Teaching and learning in 2020/21

In order to prioritise the safety of students and staff, we are planning to teach through a flexible combination of online and onsite learning. For more details on changes to this course, see our undergraduate course changes page or postgraduate course changes page.

Course Overview

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'll 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 crucial.

Our graduates have gone on to work in the banking sector, as well as organisations such as BT, HP, Cisco, Dell, Google Enterprise, Huawei Technologies and Quinix, as well as smaller private companies.

The programme incorporates the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) curriculum,  giving students who wish to take the external examinations the knowledge to complete the CCNA Routing and Switching as well as the CCNA Security qualification by the end of the course.

You'll study the fundamental principles of computing and network engineering, and develop the connection between these and a broad range of network systems, with special emphasis on the optimisation of converged networks. You'll also be encouraged to use initiative and confidence in approaching network 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 new knowledge and skills to address a real-life situation, usually within the context of a business-related problem.

In addition, you'll have the opportunity to undertake a year in industry (work placement) after completing the second year of your study. This will help you to gain work experience and enhance your employability after you graduate. You'll 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'll be assigned to roles involving tasks related to network security and/or network software engineering.

The course is accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS).

Top reasons to study with us

  • Develop the skills you'll need – learn application-oriented networking skills and know-how
  • Gain industry insider knowledge – benefit from expert-led workshops that will help you develop in-demand skills
  • Explore our exciting location - our course is based right in the heart of London, one of the world's technology hubs

Course structure

The range of teaching methods may include lectures, seminar sessions, projects (group and individual), laboratories and computer-aided engineering, problem sheets, investigations and design, and online learning.

Assessment methods used on the course are varied and may include in-class tests, group work, laboratories, viva-voce exams, written reports, presentations and posters, computer-based quizzes and exercises, design and implementation of hardware and software, analysis, testing and modification of existing hardware or software, and formal exams.

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

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 part in a year in industry (work placement) after completing the second year of your study. This will help you gain work experience and increase your 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 to roles involving tasks related to network security and/or network software engineering.

Subjects of study include:

  • Applied AI
  • 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

Our course is intended to fulfil the requirements of the British Computer Society (BCS), which means it complies with rigorous academic and professional standards as set out by the BCS. It also allows graduates to gain registration as a Chartered IT Professional (CITP) and partial registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

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Programme Specification

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

Careers

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

With a growing global network of 3,000 employers, our Careers and Employability Service is here to support you to achieve your full potential.

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    Successful alumni

    Graduates from this course have found employment at organisations including BT, Google Enterprise and Huawei Technologies.

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    Work experience

    You'll have the option to take part in a work placement for a year, developing real-life experience before you graduate and improving your employability.

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    Industry knowledge

    We have strong links to industry, and alumni and other industry professionals regularly appear as guest speakers.

    Industry links

    You will be taught by lecturers and practitioners with years of experience and strong industry links. Alumni and other industry professionals regularly appear as guest speakers.

    Industry experts support our final year projects, advising, mentoring and challenging students to produce their best work.

    We have links with a number of companies in the industry and have previously worked with organisations including

    • BBC
    • Broadcom
    • Cisco
    • Edwards and Siemens
    • GE
    • IBM UK Ltd.
    • Intel
    • Network Rail
    • NHS
    • Schneider Electric
    • SmarDTV
    • TfL

    Professional accreditation

    Accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS), the course provides an exciting, enjoyable and rewarding learning experience which will serve as a solid foundation for a professional engineering career leading to registration as a Chartered IT Professional (CITP) and a partial Chartered Engineer (CEng).

    The programme incorporates the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) curriculum,  giving students who wish to take the external examinations the knowledge to complete the CCNA Routing and Switching as well as the CCNA Security qualification by the end of the course.

    Job roles

    Graduates of this degree typically work with networked communication systems as network designers, network managers or network engineers, in charge of setting up, developing, managing and maintaining secure networks.

    With an industry-wide shortage, high-quality computer network security graduates are enjoying a choice of job opportunities with good salaries.

    This course will prepare you for roles such as:

    • Computer network engineers – responsible for any component of a computer network, including local and wide area networks, as well as servers, routers, switches and computers
    • Network designers – responsible for the design, operation, installation and maintenance of current and future state-of-the-art computer networks with associated security concerns
    • Network security engineers – responsible for dealing with security issues, such as viruses or hardware malfunctions, testing systems for vulnerabilities in hardware and software, maintaining virtual private networks, firewalls, email security and web protocols, and security and programs

    Graduate employers

    Graduates from this course have found employment at organisations including

    • BT
    • Cisco
    • Dell
    • HP
    • Google Enterprise
    • Huawei Technologies

    International Opportunities

    Many of our courses offer international study and work experiences, and the University provides other global opportunities that all students can apply for - so whatever you're studying, you'll have the chance to go abroad.

    Opportunities could include:

    • Taking part in semester or year-long exchanges at institutions around the world
    • Attending an international summer school or field trip
    • Developing your CV through volunteering or work placements abroad

    International experience broadens horizons, boosts self-confidence, and improves global understanding, alongside being fantastic for your career.

    Find out more about our international opportunities, including funding options and where you can go.

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    Why study this course?

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    Expert-led classes

    We regularly welcome industry professionals to give lectures and run workshops that will help you develop in-demand, industry-level skills.

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    Complete professional qualifications

    The programme incorporates the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) curriculum,  giving students who wish to take the external examinations the knowledge to complete the CCNA Routing and Switching as well as the CCNA Security qualification by the end of the course.

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    Work-based learning

    You'll have the opportunity to work on a real-life problem, normally set by an external organisation, as part of the course.

    Online open days

    Join us at an online open day and get a feel for student life at the University of Westminster.

    You'll get a chance to: 

    • Speak to our academic staff
    • Take a virtual reality tour of our student halls
    • Ask us any questions you may have about student finance and accommodation

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    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.

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    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.

    Teaching and assessment

    Below you'll find examples of how marks have been calculated and study time distributed in the past. Changes to assessment weights and division of study time may be made in response to feedback and in accordance with our terms and conditions.

    How you'll be taught

    Teaching methods across all our undergraduate courses focus on active student learning through seminars, workshops, problem-based and blended learning, as well as group work. Teaching will be informed by our research, giving you the benefit of the knowledge of current theories and, where appropriate, their practical application.

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    How you'll be assessed

    Assessment methods across our undergraduate courses may include essays, reports, presentations, case studies, videos, podcasts and posters, as well as time-constrained in-class tests and exams.

     

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    Supporting you

    Our Student Hub is where you’ll find out about the services and support we offer, helping you get the best out of your time with us.

    • Study support — workshops, 1-2-1 support and online resources to help improve your academic and research skills
    • Personal tutors — support you in fulfilling your academic and personal potential
    • Student advice team — provide specialist advice on a range of issues including funding, benefits and visas
    • Extra-curricular activities — volunteering opportunities, sports and fitness activities, student events and more

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    Course Location

    With state-of-the-art science and psychology labs and refurbished computer suites, our Cavendish Campus offers our science and technology students a range of learning spaces that are both dynamic and inspiring.

    Located in central London, our Cavendish Campus is just a five-minute walk from Oxford Street and Tottenham Court Road.

    For more details, visit our Cavendish Campus page.

    Contact us

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