Why study this course?

Our Computer Networking and Cyber Security BSc (Hons) degree will teach you how to prevent and detect cyber security breaches from hacking as well as fraud against networks, information, applications, businesses and other systems that rely on technology.

You’ll take classes in our cutting-edge and secure-environment computer and cyber security laboratories, which are part of our Cisco Networking Academy and Cyber Security Research Centre. With professional accreditation from the British Computer Society, this career-focused undergraduate course will equip you with the theoretical and practical key skills and experience necessary to protect computer systems, physical environment and technologies and find solutions to real security challenges. These skills will help you build a successful career in the cyber security industry.

Our Computer Networking and Cyber Security BSc degree has been accredited with full CITP status by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT. This accreditation is a mark of assurance that the degree meets the standards set by BCS. As a graduate of this course, accreditation will also entitle you to professional membership of BCS, which is an important part of the criteria for achieving Chartered IT Professional (CITP) status through the Institute. Some employers recruit preferentially from accredited degrees, and an accredited degree is likely to be recognised by other countries that are signatories to international accords.

Our computer networking and cyber security courses ranked highly in the latest National Student Survey (NSS), scoring 80% for overall student satisfaction. Additionally, our software engineering courses are first in London and fourth in the UK for overall student satisfaction according to the latest National Student Survey (NSS).

Our computer science and information systems courses are ranked first in the UK for teaching quality and second in the UK for course satisfaction in the Guardian University Guide 2023.

More about this course

Cyber security is a growing and fundamental discipline due to the high increase of sophisticated cyber-attacks.

In addition to helping you develop a deeper understanding of cyber security; this course will expand your knowledge of computing and computer networking. You’ll study subjects such as networks and operating systems, programming and security in computing, before moving on to specialist cyber security topics such as ethical hacking, digital crime investigation and network and cloud security.

Theoretical study will be complemented by hands-on practice in our state-of-the-art computer and cyber security 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, as well as our Cyber Security Research Centre of excellence. This course incorporates the complete set of CCNA modules, allowing you to graduate with additional Cisco CCNA 1, 2, 3, 4 and Network Security 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.

You can get a taste for life at our School of Computing and Digital Media by taking a look at our showcase of recent student work.

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 accredited as fully meeting the educational requirement for Chartered IT Professional (CITP) registration.

On graduating, you'll be eligible to apply for Membership of the British Computer Society (MBCS).

Fees and key information

Course type
Undergraduate
UCAS code GG4M
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Entry requirements

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 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 our Computer Networking and Cyber Security (including foundation year) BSc (Hons) degree.

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

Important information for applicants applying for advanced entry: If you're applying for advanced entry to start in Year 2 you will be required to have approved and valid Cisco CCNA 1 and 2 certificates before you start your studies in September. If you're applying for advanced entry to start in Year 3 you will be required to have Cisco CCNA 1, 2, 3 and 4 certificates before you start.

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.

Accreditation of Prior Learning

Any university-level qualifications or relevant experience you gain prior to starting university could count towards your course at London Met. Find out more about applying for Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL).

English language requirements

To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Student visa you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. This course requires you to meet our standard requirements

If you need (or wish) to improve your English before starting your degree, the University offers a Pre-sessional Academic English course to help you build your confidence and reach the level of English you require.

Modular structure

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2022/23 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

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

This module currently runs:
  • spring semester - Tuesday afternoon

Students will receive an introduction to the principles of information processing and an overview of the information technologies for digital data processing using computational and communication devices, including an initial understanding of the requirements for usability, quality, complexity, security and privacy of the developed solution. The students will obtain initial practical skills in modelling, design, implementation and testing of software systems for real-world application using a suitable programming language.

This module currently runs:
  • autumn semester - Tuesday 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, the Software Development process and the basic technology underpinning these systems. This will include database management systems and the Internet. Students which will develop key skills and knowledge in the aspects of an information system, including databases, websites, and scripts with particular regard to usability.
• The module aims to provide an overview of the nature of organisations, their business models, and how key areas operate to meet business objectives. It introduces students to organisational culture, data, information and knowledge management, and the role of information in organisational decision making.
• Within the module the students will be given an appreciation of the effect of ICT on organisational performance, and a basic understanding of the processes of developing and maintaining information systems, software products and services.
• An introduction to underlying technologies (e.g., databases, Internet and Web) is embedded in the module, which also seeks to develop basic competence and confidence in the use of appropriate tools, techniques and academic and communication skills, with an underlining awareness of legal, social, ethical and professional issues.

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

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 be able to design and configure small-scaled networks based on typical (customer’s) requirements.

The aims of the modules are as follows:
• To provide a firm understanding of networking terminology, models and mathematics
• To introduce students to copper, optical, and wireless networking
• To introduce the concepts of Ethernet switching, VLANs and inter-VLAN routing
• To enable students to perform subnetting of IP addresses
• To gain an in-depth understanding of static routing protocols and default routing
• To gain an in-depth understanding of end-to-end connectivity using routers
• To gain experience in designing router’s configuration for a given specification
• To gain understanding of redundancy in a switched network

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

The student is also expected to develop their confidence needed to program solutions to problems through a series of practical programming exercises.

