Cyber Security and Networks

Department of Cyber Security and Networks

The Department of Cyber Security and Networks covers range of learning disciplines within the field which include: cyber security, digital forensics, ethical hacking, computer networking and internetwork engineering. 

All of our programmes are vocationally embedded, they offer hands on practical experience as well as the theoretical underpinning. We have an excellent relationship with the colleges and provides a pathway for students entering their degrees from HNC/HND qualifications. Our labs are well equipped and utilise both physical and virtual learning environments which are of industry standard, additionally we utilise the industry standard software. We are the only university in the UK offering a CCIE level PG programme and additionally it is fully integrated to be distance learning, but with the students engaging with the full-time cohort, and the first Scottish University offering a degree level  Graduate Apprenticeship in Cyber Security.

Student overall satisfaction on our courses in 2018 was rated at 81%.  Many of our students secure employment within 6 months of graduating with some even securing job offers before completing their degree with us at GCU.  The cyber market trend shows there are many unfilled vacancies and this is to continue in the foreseeable future with companies such as Morgan Stanley, JP Morgan and BT actively recruiting in the field.

The department staff work closely with the student society - The Ethical Hacking Society and alongside the society the department runs The Cyber Clinic.

We also offer a range of CPD courses through the Digital Skills Academy 

Research 

Staff in the department are involved in research activities such as IOT, machine learning, sensor networks and network protocol development.  

Accreditation and partnerships

Our undergraduate degrees are accredited by the British Computer Society.

We are proud to have been working with IDCyber Solutions of nearly 2 years and through this partnership we have trained 70+ students to be registered Cyber Essential Practitioners 

The Department is a member of the Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance: SICSA. This collaboration of Scottish universities aims to develop Scotland's place as a world leader in Informatics and Computer Science research and education, and in particular SICSA: Cyber Nexus.

Degree courses

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  • Award:
    • MSc
    Start date:
    • Sep 2021
    Subject:
    • Cyber Security and Networks
    Choose to progress your career in network engineering and consultancy. Take existing skills in networking and computing science and apply them at expert level.
  • Award:
    • BEng (Hons)
    Start date:
    • Sep 2021
    Subject:
    • Cyber Security and Networks
    Gain your Cisco certifications in parallel with your degree. Study skills in network engineering, infrastructure support and network analysis in the best networking labs in Scotland. Master communication networks and security engineering.
  • Cyber Security

    • 2021/22
    • MSc
    Award:
    • MSc
    Start date:
    • Sep 2021
    Subject:
    • Cyber Security and Networks
    Pursue a career in cyber security with a course that equips you with distinct specialist knowledge and analytical skills. You'll be able to solve complex cyber security problems with expert-level ability.
  • Cyber Security and Networks

    • 2021/22
    • BSc (Hons)
    Award:
    • BSc (Hons)
    Start date:
    • Sep 2021
    Subject:
    • Cyber Security and Networks
    Enjoy critical thinking, identifying problems and providing strong technical solutions. You can progress to a career as a security engineer or analyst. Study cyber security with a focus on network infrastructure to ensure protection from cyber-crime.
  • Award:
    • BSc (Hons)
    Start date:
    • Aug 2021
    Subject:
    • Cyber Security and Networks
    Begin this degree at college and achieve an HND in two years. Study cyber security with a focus on network infrastructure to ensure protection from cyber-crime. Progress to become a security engineer or analyst.
  • Digital Security and Forensics

    • 2021/22
    • BSc (Hons)
    Award:
    • BSc (Hons)
    Start date:
    • Sep 2021
    Subject:
    • Cyber Security and Networks
    The National Cyber Security Strategy makes clear the need for Digital Security professionals who can help identify and prosecute illegal computer hacks. Study digital forensic investigation, ethical hacking, intrusion, detection and data recovery.
  • Award:
    • BSc (Hons)
    Start date:
    • Sep 2021
    Subject:
    • Cyber Security and Networks
    A graduate apprenticeship lets you gain the qualification you need to be successful at the job you love. Study cyber security with a focus on network infrastructure to ensure protection from cyber-crime.
  • Award:
    • MSc
    Start date:
    • Sep 2021
    Subject:
    • Cyber Security and Networks
    If you're an IT professional wanting to develop skills and experience in assessing security risks across a broad range of security solutions and designs, with this apprenticeship you'll acquire a masters-level understanding of cyber security.
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Meet the department

Our teaching and support staff are here to help. 

For Course and programme enquiries: T: +44 (0)141 331 8630 / E: studentenquiries@gcu.ac.uk

Lecturer

Frances Garven is a Chartered Statistician, Chartered Scientist and experienced Data Scientist who is fluent in the use and teaching of statistics, Excel, statistical software such as SAS, SPSS, WEKA, and MINITAB, as well as being a skilled programmer.