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Computer Networking and Cyber Security - BSc (Hons)

Why study this course?

If you want to learn how to prevent and detect cyber security breaches, from hacking to fraud, then the Computer Networking and Cyber Security BSc course is for you. You'll take classes in our cutting-edge laboratories, which are part of our Cisco Networking Academy.

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With professional accreditation from the British Computer Society, this career-focused course will equip you with the key skills necessary to succeed in the computing industry.

This cutting-edge course will equip you with the knowledge, skills and experience needed to pursue a career in computer networking and cyber security. You’ll look at fundamental topics such as logic and problem solving, programming and computer forensics, before moving on to specialist issues such as digital crime investigation and cloud security.

Theoretical study will be complemented by hands-on practice in our state-of-the-art computer laboratories. London Metropolitan University is the proud home of the UK’s first-ever Cisco Networking Academy, which was established more than 15 years ago. This course incorporates the complete set of CCNA modules, meaning that you’ll graduate with additional Cisco certifications on top of your degree.

Throughout the course, you’ll be supported by highly-qualified teaching staff who have strong links with the industry and potential employers.

Assessment

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

Professional accreditation

This course is currently undergoing the accreditation process for the British Computer Society (BCS), and The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), which has more than 150,000 members in 127 countries.

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

  • a minimum of grades BB or CCE (or a minimum of 80 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 GCSE at grade C (grade 4 from 2017) or above

If you do not have traditional qualifications or cannot meet the entry requirements for this undergraduate degree, you may still be able to gain entry by completing the Cyber Security Extended Degree.

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

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.

If you have the full Cisco CCNA certification from an approved Cisco academy, you can apply for exemption from the relevant Cisco modules.

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

Year 1 modules include:

  • Communications Engineering
  • Information Systems
  • Networking Concepts (CCNA1 and 2)
  • Programming

Year 2 modules include:

  • LAN and WAN (CCNA3 and 4)
  • Networks & Operating Systems
  • Professional Issues, Ethics and Computer Law
  • Risk, Crisis and Security Management
  • Security in Computing

Year 3 modules include:

  • Ethical Hacking
  • Network Security (Cisco)
  • Wireless Networks (Cisco)
  • Project
  • Digital Crime Investigation (optional)
  • Distributed and Internet Systems (optional)
  • Long Work-Related Learning (optional)
  • Long Work Placement (optional)
  • Network and Cloud Security (optional)

"Computer Networking and Cyber Security BSc is probably the best course to take if you love networking and Cisco. I totally recommend this course since it's built on Cisco, offering preparation for obtaining certifications, such as CCNA, CCNA Security and CCNA wireless, which are the core of today's networking infrastructure."
Mihai Cretu, current student

You’ll complete this course ready to pursue a career in computer networking and/or cyber security, or within the wider IT industry. Previous graduates have gone on to find employment as data analysts at companies such as CACI and Cisco Systems.

Potential employers include cybercrime investigation companies, government agencies and the police force, as well as national and international organisations that need protection against digital crime.

Throughout the course, you’ll have the opportunity to attend regular student enterprise workshops, where you’ll have the chance to network with potential employers. You’ll also be able to gain valuable work experience through our optional work placement module.

This course is also an 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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