In a nutshell
Many organisations guard large amounts of personal data, but, as recent events reveal, data breaches are on the rise. As cyber criminals use more sophisticated techniques to infiltrate I.T systems, organisations need talented people to reduce their risk and help to keep systems secure.
Computer Science with Cyber Security is one of our fastest-growing courses, designed to fill the emerging global skills gap. Taking your interest in computer science, and using a defence/attack approach, this specialist cyber focus provides knowledge of the inner workings of programmes, operating systems and networks so you understand the mechanisms of cyber-attacks. By completing specially-designed projects and modules, you’ll develop the ability to think conceptually and cultivate independent technical judgement, as you prepare for future security-related roles.
Integrity is paramount to this course. We’ll ensure you adopt a professional approach, making you aware of laws, regulations and competences needed to work with other IT professionals. You’ll be required to sign up to a code of ethical behaviour and you will be subject to an enhanced level of monitoring.
- Explore the inner workings of programmes, operating systems and networks to understand cyber attacks
- Learn how to diagnose attacks and use forensics to determine the extent of damage
- Develop an understanding of cryptography to address security concerns
- Know how to preserve evidence so you can work within an ethical framework
- Build risk management knowledge so you can actively manage threats
This is for you if...
You're passionate about computing and are excited about how to fight cyber crime
You're interested in how things work rather than just wanting to use them
You've got a keen attention to detail, enjoy problem-solving and like to use your initiative
All about the course
Having the ability to apply ideas and techniques is at the heart of computing, and core to Salford’s values, so we strive to embed this as a core learning objective throughout your studies. Our computer science courses put you in charge of the computer – so it does what you want it to do.
In year one, you'll explore essential modules in programming, databases and computer systems. You'll look at Java, Linux, databases, artificial intelligence, networking and computer graphics. As you progress to year two, you'll build knowledge in data mining, security and network pentation testing.
In your final year, you'll complete further cyber security-focused modules, including cyber investigation and malware and exploit analysis. You'll also complete an individual project that will demonstrate your understanding of computer science-based security issues.
Take a placement
Industry placements are a great opportunity to get some hands-on experience and make those early career connections. On this course, you'll have the option to take an industry placement between years two and three. Although you’ll be responsible for securing your placement, our tutors will support you, monitor your progress and assess your final placement report. By successfully completing a placement year, you can add 'with professional experience' to your final degree award.
This module will share fundamental knowledge of database management systems, their design, implementation and applications. It will develop your knowledge and understanding of the underlying principles of relational database management system, and how to implement and maintain an efficient database system.
Computer System Internals and Linux
This module will provide you with an in-depth low-level knowledge of computer systems, concentrating on computer architecture, operating systems and communications technology. You will also start to develop skills in the use of Unix-like operating systems at command-line level, writing and using simple scripts and batch files and the simple system administration of a standalone Linux PC.
You will be introduced to a systematic approach to programming, and you will develop an appreciation of the software development cycle. You will learn excellent programming practice through design, implementation and testing, and will be introduced to the basics of a structured programming of integrated programming environment.
You will strengthen your syntax and semantics base of Java developed in the ‘Programming 1’ module. You will develop an appreciation of recursion as well as your knowledge of dynamic data structures. Additionally, you will learn how to test and debug code, along with an appreciation of more sophisticated programming behaviour. You will be introduced to a non-BlueJ means of compiling and executing Java applications.
Professional Development and Practices
You will be introduced to the business context and application of computing and information systems. You will explore this through societal, professional, ethical and legal issues surrounding business practices and the theory and process of project delivery to a professional standard.
Web Development and Human Computer Interfaces
You will be introduced to theory and practice of website design and development and develop knowledge and understanding of human-computer interaction and techniques for designing and analysing user interfaces. You will also gain skills and practical experience of designing, developing and testing websites using HTML5 & Cascading Sheets (CSS).
