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About the course

Want to protect the world from hackers, viruses and cyber-attacks? This practical degree course enables you develop the in-demand skills to kick start a fantastic career in cyber security – one of IT’s most hotly debated sectors.

In partnership with CISCO Networking Academy and EC-Council, the course explores a range of professional topics all with your future career in mind. You will learn cutting-edge technologies, processes, strategies, policies, and industry-standards to protect network systems and data from cyber-attacks at both individual and enterprise level.

During your studies you will also have the chance to gain professional qualifications alongside your degree including; CCNA Routing and Switching, CCNA-Security, CISCO CyberOps, and CEH (Certified Ethical Hacker) equipping you with the right set of practical and technical skills that are highly valued by the industry.

You will study in our high-tech computer networking labs with industry-standard facilities. These facilities feature a wide variety of equipment including Cisco routers and switches, and software including Kali Linux, Metasploit and a wide range of tools capable of footprinting, reconnaissance, scanning, and enumeration of computer network systems in a controlled cybersecurity environment. In these facilities you will investigate the methods that hackers use to compromise vulnerable systems and also look at mechanisms that can be used to secure them against attack, including specialist software and dedicated security appliances. 

If you apply for this course with a placement year, you have the opportunity to undertake a year in industry between your second and third years.
Placement year
This course offers additional qualifications for you to obtain with your degree.
Additional qualification
You have the opportunity to study abroad in one of our partner universities for a semester on this course.
Study abroad
This course has been accredited by a professional body.
Professional accreditation
If you're not quite ready for a full undergraduate degree, there's alternative entry through one of our foundation years.
Foundation year available
As part of your studies you will have the opportunity to undertake a work experience placement.
Built in work experience placement
This course has access to Solent's specialist facilities.
Specialist facilities
After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent.
Further studies

Industry-recognized professional qualification such as CEH (Certified Ethical Hacker), Penetration Testing, Cisco CyberOps, CCNA Routing & Security, CCNA Security, PCAP Python.

What does this course lead to?

The ever increasing influence and use of computer networks have revolutionised our lives but at the same time, this is threatening our privacy, integrity, and security through increased cyber-attacks costing us a fortune. The estimated global cost of cyber-crimes is a few hundred billion GBPs annually and according to BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, there is a great shortage of skilled people to combat these crimes.

Career prospects of this course are excellent. Our recent course graduates have gone on to various roles in network and cybersecurity roles companies including Cisco Systems, IBM, Juniper, Symantec Security UK, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Electra networks, QinetiQ, Quostar, VeriFone, TalkTalk, Rackspace, Vodafone, and Peer 1 Hosting.

Who is this course for?

This course is ideal for those who wish to master the knowledge and develop the practical skills required to protect computer networks and data from hackers, intruders, and cyber-attacks. 

Facts and figures

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UCAS codes

Full Time

  • 3 Years Standard Entry CSM1
  • 4 Years Computing Foundation Year CSM3

Placement (480 credit course)

  • 4 Years Standard Entry CSM2
  • 5 Years Computing Foundation Year CSM4
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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The 2020/21 fees are not yet available. For guidance, the 2019/20 fees were:
UK and EU full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £12,875 per year 
UK and EU placement year fees: £1,385
International placement year fees: £1,750

For further information, please visit our tuition fees page.

Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.


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Key entry requirements

96 - 112 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at DMM or BTEC Diploma at D*D* or equivalent, which comply with the minimum entry requirement of 96 UCAS points.
  • Direct entry into year two or three may be considered for this course.
  • A BTEC Subsidiary Diploma will be considered in conjunction with other qualifications.
  • Alternative entry is available through the Computing Foundation Year.
  • If you are applying from outside the UK, find information about entry requirements, visas and agents for your country here.

For further information about UK, EU and international qualifications, please refer to our course entry requirement statement.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 19 in each individual component
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.


Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team:

admissions@solent.ac.uk 023 8201 5066

How to apply

Any student applying for the first year of a full-time/sandwich undergraduate course must apply through UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service). This includes mature, overseas and EU students.

Nearly all schools and colleges offer their students the facility of applying electronically through the UCAS website using 'Apply'; it may also be used by those applying independently in the UK and overseas. This facility and all course information can be found on the UCAS website: www.ucas.com.

Your application should reach UCAS by 15 January if you hope to enter a course the following autumn. Early application is advised for the most popular subject areas. Late applications may be made until the end of June. The UCAS code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

Please click the links below to apply through UCAS:

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What you'll study

Year one

Core units
  • Problem Solving though Programming
  • Introduction to Networks & Security
  • Network Applications
  • Introduction to Databases
  • Routing & Switching
  • Cyber Security Essentials

Year two

Core units
  • Network Systems Automation
  • Ethical Hacking and Pen Testing
  • Network Implementation
  • Research Methods Project
  • Threat Intelligence Analysis
  • Network Security

Year three

Core units
  • Dissertation Project
  • Industrial Consulting Project
  • CyberOps

Options

Choose any two from the below:

  • Cybercrime and Digital Forensics
  • Internet of Things
  • Cloud Computing and Virtualisation
  • Network Management

Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.

Support

Web-based learning

Solent's virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support

Key figures

55%

Assessment by coursework

45%

Practical exams

Meet the course team

Jennifer Muskett academic profile Jennifer Muskett Head of Subject View profile
Dr Shakeel Ahmad academic profile Shakeel Ahmad Course Leader View profile
Jomo Batola academic profile Jomo Batola Senior Lecturer View profile
Neville Palmer academic profile Neville Palmer Senior Lecturer View profile
Martin Reid academic profile Martin Reid Senior Lecturer View profile

The university cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.

Facilities

The course makes use of Solent’s excellent, EC Council certified security and specialist networking labs, which feature a wide variety of real-world equipment from Cisco (including Cisco Packet Tracer), Fluke and HP, as well as high-fidelity simulation systems including the market-leading Opnet. You’ll also have access to our devices lab, a special test area integrated within one of our existing software development spaces.

It consists of a range of real mobile devices, allowing students to test their web sites and apps on real equipment.

Student-focussed teaching using modern pedagogical teaching methods and technology-assisted teaching. Industry-informed contemporary course contents which would make you ready for the industry.

Your future

Solent’s Cyber Security Management course will prepare you for a wide range of graduate-level employment opportunities in the industry. Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Cyber Security Analyst
  • Network Security Manager
  • Penetration Tester
  • Cyber Security Consultant
  • System Analyst
  • Incident Manager
  • CyberOps Manager

Upon successful completion of your degree, you could also choose to pursue further study at postgraduate level. Solent offer a range of Master’s including; MSc Cyber Security EngineeringMSc Computer Engineering and MSc Data Analytics Engineering. Solent alumni can also receive a discount of up to 50% on postgraduate courses.

  • This course provides a great insight into the world of computer security and networking, as well as certification options to further your potential and prospects for a career. I would certainly recommend it!

    Sam Lepine, Student

Placements

The work placement variant of the course enables you to gain valuable real-world experience – often in a paid role. You will be expected to secure your own placement, however you will be given support from the academic team in finding a suitable position.

We also encourage and support you to gain industrial experience during vacations, or to develop their final-year project in conjunction with industry.

Further study

Enhance your career prospects by continuing your study at Solent.

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