Assessment: Coursework 1 (30%) + Coursework 2 (30%) + Multiple choice test (40%) [Pass on aggregate]

Year 2 modules include:

This module currently runs:
  • autumn semester - Friday morning

This module will enable students to understand the Internet of Things (IoT) and Cloud Computing concepts, building blocks, ecosystems, infrastructure, and applications. This will enrich their knowledge and understanding of the core technologies and platforms for IoT and Clouds, that allows digitally enabled devices or objects to collect, gather, and transfer data over a network without involving human-to-human or human-to-machine interaction.
The module will place emphasis on IoT components and delivery models, IoT system architecture, key wireless/mobile/sensor technologies, IoT communication protocols, issues of privacy and trust, cloud platform, and virtualization technologies in the development of IoT cloud infrastructure and applications.
Students will be supported with a series of exercises performed using a powerful network simulation tool, that will cover the range of basic principles to more advanced IoT system design. This will allow students to get real world experience in building IoT system by integrating sensor devices and cloud for creating interconnected solutions to smart cities, homes, and enterprises. Some basic knowledge of Python will be used throughout. By the end of the module, you will get experience in solving real-world problems (IoT and Cloud system implementation) efficiently using simulation modelling.

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

This module develops analytical and practical knowledge and skills for configuring and managing Internetworking devices in small-to-medium as well as large Enterprise Networks. It focuses on switching technologies and router operations that support small-to-medium business networks, including security concepts within Local Area Networks (LANs).
It also promotes the architectures and considerations related to designing, securing, operating, and troubleshooting enterprise networks. It covers wide area networks (WANs) technologies and quality of service (QoS) mechanisms used for secure remote access along with the introduction of software-defined networking, virtualization, and automation concepts that support the digitalization of networks
It provides further experience of laboratory team working and individual trouble shooting in LANs vulnerabilities, threats and security, Switch security to mitigate LAN attacks. WLANs, IPv4 and v6, OSPF Operation, NAT, VPNs, Troubleshooting enterprise networks.

This module currently runs:
  • spring semester - Thursday afternoon

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).

Assessment: Coursework (60%) + Unseen exam (40%) [Pass on aggregate]

The aims of this module are to:

  • Provide students with knowledge and understanding of the regulations governing the digital environment (e.g. Internet) and social, ethical and professional issues (LSEPI) underpinning the IT discipline.
  • Prepare students for the world of work and equip them with the knowledge and appreciation of professional bodies, code of conducts and professional certifications.
  • Introduce students to academic research and research ethics, and to academic writing.
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.
This module is aimed at providing students with the understanding of security risks associated with information assets and the security programs designed to protect them from security threats. This module will focus on the identification of security risks, the application of risk control and risk management measures, the appreciation of security technology, and critical understanding of security policies, standards and practices. The legal, ethical, and professional issues in security management are also covered in this module.

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. In addition, the issues in development of the security software will be dealt with via software engineering approaches.

Assessment: Coursework 1 (30%) + Coursework 2 (30%) + Unseen exam (40%) [Pass on aggregate]

The key skills and knowledge to be gained are:

1. Provide students with an understanding of fundamental computer security concepts and issues.
2. Introduce students to the various types of security threats and risks to computer systems and networks.
3. Develop students’ ability to identify, analyse and evaluate a range of computer security threats.
4. Enable students to develop and/or use appropriate tools, techniques, methods, approaches and strategies to mitigate the various threats and provide practical, feasible and sustainable solutions.
5. Equip students with appropriate knowledge and skills necessary to protect the secrecy of confidential data and information.
6. Develop students’ knowledge, transferable skills and confidence in handling, managing and solving computer security issues leading to further academic progression and future employability in this area.

This module currently runs:
  • spring semester - Friday morning

This module will enable students to understand the fundamental concepts of data science and appreciate key techniques of data science and its applications in a wide range of business context. Students will be exposed to data understanding, preparation, modelling, results evaluation and data visualisation techniques that can assist businesses in making effective data-driven decisions to improve productivity and consumer satisfaction. Students will be introduced to the practical application of tools and techniques required to perform data science projects in a modern business environment.

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.

The module aims are to:
1. Provide students with knowledge and understanding of the various hacking methods used in attacking computer systems and networks.
2. Enable students to use appropriate tools and techniques to identify, analyse, evaluate and test computer security vulnerabilities prone to hacking attacks, and develop appropriate procedures, solutions and countermeasures to defend and minimise such attacks.
3. To develop students’ awareness of ethical, professional and legal issues connected with hacking.
4. Develop students’ knowledge, transferable skills and confidence in the subject leading to further academic and professional progression in this area.

