B.Sc. (Hons) Cyber Security


3 years full-time


Malaysian Students International Students

Year 1: RM 23,800 + £ 250
Year 2: RM 24,500 + £ 250
Year 3: RM 25,500 + £ 250

Year 1: RM 26,300 (USD 6,840) + £ 250
Year 2: RM 27,800 (USD 6,240) + £ 250
Year 3: RM 28,100 (USD 7,300) + £ 250

Total: RM 73,800 + £ 750 Total: RM 82,200 (USD 20,380) + £ 750


Entry Requirements:

Entry into the Programme will be via one of the following routes:

Route 1: Entry to Year 1 Degree

  • Successful completion of STPM with 2 full passes or equivalent with minimum CGPA of 2.0 and completion of SPM or equivalent with credit in Mathematics; or
  • Successful completion of A-Level with at least a pass in 2 subjects and successful completion of O-Level or equivalent with credit in Mathematics; or
  • Recognised Matriculation or foundation with CGPA 2.0 and credit in Mathematics at SPM Level; or
  • A qualification that APIIT accepts as equivalent to the above.

Route 2:

Direct Entry to Year 2 Degree

  •  Successful completion of the relevant APIIT Diploma, or
  • Successful completion of study in another recognised institution with academic credits equivalent to level 4 of an honours degree in relevant subjects

All students must demonstrate that they have met the equivalent of IELTS 6 either through formal English language assessment or through success in prior study at “A” level or equivalent in English.

Programme at a glance

Cyber Security is an important and growing area of work for computing professionals. Any organisation that has a computer network or uses the Internet has a potential security risk and will need people with specialised skills to help protect their systems and data. You may also find yourself working for a specialist consultancy firm that provides such a service to smaller organisations.

Computer systems store, process and communicate a wide variety of data. Much of this data is private and improper access to it can result in significant costs to an organisation or the person that owns the data. Securing computer systems against malicious attack or even against inadvertent damage is vital to any computer system. This programme gives you the knowledge and skills to enable you to prevent attacks and inadvertent damage to computer systems.

The first year provides a general grounding in computing skills and introduces you to the fundamental aspects of computer security. You will gain technical skills in both computer networks and computer systems that you will build on in later years. In the following years, you will develop technical skills in network security, and hacking attacks and defences as well as in biometrics and biometric based security systems. In the final year, cryptography and malicious software are covered in some detail.

Practical work in the specialist modules and the final year project will involve the development of appropriate security software. As part of studying network security you will cover the CISCO networking syllabus for Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Routing and Switching and then the follow on CCNA Security syllabus. You will have an opportunity to take the industry-standard ECCouncil Ethical Hacker Certification.

We have placement students in a variety of organisations, including Cyber Security and Digital Forensic businesses.

Programme outline

Topics you will experience include:

Year 1

  • Algorithms & Data Structures in C
  • Hardware & Software Systems & Graphics
  • Introduction to Forensic Tools & Techniques
  • Introduction to Networking with LANs & WANs
  • Introduction to Security Technologies
  • Introduction to Software Development
  • Mathematics & Statistics for Computing
  • Systems and Database Analysis

Year 2

  • Computer Systems Low Level Techniques
  • Hardware & Software Systems & Networks
  • Ethical Hacking
  • Biometrics 1
  • LAN Switching and WAN Networks
  • Professional & Enterprise Development
  • Router Security Technologies
  • System Programming and Computer Control


Year 3

  • Computer Systems Security
  • Malicious Software and Security Programming
  • Image Processing
  • Group Case Study
  • Biometrics 2
  • Project: Artefact Realisation, Testing & Evaluation
  • Project: Planning, Management, Communication & Appraisal
  • Project: Research, Analysis & Artefact Design


In addition to the above, all students are also required to successfully complete four (4) General Studies modules as stipulated by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency, as well as fulfill credit requirements for Co-Curricular Activities.

Graduate Employment

Graduates will find employment across a wide range of careers destinations including government agencies, local authorities, banking industries, anti-virus companies, consultancies, specialist sectors of the cyber security industry such as virus analysis, anti-malware analysis, risk analysis, security IT auditing, malicious program detection development, vulnerability research, network security engineering and penetration testing or will enter the industrial or commercial sectors. Others will undertake further postgraduate training across a range of academic and vocational courses.

Please note that students need to complete the programme within the normal duration of study. No deferments or extensions will be allowed by Staffordshire University. If they are unable to complete the programme by March 2023; they may not be eligible for the award of the Staffordshire University Degree.

All information is correct at the time of publication, but is subject to change in the interest of continuing improvement.

KPT/JPS (N/481/6/0449)(PA3831)07/19