Web Development and Cyber Security BSc (Hons)

Key Facts

  • UCAS Code:

    BSc: G451
    BSc with Foundation:
    G452

  • Level:

    Undergraduate

  • Duration:

    Full Time: 3 Years
    Full Time with Foundation: 4 Years
    Part Time: 4 Years

  • Starting:

    September

  • Fees UK 24/25:

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,540 per 20 credit module
    Integrated Foundation Year: £9,250

  • Fess International 24/25:

    Full Time: £15,200
    Integrated Foundation Year: £15,200

  • Location:

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UK/EU Students enquiries

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0300 303 2772

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Overview


The University of Northampton’s specialist Computing BSc (Hons) course equips you with the skills and knowledge you need to be able to develop robust online applications. On the BSc in cyber security, you will manage the challenges faced in the designing, developing, and maintaining the secure online applications that are needed to run on computing devices to include, laptops, smartphones.

Cyber Security continues to dominate the headlines and has a major influence on the privacy and confidentiality of millions of people. It plays a pivotal role in society, where secure and reliable software is needed to hold our personal information and valuable business data assets. There is a growing demand for those with the expertise to create reliable, robust, and secure online applications.

During this web development course, you will learn about the design and development of Web-based Software. You will also learn the importance of putting Cyber Security at the heart of your design considerations. Our web developer degree will equip you with the skills and knowledge needed to embrace the interesting challenges faced in Cyber Security and web-based software applications development. You will be given real life industry examples to reinforce your theoretical knowledge and practical skills.

Updated 12/01/2024

Highlights


Course Content


  • During the first year of study on Web Development and Cyber Security BSc (Hons), you will study a common six computing modules. These include: Computer Systems, Computer Communications, Web Development, Software Specification- Analysis and Design, Object Programming, and Database Design and Development. These modules cover the fundamental principles needed to be able to move on to a more specialised range of modules during the second and third year of your course.

    Optional modules in your second and third year on the degree in web development include: Ethical Hacking & Penetration Testing, Web Programming, Server Administration & Security, Advanced Database Implementation, Mobile Application Development, and Group Project.

    Your final year modules are: Cyber Security & Applied Cryptography, Cyber Security Management, Mobile Computing, Modern Databases/NoSQL databases, and Dissertation.

    You will be able to put the knowledge gained on the cyber security course into good use through practical activities that will equip you to pursue a career in Industry. Many of our graduates also embark onto obtaining Higher Degrees through research and development.

    The major practical aspects of the BSc cyber security course occur in the second-year group project, where you will work as a team member on the design and development of a contemporary Secure web-based application. Also, in your final year Dissertation, you have the opportunity to work on an individual project on a relevant topic of your own choice.

    Please note the modules shown here relate to the academic year 23/24. The modules relating to the academic year 24/25 will be available from June 2024.

