• Application Deadline
  • 36 months


With computer security breaches and hacking incidents hitting the headlines on a regular basis, there is an urgent demand for highly skilled professionals who can deliver effective solutions.

The Computer Networks and Security (Hons) BSc offered at University of Derby delivers the knowledge and skills that the industry is looking for, giving you a distinct advantage in the job market.

High-calibre network and security specialists have never been in greater demand. Companies today are finding that they are increasingly liable and responsible for ensuring that the information they hold and transfer across networks to the web – and to clients and associate companies – is secure and confidential.

Numerous highly-publicised breaches of security and hacking incidents have demonstrated that businesses still have a lot of work to do. At Derby, we are nurturing a new generation of professionals who can help companies become fully compliant and earn the trust of the public.

This BSc (Hons) degree prepares you to become a successful network or security specialist. You will develop the technical skills to specify and build the physical infrastructure and the software development skills to make sure that solutions are robust and secure.


There is a high demand for skills in developing, maintaining, securing and managing computer networks, as well as the engineering side of network protocol development and research.

The comprehensive training you receive through this degree equips you with wide-ranging skills which are relevant to a broad spectrum of careers in the computing field such as security, networks and computer systems management. You will also gain management abilities so that you can lead network consultancy projects in your future career.

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Introduction to Computer Science
  • Computational Mathematics
  • Programming
  • Networking Fundamentals
  • Foundations of Computer Science
  • Networks and Security
  • Databases
  • Team Project
  • Network Routing and Switching
  • Ethical Hacking
  • Wide Area Networks
  • Independent Studies - double module
  • Advances in Wireless Networks
  • Server Infrastructure
  • Security Protocols
  • Distributed Networks

                                      English Language Requirements

                                      You need the following IELTS score:

                                      • Minimum required score:


                                        The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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                                      Academic Requirements

                                      General Requirements

                                      Typical entry requirements:
                                      • UCAS points - 120 (up to 16 from AS-levels)
                                      • Specific requirements at GCSE - GCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification
                                       Alternative entry qualifications:
                                      • BTEC - DDM
                                      • Access to HE Diploma - 60 credits: 45 at level 3 with a minimum of Dist: 15 Merit: 24 Pass: 6

                                              Tuition Fee

                                              • International

                                                13250 GBP/year
                                                Tuition Fee
                                                Based on the original amount of 13250 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
                                              • EU/EEA

                                                9250 GBP/year
                                                Tuition Fee
                                                Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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                                              • We have a range of scholarships and discounts available to students from outside the European Union (EU) and European Economic Area (EEA).
                                              • We award scholarships based on your application to study; there is no separate form to complete. All applications from eligible students will be considered for a scholarship by our international admissions team. We will notify you of your scholarship when we make you an offer, and apply your discount to your remaining fees.
                                              • You must be applying for a full-time degree and applications for postgraduate research, online studies, foundation and pre-sessional language programmes are not eligible for a discount or scholarship.

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