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.
- Become part of a new generation of network and security specialists
- Study an industry-recognised CISCO Certified Network Associate syllabus
- Learn from experienced computer network specialists and ex-industry professionals
- Work in our Network Development Suite, complete with a full range of wireless and conventional equipment
- Take an optional placement year to gain invaluable industry experience: our students have broadened their professional horizons with major names like Microsoft, IBM, Intel and BT
- Get involved in far-reaching projects such as the ALICE experiment, on which we are working in partnership with leading organisations at CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research
- Realise your career ambitions: 100% of graduates from our full-time course were in work or further study six months after completing their studies (Unistats).
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.
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 your third 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 Careers and Employment Service.
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.
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.
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.
September 2020 typical entry requirements
|Requirement||What we're looking for|
|UCAS points||120 (up to 16 from AS-levels)|
|Specific requirements at A-level|
No specific subject requirements
|Specific requirements at GCSE||GCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification|
|IELTS||6.0 (with 5.5 in each skills area)|
|Interview / Audition||N/A|
Alternative entry qualifications:
- BTEC - DDM
- Access to HE Diploma - 60 credits: 45 at level 3 with a minimum of Dist: 15 Merit: 24 Pass: 6
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.
£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
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.
If you need any more information from us, eg on courses, accommodation, applying, car parking, fees or funding, please contact us and we will do everything we can to help you.Contact us
† Additional information about your studies
4 years with placement year
Download programme specification
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
- Access to free software from major software vendors such as SAS, Microsoft, Adobe, Matlab and VMWare - some are available for student download
Mandatory costs not included in your fees
- Some assignments are required to be submitted on CDROM/DVDROM approx. £2
- Independent Study dissertations are normally submitted electronically, but individual supervisors have the right to request bound copies. In that case, printing and binding expenses are covered by the student approx. £6 per copy
Optional costs not included in your fees
- Not required but useful: personal computer and or tablet computer
- External hard drive and memory card approx. £50 -£100
- Text books approx. £20
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.