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.
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.
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)
Accreditation of Prior Learning
Any university-level qualifications or relevant experience you gain prior to starting university could count towards your course.
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:
Communications Engineering (core, 30 credits)
Fundamentals of Computing (core, 15 credits)
Introduction to Information Systems (core, 15 credits)
Networking Concepts (CCNA1 and 2) (core, 30 credits)
Programming (core, 30 credits)
Year 2 modules include:
Cloud Computing and the Internet of Things (core, 15 credits)
Enterprise Networks and Security (core, 30 credits)
Professional Issues, Ethics and Computer Law (core, 15 credits)
Risk, Crisis and Security Management (core, 15 credits)
Security in Computing (core, 30 credits)
Smart Data Discovery (core, 15 credits)
Year 3 modules include:
Ethical Hacking (core, 15 credits)
Network Security 1 (Cisco) (core, 15 credits)
Network Security 2 (Cisco) (core, 15 credits)
Network and Cloud Security (core, 30 credits)
Project (core, 30 credits)
Work Related Learning II (core, 15 credits)
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. 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.
This course is also an excellent preparation for further study or research.