• Application Deadline
  • 48 months


Computer networking is an increasingly prominent part of our lives. We are witnessing a substantial growth in the use of smart embedded devices and mobile devices. The Internet of Things (IoTs) is also revolutionising the way information about objects is collected and transmitted.

Such rapid advances have created an extremely high demand for professionals who have the skills and capability to design and implement computer networking hardware and software.

The Computer Network Engineering with Foundation Year (Hons) BEng offered at University of Derby is ideal if you have the ability and ambition to study with us but lack the entry requirements to join the full honours degree right now. It is also a great option if you have changed your mind about your career since you chose your A-levels or BTECs and need to improve your skills in a different subject area.

By starting your journey at foundation level, you will gain a solid introduction to areas such as programming fundamentals and computational mathematics.  You will also develop the scholarship skills for technologists you need to study an honours degree. From day one you will enjoy all the benefits of being a University of Derby student, plus extra support to help you build your knowledge, skills and confidence.


There is a high demand for professionals with expertise in developing, maintaining, securing and managing computer networks and computer network equipment.

With the BEng (Hons) Computer Network Engineering, you will gain a valuable and comprehensive understanding of this important subject area. The skills you acquire will be relevant to a broad spectrum of job opportunities in the computing field such as security, networks and computer systems design and management, electronic design and research.

You will graduate with in-depth knowledge of network design and the engineering side of network components, paving the way for you to pursue a career in the development and research of new network systems and architectures. This course also equips you with the management skills to lead network consultancy projects in future. 

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Preliminary Mathematics
  • Scholarship for Technologists
  • Technology Project
  • Introduction to Computational Mathematics
  • Programming Fundamentals
  • Programming
  • Signal and Circuit Analysis Techniques
  • Introduction to Computer Science
  • Engineering workshop
  • Analogue and Digital Electronics
  • Networking Fundamentals
  • Network Routing and Switching
  • Project Management and Team Leadership
  • Hardware/software Co-design
  • Team Project
  • Electronic Communication Engineering
  • Wide Area Networks
  • Optional Placement Year

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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General Requirements

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    13250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13250 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 48 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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