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Applied Cyber Security (Online)

Applied Cyber Security (Online) PgCert

Cyber attacks are one of the biggest threats to global security and there is a high demand for specialist skills in the field of cyber security. This course is designed to prepare you for a career in this field.


Course overview

This course is ideal if you are a graduate from any subject background and want to explore cyber security, preparing you for further study to MSc level.

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Course details

Course structure

Core modules

Cyber Security and Network Foundations

Study the foundations of computer networks and cyber security. You explore network design principles, trends in network usage, the demand for mobile solutions, the bandwidth divide and ethical issues in network design.


and two optional modules

Cyber Risk and Vulnerability Management

You explore cyber security risk assessment and guidance models, practices, tools and techniques to address threats or vulnerabilities. You also look at how to identify common threats and vulnerabilities using appropriate tools and techniques.

Hacking the Human

You explore what is increasingly recognised as one of the most important areas and greatest threats of cybersecurity - the human being. Criminals are increasingly targeting people as an easy way to access a computer system, this is summed up in a famous quote by a well-known writer on cybersecurity, Bruce Schneier ‘Only amateurs attack machines; professionals target people’.

You explore what these types of cybersecurity threats are and what steps individuals and organisations can take to mitigate against them.

Assessment is a case study, exploring cybersecurity event involving issues of human behaviour. You produce a 4000 - 5000 word report identifying and discussing these issues and proposing some solutions for future prevention.

IT Ethics and Law

You explore the key legal issues to consider if you are anticipating a career in the IT industry. Key topics include introduction to the English legal system, intellectual property rights, computer crime, computer contracts and liability, privacy and data protection. You apply the legal principles studied to realistic scenarios and case studies from the real-world.

You are assessed through a continuous assessment which explores a current IT or computing issue from a legal and ethical point of view in the form of a mini investigative report.


Modules offered may vary.


How you learn

Using our online learning environment, you are supported by tutors who have worked in the field, and work collaboratively with other students to develop your technical skills and knowledge.

You work on case studies from our industry partners, providing you with experience on real-world scenarios.

How you are assessed

Your subject specific knowledge, cognitive and intellectual skills, and transferable skills are assessed through assignments, tests and case studies.


Entry requirements

A UK bachelor’s degree or equivalent overseas qualification.

International students require IELTS 6.0 or equivalent.

For general information please see our overview of entry requirements



Career opportunities

Progress to a postgraduate diploma or masters in:

PgDip Applied Cyber Security (Online)
MSc Applied Cyber Security (Online)
MSc Cyber Security (Online)


Learning platform

Our virtual learning environment (VLE) is the platform you use to access your online course


Teesside University online learning courses are delivered through the Brightspace Learning Environment.

Here are some of the benefits.

  • You can use it on your smartphone, tablet and computer.
  • And you can use it anytime, so that you can plan your learning to fit your own schedule.
  • It's easy to use and navigate.
  • Modules are set out by topics and themes. You can use the progress bar to understand where you are in your modules, and appreciate your achievements.
  • We support you to become familiar with your VLE, helping you to start learning quickly.
  • You get feedback, help and guidance from tutors throughout your course through the VLE, and you can ask questions at any time.
  • Our tutors use a live activity feed to keep you updated about your course.
  • You can create a student profile, collaborate with other students and take part in online discussion forums.

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Online learning

Online learning allows you to get a university-level qualification from the comfort of your own home or workplace. You'll have access to all of the world-class teaching and support that Teesside University has to offer, but all of your lectures, tutorials and assessments will take place online.

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University of the Year

Teesside University was named University of the Year at the Edufuturists Awards 2022.


  • Not available full-time


2024/25 entry

Fee for all applicants
£2,460 (£820 for each 20 credits)

More details about our fees

  • Length: 1 year
  • Attendance: 100% online
  • Start date: September
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