Client Server Systems
In this module you will first be introduced to some of the most important data structures used in the design and implementation of computer software and shown how these are implemented using Java. You will then learn to analyse the requirements of algorithm resources to allow you to provide a sound basis for objective choice when dealing with competing algorithms
Network Penetration Testing
You will apply a range of techniques for penetration testing and vulnerability assessment, communicating the outcomes effectively and professionally. You will cover planning, scanning, web application testing, exploiting vulnerabilities, password attacks and wireless vulnerabilities. You will learn to consider the ethical and legal implications of penetration testing and will be expected to work within a strong ethical framework.
You will develop your range of employability 'soft skills' to give you an advantage when applying for placements and performing well whilst on placement. Employers value a combination of technical and interpersonal skills. This module will draw from our extensive industry contacts to demonstrate the range of skills needed to succeed in your career and help you develop a career plan.
Networking and Security
You will learn in detail how the Internet works, from local area networks to global networks. This will include designing and troubleshooting networks, and configuring and testing network applications. You will also look at security vulnerabilities, cryptographic principles, protocols, C-I-A trade-offs, firewalls and legal implications. You will apply these principles to designing solutions for some realistic case studies.
AI and Data Mining
You will be introduced to Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Data Mining (DM) techniques for problem solving. You will become familiar with AI techniques and terminology for knowledge representation and searching, and gain an understanding of DM algorithms, and learn how these techniques are used in real world applications.
Software Projects with Agile Techniques
This module combines technical work in computer programming with personal development planning. You will work in a group to design, develop, document and demonstrate a solution to a problem, working to a professional standard using Java programming. This module also introduces agile techniques and methodologies and provides an opportunity for applying, evaluating and reflecting on these techniques.
You will go further into digital investigation techniques and methodologies, covering specific forensic details for Windows, mobile devices, multimedia files and networks and using a variety of tools.
Malware and Exploit Analysis
You will learn to examine a range of exploits, malware and malicious programmes, using network and system monitoring tools and disassemblers to determine what they do and how they avoid detection. You will evaluate and analyse incident management and recovery procedures.
Information Security Management
This module will prepare you for the creation and implementation of information security policies in organisations, with an emphasis on risk management and business continuity planning, taking account both of the practicalities of implementation in a real-world setting, and the various legal and ethical issues involved. You’ll learn to identify assets, vulnerabilities, threats and controls and to consider issues of security culture.
You will undertake an individual project that will demonstrate your understanding of security issues. You can select your own area of study, identify and develop a realistic problem and, working independently and in a professional manner, organise, sustain and report on your project in a way which is both detailed and reflective.
Optional modules - choose one
The module will provide an introduction to the key technologies used to provide interactive web sites and interactive applications for use with mobile devices, taking into account the unique environment in which these applications operate. Consideration will be given to how to use these technologies whilst still maintaining web standards, particularly accessibility.
You will learn business and enterprise concepts so you can analyse and evaluate business practices, concepts, theories and frameworks and their relationship to the strategic and operational management of an enterprise or a project. This is intended to complement the technical project management content of the course and provide a real-world context linked to current enterprise activities at the university. You will also learn about freelancing.
Virtual Reality and 3D Games
This module will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the principles, practices and measures of virtual reality technology and the development of interactive 3D worlds. Applications of the technology that will be used are from across sectors including the computer games industry, medicine, energy, engineering and science. You will develop your programming to an advanced level of understanding and experience of modern interactive 3D engine development.
Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.
What will I be doing?
You'll develop your knowledge and skills through a blend of theoretical, collaborative and practical methods. These include:
- Practical laboratory-based activities
- Case studies
- Group work
- Project work
You'll be assessed using a combination of formats. These include:
- Examinations to assess your immediate response to a set of unseen problems
- Assignments to assess your response to a larger problem
- Practical tests to assess your ability to apply appropriate skills to a problem
- Projects to assess your ability to create a plan, identify possibilities, make decisions, carry out the plan, and reflect on the choices and outcome
- Software development tasks to demonstrate your work
Salford has a range of specialist computing suites and laboratories at our main Peel Park campus, including our networking laboratory and dedicated final year project laboratory. Cisco-related laboratory classes are delivered at our MediaCityUK campus. These facilities also provide opportunities for you to gain additional Cisco Certified Network Associate status.
At both campuses, our computer suites are equipped with Macs and PCs configured with the specialist software required for modules involving database systems, web content creation, mobile networking, network simulation, internet security and forensics.
What about after uni?
Once you complete the full honours degree, you'll graduate with exciting and rewarding careers opportunities ahead of you.
With demonstrable programming skills, supported by a large portfolio of practical work, you'll have an excellent set of computer science skills and a specialism in cyber security. There is currently a shortage of cyber security specialists, with a rise in demand for security analysts, penetration testers, security auditors and information security managers.
Our computer science alumni have found employment with leading national companies across a range of industries, including Sainsburys, Cisco, Microsoft, SIS, Autotrader, HMRC, Ferranti and Civica, plus local firms emerging in the fast-growing North West tech community.
You might find you want to learn more about computing, so we offer a range of specialism postgraduate study options to help you take your career and interests even further. Salford graduates and alumni will also receive a significant fees discount.
Our experienced team maintains strong links with the industry and professional bodies, which provides guest speakers and placements. This approach ensures that we gain multiple perspectives from the IT industry, maintains course content relevance and provides our students with the applicable skills needed for the digital age.
We run an industrial liaison committee to provide us with industry-focused advice and ensure that our modules are relevant. Organisations involved are a mixture of IT-led businesses and those who make advanced of IT, including Web Applications UK, AutoTrader, Cooperative, DAI and FastWebMedia.
The Manchester city-region is a growing centre for digital excellence, as evidenced by the opening of a Government Communications Agency site (GCHQ) in the city. The University of Salford is a founding member of the £6m GM Cyber Foundry, an initiative that aims to help protect regional small and medium-sized companies against malicious computer attacks.
What you need to know
English language requirements
International applicants must show proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 with no band below 5.5 is proof of this.
We're looking for applicants with a strong interest in computing, a good work ethic and attention to detail. This implies having an interest in how computers work rather than just wanting to be a user of them, and it implies doing things on your own initiative rather than just things you’ve been told to do as part of your coursework.
English Language and Mathematics at grade C/level 4 or above (or equivalent). You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below.
UCAS tariff points
112-120 UCAS points, to include Mathematics, a numerate science or a computer-related subject.
GCE A level
112-120 UCAS points, to include a grade C in Mathematics, a numerate science or a computer-related subject.
BTEC National Diploma
DDM from a computer-related subject. Engineering or Science accepted with distinctions in maths modules.
120 UCAS points, to include Mathematics, a numerate science or a computer-related subject.
Irish Leaving Certificate
120 UCAS points, to include Mathematics, a numerate science or a computer-related subject.
Pass in Diploma of at least 60%, to include a numerate subject or Engineering.
30 points with 14 in Higher Level subjects.
Access to HE
Pass with 112-120 UCAS Points from a QAA-approved computer-related programme with Level 3 Mathematics content.
Salford Alternative Entry System (SAES)
We positively welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we receive your application, we'll assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.
There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.
Please contact Admissions for further information.
|Type of study||Year||Fees|
|Full-time home/EU||2019||£9,250per year|
|Full-time international||2019||£14,820per year|
You should consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.
Applicants for this course can qualify to apply for one of five scholarships provided thanks to the generosity of the Morson Group. Each scholarship is worth a total of £9,000, paid as two cash award instalments of £1,500 each per annum for a maximum of three years.
The scholarships aim to ensure that talented students starting their first year are not deterred from studying at the University of Salford for financial reasons. Qualifying students will be encouraged to apply after registration and enrolment in September 2019. More information about the scholarship.
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