber security professionals.

Our Cyber Security and Networks degree course is an opportunity for you to develop knowledge and skills necessary to address these challenges and meet the demand.

The course aims to give you a fundamental understanding of how to protect organisations, networks, IT systems and individuals against cyber attacks and potential risks.

You will be taught by staff who are actively engaged in cyber security research and possess substantial experience of the application of security-related technologies in industry.

What makes this course different

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Placement

Optional placement year available

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Skills

Our computing courses are ranked 1st in the UK for student satisfaction (Complete University Guide 2020)

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Ranked second

Our computing courses are 2nd in London and 3rd in the country overall amongst all modern universities (Guardian 2019)

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Career

By studying our course, you will gain technical knowledge of and expertise in cyber threat intelligence, risk management, relevant industry standards. You will be able to fulfil demanding roles with the field of cyber security.

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

You will learn how information systems, network infrastructure and overall organisational cyber-physical environment are vulnerable to attack, and gain practical skills in assessment and management of cybersecurity risks. 

You will learn the main areas of the discipline, including Cyber Security, Security Control, Cyber Security Risks Management, Network Engineering, Information System, and Software Development with a variety of specialised topics such as Network Monitoring and business continuity within the areas of networks and cybersecurity.

You will be equipped with the knowledge and experience required to gain widely accepted industry-specific standards within the area of information security management system, project management, cybersecurity essential, and  Risk Management. 

Our Computer Science with Foundation Year programme is perfect if you want a degree in the field, but do not have the standard entry requirements.

The purpose of the extra Foundation year is to prepare you for your Computer Science programme, equipping you with the necessary academic skills and a firm grounding in the subject.

MODULES

  • Core Modules
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    Key Skills

    To enable students to develop the core and future skills necessary for the study of computing at HE level by enhancing critical and effective reading and writing, engaging in successful team work and using problem solving strategies.

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    Mental Wealth; Professional Life (Group Project)

    The aim of this module is to provide learners with the basic concepts and the skills needed to complete simple group projects successfully. The emphasis is on practical activities, problem solving, different aspects of project development and the production of good quality project and documentation.

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    Level 4 Primers

    • Introduces and prepares Foundation (level 3) students to the modules they will study at level 4
    • Introduces the topics of Software Development, Computer Systems and Networks, Web Technologies, Information’s Systems Modelling and Design, Maths for Computing and level 4 skills
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    Applied Maths

    To provide fundamental knowledge and practical skills in the principals of mathematics suitable for further study in applied

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    Introduction to Computing

    •  Equip students with an understanding of computing principles and an understanding of the fundamentals of Hardware and Software, which can provide an opportunity for students to gain appreciation of the practical skills involved in computer systems.
    •  Develop a better understanding of computations to solve problems, analysing problems and procedures.
    • Develop a better understanding of algorithms, languages and programming
    • Provide an opportunity to students to understand the connections between the different areas of computing.
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    Business Information Systems

    The aim of this module is to introduce learners to the basic concepts and the design of Information systems, to promote an understanding of the characteristics of Information and the different methods of developing Information Systems, and to introduce security of IS. The emphasis is on practical activities, problem solving, system analysis and the production of good quality documentation.

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    Information Systems Modelling and Design

    This module develops the skills and techniques required for analysing, modelling and designing information systems and covers some of the key legal, social, ethical and professional issues relating to the information systems development

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    Software Development

    This module provides students with the skills necessary to design, implement and test software applications using a high-level programming language. The module is taught from first principals and assumes no prior knowledge of the subject. The module focuses on programming fundamentals such as variables, control structures, arrays and the procedural programming methodology and then goes on to introduce the object-oriented programming concepts of objects, classes and inheritance.

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    Computer Systems and Networks

    The module aims to provide a basic understanding of computer architecture and the relationship between hardware and software components of a computer system. It also aims to equip students with an understanding of the fundamentals of computer networking.

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    Web Technologies

    The module will allow learners to examine the requirements for web applications and to select appropriate tools and techniques with which to design and build them. They will be able to use those selected tools and techniques to design, implement and test web pages. They will be able to provide professional documentation for the web pages produced.

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    Maths for Computing

    This module will help students build fundamental knowledge in mathematical concepts and skills that are required for the study and application of computer science. This module starts with the basic arithmetic and algebraic concepts that are used in almost every aspect of computer science. This is followed by topics on logic that are fundamental concepts used in the functioning of computer hardware and design and programming of software. Computer science theory heavily relies on proofs. This module will handle the basics of proof techniques. The module will go on to cover topics in basic abstract and linear algebra and touch upon advance topics like groups and using matrices to solve systems of linear equations. Finally, the basics of probability and some concepts in statistics will be covered.

