Ethical Hacking and Cybersecurity MSci/BSc (Hons)

Coventry University

Program Overview

Ethical Hacking and Cybersecurity MSci/BSc (Hons) has been developed to provide you with a good practical and theoretical understanding of cybersecurity, hacking, digital forensics, and the underlying computer science.

High profile incidents like the WannaCry and Petya ransomware attacks making headlines in 2017 have led to an increasing demand for highly trained individuals who can advise businesses and organisations, government and law enforcement agencies alike on the best ways to protect their computer networks and the valuable, commercially sensitive information stored within them.

Studying Ethical Hacking and Cybersecurity at Coventry University will provide you with the opportunity to learn to identify and analyse the threats posed to modern information structures and the chance to develop the knowledge and skills to be able to advise a company on how to set up secure systems.

Coventry University has over 10 years’ experience of teaching cybersecurity, producing graduates who have gone on to successful careers in the sector. Previous graduates have gone on to become security consultants, security engineers, penetration testers and other sector specific roles.

With a strong emphasis on practical application of academic and theoretical aspects, the course aims to teach the key skills and competencies required by a cybersecurity professional, using specialised physical and virtual labs (subject to availability).


CoventryUnited Kingdom

  Course Duration

36 Months

  Tuition Fee

£ 18,050



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Why you should study this course

  • Opportunity to gain Forensic Toolkit (FTK) certification (Please note that this opportunity is separate to the degree level course mentioned and students can apply to seek such certification themselves, which will be subject to competitive application, availability, exams, and additional costs may apply). Please visit the website for further information.
  • Opportunity to demonstrate your portfolio of work to potential employers at events such as the Coventry New Wizards Showcase (subject to availability).
  • Option to join the CISCO Academy Programme leading to an industry-recognised CISCO Certified Networked Associate (CCNA) qualification upon successful completion (subject to competitive application and additional costs may apply).
  • Active Computer Club that usually organises a range of extracurricular activities, which may include LAN gaming, robot programming challenges and hackathons (subject to availability).
  • Regular and free to attend guest lectures from current practitioners (subject to availability). In recent years, speakers have included senior professors from Sheffield, Lincoln and Birmingham universities and the European Bioinformatics Centre Cambridge.
  • Support applying for short and long-term placements with technology companies, providing the opportunity to gain the experience employers desire*. Past students have worked for Microsoft UK Ltd, Intel and Accenture, as well as a range of medium sized companies in web, media and the creative industries.
  • £50m Engineering and Computing building features a large range of specialised computing laboratories in computer security, communications and signal processing, electrical, electronics and microprocessors, ethical hacking and forensic computing, together with a games and multimedia studio and open access computer facilities, featuring industry-standard software from Kali Linux to wireshark and FTK (subject to availability).

What you'll study

Year one

The first year focuses on supporting you to make a solid start on your degree course and explore fundamental principles of ethical hacking and cybersecurity.


  • Legal and Ethical Foundations in Cyber Security - 10 credits

  • Digital Forensics Fundamentals - 10 credits

  • Programming and Algorithms - 30 credits

  • Introduction to Web Development and Database Systems - 10 credits

  • Skills Development - 0 credits

  • Foundations of Cyber Security - 20 credits

  • Computer Systems and Networks - 20 credits

  • The Security Professional - 10 credits

  • Add+vantage – 10 credits

Year two
The second year extends the topics introduced in the first year and focuses on more practical and professional aspects of the cybersecurity sector.


  • Programming and Algorithms - 20 credits

  • Practical Pen-Testing - 20 credits

  • Networking - 20 credits

  • Applied Forensics - 10 credits

  • Skills Development - 0 credits

  • Web Security - 10 credits

  • Platforms and Operating Systems - 20 credits

  • Cyber Security Careers - 10 credits

  • Add+vantage – 10 credits

Final year
The final year of the BSc (Hons) course covers advanced topics at the forefront of contemporary practice, such as malware analysis, exploit development and live-memory forensics.


  • Security Audit and Monitoring - 10 credits

  • Managing Red Teams and Pen-Tests - 10 credits

  • Skills Development - 0 credits

  • Practical Cryptography - 10 credits

  • Reverse Engineering - 20 credits

  • Security Management - 10 credits

  • Exploit Development - 20 credits

  • Cyber Security Project - 30 credits

  • Add+vantage – 10 credits

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.0 overall, with no component lower than 5.5.

International Fees
£18,050 per year

International Pathways 2022 Scholarship
You could enjoy a £3,000 reduction in tuition fees.
Our high-quality foundation, international year one and pre-masters courses are for international students who do not meet the requirements for direct entry to their preferred Coventry University undergraduate or postgraduate course. We can support you to achieve the academic and/or English grades you need and help you gain the personal and professional skills required to study at university.

We want to encourage ambitious international students like you to study at Coventry University, so we’ve secured extra financial support for you worth £3,000, to help with the cost of tuition fees, living expenses and accommodation.

The scholarship application deadline is:
September 2022 intake: 31 July 2022

The practical nature of our course is designed to place an emphasis on your future employability after graduation, and the opportunities to develop a wide range of technical, analytical, design and professional skills. The technical content is regularly reviewed and updated to reflect what is currently important and in demand in industry.

We place a strong emphasis on sound investigative procedures, logging, and reporting, which is particularly suited to work within law enforcement agencies, as well as consultant organisations. You’ll also have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience of different operating systems and a number of investigative, development and hacking tools.

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