With the increasing sophistication of threats to the cyber landscape coupled with the rapid increase in attempts to disrupt our critical systems and gain commercial and personal data, there is an ever-increasing demand for high skilled cyber security graduates to defend individuals and organisations from a diverse range of cybercrimes.
The BSc (Hons) Applied Cyber Security degree is unique in nature, as it offers a high level of practical learning to complement its academic underpinning. Our courses are designed in collaboration with industry partners so that you will benefit from the opportunity to work alongside industry enabling you to develop the skills and knowledge you need to succeed in the workplace. Through a range of learning experiences, you will gain the knowledge of how to keep computer systems free of interference by testing and evaluating them for vulnerabilities and forensically examining the evidential data they provide, to find solutions to real-life problems.
Throughout the course, you will have the opportunity to work on projects and live briefs set by industry, so your knowledge and skills will be relevant and useful to you in the workplace.
This hands-on approach will not only enable you to gain industry contacts but will give you an insight into what will be expected of you when you graduate. This is further enhanced by regular industry talks which will help you understand the wide range of cyber roles available to you and help you to focus on your graduate career choices.
This cyber security course is part of the National Cyber Security Academy, which brings the University, Welsh Government and industry experts together to tackle the skills gap and create experts who can fight against cybercrime. USW has been named Cyber University of the Year for three consecutive years at the National Cyber Awards and we are one of only 8 Universities in the UK to be awarded Gold by the National Cyber Security Centre as an Academic Centre of Excellence.
What you will study
USW’s Applied Cyber Security degree has three main themes: secure systems, digital forensics, and governance. During the first year, you will study all three topics, then you can specialise in one of these fields as you progress through your studies.
You will study in our Secure Operations Centre, which is equipped with specialist cyber security software and facilities. You will also have mentors from the industry and the University who will support and guide you. This workplace environment emulates what it’s like to work in cyber security, so it diﬀers from traditional classroom-based teaching. Given this nature of the degree, assessments are entirely project-based.
Year One: Applied Cyber Security degree
- Essentials of Professional Skills in Cyber Security and Governance – 40 credits
- Cyber Security Tools and Practices – 40 credits
- Secure Server Configuration and Networks – 40 credits
Year Two: Applied Cyber Security degree
- Digital Crime Scene Management – 40 credits
- Secure Systems – 40 credits
- Strategic Corporate Governance, Compliance and Cyber Risks – 40 credits
Year Three: Applied Cyber Security degree
- Advanced Digital Forensic Techniques – 40 credits (optional)
- Advanced Systems Security – 40 credits (optional)
- Incident Management: Assessment and Response – 20 credits
- Final Individual Cyber Project – 60 credits
Students on our Applied Cyber Security degree will study at the Newport City Campus and will benefit from high quality workspaces and specialist cyber labs.
By working directly on industry projects and briefs in a sandbox environment, your knowledge and skills will stay relevant and address current issues and threats within the Cyber Security landscape. This hands-on approach which is supported by a high calibre academic course team, will also enable you to gain industry contacts and understand what will be expected of you in the workplace when you graduate.
There are no formal examinations on the course. Assessments are a mix of academic evidence-based research and practical project-based assessments.
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