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    Mental Wealth; Professional Life 1 (IT Project Pitching)

    Developing fundamental professional skills is increasingly critical for successful graduate-level employment, entrepreneurship and career progression in the 4th industrial revolution.

    This module will provide students with the opportunity to identify the skills, competencies and experience required for successful development to, and in, a range of potential future career areas. 

    Herein they will begin to recognise the areas for their own personal professional development through taught and workshop activity. 

    Central to the developmental process is for each student to cultivate the reflective skills, openness and self-awareness to enable themselves to assess what they are doing, identify areas for improvement, and confidently receive and give constructive feedback. Students will additionally develop knowledge of strategies to advance their own emotional intelligence through ‘life style’ and ‘self care’ approaches to inform their health and wellbeing.

    Having acquired understanding of the key developmental areas, students will have an opportunity to form groups and develop, then pitch IT project ideas to an in-house IT consultancy micro-business, and be mentored and supervised by students from higher years in developing these ideas. In this position they will learn and begin to apply the skills developed elsewhere in their studies (and from external activities) as required in the workplace. 

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    Database Systems

    This module aims to provide you with the theoretical and practical knowledge that influences the design, implementation and applications of database management systems. It promotes the understanding of database systems in information management by providing technical skills that are required to deploy a database management system using various languages and tools that can be used within games development.

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    Cyber Security

    The main aims of this module are:

    To provide apprentices with an overview of the different types of threat to networks and computer systems, and the measures that can be put in place to counteract and mitigate against these threats. The module also will introduce you to some of digital forensics investigation techniques and imaging tools.

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    Mental Wealth; Professional Life 2 (Computing in Practice)

    Developing fundamental professional skills are increasingly critical for successful graduate-level employment, entrepreneurship and career progression in the 4th industrial revolution.

    This module equips students with the skills that are needed to make successful applications for jobs within the IT sector, provides students with opportunities to gain experience of working in the IT industry and apply their knowledge of information and communication technologies, gained elsewhere in their programmes, to the solution of a real-world business problem

    Herein they will advance the areas identified at level 4 for their own personal professional development (including emotional, social, physical, cultural and cognitive intelligences) through taught and workshop activity.

    Students will reflect on the success of the strategies that they employed to further develop their reflective skills, self-awareness, ‘life style’ and ‘self-care’ approaches and where necessary improve their approaches.

    Students will have an opportunity to gain work experience in an external IT company or have the opportunity to select an in-house microbusiness to join. In this position they will take on a specific production role, working collaboratively with peers and academic staff on a live project. In doing so they will apply the skills learnt elsewhere in their studies (and external development) required in the workplace.

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    Systems Administration

    This module equips you with a detailed understanding of the roles and responsibilities of a system administrator and provides opportunities for you to gain hands-on experience of the administration of both Windows and Linux-based networks.

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    Data Communications and Networks

    This module introduces fundamental principles of data communication and provides a detailed understanding of internetworking using the TCP/IP suite of protocols. You will have opportunities to gain hands-on experience of data communications technologies and the use of the TCP/IP suite of protocols for the implementation of contemporary computer networks and related applications.

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    Information Systems, Strategy and Management

    The module equips students with a detailed understanding of the impact of various information systems from the strategic management and operational perspective of organisation. It provides opportunities for the students to learn decision making process, data analytics, risk management and IT audit for managing information system for an organisation.

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    Optional placement

    This course offers the opportunity of year-long placement between years two and three. If you choose to take this option, you’ll spend your third year on a placement with a relevant company or organisation, adding valuable practical experience to your growing academic knowledge. 

    The extra placement year means it will take four years to complete your studies, instead of three.

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    Mental Wealth; Professional Life 3 (Project)

    Developing professional skills are increasingly critical for successful graduate-level employment, entrepreneurship and career progression in the 4th industrial revolution.

    This module will provide students with the opportunity to apply the full range of skills, competencies and experience required for successful development to, and in, a range of potential future career areas.

    Herein they will advance the areas identified at level 5 for their own personal professional development (including emotional, social, physical, cultural and cognitive intelligences) through taught and workshop activity.

    Students will undertake a sizeable piece of individual academic work in an area of their own interest relevant to, and demonstrating technical skills acquired in, their programme of study. Students will normally need to research one or more academic topic areas and then apply their findings to the construction of a computer-based system.

    Students will consider the ethical, legal, social, and professional issues in the construction of systems and the project will require appropriate research, analysis, design, implementation, quality assurance, evaluation and project management.

    Students will reflect on the success of the strategies that they employed to further develop their reflective skills, self-awareness, ‘life style’ and ‘self care’ approaches and where necessary improve their approaches.

