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    Hey,

    I am interested to go into cyber security after uni.

    I have been looking at computer science courses, and one of my uni choices (Leicester) lets you combine computer science with any other degree (as a major minor option).

    My question is, should I study computer science alone, or study it as a major and study another subject such as criminology or law as a minor?

    I am also considering going into computer forensics as a career plan.
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    If you mean network security, I doubt criminology or law would be any help at all.

    Computer forensics... maybe then criminology might help slightly, but I doubt it would be worth all the other stuff you'd have to learn that are not at all related to computers.

    Maybe you could combine CompSci with some (pure) Maths, giving a better theoretical background on encryption (number+group theories, etc.)?
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    Number Theory is your friend. Go for maths.
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    Computer Science. All the universities I have seen allow you to pick most of your modules, so you could pick things that relate to Cyber Security.

    Some universities might do Cyber Security courses, too.
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    Hi,

    I know Warwick have a Cyber Security degree, it's approved by GCHQ too.
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    (Original post by AngeryPenguin)
    If you mean network security, I doubt criminology or law would be any help at all.

    Computer forensics... maybe then criminology might help slightly, but I doubt it would be worth all the other stuff you'd have to learn that are not at all related to computers.

    Maybe you could combine CompSci with some (pure) Maths, giving a better theoretical background on encryption (number+group theories, etc.)?
    (Original post by DaftVader)
    Number Theory is your friend. Go for maths.

    Maths is out of the question for me unfortunately. I dropped out of math A level after a couple of months since I didn't really get on with it. Definitely would not be able to handle a degree in it, even with a foundation year.
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    (Original post by Shiba_Inu)
    Maths is out of the question for me unfortunately. I dropped out of math A level after a couple of months since I didn't really get on with it. Definitely would not be able to handle a degree in it, even with a foundation year.
    CS and InfoSec are incredibly mathematical fields.

    You need to bear that in mind, especially because you dropped out of A-Level maths.
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    (Original post by Blue_Cow)
    CS and InfoSec are incredibly mathematical fields.

    You need to bear that in mind, especially because you dropped out of A-Level maths.
    my main issue with maths is that I thoroughly enjoyed GCSE, and got amazing grades at the end. I am very good at statistics, but getting my head around algebra is challenging for me. Now, I have a condition called dyspraxia which means I struggle with instructions and things such as sequences, so I needed a patient teacher to work with me through the course. With patience, I easily get the concepts, so I just needed someone to help me with it. The teacher I was assigned was very rude to me and not seeming willing to help, and suggested I dropped out of maths as a result. Of course, I did not want to be learning a subject with a teacher who doesn't want to teach me, so I quit. Its not so much the issue that I dislike maths or am especially bad at it, I just had a bad experience with teaching.

    Whether this is something to bear in mind i'm not too sure, opinion?
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    (Original post by Shiba_Inu)
    Hey,

    I am interested to go into cyber security after uni.

    I have been looking at computer science courses, and one of my uni choices (Leicester) lets you combine computer science with any other degree (as a major minor option).

    My question is, should I study computer science alone, or study it as a major and study another subject such as criminology or law as a minor?

    I am also considering going into computer forensics as a career plan.
    My boyfriend specialises in cyber security and he studied Computer Science, but he also managed to get a sandwich placement in a cyber security team! Computer science is definitely the way to go!
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    (Original post by Shiba_Inu)
    my main issue with maths is that I thoroughly enjoyed GCSE, and got amazing grades at the end. I am very good at statistics, but getting my head around algebra is challenging for me. Now, I have a condition called dyspraxia which means I struggle with instructions and things such as sequences, so I needed a patient teacher to work with me through the course. With patience, I easily get the concepts, so I just needed someone to help me with it. The teacher I was assigned was very rude to me and not seeming willing to help, and suggested I dropped out of maths as a result. Of course, I did not want to be learning a subject with a teacher who doesn't want to teach me, so I quit. Its not so much the issue that I dislike maths or am especially bad at it, I just had a bad experience with teaching.

    Whether this is something to bear in mind i'm not too sure, opinion?
    Depends on how you feel about your independent learning skills. University is mainly self-guided with the odd surgery hour with the lecturer, so you won't be getting intense support 1-1 with certain topics.
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    (Original post by Froofpin)
    Hi,

    I know Warwick have a Cyber Security degree, it's approved by GCHQ too.
    Not sure how valuable those cybersecurity degrees are tbh

    I get the impression a lot of them are less valuable than CompSci degrees, being more of a cheap fad degree that doesn't cover much more about cybersecurity than an actual CompSci degree, but costs the same and doesn't give you so much flexibility to choose a different career.
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    He doesn't log on anymore, but MadVlad has posted lots of useful stuff about this industry in the past. Might be worth having a look in his post history. I remember he essentially said that a computer science degree isn't that useful because it is too broad/generalised. You should do a more specialised degree, one that will give you the skills you need for that industry.
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    (Original post by Snufkin)
    He doesn't log on anymore, but MadVlad has posted lots of useful stuff about this industry in the past. Might be worth having a look in his post history. I remember he essentially said that a computer science degree isn't that useful because it is too broad/generalised. You should do a more specialised degree, one that will give you the skills you need for that industry.
    Shame, can't see his posts since he was banned. Oh well, thanks for the information anyway!
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    (Original post by Shiba_Inu)
    Shame, can't see his posts since he was banned. Oh well, thanks for the information anyway!
    Oops, linked you to the wrong account - it's Mad Vlad
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    (Original post by Snufkin)
    Oops, linked you to the wrong account - it's Mad Vlad
    Ah thanks. There are a lot of posts to look through, I'll see if I can find it. Thanks!
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    I study Computer Forensics and Secuirty at Leeds Beckett and it’s an amazing course! It’s offered at Sheffield Hallam too.. it may be worth looking at?
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    (Original post by keeley__s)
    I study Computer Forensics and Secuirty at Leeds Beckett and it’s an amazing course! It’s offered at Sheffield Hallam too.. it may be worth looking at?
    I forgot to mention... Beckett also offers a sandwich year, which gives you a chance to go into industry for a year too
 
 
 
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