      • Module code: CSY1020
        Status: Compulsory
        This purpose of this module is to: introduce students to the skills, principles and concepts necessary to solve problems in computing; to develop essential skills to enable the solution of these problems with the construction of appropriate algorithms and a computer program; introduce principles underlying the design of a high level programming language (HLPL); gain experience and confidence in the use of a HLPL to implement algorithms; implement HLPL programs using an appropriate programming language e.g. Java; introduce an object-oriented language initially as a non-object language.
      • Module code: CSY1061
        Status: Compulsory
        This module provides knowledge of the hardware and software components that make up a computer system and overview the important concepts in preparation for future study of computer science.
      • Module code: CSY1062
        Status: Compulsory
        This module develops student?s understanding of the principles of communication networks and how to classify the various network devices in the appropriate layer of the protocol stack. Students will learn how to manage IP addresses in a small network and will develop confidence in using network simulation software.
      • Module code: CSY1063
        Status: Compulsory
        This purpose of this module is to give students an understanding of client side web technologies. This module provides students with: the essential knowledge and practical skills to design, develop and implement a Web site to contemmporary web standard
      • Module code: CSY1064
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to develop student's experience with the multiple stages of software engineering life-cycles from initial need and requirements identification through to the design and implementation of code in order to develop confidence in the use of terminology and techniques for each of the stages.
      • Module code: CSY1065
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to apply the principles of database integrity in the design and development of database structures. This is a practical module that applies data modelling techniques to establish, modify and maintain database integrity, structures and associated components such as entities, relationships and attribute definitions.
      • Module code: CSY2084
        Status: Compulsory
        This module equips students with theoretical awareness and practical skills to promote the protection and privacy of user?s data within an online environment.Students examine and use Industry standard tools, techniques, and documentation within the Ethical and legal framework for maintaining an effective Cybersecurity environment
      • Module code: CSY2085
        Status: Compulsory
        This module equips students with the skills to create a secure hosting environment and knowledge on how to deploy a website live on the web using modern concepts such as containerisation and a focus on security.
      • Module code: CSY2088
        Status: Compulsory
        The module is designed to develop higher-order intellectual skills (problem-solving) and appropriate personal qualities including team working. Each group will develop and document effective, robust and high-quality computing systems to a professional standard in response to a supplied specification of requirements.
      • Module code: CSY2089
        Status: Compulsory
        This purpose of this module is to give students an understanding of the conceps and technologies of web based server side technologies; teach students to use up-to-date programming techniques to design and develop coherent server side software for websites with a focus on security, functionality and usability.
      • Module code: CSY2091
        Status: Compulsory
        This module is designed to give an understanding of the technologies (hardware/software) and how these are utilised in a modern networks. This understanding is then use to develop the necessary skills to design and implement (programming) software to be deployed within modern networks.
      • Module code: CSY2093
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to develop the fundamental concepts and skills of Entity Relational Models (ERMs) and Structured Query Language (SQL). It introduces extended-relational databases; user-defined types, their practical creation, application along with valuable data extraction methods to provide intelligence and database programming (PL/SQL).
      • Module code: CSY3057
        Status: Compulsory
        This module examines the concepts and practices underlying effective cyber security management. Students learn strategic components of managing for successful cyber security, with emphasis on information protection, compliance, standards and ethics. Students are equipped to design an effective cyber intelligence framework and draft appropriate security policies aligned with business requirements.
      • Module code: CSY3059
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to study advanced/latest database topics. The module focuses primarily on NoSQL databases (e.g., graph and document databases), from designing and creating to querying the databases.
      • Module code: CSY3062
        Status: Compulsory
        This module provides students with the necessary practical skills and theoretical understanding of the technologies used to secure communications and protect the privacy of users within an online environment. Concepts introduced, and skills learnt, provide the necessary technical underpinning to enable the student to address the issues of effective Security.
      • Module code: CSY3063
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to identify modern mobile computing in terms of its hardware and software and the networks that support mobile devices as well as to implement software to run in a mobile computing context.
      • Module code: CSY4022
        Status: Compulsory
        This project module provides the opportunity for the student to undertake independent research, development, and self-management of a Computing related project leading to completing a dissertation. An essential outcome for this module is that the student?s project deliverable includes the design and development of a system, or a software application, or a novel functional approach that relates to the main areas of student study, and that can be used, applied or demonstrated in some way. Students on the BSc Business Computing may engage on a research centered project resulting in a report of analysis of an appropriate topic.
  • A typical offer for the Web Development and Cyber Security BSc could be:

    • BCC at A-Level or,
    • DMM at BTEC/Cambridge Technical or,
    • Pass (C and above) at T Level

    We welcome applications from students with a mix of A levels and BTEC/Cambridge Technical qualifications.

    Applicants will be expected to have achieved GCSE Mathematics (or equivalent) at grade C/4 or above. We welcome international applicants and applications from students with a range of non-traditional educational or professional qualifications.

    For information on how to apply to study with us, please see our How to Apply page.

