BSc Honours in Computer Network Security

University of Westminster - Faculty of Science and Technology

Program Description

BSc Honours in Computer Network Security

University of Westminster - Faculty of Science and Technology

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 organizations such as BT, HP, Cisco, Dell, Google Enterprise, Huawei Technologies and Quinix, as well as for smaller private companies.

Course content

Westminster is a Cisco Networking Academy, and the course incorporates the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Security curriculum, giving you the opportunity to complete the CCNA Security qualification while studying for your degree.

You will learn the fundamental principles of computing and network engineering, and develop the connection between these and a broad range of network systems (with special emphasis placed on the optimization of converged networks).

You will also be encouraged to use initiative and confidence in approaching engineering problems, investigating solutions using a blend of analytical and practical skills.

You will be able to take a year-long industry placement between Years 2 and 3, giving you a competitive edge in the job market and contributing to your development towards Chartered Engineer status.

Teaching methods include lectures and seminars, laboratories and computer-aided engineering, group and individual projects, and online learning. Assessments include formal exams, group work, written reports, and presentations and posters.

Subjects of study

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

Year 1 (Credit Level 4)

Subjects of study include:

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

Year 2 (Credit Level 5)

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

Industrial placement year

You will have the opportunity to take a placement in the 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.

Year 3 (Credit Level 6)

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 analyze 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

Professional recognition

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.

International Foundation course

We work in partnership with Kaplan International College London to provide Foundation courses for international students who don't meet our Bachelor's degree entry requirements. For more information visit Kaplan International College.


The Computer Network Security BSc (Honours) aims to create graduates who will have the flexibility to work at different levels with networked communication systems as a network designer, network manager or network engineer.

The course provides the ideal educational base for entry to a career in computer networks and security industries, and our graduates have gone on to work for small, medium and large size companies setting up, developing, managing and maintaining network systems.

Students will also be well equipped to progress to postgraduate study in the software and engineering area.


At Westminster, we have always believed that your University experience should be designed to enhance your professional life. Today’s organizations need graduates with both good degrees and employability skills, and we are committed to enhancing your graduate employability by ensuring that career development skills are embedded in all courses.

Opportunities for part-time work, placements and work-related learning activities are widely available and can provide you with extra cash and help you to demonstrate that you have the skills employers are looking for. In London there is a plentiful supply of part-time work – most students at the University of Westminster work part-time (or full time during vacations) to help support their studies.

We continue to widen and strengthen our links with employers, involving them in curriculum design and encouraging their participation in other aspects of career education and guidance. Staff takes into account the latest data on labor market trends and employers’ requirements to continually improve the service delivered to students.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated February 3, 2018
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3 - 4 years
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9,250 GBP
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