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COURSE OVERVIEW

*Subject to revalidation

  • Gain a specialist degree in a rapidly growing field where the demand for competent professionals is high
  • Access a wide range of specialist software and tools including a dedicated Cyber Security and Forensics laboratory in a cutting-edge new development which houses the Department of Digital Futures and Applied Social Sciences (from September 2019)
  • Have the opportunity to complete a work placement year with a relevant organisation
  • Be inspired by a team of research-active experts offering a blend of industry experience and strong academic credentials
  • Learn how to successfully present your evidence in written format and orally within a mock trial

Cyber crime is a real and growing threat. Barely a day passes without a country, company or organisation being hit by a cyber attack. As a result, cyber security has become one of a handful of ‘hot’ new industries in the UK.

The BA (Hons) Law with Cyber Security explores contemporary cyber security issues and examines the legal framework in which they operate. Your legal knowledge and practical skills will be developed alongside an applied examination of the strategic deployment and implementation of cyber security within an organisational context.

This programme offers a multi-disciplinary perspective to the subject of Cyber Crime Law giving you an excellent basis for a future career in the field. 

The technical elements of the programme will be underpinned by industry led curriculum including Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA).

In Year 1, you are introduced to the fundamentals of law including Contract and Tort Law. You will study Information Systems and Organisations and their security.

In Year 2, you explore topics in the latest developments in cyber crime and legal and regulatory frameworks. Modules include Criminal Law, Intellectual Property Law and Technology and Cyber Law as well as optional modules including Company Law, Network Security and Risk Management and Cyber Security.

In Year 3, you develop an appreciation of the legal, ethical and regulatory frameworks together with the human aspects of information security assurance and forensic investigation. The Dissertation module helps you to develop specialist skills and expertise through the undertaking of a substantial body of work. Year 3 optional modules may include Criminal Justice, Human Rights, Digital Forensic Investigation and Cyber Law and Regulation of the Information Society.

Careers

Graduates may go on to work in professional services, cyber security, businesses, journalism, media, film and sport.

Pre-approved for a Masters

University of Winchester students studying Bachelor Honours degrees are pre-approved to start a Masters degree at Winchester. To be eligible students must apply by the end of March in their final year and meet the entry requirements of their chosen Masters degree.

*Subject to revalidation

This course is subject to revalidation. 'Revalidation' is the process by which the University refreshes its existing provision. Revalidation assesses the quality and standards of the programme to ensure it continues to provide a distinct, high quality academic experience for students, enabling them to acquire the necessary academic knowledge, understanding, general and subject-specific skills required to pursue a graduate level career.

ABOUT THIS COURSE

Suitable for applications from:

UK, EU, World

Work placements

You have the opportunity to undertake professional practice placements during the programme.

Study abroad

Our BSc (Hons) Law with Cyber Security course provides an opportunity for you to study abroad.

For more information see our Study Abroad section.

Learning and teaching

Our aim is to shape 'confident learners' by enabling you to develop the skills needed to excel in your studies here and as well as onto further studies or the employment market.                      

You are taught primarily through a combination of lectures and seminars, allowing opportunities to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups.

In addition to the formally scheduled contact time such as lectures and seminars etc.), you are encouraged to access academic support from staff within the course team, your personal tutor and the wide range of services available to you within the University.

Independent learning

Over the duration of your course, you will be expected to develop independent and critical learning, progressively building confidence and expertise through independent and collaborative research, problem-solving and analysis with the support of staff. You take responsibility for your own learning and are encouraged to make use of the wide range of available learning resources available.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning and assessment activity.

While your actual contact hours may depend on the optional modules you select, the following information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities at each level of the course.

Year 1 (Level 4): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*
  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 288 hours
  • Independent learning: 912 hours
Year 2 (Level 5): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*
  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 264 hours
  • Independent learning: 936 hours
Year 3 (Level 6): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*
  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 228 hours
  • Independent learning: 972 hours

*Please note these are indicative hours for the course. 

Location

Taught elements of the course take place on campus in Winchester.

