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    Good evening,

    Currently I hold offers from Warwick - Cyber Security BSc and Coventry - Ethical Hacking and Cyber Security BSc.

    I'm having a very difficult time deciding between the courses. I feel having looked at the modules of Warwick that it is more cyber management and less practical (low-level). Conversely, Coventry seems more practical but doesn't hold the GCHQ accreditation that Warwick does.

    Thoughts? Help? Experiences?

    All and any advice/guidance greatly welcomed. Additionally, leave a comment if your also studying either course.
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    Let’s put it this way? Which has the wayyy better reputation? Warwick does.

    Like trying to compare a Lamborghini to a Ford.
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    The Coventry course does have a lot more content about ethical hacking which is what you'd expect but, and I'm not an expert here, the Warwick course does seem to be more rounded. I can't see any mention of cryptography on the Coventry course (it may be included in the Algorithms module) but Warwick definitely cover it. For GCHQ cryptography is a must so maybe that is one of the reasons why the accreditation is only there for one.

    One advantage that Coventry has is the optional year in industry (which will help you finding a good job) but if you didn't intend on doing that then Warwick's reputation will benefit you in getting a decent job.
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    (Original post by Hilordparamount)
    Good evening,

    Currently I hold offers from Warwick - Cyber Security BSc and Coventry - Ethical Hacking and Cyber Security BSc.

    I'm having a very difficult time deciding between the courses. I feel having looked at the modules of Warwick that it is more cyber management and less practical (low-level). Conversely, Coventry seems more practical but doesn't hold the GCHQ accreditation that Warwick does.

    Thoughts? Help? Experiences?

    All and any advice/guidance greatly welcomed. Additionally, leave a comment if your also studying either course.
    I got my masters in Cyber Security from a GCHQ accredited program, just to clarify this.

    GCHQ accreditation, while a form of QA, assess the program as a whole rather than individual modules. So you might find that GCHQ accredited course has some good modules, but some bad ones too. It simply means that overall the course is at a certain standard. Having said that, Warwick has a good reputation for Computer Science and it's related subjects.

    As someone who started as a pen tester in info sec, unless you are getting taught by a pen tester or doing your CREST certification in tandem with your degree, you likely won't learn much that's practical about pen testing. Many "professional" degrees, like the one Coventry offers, are often taught by academics that haven't been in industry for a very long time, or may not have worked in industry at all. I'd be wary of a PhD grad teaching me ethical hacking if they've never worked in the sector or haven't done so in a long time (5+ years).

    That said, the placement year, assuming it is in a pen testing role, would be invaluable. So if it were me and I was considering Coventry, the questions I'd need to answers to are:

    a) Who are the "practical". modules taught by? If it's by an outside lecturer who works in the sector, great. If it's by an academic with little to no current experience in the field, that would be a red flag for me. Please note this only goes for "practical" modules. Of course with academic modules you'd want someone who has done a lot of research in the area and understands the theory about the subject.

    b) Where are the placements, and what roles do the placements generally involve?

    Ask Coventry those questions and get clear answers about them. If they can't give you clear answers, sorry amigo, their degree title and modules are likely a case of marketing ("Ethical hacking" sounds cooler than Information Security) and it won't be any more practical than the Warwick degree. Although again a good placement can make up for that.

    There's nothing wrong with theoretical degrees. They are often in the best interests of the universities, as they equip you to study masters/PhDs are said university and also give you the competencies and skills to learn a Cyber Security role relatively quickly once you enter the work place.
 
 
 
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