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PgCert Cyber Security

Overview of the Programme

The aim of the programme is to provide a strong foundation in Cyber Security providing theoretical skills with practical work in the lab to give you hands-on experience. Those completing the programme will gain Cyber Security knowledge and skills and a high degree of self confidence in their ability to pursue further qualifications in Cyber Security, which will ultimately give them access to a wide range of key roles within the computing and Cyber Security sectors.

The online format and blended-learning delivery of the programme is specifically designed to enable students to access learning materials in a highly flexible manner.

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The course will consist of four credit bearing modules, as follows:

Course Delivery

The course will start in January 2021 with the bulk of teaching completed by the end of April 2021. Assessment activities will follow-thereafter.

Each module will include one full week of self-directed study with some supported through online delivery.

Opportunities for Progression

Further Study

The PG Cert in Cyber Security contains the first 60 credits of the full MSc in Applied Cybersecurity. It is proposed those who complete the 60 credits will be given the option to transfer directly into the second year of the part-time MSc in Applied Cyber Security

If you are seeking to continue with your professional development you will have the opportunity to self-fund progression to the full Master’s subject to meeting the academic requirements for progression.


Admissions and Requirements

Academic requirements:

Normally a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in Computer Science, Software Engineering, Electrical and/or Electronic Engineering, Mathematics with Computer Science, Physics with Computer Science or a related discipline. Applicants must normally have achieved 2.1 or above in relevant modules.

Applicants who hold a 2.2 Honours degree and a Master’s degree (or equivalent qualifications acceptable to the University) in one of the above disciplines will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

All applicants will be expected to have mathematical ability and significant programming experience as evidenced either through the content of their primary degree or through another appropriate formal qualification. It would be beneficial if applicants have experience programming in C and working in a Linux environment.

Applications may be considered from those who do not meet the above requirements but can provide evidence of recent relevant technical experience in industry, for example, in programming. The University's Recognition of Prior Learning Policy provides guidance on the assessment of experiential learning (RPEL).

Places available on this programme are limited.  Where there are more eligible applications received than places available, the academic selectors for this programme will make offers in rank order based on academic merit and potential as evidenced in the totality of the information provided in each application.  We will operate a waiting list as required to allow us to fill all available places.