University of Birmingham
Applied Cyber Security Boot Camp

Become a cybersecurity professional in 24 weeks

Online applied cyber security boot camp

Big data needs big protection. In just the last two years, 90 percent of the world’s data has been created*. As computer networks grow, so too does the quantity of vulnerable information.

University of Birmingham Applied Cyber Security Boot Camp is a challenging, part-time program that takes a multidisciplinary approach to attaining proficiency in IT, networking, and modern information security, throughout the course of 24 intensive weeks.

  • Gain experience with a host of popular tools such as Wireshark, Kali Linux, Metasploit, Nessus, and more.
  • Learn skills applicable to certifications such as the CompTIA Security+, Network+, Linux+, Server+, Cloud+, and certified Ethical Hacker (CEH).
  • Advance your skill set even if you’re currently employed or in school through convenient weekday classes.
  • Benefit from a comprehensive set of career services to help equip you for success as you work to change career paths or advance in your current position.

*Source: IBM Blog: How to manage complexity and realize the value of big data

Who should apply

If you are eager to become a digital defender and learn how to keep data safe from prying eyes, or if any of the below describe you, enrolling in this program could help put you on the path to achieving your goals:

  • You are currently working in a technical field and want to expand your cyber knowledge, better understand how to keep data secure, and learn hands-on skills to apply on the job.
  • You are a part of a company that has urgent cybersecurity needs to protect the confidentiality, availability, and integrity of data and software.
  • You understand the growing need for cybersecurity professionals and want to become a part of making the internet a safer space.
  • You are a tech enthusiast looking to start your career in tech and get your foot in the door in the world of networking and security.

Skills you will gain

You’ll learn from skilled instructors and gain real-world experience by collaborating with your peers. Through hands-on application, you’ll gain the confidence you need to tap into the industry. The curriculum* will dive into the foundational skills for cybersecurity, including:

  • Networking:
    • Packet Analysis
    • Wireshark
  • Systems:
    • Windows and Linux Administration Techniques
    • Windows and Linux Hardening
  • Cybersecurity:
    • Secure Network Design and Architecture
    • Risk Management
    • Cryptography
    • Vulnerability Assessment
    • Identity and Access Management
    • Cloud Security
  • Ethical hacking and penetration:
    • Kali Linux
    • Metasploit
    • Hashcat
    • Burp Suite
    • Web Vulnerabilities and Security
  • Cybersecurity careers:
    • Digital Forensics Methods
    • Penetration Testing
    • Vulnerability Assessment
    • Security Operations and Analytics
  • Programming and scripting:
    • Bash Scripting
    • PowerShell Scripting

Employers we work with

Programme details:

  • Coding: The next on campus coding programme begins 4 December 2023. The coding tuition fee is £7,200 including VAT.
  • Data: The next online data programme begins 11 October 2023. The data tuition fee is £7,200 including VAT.
  • Cyber security: The next online cyber security programme begins 23 October 2023. The cyber security tuition fee is £7,200 including VAT.
  • UX/UI: The next online UX/UI programme begins 6 November 2023. The UX/UI tuition fee is £7,200 including VAT.
  • Duration: The programmes runs for six months, over three weekday evenings.
  • Payment options: A deposit of £500 including VAT is required to secure your place in the programme. Individuals can then either pay the tuition in full by the early registration deadline to be eligible for an early registration discount or arrange a payment plan and pay in instalments. We’ve also partnered with the West Midlands Combined Authority Digital Skills Training Fund to offer a ‘Women in Tech’ scholarship to contribute to fees for our boot camp programme. A ‘Diversity in Tech’ scholarship is also available. Speak with admissions to learn about eligibility and how to apply.
  • How to apply: Fill out the enquiry form and a member of our admissions team will reach out to begin the application process.

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