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From the Internet to cloud computing, social networking, and multimedia streaming, computer networks play a vital role in all aspects of business, government and public services. Computer Networks (Hons) is offered at University of Portsmouth.

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On this BSc (Hons) Computer Networks degree course, you’ll learn to develop and manage sophisticated computer networks solutions and get hands on with the latest technologies, such as servers, mobile applications and security networks.

Not only will you develop skills that can make a mark on the future of the industry, you’ll also have the option to join our Cisco Networking Academy to add an industry-recognised Cisco certification to your degree, such as CCNA or CCNP.

What you’ll experience

  • Configure, manage and experiment with different network technologies and web applications
  • Specialise in topics such as security, big data, Internet of Things, management or business and innovation
  • Take on practical network design projects, such as designing a real computer network for a bank
  • Work with our private cloud environment to learn about virtualisation and cloud computing, and use network analysis tools such as OPNET and Wireshark
  • Apply your skills through our work with charities and organisations such as Code Club, where you'll help 9-13-year-olds with their Scratch, HTML/CSS, and Python projects
  • Benefit from our Student Union clubs and societies, such as the IT Society, AI and Robotics Club and Gaming Society

Work experience and career planning

The current shortage of networking and IT professionals will only grow as the importance of computer networks in all areas of society increases. Your skill set will be in high demand across many sectors when you graduate, opening doors to careers in all roles related to computer networks.

In fact, 95% of graduates from this course are in work or further study 15 months after graduation, with 100% of those asked also saying they find their current work meaningful. What's more, once you have some experience in industry, you can expect an average salary from £35,000 to £55,000 as a network engineer.

Graduate destinations

Our graduates have worked for companies such as:

  • VMWare
  • Syamntec
  • BAE Systems
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Deutsche Bank

What jobs can you do with a computer networks degree?

Our graduates now work in roles including: 

  • solutions architect
  • network engineer
  • presales technical consultant
  • service desk engineer
  • network and systems engineer


Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • tutorials
  • laboratory work
  • practical work

How you're assessed​

You’ll be assessed through:

  • technical reports and logbooks
  • written exams
  • mini projects
  • presentations
  • case studies
  • group assignments

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed will depend on the modules you select throughout your course. Here's an example from a previous year of how students on this course were typically assessed:

  • Year 1 students: 43% by written exams, 10% by practical exams and 47% by coursework
  • Year 2 students: 40% by written exams and 60% by coursework
  • Year 3 students: 25% by written exams, 10% by practical exams and 65% by coursework


This course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) which means that it meets all of the academic requirements for registration as an Incorporated Engineer (IEng). You’ll also be able progress to Chartered Engineer status with further study and experience.

Programme Structure

Year 1

Core modules in this year include:

  • Architecture and Operating Systems – 20 credits
  • Comp Tutorial Level 4 – 0 credits
  • Core Computing Concepts – 20 credits
  • Database Systems Development – 20 credits
  • Networking Essentials – 40 credits
  • System Administration and Internetworking – 20 credits

There are no optional modules in this year.

Please see our website for our latest module information

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

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360 alternative credits


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Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

112-128 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent, including an A Level in a relevant subject.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

Tuition Fee


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Living costs for Portsmouth

710 - 1099 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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