    Integrated Foundation Year (IFY) Entry Requirements

    Admission to this foundation course is normally:

    • DEE at A Level or,
    • MPP at BTEC/Cambridge Technical or,
    • Pass (D or E) at T Level

    We welcome applications from students with a mix of A levels and BTEC/Cambridge Technical qualifications.

    However, we would also like to hear from you if you have professional or industry experience instead, a range of other qualifications or self-developed subject knowledge that relates to the course you wish to study.

    English Language Requirements

    All International and EU students applying for a course with the University of Northampton must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

    • IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 5.5 in all bands
      for study at undergraduate level.

    For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.

  • 2024/25 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 24/25 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK – Full Time: £9,250
    • UK – Part Time: £1,540 per 20 credit module
    • UK – Integrated Foundation Year: £9,250
    • International – Full Time: £15,200
    • International – Integrated Foundation Year: £15,200
    Additional Costs

    There are currently no additional costs anticipated for the Web Development and Cyber Security course for 2024 entry.

    2023/24 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 23/24 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK – Full Time: £9,250
    • UK – Part Time: £1,540 per 20 credit module
    • UK – Integrated Foundation Year: £9,250
    • International – Full Time: £14,750
    • International – Integrated Foundation Year: £14,750
    Additional Costs

    There are currently no additional costs anticipated for this course for 2023 entry.

     

    For information on the scholarships available to you, please see our scholarships page.

    For more information about possible funding options, please visit our Fees and Funding pages.

  • At the University of Northampton, everything we do, from funded trips to paid internships, is to give you everything you need to make a difference when you leave.

    If you join this full time Web Development and Cyber Security degree at Northampton, you will receive a laptop when your course begins*. The laptops are built to a bespoke custom specification ideal for use in the seminar room, collaborative group work or studying at home.

    Whatever your ambitions, we’re here to help you to achieve them. We’ll support you to identify the skills you’re learning during your web developer course, find your strengths and secure practical experience so that when it comes to applying for jobs or further study you’ll feel confident in standing out from the crowd. We’ve created the Northampton Employment Promise because we are so confident that if you focus on your studies and complete one of our awards you’ll be highly employable by the time you graduate. Putting you in a great position to secure employment or continue your studies.

    To check out the full list of perks, visit our Student Perks page or dedicated International Perks page.

    *UK fee payers only (see Terms and Conditions for further details).

  • The Integrated Foundation Year (IFY) offers a new and exciting route into studying for a website development degree, attracting ambitious and driven students who are willing to learn and advance.

    If you have non-standard qualifications or do not quite meet the admissions requirements we can offer you a fantastic opportunity to study a four year programme which includes an Integrated Foundation Year. The Integrated Foundation Year will help you develop the theoretical/practical and academic skills you need, in order to successfully progress to the full award.

    Our four-year courses will enable you to successfully follow the degree pathway of your choice while gaining essential study skills. The foundation year of your chosen degree will be studied on a full-time basis and is aimed at supporting the transition to higher education. Years two, three and four are then studied as a standard degree programme.

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Careers and Employability


Our specialist degree in Web Development and Cyber Security gives you the skills and knowledge you need to work in a range of roles. You will be fully equipped to tackle the design, development, maintenance, and management of secure web-based applications, systems, and networks.

Our web development and cyber security graduates have gone on to work for employers such as Microsoft, IBM, Barclaycard, Network Rail, and HMGCC.

Commonly, they work in the following job roles:

  • Information security officer
  • Penetration Tester
  • Forensic computer Analyst
  • Security Architect
  • IT Security Engineer
  • Systems Security Administrator
  • IT Security Consultant
  • Applications Developer
  • Web Designer/Developer
  • Database Developer.
Postgraduate Opportunities

Our postgraduate courses are a great way to enhance the skills you have already learnt. Benefit from our 20% alumni discount on postgraduate fees to give you a CV that will catch the eye of employers.