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Cyber security is studied at degree level to equip students with various skills and knowledge to be able to defend computer operating systems and data networks from potential cyber attacks or threats. Cyber security is a sub-category of computer science and is studied most commonly as a BSc (Hons) Cyber Security Degree.

Cyber security can be studied at the undergraduate level throughout a three to four year degree program including a year in the industry as work experience. Alternatively, some students may to choose to study cyber security at the undergraduate level through their computer science degree program, as a specialisation subject. Those students wishing to study cyber security at the postgraduate level can expect one to two years of full time study to complete their degree.

Typical areas of study throughout a cyber security degree include data analysis, cyber defence, cyber threats, cryptography, system administration, databases, programming and networking protocols. Those students who choose to study a computer science degree can also choose to specialise their study in cyber security in the latter stages of their degree program.

Entry requirements to a cyber security degree program will vary depending on the university you are applying to, and the location of the university. You are advised to contact the institution you are applying to for a full list of entry requirements. Some universities will expect applicants to have previous IT knowledge, and in some cases will be asked to write a letter of intent for study.
Cyber security is used all over the world by varying organisations, and so graduates of a cyber security degree program often work directly in the field as cyber security engineering, practitioners, consultants and analysts.

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