Computer Networks BSc (Hons)

Overview

From the Internet to cloud computing, social networking, and multimedia streaming, computer networks play a vital role in all aspects of business, government and public services.

On this professionally accredited BSc (Hons) Computer Networks degree course, you’ll learn to develop and manage sophisticated computer networks solutions and get hands on with the latest technologies to make a mark on the future of the industry. You’ll also have the option to join our Cisco Networking Academy to add an industry-recognised Cisco certification to your degree.

With the current shortage of networking and IT professionals, your skill set will be in high demand across many sectors when you graduate, opening doors to careers in roles such as network architect, consultant and developer.

What you'll experience

On this degree course, you'll:

  • Configure, manage and experiment with different network technologies and web applications
  • Work with our private cloud environment to learn about virtualisation and cloud computing
  • Use network analysis tools such as OPNET and Wireshark
  • Use our bespoke network laboratory with in-lab and remote access to over 200 routers and switches in a data-centre environment
  • Be challenged to put what you learn in the classroom to work, taking on practical network design projects that are linked to your studies
  • Join our Cisco Networking Academy to work towards obtaining industry-recognised certifications, such as CCNA or CCNP
  • Take optional modules to tailor your degree to specific interests, like management, security, big data, Internet of Things, or business and innovation

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing a great job with your freshly developed networking skills, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.

We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and freelancing opportunities that will complement your studies and enhance your CV.

What you'll study 

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

Modules

Year 1

Core modules in this year include:

  • Basics of the Business Environment
  • Networking Essentials
  • Scientific Principles for Computer Networking
  • System Administration and Internetworking
  • Web Applications

There are no optional modules in this year.

Year 2

Core modules in this year include:

  • Routing and Switching
  • Network Servers and Services
  • Network Simulation and Traffic Management
  • Virtualisation and Cloud Computing
  • Wide Area Networks

Optional modules to choose from in this year currently include:

  • Big Data
  • Business Information Systems Security
  • Computing Undergraduate Ambassador
  • Ethical Hacking
  • Institution-wide Language Programme (IWLP)
  • Web Programming

Placement year (optional)

On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry.

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Year 3

Core modules in this year include:

  • Enterprise and ISP Network Solutions
  • Individual Project (Engineering)
  • Network Design

Optional modules to choose from in this year currently include:

  • Digital Enterprise and Innovation 1
  • Digital Enterprise and Innovation 2
  • Information Systems Management
  • Internet of Things
  • Malware Forensics
  • Project Management
  • Security Management
  • Wireless Networks

Teaching

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • tutorials
  • laboratory work
  • practical work

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • technical reports and logbooks
  • written exams
  • mini projects
  • presentations
  • case studies
  • group assignments

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

  • Year 1 students: 43% by written exams, 10% by practical exams and 47% by coursework
  • Year 2 students: 40% by written exams and 60% by coursework
  • Year 3 students: 25% by written exams, 10% by practical exams and 65% by coursework

Careers and opportunities

After the course, you could work in many industries, for example:

  • consumer and professional electronics
  • pharmaceuticals and health care
  • defence
  • broadcasting and telecommunications
  • IT development and consulting
  • banking and finance

Graduates from this course have gone on to work for well-known companies such as:

  • Cisco
  • IBM
  • HP
  • Microsoft
  • KPMG
  • PWC
  • BAE Systems
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Deutsche Bank
  • Barclays

Our Employability and Careers service will be on hand throughout your studies and for up to 5 years after you graduate to give you help and support with finding a job and developing your career.

BSc (Hons), BSc (Hons) Award
September Start
Full-time, Sandwich Study Mode
3 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

88-112 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

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