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BSc (Hons) Cyber Security Management

Are you interested in understanding the evolving security threats posed by hackers, computer viruses, and large-scale cyber-attacks? The rate and prevalence of such threats mean cyber security professionals are in high demand.

  • UCAS Code:
    2DA6
  • Institution:
    B50

Why study BSc (Hons) Cyber Security Management at BU?

  • Explore the evolving threat landscape and gain applied skills in building and managing secure systems
  • Learn the fundamental concepts of psychology, business, law, and management that relate to cyber security in technology
  • Become a strategic thinker and be a step ahead of the hackers – understanding the threats and implementing the solutions to combat them
  • Gain valuable work experience on your placement if you choose to take one
  • You’ll be qualified to work in the security and/or forensic industry in roles such as police forensics investigator, forensics consultant, security advisor, information security analyst or cyber security analyst. 

All of our computing courses share a common first year, giving you the time to really explore each subject before deciding on a specialism. Visit our subject area page to see the full list of courses.

Find out more about the content of this course.

Our cyber security lab is something special

Using state-of-the-art technology across our three labs, we can run up to 50 million PCs using just 50. From the labs, we can see where cyber attacks are happening all over the world, and what attacks are happening and being stopped at BU. Find out more about these facilities.

Key information

Next start date:

September 2021, September 2022

Location:

Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus

Duration:

4 years full-time with a minimum 30-week placement or 3 years full-time. You will be enrolled onto the 4-year degree, but can opt out of the placement year

Required subjects:

All subjects considered

Entry requirements:

For September 2021 and September 2022 entry: 104-120 UCAS tariff points including a minimum of 2 A-levels or equivalent qualifications. BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM. For more information check out our full entry requirements.

International entry requirements:

For September 2021 and September 2022 entry: If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with minimum 5.5 in each 4 component, or equivalent. For more information check out our international entry requirements.

Course details

On this course you will be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners, demonstrators, technicians and research students. You will also benefit from regular guest lectures from industry.

We’re proud that 84% of our graduates felt academic staff on this course were good at explaining things.

Contact hours and assessment

Details of the assessment methods and contact hours for each unit of the course can be found in the programme specification.

Download the programme specification (pdf 418kb)

Placements

A placement year is a vital part in developing well-rounded and industry-ready graduates. The experience that you will gain is invaluable in helping to make informed decisions about your future career path, as well as enhancing employment prospects upon graduation. During the placement year you will have the chance to develop your interpersonal skills and build on the theory and knowledge you have gained so far.

A lot of our students find that they are offered permanent jobs after graduation by their placement companies, and many jobs for new graduates are taken by people who have already had work experience during part of a course. More than half of employers expect would-be recruits to have some kind of work experience, without which they are unlikely to be considered, regardless of their qualifications.

A new internship scheme with the National Crime Agency’s National Cyber Crime Unit (NCCU) for students has paid off with the employer retaining five of seven “gifted” candidates in full-time roles. 

Find out about BU students’ experiences on placementsAll you need to know about placements

Your application

We want dedicated, eager, passionate students who are going to make a real difference to the course they are studying. Our students learn from each other, as well as their academic staff, so it is really important to us that you can show us how much you care about the course you are interested in. Your UCAS personal statement is a great place to do this.

Tell us about your personal achievements or any relevant work experience you have done, and show us how they make you the ideal candidate for a place on the course. You will need to be hard-working and committed to your studies, be a good team player, and able to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.

How to apply

Entry requirements

Careers

The modern focus on computing and IT means that cyber security is a growing priority for organisations of every size, while the likes of government agencies, NGOs, police authorities and defence organisations are placing increasing importance on cyber security. This course is designed to provide the cyber security specialists of the future, filling a skills gap in the IT sector.

So this course at BU really prepares you for work in this ever-changing sector. You will have the opportunity to make connections in the industry through work placements and your skills will be highly sought after once you graduate. 

Our graduates are highly sought after, within fifteen months of completing their course, 91% of our students are in further study or work, of which 84% students are employed in a professional or managerial position.

Costs and fees

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per year. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course. You can find full information about funding your studies and paying your fees in our undergraduate fees and funding section. That’s also where you’ll find information about the scholarships and bursaries on offer – including unlimited Academic Excellence Scholarships for UK, EU and International students.

Fees quoted are for tuition only unless stated otherwise, and we’re committed to ensuring there are no hidden extra costs while you’re at university – that’s why we’re clear about what you can expect us to cover, and what your cost of living will be. You’ll also find you could benefit from a range of discounts as a student.

Find out more about budgeting and living expenses

Our staff

On this course you will be taught by staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This could include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners and research students, many of whom are actively engaged in research and/or professional practice which is integrated into the teaching of this course. Please note that teaching staff can change.

Course changes

Hear from our staff

Dr Christopher Richardson

BU’s facilities for Cyber Offence, Defence, Analytics and Cyber Forensics are relatively unique in the UK providing an perfect base for research and education.

What employers think

Detective Superintendent Mark Callaghan

Cyber-crime is a fast growing area with criminals exploiting the speed, convenience and facelessness of the internet to commit a range of criminal activities.

What our students say

Adam Tonks

I will definitely be entering into a cyber career when I graduate, and taking part in the Cyber Security Challenge UK has helped massively with helping me achieve this.

Statistics shown throughout this page are taken from Unistats and BU institutional data unless otherwise stated.