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Computer Networking - BEng (Hons)

Why study this course?

Taught in our state-of-the-art networking laboratories, this Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) accredited course gives you excellent practical skills. It is supported by our Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) curriculum, and includes optional work placements to give your career a head-start. 

In the most recent (2015-16) Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, 100% of graduates from this course were in work or further study within six months.

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Computer networking is a rapidly growing sector in the IT industry, and practitioners are constantly learning and adapting to new technologies. On this course you’ll cover wired and wireless data and voice communications, IT security and system management.

You’ll learn about computer hardware and current and future technology development through taught classes and hands-on sessions in our Cisco computer laboratories. Using the latest in modern technology, you’ll have the opportunity to configure and troubleshoot Local and Wide Area Networks, secure them, and improve their performance.

Our teaching staff are Cisco-qualified instructors, who are supported by visiting lecturers who currently work in the industry. You’ll get the opportunity to ask questions, keep your knowledge up to date and network with potential future employers.


You'll be assessed through coursework reports, case studies, individual and group research assignments, written and laboratory-based examinations and a final engineering project or dissertation. You'll receive regular, supportive feedback throughout the course.

If you do not complete the course with the required achievements to qualify for the IET-accredited BEng (Hons) degree, you may be awarded a lesser degree, such as the BSc (Hons) degree. The final award will be determined at the end of the course.

Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS) as fully meeting the educational requirement for Chartered IT Professional (CITP) registration.

The course is also accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), and you’ll be able to apply for student membership while undertaking your degree. Your fees will be covered by the University, and you’ll have access to resources such as a digital library, jobs boards and networking events.

If you have a full Cisco CCNA certification, you can apply for exemption from relevant CCNA modules.

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:

  • a minimum of grades CCD in three A levels one of which must be from a relevant subject or minimum grades BC in at least two A levels in academic or business subjects (or a minimum of 88 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma/Diploma; or Advanced Diploma; or Progression Diploma; or Access to HE Diploma of 60 credits)
  • English Language and Mathematics GCSEs at grade C (grade 4 from 2017) or above

Applicants with relevant professional qualifications or extensive professional experience will also be considered on a case by case basis.

If you don’t have traditional qualifications or can’t meet the entry requirements for this undergraduate degree, you may still be able to gain entry by applying for the Computer Network Engineering Extended Degree.

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

Accelerated study

If you have relevant qualifications or credit from a similar course it may be possible to enter this course at an advanced stage rather than beginning in the first year. Please note, advanced entry is only available for September start. See our information for students applying for advanced entry.

Specific qualifications that may make you eligible for advanced entry to this course include studies undertaken at an IET-accredited institute.

If you're studying full-time, each year (level) is worth 120 credits.

Year 1 modules include:

  • Communications Engineering
  • Computer Hardware and Software Architecture
  • Electronic Systems
  • Networking Concepts (CCNA 1 and 2)

Year 2 modules include:

  • LAN and WAN (CCNA 3 and 4)
  • Mobile Communications Systems
  • Microprocessors and Embedded Systems
  • Network Operating Systems
  • Professional Issues, Ethics and Computer Law 

Year 3 modules include:

  • Network and Cloud Security
  • Network Security (Cisco)
  • Wireless Networks (Cisco)
  • Project
  • Work-Related Learning

"I work part-time as an ICT technician and I am learning real practical stuff from CISCO qualified lecturers. I'm learning to use new technologies like Network Security, Cloud Computing, the Internet of Things, Wireless Systems and so on."

Advances in computing mean networking engineers are in high demand. You’ll graduate with the skills required to design, install and maintain computer networks as part of a local, national or international company.

Potential roles include network administrator, network and security engineer or designer, planning analyst or consultant. Our previous graduates have gone on to work at companies such as Cisco Systems and CACI.

The programme is also excellent preparation for further study or research.

We're investing in an exciting, multimillion pound transformation of the London Metropolitan University campus, between 2016 and 2020. We’re moving all of our activity to one place, our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching locations of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2018. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

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How to apply

UK/EU applicants for September full-time entry must apply via UCAS unless specified otherwise.

UK/EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University.

Non-EU applicants for full-time study may choose to apply via UCAS or apply direct to the University. Non-EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University, but please note that if you require a Tier 4 visa you are not able to study on a part-time basis.

When to apply

The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accepts applications for full-time courses starting in September from one year before the start of the course. Our UCAS institution code is L68.

If you will be applying direct to the University you are advised to apply as early as possible as we will only be able to consider your application if there are places available on the course.

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