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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 IT 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. In the most recent (2014-15) 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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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.

You can choose to undertake a work placement as part of your degree, giving you real-world experience. You’ll also have access to our World of Work agency, which provides companies with affordable IT solutions, and will give you the opportunity to work on paid client projects. You’ll also have the chance to participate in projects through our virtual business environment, WOWBiz.

Throughout the course, you’ll be supported by highly-qualified teaching staff who have strong links with the industry and potential employers. You’ll also by assigned a Personal Academic Tutor (PAT), who will offer you academic guidance, pastoral care and career advice.

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 one of which must be from Mathematics or numerate subjects (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

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.

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2017/18 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Friday morning
    • all year (January start)

    This module introduces a range of fundamental concepts in both analogue and digital communications, through theory and practical exercises. The module also considers ethical, social, economic and environmental issues relevant to the Communications and Telecommunications fields.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Tuesday morning
    • all year (January start) - Wednesday afternoon

    Students will receive an introduction to the business environment and the role of information management and information systems within business.
    The module develops an understanding of the Information Systems development process and the basic technology underpinning these systems. This will include database management systems and the Internet. Students will develop aspects of an information system, including databases, websites, and scripts with particular regard to usability and security.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Thursday afternoon
    • autumn semester - Wednesday
    • autumn semester - Monday

    This module focuses on fundamental network terminology and concepts, e.g. protocols, Open System Interconnection (OSI) and TCP/IP models, Ethernet, Internet Protocol (IP) addressing, routing protocols and network devices, such as routers and switches. The module provides an opportunity for students to understand the interconnections of various networks and to be able to design and configure small-scaled networks given some typical (customers) requirements.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Tuesday afternoon
    • all year (January start) - Wednesday morning

    This is an introductory programming module, designed to develop interest, ability and confidence in using a programming language. Students will gain the basic knowledge and experience to solve simple programming problems using established techniques in program design, development and documentation.

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Year 2 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Tuesday afternoon
    • spring semester - Thursday
    • spring semester - Tuesday

    This module develops analytical and practical knowledge and skills for configuring and managing Internetworking devices in local and Wide Area Networks. This module uses special devices to emulate a variety of Wide Area technologies. It provides further experience of laboratory team working and individual trouble shooting in EIGRP Configuration, Switch Configuration, Spanning-Tree Protocol, Virtual LANs, Frame relay and WAN design.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Friday morning

    This module introduces fundamental concepts of modern operating systems and computer networks. It discusses in-depth the key issues in networking structures, systems and services, etc.; and provides knowledge of operating systems on topics such as operation, function and inter-relation of the major software components. This module enables students to demonstrate their acquired knowledge and skills through lectures, tutorials, workshop exercises, and self-learning/research activities.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Thursday afternoon

    Professional Issues, Ethics and Computer Law, 15 weeks: This module focuses on computer laws, social, ethical and professional issues (LSEPI) underpinning the IT discipline. It also covers techniques for the world of work such as job search, CV and interviews as well as professional ethics and responsibilities. Topics on academic research and academic writing are also presented. (Exam and course work).

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Thursday afternoon

    This module is in particular for those who wish to specialise in understanding, developing, and the application of IT security systems and measures in IT environments. It focuses on various aspects of security management and deals mainly with risk assessment, risk management, and standards and procedures. It provides students with an appreciation of the benefits security management provides within an information systems domain. This includes the choice and application of appropriate risk assessment and risk management techniques, coupled with an understanding of security standards and procedures.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Tuesday morning

    This module is concerned with the fundamentals of security in key areas of computing in terms of understanding, controlling and managing the various risks and threats to computer-based systems.

