This degree is suitable for students who are looking for a successful career in technical computing, with interests in the various roles directly and indirectly connected to the world of computer, network and information security.
You should be motivated to understand how computer systems are built and excited by the rapid pace of change in the field.
There is an ever-growing need for sharp, code-literate, motivated graduates in an industrial sector that makes a multi-billion pound contribution to the UK economy.
The degree focuses on how software and programming work, together with specialist content in computer security. The course will prepare you for a successful career in the technical areas of computer science and information security by developing skills in analysis, design and programming as well as specialisms in cyber security.
Starting with core foundational skills, such as programming, the course progresses to cover a range of computing topics with a focus on practical application, while maintaining a strong theoretical underpinning.
During the course you will become ethical hackers as you are challenged to identify flaws in computing devices and networks; to cryptanalyse classical and modern ciphers; and to trace attacks while auditing systems.
Accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered IT Professional and fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.
Typical offers require one of the following:
In addition, the following is required:
If you do not qualify for direct entry, you may wish to take a foundation programme first. These programmes are designed to prepare students for entry to City's undergraduate courses.
INTO City, University of London offers pathway programmes in a range of academic subjects and English language to help you prepare for degree-level study at City. You’ll learn from experienced teachers in a dedicated international study centre.
Successful completion of the International Foundation in Computer Science at the required level guarantees progression onto this undergraduate degree at City.
INTO City courses are validated by City, University of London providing assurance of the quality and standards of education.
City works in partnership with KIC London to provide a range of preparatory courses for international students. KIC London courses offer comprehensive support to students - including regular one-to-one tuition. Students who successfully complete the KIC London Foundation course at the required level have a guaranteed progression route to City, University of London degree courses.
We accept a wide range of European and international qualifications for direct entry to our programmes. For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
If your first language is not English, we will require evidence of English language proficiency. Minimum requirements are:
Don't meet the English language requirements? INTO City, University of London offers English language programmes to help prepare you for study at university. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to degree courses.
International Students (EEA and Non EEA) coming to study in the UK, may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study. The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course. There are different rules for:
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Applications for degree courses must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). You can apply through your school or college using the Apply system, which enables you to submit your application directly to the UCAS website.
You can apply to up to five universities or institutions on the form. The UCAS code for City, University of London is C60.
Please take care to enter the correct course code when applying, particularly for subjects with a Foundation year or with BEng (Hons) and MEng (Hons) or BSc (Hons) and MSci (Hons) options.
UCAS has implemented an ‘invisibility of choices’ policy so that, on the initial application and while you are receiving decisions, each institution can see only their entry and not those of other institutions you have chosen. This ensures that your application for a course at City is considered solely on your academic and personal qualities.
You should submit your completed application form to UCAS with a £23 application fee. If you want to apply to City, University of London only, you can make a single choice application at a reduced rate of £12.
Your application for entry in September 2021 should arrive at UCAS between 1st September 2020 and 15th January 2021. Applications that arrive after 15th January 2021 will be considered only at City’s discretion.
When your application is acknowledged by UCAS, you will be sent a personal identification number so that you can access your records via Track on the UCAS website.
For general enquiries about the admissions process at City, please contact our Admissions Office:
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* The fee for this course is £9,250 for each year of study.
** The fee for this course is £17,850 for the first year of study. The institution reserves the right to increase your tuition fees annually to take account of the institution's increased costs of delivering educational services. The increase will normally be 2% but this is kept under review with reference to the RPI. If the institution intends to increase your tuition fees you will be advised of this alongside the published entry fee.
Your introduction to coding at City
City's first-year Computer Science students were introduced to coding during a two-week long coding marathon. The highlight was the presentation showcase, where students got to exhibit their achievements to academics and their fellow students. From complete beginners to those with some experience, everyone was challenged to develop their own project by the end of the bootcamp!
