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 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 optimisation of converged networks).

Course structure

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

Year 1

Subjects of study include:

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

Credit Level 4

Year 2

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

Year 3

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

Entry Requirements


Typical offer

One of the following (or equivalent qualification):

  • A-Levels – BCC/A*A to include at least one technical subject
  • International Baccalaureate – 26 points including 5 in a Higher Level technical subject
  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended National Diploma/National Diploma – DMM/D*D* in Engineering, ICT or Computing, to include Maths at Level 3
  • Access to HE Diploma – Pass in Engineering with 45 credits at Level 3 with a minimum of 27 Level 3 credits at Merit or Distinction

In addition to one of the above, you should have:

  • GCSEs – minimum grade 4 in Maths and English (Grade C in grading system prior to 2017). Please note that Functional Skills qualifications are not accepted.


  • International Baccalaureate – 26 points including 5 in a Higher Level technical subject


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.

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated September 23, 2019
This course is Campus based
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3 - 4 years
13,400 GBP
international - UK/EU: £9,250 (fees per academic year)
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