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Year 3 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Thursday morning

    This module is designed to develop understanding, knowledge and skills associated with the various malicious hacking attacks targeting computer systems and the appropriate safeguards needed to minimise such attacks.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Tuesday morning

    This module is based on Cisco CCNA Security curriculum delivered through Cisco Networking Academy at the University.
    This module provides a next step for individuals who want to enhance their CCNA-level skillset and help meet the growing demand for network security professionals. The curriculum provides an introduction to the core security concepts and skills needed for the installation, troubleshooting, and monitoring of network devices to maintain the integrity, confidentiality, and availability of data and devices. This module helps prepare students for entry-level security career opportunities and the globally recognized Cisco CCNA Security certification.
    This module is a hands-on, career-oriented e-learning solution with an emphasis on practical experience to help students develop specialized security skills, along with critical thinking and complex problem solving skills. It offers a blended curriculum with both online and classroom learning. To pass this module with good grades, students are expected to have CCNA-level networking concepts knowledge and skills, along with basic PC and Internet navigation skills.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Wednesday morning
    • spring semester - Wednesday morning
    • autumn semester - Wednesday morning

    The module enables students to demonstrate their acquired knowledge and skills through a systematic and creative investigation of a project work, either individually or as part of a group, in accordance with their course requirements. The topic of investigation will cover a broad spectrum of various analysis and techniques and will lead to a comprehensive and concise academic/industry-related report. Students will be assisted in exploring areas that may be unfamiliar to them and encouraged to develop innovative ideas and techniques. Students will be able to choose a project that may require the solution to a specific problem, creation of an artefact in a real-world environment or an investigation of innovative ideas and techniques related to an area within their field of study. Collaboration with outside agencies and projects with industrial, business or research partners/ sponsors will be encouraged.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Wednesday afternoon
    • spring semester - Wednesday afternoon

    The module enables students to undertake an appropriate short period of professional activity, related to their course at level 6, with a business or community organisation and to gain credit for their achievements.The activity can be a professional training, a volunteering activity, employment activity, an activity within the School of Computing and Digital Media Virtual Business Environment (VBE), placement or business start-up activity.
    For the purpose of this module – the FOC VBE will be also be recognised as ‘the employer’.

    It is expected student should work for 150 hours which should be recorded clearly (in a learning log for instance) in the portfolio. The 150 hours can be completed in 25 working days in a FT mode, or spread over a semester in a PT mode.

    Students should register with the module leader to be briefed on the module, undergo induction and Work Based Learning planning and to have the Work Based Learning approved, before they take up the opportunity. It is essential that students are made aware that both the “Work Based Learning agreement” and relevant “health and safety checklist” where applicable need to be approved before starting the learning activity.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Monday morning

    Nowadays, digital crimes are far more sophisticated and harder to fight against. It is imperative to explore advanced detective and preventive technology in combating the ever-changing computer crimes. This module provides knowledge of how to detect and prevent digital crimes. In this module, students are also prepared for their career as a professional working in Computer Forensics and IT Security industry. It provides students with practical knowledge and skills needed to succeed in the certification of CompTIA Security+.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Monday morning

    This module equips students with professional level programming skills required for developing distributed software systems to solve real-world problems. Students are taught alternative conceptual paradigms, design patterns, frameworks and programming techniques for developing distributed systems for local networks, Internet or the Web. The typical phases of software development life cycle are covered using industry standard languages and tools, for example modelling (UML, XML), design, implementation and testing using popular IDEs, thereby improving students’ employment prospects. Successful completion of this module will give students an opportunity to gain professional Java certification or similar and essential modern requirements of risk assessment prior to embedding appropriate cybersecurity.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Wednesday morning

    The aim of this module is to provide students with a critical understanding of security threats against network and cloud computing systems and the security measures designed to protect such systems. The module will explicitly develop students’ knowledge and experience in the design and application of network and cloud security solutions. The module will also equips students for further academic study and future employability in the area of computer security.

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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 in 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, and through our World of Work agency.

This course is also an excellent preparation for further study or research.

Between 2016 and 2020 we're investing £125 million in the London Metropolitan University campus, moving all of our activity to our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching location 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.

All applicants applying to begin a course starting in January must apply direct to the University.

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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