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Has anyone applied to study Cyber Security degree at BCU or Aston

Hello dears
I've applied for Cyber Security at BCU and Aston, but honestly I'm not quite sure which one to go for, I can get into Aston really easy but the truth is they don't have history in Teaching Cyber Security either at Masters or BCs whereas BCU have taught Cyber Security in Masters but some of the students saying BCU isn't good to study Cyber Security or any other subjects. I found out that it's a new course that both Unis running this year.

I've also checked top 10 Universities for Cyber Security and the modules they taught are similar to BCU whereas Aston is completely different.
Guys, does the modules really matter??
Reply 1
Original post by John Ali
Hello dears
I've applied for Cyber Security at BCU and Aston, but honestly I'm not quite sure which one to go for, I can get into Aston really easy but the truth is they don't have history in Teaching Cyber Security either at Masters or BCs whereas BCU have taught Cyber Security in Masters but some of the students saying BCU isn't good to study Cyber Security or any other subjects. I found out that it's a new course that both Unis running this year.

I've also checked top 10 Universities for Cyber Security and the modules they taught are similar to BCU whereas Aston is completely different.
Guys, does the modules really matter??

I would say Aston is the better university overall, however their Cyber course is new this year I believe?

If you can, I'd suggest going for one of the 3 GCHQ/National Cyber Security Centre certified Cyber degrees - Warwick for BSc Cyber Security, Royal Holloway for BSc Computer Science (Information Security) or Edinburgh Napier for BEng Cyber Security and Forensics, these will be far better.
Dear John, yt7777,

Hope I can help but do note I am naturally biased I am a lecturer at Birmingham City University, precisely on Cyber Security.

BCU approaches this course from a technical, hands-on and employability perspective. This also includes something we call Cyber Security Governance which is how to manage cyber security in organisations.

BCU has been teaching cyber security for many years. We have staff teaching and researching on lots of different angles of cyber security for example - online privacy, secure networking, digital forensics, automotive security, Internet-of-Things, etc. Then, BCU has been offering degrees in cyber security for many years. Our students did projects such as mobile privacy, ethical hacking, car hacking, manufacturing security, security monitoring, secure payments, internet-of-things, blockchains, biometrics, etc.

On top of that, BCU has excellent installations, very friendly staff and lots of extra events happening all the time. I also, personally, like to get students involved in real-world projects during their degree. Just now I have 4 students working with start-ups on cyber security. When they graduate in a few months, they will already have true professional experience. BCU employability is sky-high because of all this.

About the certification from GCHQ/NCSC that’s a very good point. The BCU degree is aligned with it and our application is being reviewed by GCHQ.

Especially for John—

It’s good to see you are researching which degree to take. When it was my time, I just could not make up my mind. Ultimately it was a conversation I had, by accident, with someone at the University that made my mind.

Do you have any further questions?

Thank you
Vitor Jesus - Lecturer at Birmingham City University
(edited 4 years ago)
Reply 3
Vítor Jesus are you Portuguese by any chance? We visited BCU yesterday from Portugal and found the facilities absolutely mind blowing, but we are concerned about all the negative reviews online. Why do so many students say BCU doesn’t care about them? Is it more a case that they aren’t putting in the effort themselves? Everyone we met yesterday was so lovely.
Reply 4
Dear readers, as with all reviews, a small minority makes more noise than the satisfied students. Whilst we will do our very best to facilitate as much as possible - it will never be enough for some. As one of the main contributor and to Networking, Cloud, Security and project modules at BCU, I encourage you to look at the HESA website at:https://www.hesa.ac.uk/news/05-07-2018/employment-of-leavers-tablesand other data around student satisfaction and employability, the same teachers will be teaching the new BSc Cyber Security course.Good luck Mak.
In relation to NCSC certified courses, from 7 months ago to now has BCU MsC in Cyber security been approved or is there an expected date to receive approval or disapproval
Original post by Birmingham City University
Dear John, yt7777,

Hope I can help but do note I am naturally biased I am a lecturer at Birmingham City University, precisely on Cyber Security.

BCU approaches this course from a technical, hands-on and employability perspective. This also includes something we call Cyber Security Governance which is how to manage cyber security in organisations.

BCU has been teaching cyber security for many years. We have staff teaching and researching on lots of different angles of cyber security for example - online privacy, secure networking, digital forensics, automotive security, Internet-of-Things, etc. Then, BCU has been offering degrees in cyber security for many years. Our students did projects such as mobile privacy, ethical hacking, car hacking, manufacturing security, security monitoring, secure payments, internet-of-things, blockchains, biometrics, etc.

On top of that, BCU has excellent installations, very friendly staff and lots of extra events happening all the time. I also, personally, like to get students involved in real-world projects during their degree. Just now I have 4 students working with start-ups on cyber security. When they graduate in a few months, they will already have true professional experience. BCU employability is sky-high because of all this.

About the certification from GCHQ/NCSC that’s a very good point. The BCU degree is aligned with it and our application is being reviewed by GCHQ.

Especially for John—

It’s good to see you are researching which degree to take. When it was my time, I just could not make up my mind. Ultimately it was a conversation I had, by accident, with someone at the University that made my mind.

Do you have any further questions?

Thank you
Vitor Jesus - Lecturer at Birmingham City University

Has Birmingham City University been reviewed and approved by the GCHQ?
Hello John, it’s been 3 solid years and I am stuck in a similar dilemma. Did you happen to go for BCU ?? Was it worth it? Can you kindly share. ..

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