Cyber Security - BSc (Hons)

At ARU’s School of Computing and Information Science, we’ll enable you to fine-tune your network and data skills, take an optional placement year, and make your mark in the global cyber security industry.

With governments and organisations increasing their cyber protection budgets, there’s never been a better time to invest in your future career by studying cyber security at university.

Course details

Cyber attacks make headlines across the globe, and demand for talented computing graduates is outstripping supply.

  • Mode of study: 3-4 days  a week
  • Intakes: September
  • Course length: 3-4 years
  • Course fee: 9250 per year
  • Locations: Chelmsford campus

Anglia Ruskin Univesity, ARU

Course overview

You’ll start your cyber security education at ARU by learning about the fundamentals of computing, including computer networks, Linux operating systems, client/server architectures and secure high-level software development. You’ll come to understand and recognise the cybercrime threats that organisations, and their infrastructures, face.

You’ll go on to study the cryptographic principles underpinning digital security and their application, how organisations’ infrastructures can be protected from attack, and how digital forensics can be used to investigate cyber related crime and malware infections. In a Security Management module, we’ll investigate how organisations visualise security operations, undertake threat intelligence and investigate potential threats.


Entry requirements

112 UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of 2 A Levels (or equivalent).

3 GCSEs at grade C, or grade 4, or above, including English and Maths.

If English is not your first language you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.0 (Academic level) or equivalent English Language qualification, as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University.


It’s predicted that the global cyber security workforce shortage will reach over 4 million by 2020/21, as demand outstrips supply*. As a result, university graduates are in demand to protect vital IT systems from cyber attacks.

With a Cyber Security BSc (Hons), you can expect a typical starting salary of £25-30,000. You could work in IT services, as a security engineer, architect, software developer or analyst; an ethical hacker/penetration tester; a digital forensic analyst; and incident responder; and much more. Alternatively, you could become a teacher or trainer, passing on the knowledge and skills you gained on your cyber security degree.


You’ll be expected to conduct and apply research in the area of cyber security. In some modules, you’ll be assessed through a research report related to a specific area of cyber security. Also, you will have to complete your undergraduate major project in order to be eligible for the degree.

  • Introduction to Networks
  • Introduction to System Architecture and Automation
  • Software Principles (30 credits)
  • Core Mathematics for Computing (15 credits)
  • Cyber Crime Fundamentals
  • Cloud and IoT
  • Network Routing and Switching Essentials
  • Digital Security (15 credits)
  • Networking Technologies
  • Principles of Digital Forensics
  • Ruskin Module (15 credits)
  • Final Project (30 credits)
  • Ethical Hacking and Countermeasures (15 credits)
  • Digital Forensics and Malware Science
  • Professional Issues: Computing and Society (15 credits)
  • Security Management and Governance
  • Software Security