Course details

Study options

Full-time: 4 years

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year* (2020/21)

International fee

£14,045 per year (2020/21)

UCAS points

72 (September 2020 entry)

UCAS code


Course level



BSc (Hons)

Start date



Markeaton Street, Derby Campus

Course description

With computer security breaches and hacking incidents hitting the headlines on a regular basis, there is an urgent demand for highly skilled professionals who can deliver effective solutions. We offer a foundation year as part of this degree to put you on the path to a career in this increasingly important field.

You can also take the BSc (Hons) Computer Networks and Security without a foundation year. Find out more.

Our BSc (Hons) Computer Networks and Security delivers the knowledge and skills that the industry is looking for, giving you a distinct advantage in the job market.

Foundation Year - helping you to achieve more

Including a foundation year as part of your four-year study programme will give you a head start in your academic and professional life. The foundation year offers the chance to strengthen your skills, knowledge and confidence – with extensive support from our expert staff – before you advance to stage one of your honours degree. It could also be beneficial if you are planning a career change and want to get to grips with aspects of subjects which are new to you.

Our degrees with a foundation year are continuous, meaning that you won’t need to apply again once you have successfully completed the first year.

Why you should study Computing at the University of Derby

A vital specialist role

High-calibre network and security specialists have never been in greater demand. Companies today are finding that they are increasingly liable and responsible for ensuring that the information they hold and transfer across networks to the web – and to clients and associate companies – is secure and confidential.

Numerous highly-publicised breaches of security and hacking incidents have demonstrated that businesses still have a lot of work to do. At Derby, we are nurturing a new generation of professionals who can help companies become fully compliant and earn the trust of the public.

Build your expertise

This BSc (Hons) degree prepares you to become a successful network or security specialist. You will develop the technical skills to specify and build the physical infrastructure and the software development skills to make sure that solutions are robust and secure.

We focus on switching, routing and wide-area networks, wired and wireless networks, Cisco and Microsoft networks. We also deepen your understanding of security issues and develop your ability to critically analyse and evaluate responses to security-related problems.

In addition, you will look at the theory and implementation of wired and wireless networks, network management, network security, network applications development and security protocols.

Optional industrial placement

You can choose to spend a year on an industry placement. This is a great opportunity to work alongside other network and security professionals and to put the skills you have learned on the course into practice. Our students have broadened their professional horizons on placement with major names such as Microsoft, IBM, Intel and BT.

We offer wide-ranging support to enhance your employability through internships and placements while you are studying and to secure graduate roles at the end of the course. For more information, please contact our .

Professional accreditation

The CISCO Certified Network Associate Certification (CCNA) is an integral part of our BSc (Hons) Computer Networks and Security, which adds further credibility to your qualification. We are also a member of the Microsoft IT Academy.

What you will study

You'll study modules such as:

  • Preliminary Mathematics
  • Scholarship for Technologists
  • Technology Project (double module)
  • Introduction to Computational Mathematics
  • Programming Fundamentals

You will study modules such as:

  • Introduction to Computer Science
  • Computational Mathematics
  • Programming I
  • Networking Fundamentals
  • Foundations of Computer Science
  • Programming II

You will study modules such as:

  • Networks and Security
  • Databases
  • Team Project
  • Network Routing and Switching
  • Ethical Hacking
  • Wide Area Networks
  • Optional placement year

You will study modules such as:

  • Independent Studies - double module
  • Advances in Wireless Networks
  • Server Infrastructure
  • Security Protocols
  • Distributed Networks

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

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How you will learn

This course features a mixture of lectures, tutorials and laboratory work. You will learn in our Network Development Suite which has a full range of routers, switches, wireless and conventional equipment from manufacturers like CISCO, D-Link, Linksys and Netgear.

You can also spend an optional year in industry on a placement, working alongside network and security professionals.

How you are assessed

The majority of the modules are assessed by coursework, although there is a small number of computer-based exams. In the final year, one third of the assessment relates to your personal project.

Entry requirements

September 2020 typical entry requirements

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points72 (up to 16 from AS-levels)
Specific requirements at A-levelN/A
Specific requirements at GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification
IELTS6.0 (with 5.5 in each skills area)
Interview / AuditionN/A

Alternative entry qualifications:

We usually consider an A-level in General Studies as a supplementary qualification. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.

Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.

Fees and funding

2020/21 Fees


£9,250 per year*



£14,045 per year


* The fees stated above are for the 2019/20 academic year; fees for 2020/21 have not yet been confirmed by the UK government. We will update this information as soon as it is available.

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

Additional costs and optional extras

How to apply

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 skills in developing, maintaining, securing and managing computer networks, as well as the engineering side of network protocol development and research.

The comprehensive training you receive through this degree equips you with wide-ranging skills which are relevant to a broad spectrum of careers in the computing field such as security, networks and computer systems management. You will also gain management abilities so that you can lead network consultancy projects in your future career.

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† Additional information about your studies

5 years with placement year

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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, excellent 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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