Course details

Study options

Full-time: 4 years

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year (2019/20)

International fee

£13,250 per year (2019/20)

UCAS code


Course level



BEng (Hons)

Start date



Markeaton Street, Derby Campus

Course description

If you want to become a specialist network engineer, our BEng (Hons) offers the ideal route to success. With a foundation year to build your skills and confidence, this degree is underpinned by expert teaching, strong professional links and first-class facilities.

You can also take the BEng (Hons) Computer Network Engineering without a foundation year. Find out more.

Computer networking is an increasingly prominent part of our lives. We are witnessing a substantial growth in the use of smart embedded devices and mobile devices. The Internet of Things (IoTs) is also revolutionising the way information about objects is collected and transmitted.

Such rapid advances have created an extremely high demand for professionals who have the skills and capability to design and implement computer networking hardware and software.

This course will bring you right up to date with topics related to computer networking such as topology design and networking hardware, as well as their applications in industry and research.

Progress with confidence – thanks to a foundation year

The BEng (Hons) Computer Network Engineering with Foundation Year is ideal if you have the ability and ambition to study with us but lack the entry requirements to join the full honours degree right now. It is also a great option if you have changed your mind about your career since you chose your A-levels or BTECs and need to improve your skills in a different subject area.

By starting your journey at foundation level, you will gain a solid introduction to areas such as programming fundamentals and computational mathematics.  You will also develop the scholarship skills for technologists you need to study an honours degree. From day one you will enjoy all the benefits of being a University of Derby student, plus extra support to help you build your knowledge, skills and confidence.

First-rate facilities

You can gain experience with a full range of wireless and conventional equipment – from leading manufacturers such as CISCO, D-Link, Linksys and Netgear – in our new Network and Security Suite.

We also offer specialist electronics laboratories, which include a variety of Customised Printed Circuit Board (PCB) design facilities, plus a well-equipped embedded systems laboratory.

Well placed for success

As part of the BEng (Hons) Computer Network Engineering, there is the opportunity for you to spend a year on placement in industry, working alongside networking professionals. This experience will enhance your career prospects and give you a distinct advantage in the job market.

Strengthen your employability

We offer comprehensive support to help you boost your employability, including assistance in securing internships, placements and graduate roles.

Employability skills are integrated into a wide range of taught modules on this course. We also provide one-to-one support with CV writing and interview preparation, along with a number of employability workshops that you can attend during the academic year. For more information, please contact our Careers and Employment Service.

What you will study

You will study modules such as:

  • Preliminary Mathematics
  • Scholarship for Technologists
  • Technology Project (double module)
  • Introduction to Computational Mathematics
  • Programming Fundamentals
  • Programming 1
  • Signal and Circuit Analysis Techniques (Mode A)
  • Introduction to Computer Science
  • Engineering workshop
  • Analogue and Digital Electronics
  • Networking Fundamentals
  • Network Routing and Switching
  • Project Management and Team Leadership
  • Hardware/software Co-design
  • Team Project
  • Electronic Communication Engineering
  • Wide Area Networks
  • Optional Placement Year
  • Final Year Project
  • Embedded Systems (Option)
  • Distributed Networks
  • Communications Technology and Electromagnetic Compatibility (Option)
  • Digital Signal Processing (Option)
  • Embedded Network Devices (Option)
  • Network Security
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Find out more at an Open Day

There’s still time to visit us before the UCAS deadline. Come to our Open Day on 9 January to find out if studying Computer Network Engineering at Derby is right for you. Meet our expert teaching team, tour our first-class facilities and see where you could be living.

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How you will learn

Assessment is carried out through a combination of assignments and examinations. Assignments may relate to work at the computer or in the laboratory or they may involve a piece of written or analytical work. 

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Fees and funding

2019/20 Fees


£9,250 per year



£13,250 per year


Further information about our fees and support you may be entitled to.

Additional costs and optional extras

How to apply

Apply by 15 January to start in September

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UK/EU students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

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International students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

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There is a high demand for professionals with expertise in developing, maintaining, securing and managing computer networks and computer network equipment.

With the BEng (Hons) Computer Network Engineering, you will gain a valuable and comprehensive understanding of this important subject area. The skills you acquire will be relevant to a broad spectrum of job opportunities in the computing field such as security, networks and computer systems design and management, electronic design and research.

You will graduate with in-depth knowledge of network design and the engineering side of network components, paving the way for you to pursue a career in the development and research of new network systems and architectures. This course also equips you with the management skills to lead network consultancy projects in future. 

Programme leader

James Hardy

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Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Additional costs and optional extras

We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, state-of-the-art facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.

Included in your fees

Mandatory costs not included in your fees

Optional costs not included in your fees

Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.

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