Programme Content

               

 

 

Introduction

With a strong emphasis on practical application of academic and theoretical aspects, this programme aims to teach the key skills and competencies required by a cybersecurity professional, using specialised physical and virtual labs.  It will cover specialist security topics in the computing field, including ethical hacking, digital forensics, penetration testing, network security and cryptography. 


UK-specific contents may not be applicable to HK students

Ephraim Mak
BSc (Hons) Ethical Hacking and Cybersecurity
Coventry University Student Ambassador

 

Programme Features

Learning at Cybersecurity Centre 
The Cybersecurity Centre plays an important role in nurturing young talents through pre-employment training for cybersecurity workforce.  You will have opportunities to attend trainings to upskill professional competencies through handling real scenario security incidents. 


Practical contents
Throughout the course, great emphasis is placed on the practical development of work, with a significant portion of your time being spent on assisted lab tasks. The las tasks may involve live practical hacking challenges, seminars discussing topics such as cryptography and forward secrecy, or project-based classes, which involve more in-depth work on developing secure systems in hostile environments.

 

Modules^

Digital Forensics Fundamentals

This module introduces you to digital forensics and digital crime scene investigation. The main topics covered will include concepts of digital evidence, forensic investigation acquisition in the context of forensic examination. 

Intermediate Digital Forensics

This module further develops your understanding of digital investigation concepts. The main topics covered will include concepts of digital evidence, digital forensic investigation methodology, legacy and current file systems essentials, registry files, password recovery, data acquisition and forensic examination of computer systems using current commercial forensic tools.

Data Recovery and Advanced Digital Forensic Analysis

This module introduces you to advanced data recovery and digital forensics analysis. The main topics covered will include data hiding and data recovery techniques, forensic examination of mobile devices, networks, and the Internet. It also examines basic malware analysis.

Advanced Network Management and Design

The module aims to give you an understanding of the underlying principles involved in network configuration and management. This will include LAN and WAN design, network monitoring within the context of ethical and legal issues.

Ethical Hacking 2

This module will cover penetration testing methodology, including accessing, manipulating, and exploring networks and systems. Other systems will be explored in terms of offensive security, including web services and web application testing, knowledge of vulnerabilities and exploits. Countermeasures are also covered, as well as a structured methodology in which this can be reported along with an evaluation of security mechanisms.

Systems Security

This module allows you to conduct primary research (with secondary research support) in a topic area relevant to Ethical Hacking and Cybersecurity. You are expected to design, implement, and critically evaluate a functional or simulated system, object, or concept and to acquire further knowledge of a specialist technical area. To this end, you will undertake a substantial project which will exercise in-depth technical, problem-solving, creative, and other skills required of a professional practitioner.

Individual Project

This module allows you to conduct primary research (with secondary research support) in a topic area relevant to Ethical Hacking and Cybersecurity. You are expected to design, implement, and critically evaluate a functional or simulated system, object, or concept and to acquire further knowledge of a specialist technical area. To this end, you will undertake a substantial project which will exercise in-depth technical, problem-solving, creative, and other skills required of a professional practitioner.

Academic Writing 3: Writing Skills for Dissertation and Research Project

This module offers you strategies for conceptualising, planning, drafting, revising, and editing longer assignments such as final-year projects. Focusing on the final-year associated tasks of 'evaluate', 'synthesise', 'argue' and ‘reflect’, this module emphasises the place of these types of discourse and practice in academic communication. 

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated, please contact us for the latest information.

 

Assessment^

Coursework, examination, and final project, etc.

 

^ Under Review and subject to change

Recognition

QF Level

QF Level : Level 5
QR Registration No. : 20/000488/L5 
Validity Period : 01/09/2020 - 31/08/2024 

 

Importance of choosing a non-local top-up with QF Level 5

Employment
  • Degree qualifications pitched at QF Level 5 are formally recognised by the HKSAR Government for employment purposes within the Civil Service for graduate posts.

Further Studies
  • Having been recognised at QF Level 5, this top-up degree programme meets the standard of locally-accredited bachelor's degree programmes. Upon graduation, students can pursue their further studies at Master’s degree level in Hong Kong or Overseas.

