BEng (Hons) Cybersecurity & Forensics

Undergraduate, Full-time

Cybersecurity & Forensics BEng (Hons)

Learn the importance of network security and in future you could be protecting organizations from cyberattacks


BEng (Hons) Cybersecurity and Forensics has been awarded full undergraduate certification from the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) – the first undergraduate course in the UK to achieve full accreditation.

Combining three of the most sought-after streams of computing, this course capitalises on the rising awareness of the importance of network security and is a valuable foundation to a successful and well-paid career.

Two years of general computing studies will lead you to the specialty areas of security and forensics, software development and computer networks. After four years, you’ll have the expertise needed to create and analyse effective and secure computer systems.

In the computing career market, the demand for security engineers is increasing. As a graduate, you’ll have the wide range of skills plus the specialised expertise in data security needed to move into a variety of roles.

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4 years

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Course details

This course will provide you with the knowledge and skills required to pursue a career in a computing-related field, which will allow the application of security and digital forensics expertise.

You will be taught the principles of security and digital forensics, using specialist software and equipment.

During your studies you will gain the ability to apply professional standards to the analysis, design, testing, evaluation and modification of reliable and maintainable software.

In addition, you will be able to develop critical, analytical and problem solving skills in relation to computing issues

  • calendar How you’ll be taught Lectures and tutorials.
  • note and pen Assessments Mixture of essays, practical assignments and exams.
  • briefcase Work placement The Overseas Studies module SOC09104 provides an exciting opportunity for students to spend a semester studying abroad at a sister University. It is aimed at students who are not undertaking the year of Work Based Learning and usually replaces the second semester of Stage 3 – however, arrangements can be made for the module to be undertaken at other times. Students who have completed this module have been exceptionally enthusiastic about the learning opportunities it offers. A study plan is drawn up in advance and approved by a small panel of academic staff of the School of Computing. We currently have established links with universities in Germany, Finland and Sweden where relevant programmes are delivered in English.
  • study abroad Study abroad International study is available, and is intended to develop overall graduate attributes and global citizenship. The School has several agreements with overseas partner institutions, both in the EU and further afield, providing varied and exciting opportunities tailored around your individual study and cultural interests. Currently, links are established with universities in the USA, Canada, Spain, Denmark, Singapore, and Germany, where programmes are delivered in English, whilst additional links are planned with other European countries and Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa.

Popular modules

Year 1

  • Software Development 1
  • Information Systems in Organisations
  • Computer Systems 1
  • Practical Networks 1
  • Introduction to Human-Computer Interaction
  • Programming Fundamentals

Year 2

  • Database Systems
  • Systems and Services
  • Scripting for Cybersecurity and Forensics
  • Practical Networks 2
  • Digital Forensics
  • Web Technologies

Year 3

  • Data Analytics
  • Networked Services
  • Network Security and Cryptography
  • Group Project
  • Computing in Contemporary Society
  • Core Options

Year 4

  • Honours Projects
  • OS Forensics
  • Security Systems for loT
  • Security Testing and Advanced Network Forensics
  • Secure Software Development



Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Full information on this is available in our disclaimer.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Our entry requirements indicate the minimum qualifications with which we normally accept students. Competition for places varies from year to year and you aren't guaranteed a place if you meet the minimum qualifications.

Minimum year 1

SQA Higher

Typical Entry Requirement

ABBB to include a Science*.

National 5 grade C in Maths and English.

Adjusted Offer Entry Requirement

BBCC to include a Science* at grade B.

National 5 grade C in Maths and English.

You may be given an adjusted offer of entry if you meet specific widening participation criteria as outlined in our contextual admissions policy. Click here for further information about our entry requirements and admissions policies.

A Level

BBC to include a Science*.

GCSE grade C/4 in Maths and English.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Pre-2017 Grading System:

B1, B1, B1, B3 at Higher Level to include a Science* and grade C2 in Ordinary Level Maths and English.

New Grading System:

H2, H2, H2, H3 at Higher Level to include a Science* and grade O4 in Ordinary Level Maths and English.

BTEC (QCF) Extended Diploma Level 3

Minimum grades DMM (Distinction, Merit, Merit) in a related subject.

GCSE grade C/4 in Maths and English.

International Baccalaureate Diploma

Award of Diploma with 29 points overall with three HL subjects at grades 6, 5, 4 to include a Science* at grade 5.

Grade 4 in SL Maths and English.

European Baccalaureate

Pass at 70% or above with grade 7 in three subjects to include a Science*.

Grade 6 in Maths and English.

*Science subjects include: Biology, Chemistry, Computing, Engineering Science, Information Technology, Software Systems Development, Digital Technology (NOT Digital Media), Psychology, Maths or Physics.

Minimum year 2


Pass HNC in a related subject with grade A in the graded unit.

SQA Advanced Higher

BBC to include a Science* at Higher.

A Level

BBB to include a Science*.

BTEC (QCF) Extended Diploma Level 3

Minimum grades DDD (Distinction, Distinction, Distinction) in a related subject.

*Science subjects include: Biology, Chemistry, Computing, Engineering Science, Information Technology, Software Systems Development, Digital Technology (NOT Digital Media), Psychology, Maths or Physics.

Minimum year 3


Pass HND in a related subject with grades A at SCQF Level 8 in the graded unit(s) to include the Cyber module.

English language requirements

If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test and our minimum English language requirements will apply.

This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English. Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you.

International students

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
Entry requirements by country

Please note that non-EU international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:
  • BN Nursing/MN Nursing (Adult, Child, Mental Health or Learning Disability)
  • BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery

Admissions policies

We’re committed to admitting students who have the potential to succeed and benefit from our programmes of study. 

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures, and how we use the information you provide us in your application to inform the decisions we make.

Undergraduate admissions policies
Postgraduate admissions policies

Fees & funding

The course fees you'll pay and the funding available to you will depend on a number of factors including your nationality, location, personal circumstances and the course you are studying. We also have a number of bursaries and scholarships available to our students.

Tuition fees
Students from 2018/19 2019/20
Scotland/EU n/a £1,820
England Wales and Northern Ireland (RUK) n/a £9,250
Overseas n/a £12,845
RUK Students starting in 2018/19 will be invoiced the 2018/19 fee for 3 years of their 4 years of study. Students starting in 2019/20 will be invoiced the 2019/20 fee for 3 years of their 4 years of study.

Frequently Asked Questions about Fees
Information of Bursaries and Scholarships


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Career opportunities include:

  • Security Consultant
  • Design Engineer
  • Test/Debug Engineer
  • Forensic Engineer
  • Security Auditor
  • Web Server Support
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