De Montfort University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Computer Networks and Security

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Course summary

This degree programme will equip graduates who are capable of meeting the increasing demands for combining Computer Networks, Security, and Programming expertise raised by the growing adoption of the Next-Generation Network (NGN) services, e.g., VoIP, and Next Generation Network Model, i.e., SDN and NFV, where network devices have turned to be a programmable virtual entity on the cloud. Beside core computer science and cyber security modules, this course includes key networking modules prepared carefully according to the new Cisco certification path, in consultation with our Cisco partner. These new modules focus on industry level requirements and are certification oriented and will prepare graduates to meet the new skill demands to maximise employability. The structure of the course and programme modules makes it possible for graduates to also take traditional and emerging Computer Science, Software Engineering, or Cyber Security roles. Key features:

  • You will join Cisco Networking Academy.
  • Covering the syllabus of three Cisco certificates: The new Cisco Certified Network Associate, Cisco CyberOps Associate, and Cisco DevNet Associate and one additional Cisco Networking Academy course: Network Security
  • Through block teaching, you will focus on one subject at a time instead of several at once. This means that you will be able to focus closely on each subject and absorb your learning material in more depth, whilst working more closely with your tutors and course mates.
  • Specialist networking lab facilities, built according to Cisco latest recommendations.
  • Free Cisco assessment for related modules to gain a Course Completion Certificate/Digital Badge from Cisco Networking Academy verifying the acquired skills and preparing the students to optionally obtain the commercial certifications at a 3rd party exam centre.
  • This course is taught by experts from DMU’s Cyber Technology Institute, which boasts an international reputation in cyber security, influencing the approach taken by the UK government and leading organisations.
  • DMU has been named a gold standard ‘Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Education’ by the leading authority on cyber security in the UK, the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) - part of GCHQ. DMU is the first university in the East Midlands to achieve this prestigious status.
  • DMU has been recognised for conducting world-leading cyber security research, having been named the East Midlands’ first ‘Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research’.
  • Gain valuable industry experience by undertaking a placement, with students taking up placements at Airbus, GCHQ, and Vauxhall Motors.
  • Our DMU Global programme offers students the opportunity to have a valuable international experience as part of their studies. Cyber Security students recently gained insights into San Francisco’s tech industry, while others put their skills to the test at New York’s Spyscap museum.

Course details


First year Block 1: Foundation of Computing and Cyber Security Block 2: Endpoint Security Block 3: Secure Coding Block 4: Computer Networks Additional: Expert Briefings in Cyber Security Second year Block 1: Secure Scripting and Business Applications Block 2: Enterprise Networking Block 3: Penetration Testing Block 4: Industrial Cryptography Additional: Expert Briefings in Cyber Security Third year Block 1: Network Security Block 2: Network Development Block 3 / 4: Final Project Optional Modules (choose one): Block 3 / 4: Emerging Technologies in Computer Networks and Security Block 3 / 4: Artificial Intelligence for Cyber Security Block 3 / 4: Digital Forensics and Cyber Crime Investigation

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
EU £14750 Year 1
International £14750 Year 1

Additional fee information

Please note that fees for subsequent years of study for continuing students are subject to an annual review. Any increase in fee will be in line with RPI-X (linked to the retail price index) and the fee cap set by the Government.
Computer Networks and Security at De Montfort University - UCAS