Financial Assistance and Scholarships

 

 

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements^

  • Holders of VTC Higher Diploma in Information and Network Security  

OR

  • Holders of Higher Diploma, or Associate Degree, or equivalent qualifications in relevant IT subject areas from recognised institutions will also be considered.  These applicants must also be able to demonstrate competence equivalent to an HKDSE Level 2 or HKCEE Grade E in Mathematics.*  

 

 

English Proficiency Requirements^

  • Applicants holding post-secondary qualifications (e.g. Higher Diploma, Associate Degree) taught and assessed in English from recognised institutions;

OR

  • At least an overall IELTS score of 6.5, or equivalent.

 

*Subject to final approval by Coventry University 
^ Under review and subject to change 

 

 

Fees & Funding

Fees

  • Application Fee : HK$200 (No application fee before the deadline!)
  • Registration Fee : HK$3,500
  • Tuition Fee : HK$81,450 by 3 instalments
     (Deduct up to HK$33,200 via NMTSS)


The tuition fee is as low as HK$8,250 if you are eligible for NMTSS and receive SPSS Outstanding Performance Scholarship (OPS).
(i.e. Tuition Fee HK$81,450 - NMTSS HK$33,200 - OPS HK$40,000)

Eligible students for NMTSS only need to pay the tuition fee net of NMTSS. After admission, students with outstanding academic performance at sub-degree level will be nominated for OPS and the awardees will receive the scholarship around July/August next year. The disbursement of NMTSS and the award of OPS will be subject to the final approval by the Education Bureau (EDB).



Scholarships

A variety of attractive scholarships are available to current and graduating SHAPE students

 

 

Financial Aids 

The following HKSAR Government financial assistance schemes are available to eligible students who pursue this programme at SHAPE:


Financial Assistance Schemes
 
Amount (HK$)
Non-means-tested Subsidy Scheme (NMTSS) Up to $33,200 per year 
[AY2022/23]
Financial Assistance Scheme for Post-secondary Students (FASP)

 Up to $89,080
(Tuition fee grant)

Up to $8,620
(Academic expenses grant)

Up to 55,560
(Living expenses loan)

[AY2022/23]

Non-means-tested Loan Scheme for Post-secondary Students (NLSPS)  Up to the annual tuition fees payable in the academic year


For details including eligibility and subsidy amount, please refer to the hyperlink of each scheme.
* Please refer to the Programme Content section of this programme for the reimbursable courses under the CEF

Career Prospects/ Further Studies

Career Prospects

 

"Through this programme and guidance by SHAPE lecturers, I have learnt the latest development in the IT security industry. I enjoyed the “System Security” module the most which covers essential knowledge at the workplace like cryptography, website protection and risk management. I am also very impressed with SHAPE lecturers that they shared extensive real-world cases in hacking. This is a very practical programme and it helped me to get employed shortly after graduation."

Yuen Chun Ho

BSc (Hons) Ethical Hacking and Cybersecurity

  • Technical Trainee
  • HKSAR Government Outstanding Performance Scholarship

 

Further Studies

Having been recognised at QF Level 5, this top-up degree programme meets the standard of locally-accredited bachelor's degree programmes. Upon graduation, students can pursue their further studies at Master’s degree level in Hong Kong or Overseas.

 

 

Student Awards

Student Awards

1st Runner Up - Cybersecurity Blue Team Competition 2021
Chiu Ka Leung, Lam Chin Wang, Lam Wui Kin, Leung Chak Ching, Tam Lok Hang

Champion - Cybersecurity Purple Team Competition 2022
Mak Ka Hung, Thian Chun Yue

 

Student Awards
Thian Chun Yue HKSAR Government Outstanding Performance Scholarship 2021-22
Yuen Chun Ho HKSAR Government Outstanding Performance Scholarship 2021-22


 

Connect with Us

Enquiries

Programme Coordinator

Mr. Nik Yiu 

Tel. no.

2595 2552

Email

wkyiu@vtc.edu.hk

 

 

Deputy Programme Coordinator

Mr. Kelvin Yip

Tel. no.

2595 2537

Email

kelvinyip@vtc.edu.hk

 

General Enquiries

Ms. Kelly Lai

Tel. no.

2595 8377

Email

kellylai@vtc.edu.hk

 

Connect with SHAPE Community


Connect with Coventry Community

 

 

 

 

Registration No. : 253042. It is a matter of discretion for individual employers to recognise any qualification to which this course may lead.