BSc (Hons) Cyber Security

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Study cyber security in Cambridge and gain the essential knowledge and skills needed to become a cyber security IT professional in a rapidly-growing industry.

Cyber attacks make headlines across the globe, and demand for talented computing graduates is outstripping supply. With governments and organisations increasing their cyber protection budgets, there’s never been a better time to invest in your future career.

Fine-tune your network and data skills with us, take an optional placement year, and get ready to make your mark in the global cyber security industry.

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Facilities and accreditation

Industry-standard facilities

As a Cyber Security student at ARU you’ll learn in lecture theatres and labs, and:

  • use tools such as Kali Linux Penetration Testing Distribution, X-Ways Forensic, Autopsy, Cisco PacketTracer, OWASP ZAP and Burp Suite
  • apply fundamental skills in penetration testing, digital forensic investigations and analysing how malware operates
  • have access to award-winning IT facilities such as virtualisation software (VMware)
  • utilize 24/7 remote lab cloud capabilities to offer anytime learning facilities with NDG Netlab

Outstanding student support

As a student at ARU, you'll benefit from:

  • the opportunity to take a placement year as part of your course
  • ongoing careers and employability support
  • business support and mentoring through our start-up hub
  • joining a course that's ranked in the top 25% in the UK for overall satisfaction (National Student Survey 2020).

Prepare for certification

Our Cyber Security degree includes access to the CCNA Routing and Switching and EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) curriculums. This gives you the chance to progress your learning to full certification – you’ll just need to pay for your exam fees.

Our curriculum supports key elements of industry leading vendor neutral CompTIA A+ and Security+ curriculums.

As a Cisco Networking Academy for more than ten years, our industry links ensure that you'll be equipped to meet the needs of the fast and every-changing world of computing with access to VMWare IT Academy, Microsoft Azure for Education and Palo Alto Networks Cybersecurity Academy.


It’s predicted that the global cyber security workforce shortage will reach over 4 million by 2020/21, as demand outstrips supply*.

As a result, graduates are in demand with roles starting on salaries from £25-30,000. Cyber security consultants can expect to earn anything between £40,000 and £120,000 per year and many provide services under their own Limited companies.

Your skills in application security, information security or digital forensics could see you working closely with lawyers, governments, commercial organisations, the education sector and investigation agencies, as well as the finance and e-commerce sectors and national security organisations.

Whichever path you follow, you can be sure you’re graduating with the knowledge, skills and abilities that industry needs. We work with employers, and they help us review what we teach and how we teach it – and they offer hands-on, practical opportunities to learn through work-based projects, internships or placements.

Graduation doesn’t need to be the end of your time with us. We offer a range of postgraduate degrees including MSc Computer Science and MSc Cyber Security. You’re also in the perfect position to continue your academic career and move on to a PhD in Computer Science. Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and get 20% off your fees.

*2019 (ISC)2 Cybersecurity Workforce Study.

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Placement year available

You have the option to take a placement year as part of this course. It’s a great chance to get hands-on experience in the industry you want to work in.

Your guide to placements