This module currently runs:
  • autumn semester - Tuesday morning

This module is based on Cisco Network 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 introduces 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 Security related certification.

This module is a hands-on, career-oriented e-learning solution with an emphasis on practical experience to help students develop specialised security skills, along with critical thinking and complex problem-solving skills. It offers a blended curriculum with both online and classroom learning. In addition, this module provides practical, relevant and skills aligned closely with the specific tasks expected of security professionals through various features including rich multimedia content, including interactive activities, videos, games, and quizzes, addresses a variety of learning styles and help stimulate learning and increase knowledge retention. The virtual environments simulate real-world cybersecurity threat scenarios and create opportunities for ethical hacking, security monitoring, analysis and resolution and hands-on labs help students develop critical thinking and complex problem-solving skills. The innovative assessments provide immediate feedback to support the evaluation of knowledge and acquired skills. Technical concepts are explained using language that works well for learners at all levels and embedded interactive activities break up reading of the content and help reinforce understanding.

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. The module aims:

  1. To provide a firm understanding of Security Policy design and management.
  2. To introduce students to security technologies, products and solutions.
  3. To provide students with practical experience of configuring firewalls, intrusions prevention system and router security
This module currently runs:
  • spring semester - Tuesday morning

This module is based on Cisco Network 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 introduces 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 Security related certification.

This module is a hands-on, career-oriented e-learning solution with an emphasis on practical experience to help students develop specialised security skills, along with critical thinking and complex problem-solving skills. It offers a blended curriculum with both online and classroom learning. In addition, this module provides practical, relevant and skills aligned closely with the specific tasks expected of security professionals through various features including rich multimedia content, including interactive activities, videos, games, and quizzes, addresses a variety of learning styles and help stimulate learning and increase knowledge retention. The virtual environments simulate real-world cybersecurity threat scenarios and create opportunities for ethical hacking, security monitoring, analysis and resolution and hands-on labs help students develop critical thinking and complex problem-solving skills. The innovative assessments provide immediate feedback to support the evaluation of knowledge and acquired skills. Technical concepts are explained using language that works well for learners at all levels and embedded interactive activities break up reading of the content and help reinforce understanding.

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. The module aims:

  1. To discuss how to secure and manage the Local Area Networks (LANs).
  2. To discuss VPN implementation using routers and firewalls.
  3. To explain the implementation of AAA (Authentication, Authorisation and Accounting)
  4. To explain how the cisco adaptive Security Appliances can be implemented in the network.
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.

Assessment: Coursework (60%) and Examination (40%) - Pass on aggregate

The key skills and knowledge to be gained are:

Students to develop a critical understanding of the principles and technologies employed in the protection of computers and their networked communications systems from security threats.

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

The module enables students to demonstrate their acquired knowledge and skills through a systematic and creative investigation of a project work 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.

Assessment: Project Report Interim Submission (25%) + Project process (25%) + Project Report Final Submission (40% - Pass on component) + Viva (10% - Pass on component).

The module aims to develop a wide range of subject specific cognitive abilities and skills relating to intellectual tasks, including practical skills and additional transferable skills of a more general nature and applicable in many other contexts.

Particularly, the module aims to:

• Provide an opportunity to learn, through supervised experience, how to plan and carry out a project through a systematic and creative approach;
• Encourage innovation and originality in approach to investigating a problem in an area that may be unfamiliar to the student;
• Provide opportunity for in depth study of some specialised area of suitable scale and complexity relevant to their course of study;
• Raise awareness in potential business development opportunities in connection to the project work undertaken and of any ethical, legal and professional issues;
• Develop reporting skills as well as the ability to communicate results, conclusions, and the knowledge and rationale underpinning these, to specialists and non-specialist’s audiences, clearly and unambiguously;
• Encourages reflection upon the relationship of design decisions to the appropriateness of the finished task;
• Enhance professional and personal development.

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

The module aims to provide students with the opportunity to:
• Gain a useful experience of the working environment and the career opportunities available on graduation.
• Undertake a work-based project appropriate to their academic level.
• Enhance and extend their learning experience by applying and building on their academic skills and abilities by tackling real life problems in the workplace.
• Enhance professional and personal development.

What our students say

"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

Where this course can take you

You’ll complete this course ready to pursue a career in computer networking and/or cyber security, or within the wider IT industry. 

Our communications technology and mathematics graduates have gone on to work as electronics engineers, evaluation analysts and mathematics teachers at businesses such as Concurrent Technologies and Legal and General.

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.

Additional costs

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

If you're a UK applicant wanting to study full-time starting in September, you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified. If you're an international applicant wanting to study full-time, you can choose to apply via UCAS or directly to the University.

If you're applying for part-time study, you should apply directly to the University. If you require a Student visa, please be aware that you will not be able to study as a part-time student at undergraduate level.



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.

To find out when teaching for this degree will begin, as well as welcome week and any induction activities, view our academic term dates.

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