    Students will have opportunity to select an in-house microbusiness to join in the role of ‘Manager’. In this position they will oversee the successful operation of the enterprise, coach and mentor students new to the programme. Working collaboratively with peers and academic staff, they will ensure the effective delivery of a live project by managing people and physical resources. In doing so they will apply the skills learnt elsewhere in their studies (and from external activities) required in the workplace.

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    Enterprise Architecture and Cloud Computing

    This module provides students with in-depth understanding of the concepts and principles underpinning the application of Enterprise Architecture and Cloud Computing in business. The module furnishes students with an understanding of the supporting technologies, portals and collaboration tools used for the development of Enterprise Architecture. It also examines the relationship between Enterprise frameworks and Web based Enterprise Architecture. This module provides students with needed techniques for investigating and analysing the various cloud deployment models, platforms and development of cloud systems. The module provides students with the skills needed to develop Enterprise portal for different Enterprise Architectures and Enterprise Cloud Computing Systems. This module furnishes students with the knowhow to evaluate the methods used for developing and or simulating web portals using software packages. The module provides students with the understanding of future industrial and research trends in information systems development by reviewing established concepts and upcoming techniques in Cloud, COBIT, ITIL.

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    Project Management

    This module provides students with a thorough understanding of the role of ICT projects in the context of an enterprise environment. The students also expose the critical challenges in managing a project in meeting organizational objectives and satisfying the requirements of a project portfolio. It aims to develop a professional approach towards utilizing standard methodologies, tools and techniques in managing information systems projects.

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    Business Continuity Planning

    Provides students with a thorough understanding of the concepts and aspects of business continuity and information security management system. Enables students to develop an effective business continuity planning and to perform an audit so that organisations can undertake proactive measures in order to continue functioning after a major system failure or security incident, aligning with the relevant standards.

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    Advanced Topics in Cyber Security and Networks

    This module provides the student with the opportunity to look at the latest industry sector developments in the field of Cyber Security and Networks. This module aims to provide students with the core theoretical and practical background required for cyber security and network development. You will develop in-demand practical skills that are required in the field of Cyber Security and Networks.

HOW YOU'LL LEARN

The programme is taught by our academics who have subject matter expertise in various areas of cyber security and networks. 

As cyber security and networks student, a lot of your learning takes place via technology. You might expect, a virtual learning environment to keep you connected with your tutors and fellow students. You'll have a personal tutor to oversee your progress, module leaders for different parts of the course and tutors for each year group.

Our Docklands campus has excellent computing resources, including specialized labs to study networking and operating system environments such as Windows and Linux within virtual environment.

You'll be given various industry specific standard and case study scenarios to understand and analysis the cyber security threats and risks. A wide range of software tools is also given for network traffic monitoring, programming, cyber threat analysis, database development, internet access and web-based development.

Developing transferable skills are essential for graduate who wish to work in the industry. Therefore, a significant proportion of your time will also be spent working in groups with your fellow students within a given time frame, and presenting your work in front of your fellow students and academics. 

A significant proportion of your time will also be spent working in groups with your fellow students. Experience of group working is essential for graduates who wish to work in the IT industry. The size of classes can vary depending on the nature of the course, module and activity.

This can range from large groups in a lecture theatre setting, to smaller groups taking part in seminars and collaborative work.

You will receive your personalised timetable at the beginning of the academic year dependent on your course.

Whilst we make every effort to ensure timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week between 9am and 6pm.

HOW YOU'LL BE ASSESSED

You will be assessed in a number of different ways including individual or group coursework or presentation, and exam. You might be asked to write a report, to give a presentation or a demonstration of a piece of software or, in some cases, complete a practical task under examination conditions involving aspects of information system development, software development, network, cyber system analysis, threat and risks analysis, and research findings. 

Feedback is provided within 15 working days in line with UEL's assessment and feedback policy.

CAMPUS and FACILITIES

Docklands Campus

Docklands Campus, Docklands Campus, London, E16 2RD

WHO TEACHES THIS COURSE

The teaching team includes qualified academics, practitioners and industry experts as guest speakers. Full details of the academics will be provided in the student handbook and module guides.

Shareeful Islam

Dr Shareeful Islam is Senior Lecturer and PhD supervisor at UEL. His main research interests are in the field of risk management, and cloud computing.

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YOUR FUTURE CAREER

Students who complete this programme can look forward to rewarding careers in IT, principally as Cyber Security Analysts, information security office, IT security auditor, risk analyst, or in other roles with a significant responsibility for computer, network and information security.

Graduates can also look forward to careers in system and network administration, roles which require a detailed understanding of networks and operating systems but also the methods, tools and techniques for securing them.

Typical employers are from large and medium commercial organisation, government agencies, defence cyber security operation, and many more.

Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal.