You'll develop the practical skills and knowledge in programming, maths and engineering that will get you off to a flying start when you move onto BSc (Hons) Cyber Security in your second year.
Protecting organisations from cyber-attacks is a valuable skill and graduates are highly sought after and it’s one we’ll prepare you for.
You’ll explore how to detect and identify security risks before building on this by developing your own preventative measures – all with plenty of opportunities to test your solutions in our industry-standard facilities.
Building on a solid foundation covering network and system technologies, this course covers the core knowledge and skills needed to protect businesses against security threats. You will develop a detailed understanding of computer security issues, the detection of computer-based crime and the preservation and interpretation of digital evidence of the crime.
Introductory Mathematics (20 credit points)
This module provides an introduction to important mathematical ideas, including Algebraic rearrangement, Trigonometry, Vectors, Descriptive Statistics, Integration and Differentiation. You’ll gain an understanding of ideas that form the basis of later, more specialised, developments and you’ll be able to solve simple but realistic mathematical problems.
Computational Mathematics (20 cp)
A hands-on introduction to ideas and skills which cross Mathematics, Physics and Computing. Using software such as Excel and Matlab, you’ll learn about mathematical ideas like matrices and the consideration of how physical systems can be represented mathematically.
Introduction to Programming (20 cp)
Learn how to design, code, test and debug basic Python language programs. In the first part of this module, you’ll look at the basics of Python such as text strings, loops and functions. In the second part of the module, you’ll be introduced to maths-related Python libraries such as pandas, scipy.stats and matplotlib.
Foundation Engineering (20 cp)
This module includes basic electrical, electronic and mechanical engineering. Mechanics considers the consequences of applying forces to physical bodies; the electrical and electronics part of the module focuses on the scientific principles relevant to circuit theory, analogue electronics and components. Laboratory-based sessions will allow you to gain practical knowledge and experience.
Practical and Professional Skills (40 cp)
This module aims to provide a link between the theoretical modules in the course and their practical implementation. The professional skills aspect will help you with interpreting coursework requirements, exam and revision techniques, note-taking and referencing. The practical sessions will cover a variety of topics that require you to make use of the scientific principles and mathematical techniques that you’re learning in the other modules on the course.
Foundations of Computing Technology and Programming (20 cp)
This module has four strands, including programming and technical aspects that introduce you to the fundamentals of writing computer programs, as well as numeracy and website development.
Essential Skills (20 cp)
Develop the skills required to succeed on your computing degree. You’ll learn how to confidently deal with numerical aspects of your course and practice your web publishing skills by creating and formatting basic web documentation.
Systems Programming (20 cp)
This foundation module in programming explores high-level languages and how to apply them to produce scripts or programs for networking and forensics-related applications.
Systems Technology (20 cp)
Learn the key principles, underlying technologies and practical application of computer networks. You’ll be introduced to embedded systems, fundamentals, operation and hardware components.
Systems Analysis and Design (SAD) (20 cp)
Introducing you to the fundamental principles of SAD, this module will give you a working knowledge of the key systems, development methodologies, techniques and tools.
Professional Development for Industry (20 cp)
This module will enable you to learn about the professional bodies and standards relating to the computing profession and enhance your employability potential by increasing your awareness of the technological, social and economic factors driving the IT industry.
Network Design and Administration (20 cp)
Network infrastructure has become key to the effective operation of most organisations. This module will enable you to plan, configure and manage networking solutions to support business needs.
Cyber Security (20 cp)
Learn to manage the security of computer based information and systems within organisations and develop the ability to make informed choices based on business drivers.
Distributed Network Architectures and Operating Systems (20 cp)
Introduction to operating systems running on single machines and how they can be put together to form a large scale system comprising many networked machines.
Information Security (20 cp)
Apply skills learnt in this module to conduct appropriate risk analysis and generate information assurance plans for a given context.
Practical Project Management and Professional Development (20 cp)
Continued professional development and lifelong learning are important to your future career. Through this module, you’ll improve your time and project management skills, presentations and report writing.
Project (40 cp)
Investigate problems in computing, implement solutions, critically evaluate and reflect on your work, and develop your abilities to communicate, self-organise and manage.
Security in Practice (20 cp)
Provides you with an understanding of various security vulnerabilities and cyber threats to computer systems and networks and how to assess and evaluate a variety of proactive and reactive security tools to protect computer systems.
Digital Investigations (20 cp)
Learn to plan for computer crime in the corporate environment, the legal issues associated with the events and their investigation, and techniques for acquiring and handling potential evidence.
Advanced Topics in Cyber Security (20 cp)
Study emerging and future developments in computer security reflecting current topics such as IoT security, applications of cryptography, anonymity and privacy enhancing technologies, and big data analysis for security.
Choose one of the following modules:
Service-centric and Cloud Computing (20 cp)
Become accomplished in the design and implementation of object-based distributed solutions for building interoperable large-scale applications and analysing the quality of service.
Internet of Things (20 cp)
Study a range of current and emerging wireless and mobile devices and their application to build an IoT system.
Business Analysis (20 cp)
Discover two challenging aspects of implementing distributed computing systems in Service-Oriented Architectures (SOA).
Information Systems Management (20 cp)
The aim of this module is to develop an understanding of how to manage the build and deployment of enterprise and Internet information systems in small to medium organisations.
