Study for a cyber security degree in Cambridge and gain the essential knowledge and skills needed to become a cyber security professional, protecting vital IT services as part of 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 by studying cyber security at university.
At ARU’s School of Computing and Information Science, we’ll enable you to fine-tune your network and data skills, take an optional placement year, and make your mark in the global cyber security industry.
What does ARU’s Cyber Security BSc (Hons) course cover?
You’ll start your cyber security education at ARU by learning about the fundamentals of computing, including computer networks, Linux operating systems, client/server architectures and secure high-level software development. You'll come to understand and recognise the cybercrime threats that organisations, and their infrastructures, face.
You’ll go on to study the cryptographic principles underpinning digital security and their application, how organisations' infrastructures can be protected from attack, and how digital forensics can be used to investigate cyber related crime and malware infections. In a Security Management module, we’ll investigate how organisations visualise security operations, undertake threat intelligence and investigate potential threats.
Our cyber security degree course includes access to the CCNA Routing and Switching and EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) curriculums. This gives you the chance to progress your university education to full certification – you’ll just need to pay for your exam fees.
Why study for a Cyber Security degree at ARU?
Our School of Computing and Information Science’s specialist labs are the perfect place to apply your knowledge and skills, carrying out penetration testing and digital forensic investigations, and analysing how malware operates. They’re equipped with tools such as Kali Linux Penetration Testing Distribution, X-Ways Forensic, Autopsy, Cisco PacketTracer, OWASP ZAP and Burp Suite.
The university is active within both the cyber security and digital forensics industries, working closely as Academic Supporters for OWASP Cambridge (Open Web Application Security Project), CIISec (Chartered Institute of Information Security), BCS Cybercrime Forensics Special Internet Group, CREST and ISACA London.
Our school’s Cyber Security and Networking Research Group hosts regular networking events with industry, including guest lectures, capture the flag events and open source project placements through Google Summer of Code (GSoC).
We work actively with both national and international law enforcement through our working relationships and research activities with Home Office, ECTEG (European Cybercrime Training and Education Group) and Cyber Resilience Centre in the East.
You have the option to take a placement year as part of your cyber security degree, and gain valuable work experience.
What is a cyber security degree?
A Cyber Security BSc (Hons) is an opportunity to develop your knowledge and skills across all areas of cyber security, and start to specialise in those that particularly interest you. You’ll complete the course as a well-rounded graduate with a university-level qualification, thoroughly prepared to enter the workplace.
Our cyber security degree covers computer systems and their architecture and automation; software principles and security; cyber crime; database design and implementation; network technologies, routing and switching; digital security and forensics; penetration testing (ethical hacking); malware science; and security management and governance.
You’ll learn in lectures and the lab, work both independently and as part of a team, and be assessed through a combination of multiple choice examinations, case study and research projects, and formal written reports.
Studying cyber security at university means you’ll have access to industry-standard hardware and software in our School of Computing and Information Science, gain up-to-the-minute knowledge and skills from our highly-qualified, research-active lecturers, and benefit from our extensive industry connections.
What can I do with ARU’s BSc (Hons) Cyber Security?
Our Cyber Security BSc (Hons) is designed to prepare you for a variety of high-demand roles in the cyber security industry, across a broad range of government and commercial organisations of all shapes and sizes.
Popular job titles include security engineer, architect, software developer or analyst; ethical hacker/penetration tester; digital forensic analyst; and incident responder. Alternatively, you could pass on the knowledge and skills you gained on your cyber security degree as a teacher or trainer.
A typical starting salary in the cyber security industry is £25-30,000, rising to anything between £40-120,000 for a cyber security consultant.
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As a Cyber Security student at ARU you’ll learn in lecture theatres and labs, and:
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.
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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, university graduates are in demand to protect vital IT systems from cyber attacks.
With a Cyber Security BSc (Hons), you can expect a typical starting salary of £25-30,000. You could work in IT services, as a security engineer, architect, software developer or analyst; an ethical hacker/penetration tester; a digital forensic analyst; and incident responder; and much more. Alternatively, you could become a teacher or trainer, passing on the knowledge and skills you gained on your cyber security degree.
You could progress to become a cyber security consultant, earning anything between £40,000 and £120,000 per year. Many consultants provide services under their own Limited companies, so you could be your own boss.
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.
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.
Informed by employers, our courses support an integrated approach to employability. You’ll have opportunities to develop the skills and abilities they are looking for and gain a deeper understanding of how your academic learning relates to the world of work through Live Briefs and Ruskin Modules.
To amplify your career ambition, you will need to actively dedicate time outside of your studies, whether you choose to explore placements, internships or volunteering. Or you could make a social impact by collaborating with our partner organisations through our volunteer scheme Students at the Heart of Knowledge Exchange (SHoKE). These all give you an edge, providing you with experience that you will be able to evidence on your CV and talk about in interviews.
Our Employability and Careers Service offers a range of expert advice and support to build your unique professional profile, including tailored career appointments, advice on writing your CV, and help to complete job applications. You’ll have 24/7 access to the Careers Centre, our comprehensive online digital resource, which empowers you to start building a Personal Career Development Plan from the very start. Design your future at ARU.
"Figuring out the packet tracer files and configuring networks have been my favourite memories. They seemed so impossible at times and yet we managed to figure them out. It felt so rewarding!"
BSc (Hons) Cyber Security
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