Programme Content





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 forensics, cryptography, security management, penetration testing, reverse engineering and exploit development.

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 Centre established by VTC at Chai Wan Campus. It plays an important role in nurturing young talents through pre-employment training for cybersecurity workforce. Students will have opportunities to attend trainings to upskill competencies of professionals through handling real scenario security incident.

Qualifications Framework
The programme is accredited by the HKCAAVQ at Hong Kong Qualification Framework (HKQF) Level 5 which is the same as that of locally accredited honours bachelor's degree programmes.

The degree qualification pitched at HKQF Level 5 are formally recognised by the HKSAR Government for employment purposes for graduate posts. 

Further studies
Upon graduation, students may pursue their further studies at Master’s degree level.





Academic Writing 3: Writing Skills for Dissert and Res Prj

This module offers students strategies for conceptualising, planning, drafting, revising, and editing longer assignments such as final-year projects and dissertations. Focusing on the Level 3 associated tasks of 'evaluate', 'synthesise', 'argue' and ‘reflect’, this module emphasises the place of these types of discourse and practice in academic communication. This module will be of value to students in all disciplines, and the competences they acquire and develop will contribute to their university personal development and, implicitly, to their future workplace roles that are increasingly writing intensive.

Applied Forensics

Students will be exposed to industry-standard tools and methods in order to analyse and report on desktop/laptop system and mobile devices. The identification of digital evidence and its recovery and analysis in accordance with the relevant legislation and methodologies are thoroughly examined.

Practical Cryptography

Students will make practical use of cryptography for encrypting, signing and verifying data in a number of forms. The underlying theory will be examined in the abstract, with a focus on practical application and developing software with cryptographic primitives.

Security Management

This module aims to provide students with an in-depth understanding of information security concepts and an understanding of how they are applied and evaluated, taking into consideration customer and user needs. The importance of a security policy and security management is considered. Students will gain an understanding of the threats posed to organisations and businesses due to security risks and will be introduced to handling and mitigating such risks. The module will also introduce the concept of continuity planning, as well as relevant prevention and recovery techniques to deal with potential threats. Students will develop comprehensive understanding of the legal, policy and technical approaches that are necessary to mitigate relevant risks.

Reverse Engineering

This module studies techniques for examining programs and protocols where the source code may not be available, by investigating the way that software behaves with a given set of inputs, and examining the binary representation of a program with the aim of developing an understanding of the original program. Additionally, methods for the identification, and analysis of malicious code are examined.

Exploit Development

In this module students will examine how vulnerabilities in software can be exploited to compromise a system or network. Students will examine how "off the shelf" exploit code can be detected by security mechanisms, and how common protection techniques such as Antivirus and firewalls can be bypassed. Additionally, the students will examine how exploit code is developed on common operating systems. 

Managing Red-Teams and Pen-Tests ^

This module aims to provide a thorough understanding of vulnerability testing techniques and tools and equip students with the skills required to plan, manage and perform penetration testing, identify vulnerabilities, interpret and analyse the results and suggest protection measures. The module is also designed to ensure that students will be able to define the scope of testing under certain requirements and develop a relevant project plan, applying appropriate testing methodologies and platforms. Other topics include understanding of the requirements, preparation and presentation of testing results, impact, risk and recommendations.

Security Audit and Monitoring

This module introduces the concepts of security audit processes as well as formal assessment methodologies. The module is designed to equip students with the skills to plan and perform system and penetration testing to effectively identify evidence of vulnerabilities, explain the vulnerabilities and make recommendations of how to mitigate them. The module also aims to give an in-depth understanding of intrusion detection systems for monitoring and identification of malicious activities and policy violations. The module aims to provide the students with awareness of the aspects related to security incident response and handling and enable them to develop the ability to evaluate and apply appropriate methodologies of managing relevant investigations.

Cyber Security Project

This module provides students with the opportunity and support to conduct primary and secondary research in cyber security. Students will undertake a substantial project which will exercise the in-depth technical, problem-solving, creative and other skills required of a professional practitioner. Students will be required to ensure that their work conforms to appropriate codes of practice and meets the ethical requirements of the University. Successful completion of the project will require methodical planning, record keeping, self-management, effective communication, execution and delivery of an agreed artefact or piece of research. Support and guidance will be provided by a project supervisor who will be the primary point of contact for a student on this module.

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.

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.




Reports and final project, etc.


^ Under review and subject to change


QF Level

QF Level : Level 5
QR Registration No. : 23/000729/L5
Validity Period : 01/09/2023 To 31/08/2028



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

  • 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 Cybersecurity


  • Holders of VTC Higher Diploma in Information and Network Security  


  • 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 successfully completed a Higher Diploma, Associate Degree or Professional Diploma taught and assessed in English from a recognised institution in Hong Kong or equivalent;


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


*Subject to final approval by Coventry University 



Fees & Funding


  • Application Fee : HK$200 (No application fee before the deadline!)
  • Registration Fee : HK$3,500
  • Tuition Fee : HK$82,990 by 3 instalments


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 $34,390 per year 
Financial Assistance Scheme for Post-secondary Students (FASP)

 Up to $91,040
(Tuition fee grant)

Up to $8,810
(Academic expenses grant)

Up to 57,340
(Living expenses loan)


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.


Career Prospects/ Further Studies

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.


"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 other regions.



Awards/ Campus Life

Student Awards

2nd Runner Up - 粵港澳(大灣區)模擬網絡防衛比賽2023 
Chu Leung Shing, Leung Suet Yi, Ng Yu Tung, Wong Chi Hin

3rd Runner Up - Greater Bay Area Cybersecurity Competition 2023 organized 
Chu Leung Shing, Ng Yu Tung, Wong Chi Hin

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
Ng King Hei HKSAR Government Outstanding Performance Scholarship 2022-23
Thian Chun Yue HKSAR Government Outstanding Performance Scholarship 2021-22
Yuen Chun Ho HKSAR Government Outstanding Performance Scholarship 2021-22


Graduation Ceremony



Connect with Us



Programme Coordinator

Mr. Kelvin Yip

Tel. no.

2595 2545



General Enquiries

Ms. Kelly Lai

Tel. no.

2595 8377



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