BSc (Hons) Cyber Security

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Studying Cyber Security at ARU

Join a degree in cyber security degree in Cambridge and gain the essential knowledge and skills needed to become a cyber security professional, protecting vital IT services as part of a rapidly-growing industry.

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Why Cyber Security at ARU?

  • Study in the Silicon Fen, home to Apple, Microsoft, Samsung AI and many more – the perfect opportunity to connect with top employers.
  • Engage with real-world projects through our Live Brief assessments, set and driven by local companies such as PA Consulting and Kear Technology Solutions.
  • Gain access to the Cisco CCNA, CompTIA Security+ and EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) curriculums.
  • Explore our on-site specialist labs and our online virtual lab (NETLAB), which are equipped with cyber security and forensics tools and operating systems.
  • We're a Cisco Networking Academy, a CompTIA Academic Partner, an EC-Council Academic Partner, VMWare Academy, and AWS Academy.

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

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.

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Industry-standard facilities

As a Cyber Security student at ARU you’ll learn in lecture theatres and labs, and:

  • use tools such as Kali Linux Penetration Testing Distribution, X-Ways Forensic, Autopsy, Cisco PacketTracer, OWASP ZAP and Burp Suite
  • apply fundamental skills in penetration testing, digital forensic investigations and analysing how malware operates
  • have access to award-winning IT facilities such as virtualisation software (VMware)
  • utilize 24/7 remote lab cloud capabilities to offer anytime learning facilities with NDG Netlab.

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Outstanding student support

As a student at ARU, you'll benefit from:

  • the opportunity to take a placement year as part of your course
  • ongoing careers and employability support
  • business support and mentoring through our start-up hub.

Prepare for certification

Our Cyber Security degree includes access to the CCNA Routing and Switching and EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) curriculums. This gives you the chance to progress your learning to full certification – you’ll just need to pay for your exam fees.

Our curriculum supports key elements of industry leading vendor neutral CompTIA A+ and Security+ curriculums.

As a Cisco Networking Academy for more than ten years, our industry links ensure that you'll be equipped to meet the needs of the fast and every-changing world of computing with access to VMWare IT Academy, Microsoft Azure for Education and Palo Alto Networks Cybersecurity Academy.


What can you do with a degree in cyber security?

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 could progress to become a cyber security consultant, earning anything between £40,000 and £120,000 per year. Many consultants provide services under their own Limited companies, so you could be your own boss.

Your skills in application security, information security or digital forensics could see you working closely with lawyers, governments, commercial organisations, the education sector and investigation agencies, as well as the finance and e-commerce sectors and national security organisations.

Graduation doesn’t need to be the end of your time with us. We offer a range of postgraduate degrees including MSc Computer Science and MSc Cyber Security. You’re also in the perfect position to continue your academic career and move on to a PhD in Computer Science. Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and get 20% off your fees.

*2019 (ISC)2 Cybersecurity Workforce Study.

Employability and personal career development

Informed by employers, our courses support an integrated approach to employability. You’ll have opportunities to develop the skills and abilities they are looking for and gain a deeper understanding of how your academic learning relates to the world of work through Live Briefs and Ruskin Modules.

To amplify your career ambition, you will need to actively dedicate time outside of your studies, whether you choose to explore placements, internships or volunteering. Or you could make a social impact by collaborating with our partner organisations through our volunteer scheme Students at the Heart of Knowledge Exchange (SHoKE). These all give you an edge, providing you with experience that you will be able to evidence on your CV and talk about in interviews.

Our Employability and Careers Service offers a range of expert advice and support to build your unique professional profile, including tailored career appointments, advice on writing your CV, and help to complete job applications. You’ll have 24/7 access to the Careers Centre, our comprehensive online digital resource, which empowers you to start building a Personal Career Development Plan from the very start. Design your future at ARU.


"Figuring out the packet tracer files and configuring networks have been my favourite memories. They seemed so impossible at times and yet we managed to figure them out. It felt so rewarding!"


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Placement year available

You have the option to take a placement year as part of this course. It’s a great chance to get hands-on experience in the industry you want to work in.

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