Teaching hours

All class based teaching takes places between 9am – 6pm, Monday to Friday during term time. Wednesday afternoons are kept free from timetabled teaching for personal study time and for sports clubs and societies to train, meet and play matches. There may be some occasional learning opportunities (for example, an evening guest lecturer or performance) that take places outside of these hours for which you will be given forewarning.

The University library is open seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

Assessment

Our validated courses may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances.

We ensure all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used on the course you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day or Open Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework

The assessment balance between examination and coursework depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessed by different assessment modes is as follows:

Year 1 (Level 4)*:
  • 19% coursework
  • 44% written exams
  • 37% practical exams
Year 2 (Level 5)*:
  • 50% coursework
  • 22% written exams
  • 28% practical exams
Year 3 (Level 6)*:
  • 28% coursework
  • 11% written exams
  • 61% practical exams

*Please note these are indicative percentages and modes for the programme.

Feedback

We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.

Further information

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures

 

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

2020 Entry: 104-120 points

A GCSE A*-C or 9-4 pass in English Language is required.

International Baccalaureate: 104-120 points to include a minimum of 2 Higher level IB certificates at grade 4 or above.

If English is not your first language: IELTS 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in writing or equivalent.

Course Enquiries and Applications

Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 827234

Send us a message

International Students

International students seeking additional information about this programme can send an email to International@winchester.ac.uk or call +44 (0)1962 827023

Visit us

Explore our campus and find out more about studying at Winchester by coming to one of our Open Days

Year 1 (Level 4)

Modules Credits

Legal Systems and Methods 30
Law of Contract 30
Law of Tort 30
Introduction to Cyber Security and Networks 15

The aim of this module is to introduce concepts of IT security in order to understand the security threats to an IT system and the operational impact of these threats on an organisation. The module will explore different protection methods for data and develop knowledge of security policies and procedures, including risk assessments, and how these procedures can be implemented and maintained. This module will introduce topical case studies of attacks on organisational information systems, highlighting the business consequences.

Information Systems and Organisations 15

The aim of the module is to introduce the application of information, information systems and information technologies within organisations and understand the impact of such systems on organisational performance. Students will develop an understanding of the project lifecycle focussing on the importance of the customer and will look at the process involved in creating information systems by learning how to investigate and define customer requirements and understand future needs. Undertaking this module gives students an introduction to information systems and organisations, giving them the skills to work effectively within an IS organisation on projects and giving them the base for understanding other IS modules within the degree programme.

Year 2 (Level 5)

Modules Credits

Criminal Law

 

Network Security 15
Risk Management and Cyber Security 15

The aim of this module is to further develop student understanding of IS Security.  The main focus of this module will be to explore key themes, trends and issues in cyber-security, policing and governance of the internet and business vulnerabilities.  The module provides students with an opportunity to analyse risk management, information risk assessment, risk mitigation, management standards and methodologies, implementing a risk management strategy and business continuity planning.

Optional Modules
  • Law of Property - 30 Credits
  • Company Law I - The Corporate Body - 15 Credits
  • Employment Law I - The Personal Employment Contract - 15 Credits
  • Human Rights Law - 15 Credits
  • Company Law II - Corporate Governance - 15 Credits
  • Employment Law II - Discrimination - 15 Credits
  • Medical Law - 15 Credits
  • Sport and the Law - 15 Credits
  • Criminal Justice - 15 Credits

Modules Credits

Criminal Law

 

Network Security 15
Risk Management and Cyber Security 15

The aim of this module is to further develop student understanding of IS Security.  The main focus of this module will be to explore key themes, trends and issues in cyber-security, policing and governance of the internet and business vulnerabilities.  The module provides students with an opportunity to analyse risk management, information risk assessment, risk mitigation, management standards and methodologies, implementing a risk management strategy and business continuity planning.