In recent years students from our computer science courses have been able to obtain placements at leading companies within their chosen field such as Accenture, Deloitte, Hewlett Packard, IBM and Xerox.
The School has its own dedicated placements team that provides on-hand placement and internship support and guidance for students throughout their studies. You can undertake one of the following placement schemes:
Our dedicated team of placement specialists, the Professional Liaison Unit, has extensive experience in helping students to secure placement employment across a range of industries. The team also has longstanding relationships with an impressive and diverse range of companies spanning both large and small organisations including start-ups in Tech City.
Placements are highly encouraged at City; students that complete a placement year benefit from gaining professional experience working on real-life projects and are also more likely to; achieve higher grades, secure a graduate-level job and earn a higher salary.
The School's computer science laboratories are equipped with modern and up-to-date hardware and software required for you to progress through your studies and acquire skills and knowledge that will form basis for your future career within IT.
From Oracle’s leading commercial object-relational database server to PCs with state-of-art NVidia GPUs, used for computer graphics, students will have access to all necessary tools required for their studies across all computer science disciplines.
We operate a Guarantee Scheme for first year undergraduates which means you will be offered place in one of City's affiliated Halls if you meet the Scheme's criteria.
Our Accommodation Service can also help you find private accommodation.
We offer a free language course for City, University of London students.
Course timetables are normally available from July and can be accessed from our timetabling pages. These pages also provide timetables for the current academic year, though this information should be viewed as indicative and details may vary from year to year.
Please note that all academic timetables are subject to change.
We offer an extensive support network during your time here at City, University of London – from Learning Support (including disability support) and counselling to financial and career advice – leaving you free to enjoy every opportunity campus life has to offer.
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To make sure that you can begin or continue your studies with us during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have reviewed and adapted our courses to ensure a safe learning environment for our students and staff. We have modified the way some of our courses are delivered, with many programmes being made available online.
On this course, MSci (Hons) Computer Science with Cyber Security, you will learn through a combination of lectures, case studies, seminars and laboratory sessions. Project and group work aim to develop problem-solving and play a major part in the course. Learning is also supported by the online e-learning system.
The balance of assessment by examination, practical examination and assessment by coursework will to some extent depend on the optional modules you choose.
The approximate percentage of the course assessment, based on 2019/20 entry is as follows:
City's MSci (Hons) Computer Science with Cyber Security degree teaches you how software and programming works before giving you the opportunity to study specialist modules based on the Department's research expertise in cyber security demonstrating how computing can be used to solve real-world problems.
Starting with core foundational skills, such as programming, the course progresses to cover a range of computing topics with an emphasis on professional
application, while maintaining a strong theoretical underpinning. Later years specialise in cyber security and enable students to focus on topics ranging from cybercrime and security governance to cryptography and digital forensics, while also engaging with academics in a large individual project to develop scientific knowledge and skills. The course provides the professional skills essential to modern working.
This programme aims to prepare you with the knowledge, skills and values needed for a technical career as computer scientist and cyber security specialist by
All Computer Science courses at City share a common first year. Students can select their final degree course at the end of the first year.
In year two, students take a further seven core modules, including a team project:
Progression from year two to year three is subject to satisfactory performance.
In year three, students take three core modules and five electives, mixing Computer Science with specialist Cyber Security modules.
Alongside specialist core modules and elective modules, you will undertake a large individual project researching and developing systems in an area of your own specialist interest.
Elective modules include:
The programme specification contains more information on how the course is organised, the requirements for progression for each part and credits required for awards.
Contact hours will take the form of taught modules which are delivered through a series of 20 hours of lectures and 10 hours of tutorials/laboratory sessions. You are expected to undertake independent study, including substantial coursework assignments for each module, amounting approximately to 120 hours per module.
Approximate study time based on 2019/20 entry is as follows:
Careers include roles connected to the world of computer, network and information security, software development and research-based careers in the IT industry and higher degrees, such as a PhD.