Information Technology

IVE (Chai Wan)

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Top-up Degree

BSc (Hons) Ethical Hacking and Cybersecurity

The following section presents the information of Full-time Programme offered at IVE(Chai Wan) in 2021-2022.

Application Deadline: Late Application Accepted

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Programme Content

Programme Overview

The BSc (Hons) Ethical Hacking and Cybersecurity is a degree programme offered by Coventry University. Successful completion carries the same academic status as that offered to Coventry’s on-campus graduates.

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

Mode of Study and Duration
Full-time, 1 year

Application Fee: HK$200*
Registration Fee: HK$3,500
Tuition Fee: HK$80,000 by 3 instalments (in AY2021/22)

* All applicants can enjoy a waiver of application fee for ONCE.

September 2021
Qualifications Framework
QF Level : Level 5
QR Registration No. : 20/000488/L5
Validity Period : 01/09/2020 - 31/08/2024
The QF level of this programme accredited by the HKCAAVQ is the same as that of locally-accredited honours bachelor's degree programmes.
Registration Number (Non-Local Higher and Professional Education (Regulation) Ordinance)
Programme Aims

This programme enables students to:

  • have a clearly targeted and developed set of skills in computer science with special emphasis on security;
  • identify and analyse the threats posed to modern information structures and will be able to apply defences against such threats;
  • devise methods of testing a system’s security and possess the skills needed to break into systems that have vulnerabilities; and
  • advise a company on how to set up secure systems.

As well as the technical foci, the programme contains content that prepares students in social, ethical, legal and professional aspects of a cooperative human environment such as the workplace.

Career Prospects

The practical nature of this programme places an emphasis on students' future employability, developing a wide range of technical, analytical, design and professional skills. Graduates will be able to find employment in ethical hacking and penetration testing roles, malware and software security analysis, telecoms security, digital forensics and evidence gathering, network and security administration within organisations, government organisations and insurance companies.

Programme Structure

The programme is delivered in full-time mode, comprising of the following modules:

  • Digital Forensics Fundamentals
  • Intermediate Digital Forensics
  • Academic Writing 3: Writing Skills for Dissert and Res Prj
  • Advanced Network Management and Design
  • Ethical Hacking 2
  • Systems Security
  • Data Recovery and Advanced Digital Forensic Analysis
  • Individual Project
Assessment is based on coursework, an examination and a final project.

University Overview

Founded in 1843 and recently celebrating 175 years, Coventry University is a dynamic and outward-looking institution with a tradition of teaching excellence, impactful research and bold international partnerships.

Coventry has consistently ranked in the top 15th in the UK in the Guardian University Guide 2016-2021, serving to reinforce its teaching and research excellence. Furthermore Coventry has been awarded a 5 star overall rating by the QS Stars award system. Our partnership with SHAPE offers you the opportunity to learn through the 'Coventry Way' and graduate with a Coventry programme degree certificate.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must hold one of the qualifications listed below:

  • Higher Diploma in Information and Network Security; or
  • A qualification equivalent to the above *

All applicants must be able to demonstrate competence equivalent to an HKCEE Grade E or HKDSE Level 2 in Mathematics. Applicants from the approved VTC feeder programmes are considered to have met this requirement.

* Subject to final approval by Coventry University

English Proficiency Requirements

  • Holders of VTC Higher Diploma or Professional Diploma taught and assessed in English; or
  • Applicants who are not from the approved VTC feeder programmes should have successfully completed a Higher Diploma or Associate Degree taught and assessed in English from a recognised institution in Hong Kong or equivalent, or alternatively they should have attained a minimum overall IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent.


Programme Co-ordinator Mr Nik Yiu
Tel no. 2595 2552
General Enquiries Ms Cherry Chan
Tel no. 2595 8377