Communicating Science and Technology (20 cp)
An opportunity for you to gain valuable transferable skills working as a ‘student-tutor’ with teachers in local schools or to work on a community-based project.
The environment at NTU was massively supportive. All of my lecturers were more than happy to take time out of their day to help with projects, as well as giving valuable insight when needed
How you’re taught
How will I study?
Scheduled contact time in lectures and seminars is around 12 hours per week and these will be held on Clifton Campus. Lectures are spread between various buildings on campus, including Erasmus Darwin and Mary Ann Evans.
You will be assessed on a variety of components including:
- Coursework and practical (assignments, dissertation, group projects, oral presentations, reports)
- Written (exams, written tests)
Research informed teaching
Our research is tackling real-world issues – and the people working on this research will be teaching you. It also informs the subjects you’ll be studying with us so you can be sure your knowledge will be cutting-edge in your field. In the last Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021) - the UK's system for assessing the quality and impact of research in universities - we’re proud that 80% of NTU's Computer Science and Informatics submission was assessed to be either world-leading or internationally excellent.
Learn a new language
Alongside your study, you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have. Find out more about the ULP.
Careers and employability
Your career development
Nottingham Trent University has an exemplary graduate employment record. As one of our graduates, you will possess a wide range of academic and transferable skills, including investigative and analytical techniques, problem-solving, planning, organisation and communication skills, all of which are invaluable for a number of careers including security analyst, forensic consultant and network administrators
Our recent graduates have secured roles at companies including:
- American Express
- UK Government
- Boots UK
- Innovations in Transport
They have gone into a wide variety of job roles including:
- Cyber Security Analyst
- Business Analyst
- Product Consultant
- Cyber security network designer
Many graduates also choose to undertake further study on one of our Masters-level courses or MPhil and PhD research degrees.
You'll also have the opportunity to turn your ideas into a viable business with help from NTU Enterprise, NTU's purpose-built Centre for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise, a support centre to help students create, develop and grow their own businesses.
Campus and facilities
The School of Science and Technology is a stimulating and creative environment which equips students with the knowledge and transferable skills to put them ahead of the graduate crowd.
We provide facilities that enhance the quality of our education and push the boundaries of our research. Students have access to specialist centres including:
- games console laboratories
- networking and security laboratories
- human-interactive technology and stereo-projection.
Students also enjoy working with the latest software; examples include EnCase, 3D StudioMax, XNA Xbox development suite, The Adobe Creative Suite (Flash, After Effects, Photoshop) and the Unreal and Half-life Games Engines.
- We accept UCAS Tariff points from up to three qualifications
- GCSE – Maths grade B/6
- GCSE – English grade C/4
Other qualifications and experience
We may also consider credits achieved at other universities and your work/life experience through an assessment of prior learning. This may be for year one entry, or beyond the beginning of a course where applicable, for example, into year 2. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available for this route.
Getting in touch
If you need more help or information, get in touch through our enquiry form
Fees and funding
Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.
Your course fees cover the cost of studies and include loads of great benefits, such as the use of our library, support from our expert Employability team, and free use of the IT equipment across our campuses.
Most study modules will recommend one or more core textbooks, which most students choose to purchase. Book costs vary and further information is available in the University’s bookshop. Our libraries provide a good supply of essential textbooks, journals and materials (many of which you can access online) – meaning you may not need to purchase as many books as you might think! There may also be a supply of second-hand books available for purchase from previous year students.
All essential field trip costs will be included in your course fees. There may be the opportunity to take part in optional field trips, which do incur additional costs.
If you're undertaking a placement year, you'll need to budget for accommodation and any travel costs you may incur whilst on placement. Many of our placement students do earn a salary whilst on placement which can help to cover these living costs.
Print and copy costs
The University allocates an annual printing and copying allowance of £20 depending on the course you are studying. For more details about costs for additional print and copying required over and above the annual allowance please see the Printing, photocopying and scanning information on the Library website.
Students will also be required to pay additional costs for printing, poster preparation and final dissertation copies in their final year - estimated costs of approximately £20 - £50.
What's included in the course fees?
Your course fees cover all the facilities and support you need to succeed. This includes the following:
- You will have access to extensive computing facilities, some available 24 hours a day and including technician support.
- You will have dedicated online storage to support the backup of work.
- You will have access to Microsoft Academic Alliance membership, which gives you free copies of all Microsoft developer software including operating systems, Visio and Project.
- As one of our students, you will be able to join the Oracle Academic Initiative as an individual member and get free database software.
- Students are able to register for a free personal copy of 3D Studio Max.
- Extensive equipment is available to loan for coursework and project work. For example, you can borrow cameras and phones.
- Most major software is available across the campus machines, including Adobe Master Collection Suite.
Getting in touch
For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service on telephone +44 (0)115 848 2494.
How to apply
Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.
Writing your application and personal statement
Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. So include all of your qualifications and grades, including resits or predicted grades.
Your personal statement is a really important part of your application. It’s your chance to convince us why we should offer you a place! You’ve got 4,000 characters to impress us. Make sure you use them to show how your skills and qualities are relevant to the course(s) you’re applying for. For more hints and tips, take a look at our page on how to write a good personal statement.
After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.
You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU on our Your Application page. Good luck with your application!