Ethical Hacking BSc (Hons)

Abertay University

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    2 (Computer Science)
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    BSc (Hons)

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Course Summary

Demand for qualified ethical hackers and cybersecurity specialists is rising year on year. Study our Ethical Hacking degree and discover the fascinating field of cybersecurity. How do hackers get into corporate security systems? How do they ‘steal’ computer data? Can you build the right defenses and stop hackers in their tracks? Find out how on our Ethical Hacking degree course.

We are right at the forefront of cybersecurity, producing highly skilled, in-demand graduates. You’ll develop a practical and offensive approach, by deliberately breaking computer systems and building cybersecurity defences.

  • Understand the processes behind hacking and cyber attacks.
  • Work out how illegal hacks can be stopped.
  • Create real-life countermeasures and fixes.
  • Shut down security hacks quickly and professionally.
  • Document it and do it again!

The course combines computer networking, digital forensics and expert development as well as programming. You will learn how to protect data and information systems. Our Ethical Hacking degree gives you a deep understanding of cybercrime so you have the skills to stop hackers - fast.

Ethical Hacking BSc (Hons) - the benefits are clear:

  • One of the leading cybersecurity courses in the UK.
  • The first Ethical Hacking degree in the world.
  • Accredited by the BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT.
  • Great industry links and recruitment opportunities.
  • High employment rate on graduation.
  • Excellent starting salaries.

Degree content

How do hackers break into computer systems? Is it easy to breach a corporate network and steal secrets? What steps can organisations take to prevent attacks? These are just some of the questions the programme will answer.

Abertay students learn how to take a practical and offensive approach to cyber security by deliberately breaking systems and circumventing security defences.

This degree arms you with the skills you need to:

  • Understand the process behind hacking attacks.
  • Develop appropriate countermeasures.
  • Gain the technical knowledge to undertake security audit testing on computer networks and systems.

Ultimately, our Ethical Hacking degree, which is accredited by BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT, provides you with a deep understanding of how illegal computer attacks can be performed and how they can be stopped.

How you learn

You’ll learn through a blend of lectures, tutorials, practical work and reading. The majority of modules make use of online learning resources. Real world case studies of major attacks and data breaches are used provide the opportunity for critical analysis and evaluation in class.

During practical exercises, you’ll be expected to evaluate your own work to make sure that products are functional and fit for purpose.

Knowledge and skill are assessed through project work, reports, portfolios and practical assessments. Approximately 20% of the programme is assessed by examination.

Entry Requirements

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  • A level
  • Scottish Higher
  • Scottish Advanced Higher
  • Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)
  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)
  • Scottish HNC
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme
  • Scottish HND
  • HNC (BTEC)
  • HND (BTEC)

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To include one of the following:- Computer Science, Maths, Human Biology, Biology, Chemistry, Engineering Science, Environmental Science, Geography and PhysicsFor entry into Year 2 we would look for ABB to include Computer Science

Tuition Fees

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£9,250 per year

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About this University

Abertay is a small, modern university based in the centre of Dundee. It is an ambitious, forward-thinking institution which offers degree programmes to prepare students for jobs of the modern world. Graduates go on to work for organisations including Apple, Google, BBC, Rockstar, Microsoft, Barclays Bank, and Coca Cola, as well as the NHS and government departments.


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