Course Overview

Attendance
UK/EU Fees £6,000 *
International Fees £12,500 *
Duration 4 years

* The £6,000 UK/EU fee is for the Foundation Year only. All subsequent years will be charged at the full UK/EU undergraduate rate of £9,250 per year.

Course summary

Security is a vital aspect of any networked system, especially as the dependency on network infrastructures has grown over the past few decades. This course builds on more than ten years of experience in education in network design and support, and its aim is to produce network engineers with a strong background in security.

The course focuses on three main aspects: communication, network design and implementation, and security. You will develop the knowledge and technical expertise to be able to take on specific responsibility within a network team or as a team leader for the security aspects of that network, particularly in industries such as banking, where security is crucially important. Our graduates have also gone on to work for organisations such as BT, HP, Cisco, Dell, Google Enterprise, Huawei Technologies and Quinix, as well as for smaller private companies.

Westminster is a Cisco Networking Academy and this course allows you to register for CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate) exams. All Cisco-relevant material is covered in core modules throughout the course. The emphasis is on hands-on work at every level, enhancing the development of your engineering skills, which are vital for today's market. You can transfer to the Computer Networks and Communications BSc Honours course at the end of the common first year.

Course structure

The following subjects are indicative of what you will study on this course. 

The Foundation year is available for applicants who do not meet the entry requirements for Credit Level 4 of the BSc/BEng courses.
(Foundation students only)

Subjects of study include:

  • Computers and Networks
  • Electronics fundamentals
  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Introduction to Communications
  • Problem Solving & Professional Practice
  • Programming

Credit Level 3

Subjects of study include:

  • Digital Principles
  • Introduction to Networks
  • Mathematics for Computing
  • Networks and Communications
  • Programming Methodology I
  • Programming Methodology II

Credit Level 4

Subjects of study include:

  • Cryptographic Techniques for Network Security
  • Introduction to Network Security
  • Networks Simulation
  • Network Software Engineering
  • Network Technologies
  • Operating Systems & Systems Programming
  • Professional Engineering Practice and Industrial Management
  • Scripting for Engineering

Credit Level 5

Industrial placement year

You will have the opportunity to take a placement in industry between Years 2 and 3. This gives you practical experience in the workplace and a competitive edge in the job market. It also contributes to your professional development towards Chartered Engineer status.

The network theme is further advanced and the issues of implementation, configuration and dealing with present day data streams (such as for multimedia applications) are addressed. There are specialist modules on planning and implementing secure systems, and on working on projects in an industrial environment, which will prepare you to analyse requirements, and design and implement a secure network system. You will also complete a major project involving these aspects.

Subjects of study include:

  • Applied Distributed Systems Programming
  • Enterprise Networks
  • Individual Project
  • Network Security Evaluation and Design
  • OS and Drivers
  • Security Testing and Implementation

Credit Level 6

Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by the Engineering Council and the British Computer Society (BCS). This entitles you to become a Chartered Engineer, after a period of experience.

Entry Requirements

Typical offer

  • A levels – CDD/BB
  • International Baccalaureate – 24 points
  • Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma/Diploma – MMP/DM
  • Advanced Diploma – Grade D in a relevant subject, eg IT or engineering, and a relevant ASL at Grade D
  • Access to HE Diploma – Pass with 45 credits at Level 3 with a minimum of 18 Level 3 credits at Merit or Distinction
  • GCSEs – Maths and English at Grade C or above, or equivalent grades in Key Skills (please note that Functional Skills qualifications are not accepted)

View more information about our entry requirements and the application process

Typical offer

International Baccalaureate – 24 points

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International Foundation course

We work in partnership with Kaplan International College London to provide Foundation Certificate courses for international students who don’t meet our Bachelor’s degree entry requirements. Find out how to apply for the Foundation Certificate course.

Careers

Our graduates are versatile engineers who are equipped with skills to design, support, problem-solve and maintain network systems of high quality and reliability, as well as apply current technologies in network security.

Typically students on this degree are working at different levels with networked communication systems as network designers, network managers or network engineers in small and large size companies in charge of setting up, developing, managing and maintaining network systems.

Companies that are involved with our courses, including industrial placements, are :

  • BBC
  • Broadcom
  • Catapult Satellite Applications
  • Cisco
  • Intel 
  • Edwards and Siemens
  • ESA
  • GE Aviation Systems Ltd.
  • IBM UK Ltd. 
  • Network Rail
  • NHS
  • Schneider Electric
  • Smardtv
  • Spirent
  • STFC
  • TfL

Our Career Development Centre has just been shortlisted for the Best University Careers Service in the National Undergraduate Employability Awards for 2017.

With a growing network of over 3,000 employers around the world and a team of experienced careers consultants, we are here to help you succeed.

In 2015–16, we helped over 1,500 students find work placements across a range of sectors, with 250 employers attending 14 on-campus skills and careers fairs.

As a Westminster student, you’ll have access to our services throughout your studies and after you graduate.

We can help you:

  • find work placements related to your course
  • find part-time/vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience
  • find international opportunities to enhance your employability
  • market yourself effectively to employers
  • write better CVs and application forms
  • develop your interview and enterprise skills
  • plan your career with our careers consultants
  • meet employers and explore your career options at our employer fairs, careers presentations and networking events throughout the year

Find out more about the Career Development Centre.

Fees and Funding

UK and EU tuition fee: £6,000 (The £6,000 UK/EU fee is for the Foundation Year only. All subsequent years will be charged at the full UK/EU undergraduate rate of £9,250 per year.)

The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

Funding

As well as tuition fee loans, there is a range of funding available to help you fund your studies.

Find out about undergraduate student funding options.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

International tuition fee: £12,500 (The £6,000 UK/EU fee is for the Foundation Year only. All subsequent years will be charged at the full UK/EU undergraduate rate of £9,250 per year.)

The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

International student funding

Find out about funding for international students.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

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Course Location

Our Cavendish Campus in the heart of London is home to the Faculty of Science and Technology. With first-class facilities, the campus houses subject areas ranging from biosciences to electronic engineering. For more details, visit our Cavendish Campus page.

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