Cyber security

​​​What is Cyber Security?

Cyber security focuses on protecting computer systems from unauthorised access or being otherwise damaged or made inaccessible. Cyber security is an important business issue for all organisations as under the recent GDPR regulations organisations must have security measures in place to protect personal data or face large penalties. It’s a billion pound industry and is growing due to continued threats from malware, ransomware, phishing, DDoS attacks and hacking.

With almost all of our personal data now stored online, cyber security attacks have the potential to completely ruin businesses and people lives. And with the number of recent high profile attacks, such as those on the NHS, Yahoo and LinkedIn, companies are becoming increasingly concerned with any potential leaks that could occur. A recent government report found that nearly half of all businesses experienced some form of attack in the last 12 months.

Who would want a Cyber Security degree?

A Cyber security degree course can help you gain the qualifications you need to enter cyber security jobs and combat the growing threat of cyber crime.

If you like problem solving, have a technical mind and are interested in IT, a cyber security degree may be for you.

Cyber Security degrees cover a wide range of IT related subjects including programming, algorithms and data types, information systems and databases, digital forensics, software development, penetration testing, cryptography and cyber crime. Entry requirements for an undergraduate degree course are set by individual universities and you may be required to have higher grades in particular subjects which are related to computing.

What are the career options with a cyber security degree?

Career options for graduates with cyber security degrees are wide-ranging, and may include the following:

  • Counter-terrorism
  • Cryptography
  • Cyber and digital forensics
  • Development and code analysis
  • Incident response
  • Intelligence operations
  • Law, legalities and compliance
  • Network security
  • Penetration testing
  • Policy and strategy
  • Research and new developments
  • Secure software
  • ​Security architecture
  • Security Auditing
  • Vulnerability assessment

There is currently a skills shortage in cyber security and demand for people working in the industry is on the rise. Career prospects are good for people with the right combination of skills and experience. You’ll typically start in an entry-level or junior cyber security role and then progress into roles such as a senior cyber security analyst or consultant. You may then be able to progress into higher level leadership and managerial roles.

Achieving relevant certifications is helpful for your development and progression as many employers specify these as role requirements. With experience you could also set up your own company and become an independent cyber security consultant.

What cyber security degrees are on offer at University of Gloucestershire?

Cyber and Computer Security (BSc Hons)

Work on live business cases to defend against cyber security risk. You will study the cyber environments of banks, high security digital environments, ecommerce and social media platforms, graduating well-equipped to protect cyber environments across business sectors. Learn in our new purpose-built School of Computing and Technology including a dedicated cyber security lab where you can practice your skills in a digitally protected environment with an isolated network, break-out areas for workshop sessions, games consoles, and screens in social areas, and the latest computing technology and software.

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Computer and Cyber Forensics (BSc Hons)

Immerse yourself in all aspects of cyber forensics, gaining essential skills in revealing how cybercrime has happened and who is responsible. Developing enquiry and analysis skills, you will learn how to gather and present evidence as an expert witness in criminal and civil investigations.

Our Computer and Cyber Forensics degree can be studied either as a 3 year course, or a 4 year course including a placement year.

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Cyber Security (MSc)

This is a postgraduate master's degree which is designed for those which to develop a career as a cyber security professional or to take a leading technical or managerial role. It is suitable for those from a computer science or information technology education background.

Modules on our Cyber Security course include Network Security, Digital Forensics, Advanced Artificial Intelligence and a major research project.

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The next steps

Interested in studying graphic design at university and applying for one of our cyber security courses? Applications for undergraduate cyber security degrees are made through UCAS, while applications for postgraduate cyber security​ degrees are made directly to the university. You can find out more about applying for an undergraduate or postgraduate degree using the links below, where you’ll also find details about how to get in touch with our admissions team if you have any further questions.

Find out more about applying for an undergraduate degree

Find out more about applying for a postgraduate degree