Optional Modules
  • Law of Property - 30 Credits
  • Company Law I - The Corporate Body - 15 Credits
  • Employment Law I - The Personal Employment Contract - 15 Credits
  • Human Rights Law - 15 Credits
  • Company Law II - Corporate Governance - 15 Credits
  • Employment Law II - Discrimination - 15 Credits
  • Medical Law - 15 Credits
  • Sport and the Law - 15 Credits
  • Criminal Justice - 15 Credits

Year 3 (Level 6)

Modules Credits

Dissertation OR Independent Research Project
Intellectual Property Law 15
Technology and Cyber Law 15
Penetration Testing 15
Information Systems Futures 15
Optional Modules
  • European Union Law - 15 Credits
  • Company Law I - The Corporate Body - 15 Credits
  • Human Rights Law - 15 Credits
  • Family Law - 15 Credits
  • Law of Equity and Trusts - 15 Credits
  • Advocacy - 15 Credits
  • Child Law - 15 Credits
  • Company Law  II – Corporate Governance - 15 Credits
  • Employment Law II - Discrimination - 15 Credits
  • Medical Law - 15 Credits
  • Criminal Justice - 15 Credits

Optional Credits

Dissertation OR Independent Research Project
Intellectual Property Law 15
Technology and Cyber Law 15
Penetration Testing 15
Information Systems Futures 15
Optional Modules
  • European Union Law - 15 Credits
  • Company Law I - The Corporate Body - 15 Credits
  • Human Rights Law - 15 Credits
  • Family Law - 15 Credits
  • Law of Equity and Trusts - 15 Credits
  • Advocacy - 15 Credits
  • Child Law - 15 Credits
  • Company Law  II – Corporate Governance - 15 Credits
  • Employment Law II - Discrimination - 15 Credits
  • Medical Law - 15 Credits
  • Criminal Justice - 15 Credits

Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions at www.winchester.ac.uk/termsandconditions.
The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above.

Progression from one level of the programme to the next is subject to meeting the University’s academic regulations.

2020 Course Tuition Fees

 UK/EU

International

Year 1 £9,250 £13,500
Year 2 £9,250 £13,500
Year 3 £9,250 £13,500
Total £27,750 £40,500
Optional Sandwich Year £700 £700
Total with Sandwich Year £28,450 £41,200

If you are a UK or EU student starting your degree in September 2020, the first year will cost you £9,250*. Based on this fee level, the indicative fees for a three-year degree would be £27,750 for UK and EU students.

Remember, you don't have to pay any of this upfront if you are able to get a tuition fee loan from the UK Government to cover the full cost of your fees each year. If finance is a worry for you, we are here to help. Take a look at the range of support we have on offer. This is a great investment you are making in your future, so make sure you know what is on offer to support you.

UK/EU Part-Time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £77.08 and a 15 credit module is £1,156. Part-time students can take up to a maximum 90 credits per year, so the maximum fee in a given year will be the government permitted maximum fee of £6,935.

International part-time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £112.50 and a 15 credit module is £1,687.

*The University of Winchester will charge the maximum approved tuition fee per year. 

Additional Costs

As one of our students all of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of student support and IT services.

There might be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying. The following highlights the mandatory and optional costs for this course:

Optional

Formal wear: Students may be expected to dress formally for oral assessments. Costs will vary depending on the student's existing wardrobe. Indicative cost is £0 - £50. 

Mandatory

Core texts: Law students are expected to purchase core texts for almost all law modules and some modules also require the purchase of statute books. This could amount to approximately £800 over the course of the degree for single honours depending on module selection. Indicative cost is  £800 across 3 years of study.

Printing and Binding: We are proud to offer free printing for all students to ensure that printing costs are not a potential financial barrier to student success. The University of Winchester and Winchester Student Union are champions of sustainability and therefore ask that all students consider the environment and print fairly. Students may be required to pay for the costs of dissertation binding. Indicative cost is £1.50-£3.

Course specific bursaries/scholarships

We have a variety of scholarship and bursaries available to support you financially with the cost of your course. To see if you’re eligible, please see our Scholarships and Awards page.

Key course details

UCAS code
M292
Duration
3 years full-time; 6 years part-time
Typical offer
104-120 points
Location
On campus, Winchester