Course Overview

Attendance
UK/EU Fees £9,250 *
International Fees £14,000 *
Duration 3 or 4 years

* Price per academic year

Course summary

Security is a vital aspect of any networked system, especially as the dependency on network infrastructures has grown over the past few decades. This course builds on more than ten years of experience in education in network design and support, and its aim is to produce network engineers with a strong background in security.

The course focuses on three main aspects – communication, network design and implementation, and security. You will develop the knowledge and technical expertise to be able to take on specific responsibility within a network team or as a team leader for the security aspects of that network, particularly in industries such as banking, where security is crucially important. Our graduates have also gone on to work for organisations such as BT, HP, Cisco, Dell, Google Enterprise, Huawei Technologies and Quinix, as well as for smaller private companies.

Westminster is a Cisco Networking Academy, and the course incorporates the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) curriculum. This will give you the opportunity to complete the CCNA Routing and Switching as well as the CCNA Security qualification while studying for your degree.

You will learn the fundamental principles of computing and network engineering, and develop the connection between these and a broad range of network systems (with special emphasis placed on the optimisation of converged networks).

You will also be encouraged to use initiative and confidence in approaching engineering problems, investigating solutions using a blend of analytical and practical skills.

The course offers a short-term work-based learning experience that will give you the opportunity to work on a real-life problem, which is normally set by an external organisation as a small-scale project. This experience will allow you to put theory into practice by applying your knowledge and skills gained from various modules to address a real-life situation, usually within the context of a business-related problem.

In addition, you will have the opportunity to take a year in industry (work placement) after completing the second year of your study. This will help you gain work experience and increase your chances of employability after you graduate. You will be offered help and support to find and secure placement opportunities through various workshops and events organised by the Careers and Employability Service and the course team. Typically, you will be assigned into roles involving tasks related to network security and/or network software engineering.

Course structure

The following subjects are indicative of what you will study on this course. 

To help you make an informed decision, you can have a look at how marks have been calculated and study time has been distributed on this course in the past.

Subjects of study include:

  • Applied Mathematics 
  • Communication Principles
  • Computer Organisation & Digital Systems 
  • Introduction to Networks 
  • Programming Methodology 

Credit Level 4

Subjects of study include:

  • Applied Cryptography 
  • Business Analytics
  • Database Systems 
  • Network Simulation 
  • Network Software Engineering 
  • Network Technologies 
  • Operating Systems 
  • Professional Engineering Practice 
  • Threats & Countermeasures 

Credit Level 5

This course gives you the opportunity to take a year in industry (work placement) after completing the second year of your study. This will help you gain work experience and increase your chances of employability after you graduate.

You will be offered help and support to find and secure placement opportunities through various workshops and events organised by the Careers and Employability Service and the course team.

Typically, you will be assigned into roles involving tasks related to network security and/or network software engineering.

Subjects of study include:

  • Applied AI Option 
  • Applied Distributed System Programming 
  • Big Data Analytics
  • Enterprise Networks 
  • Individual Project 
  • Internet-of-Things 
  • Operating Systems & Drivers 
  • Secure System Design 
  • Security Implementation & Testing 

Credit Level 6

Professional accreditation

The course is intended to fulfil the educational requirements of the British Computer Society (BCS) to fulfil the educational requirements registration as a Chartered IT Professional (CITP) and partial Chartered Engineer (CEng). 

Please note that re-accreditation from BCS is currently pending.

Programme Specification

For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the programme specification.

Entry Requirements

  • A Levels – BCC to ABB
  • International Baccalaureate – 27 points including 5 in a Higher Level technical subject. We also welcome applications from students taking the IB Career related Programme
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DMM to DDM
  • BTEC Diploma – D*D to D*D* in Engineering, ICT or Computing, to include Maths at Level 3
  • Access – 104 to 128  UCAS Tariff points from the Access course

In addition to one of the above, you should have: 

  • GCSE English Language grade 4/C – IB grade 4 Higher Level, GCSE Maths grade 4/C – IB grade 4

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each component.

We also welcome applications from students who are taking a combinations of qualifications listed above. For further information, please contact Course Enquiries.

View more information about our entry requirements and the application process

  • International Baccalaureate – 27 points including 5 in a Higher Level technical subject

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each component.

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International Foundation course

We work in partnership with Kaplan International College London to provide Foundation Certificate courses for international students who don’t meet our Bachelor’s degree entry requirements. Find out how to apply for the Foundation Certificate course.

Careers

Our graduates are versatile engineers who are equipped with skills to design, support, problem-solve and maintain network systems of high quality and reliability, as well as apply current technologies in network security.

Typically students on this degree are working at different levels with networked communication systems as network designers, network managers or network engineers in small and large size companies in charge of setting up, developing, managing and maintaining network systems.

Companies that are involved with our courses, including industrial placements, are :

  • BBC
  • Broadcom
  • Catapult Satellite Applications
  • Cisco
  • Intel 
  • Edwards and Siemens
  • ESA
  • GE Aviation Systems Ltd.
  • IBM UK Ltd. 
  • Network Rail
  • NHS
  • Schneider Electric
  • Smardtv
  • Spirent
  • STFC
  • TfL

Our Careers and Employability Service is here to support you to achieve your full potential.
 
With a growing network of over 3,000 employers around the world and a team of experienced careers consultants, we provide you with a variety of opportunities to work and develop new skills. As a University of Westminster student, you’ll have access to our services throughout your studies and after you graduate.
 
We can help you:
    •    find work placements, graduate jobs or voluntary experience related to your course
    •    discover international opportunities to enhance your employability
    •    write effective CVs and application forms
    •    develop your interview and enterprise skills
    •    plan your career with our career consultants
    •    gain insights into your chosen industry through mentoring
    •    meet employers and explore your career options at our employer fairs, careers presentations and networking events 
 
Find out more about the Careers and Employability Service.

 

Find out more about other employability initiatives at the University of Westminster. 

Fees and Funding

UK and EU tuition fee: £9,250 (Price per academic year)

When you have enrolled with us, your annual tuition fees will remain the same throughout your studies with us. We do not increase your tuition fees each year.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

Funding

As well as tuition fee loans, there is a range of funding available to help you fund your studies.

Find out about undergraduate student funding options.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

International tuition fee: £14,000 (Price per academic year)

When you have enrolled with us, your annual tuition fees will remain the same throughout your studies with us. We do not increase your tuition fees each year.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

International student funding

Find out about funding for international students.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

Find out more

Course Location

Our Cavendish Campus in the heart of London is home to our science and technology disciplines. With first-class facilities, the campus houses subjects from Biosciences, Computer Engineering, Nutrition and Psychology and benefits from advanced state of the art science and psychology labs. For more details, visit our Cavendish Campus page.

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