Northumbria University Newcastle

Networks and Cyber Security BSc (Hons)

Networks and Cyber Security BSc (Hons) at Northumbria University has been created to meet global demand for skilled individuals who understand how networks are designed, built and configured, how Cybersecurity works in an age where the online world is so vulnerable to attacks, and how software is used to monitor and secure these systems.

As we increasingly move our lives online, there is high demand for network and cyber security skills. So, this may be a future-proof career choice for people ready to rise to the challenge. 

Entry Requirements

Standard Entry

120 UCAS Tariff points

From a combination of acceptable Level 3 qualifications which may include: A-level, T Level, BTEC Diplomas/Extended Diplomas, Scottish and Irish Highers, Access to HE Diplomas, or the International Baccalaureate.

Subject Requirements:

There are no specific subject requirements for this course.

GCSE Requirements:

Applicants will need Maths and English Language at minimum grade 4/C, or an equivalent.

English Language Requirements:

International applicants should have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or an approved equivalent*).

Career Prospects

As a graduate in Networks and Cyber Security, you’re going to be in high demand. As Cybercrime techniques change, cyber security needs to evolve to catch ever-more sophisticated attacks. So, people with skills in this area are always going to be needed. 

Your future career options could include Security Analyst, Security Engineer, Security Architect, Security Software Developer, Cryptographer, Cryptanalyst, Security Consultant, Incident responder, and/or roles in the intelligence services.

Course Details

  • In your first year you will study computer science essentials like computational thinking, programming and data, and also get your first introduction to networks and cyber security. Thanks to some shared modules, you will get to know other students on our computer science degrees and make connections between the different topics we teach. 
  • From second year, you become a specialist, focusing almost entirely on networks and cyber security. You will gain understanding of operating systems, human factors in cyber security, and network switching and routing. Also, you will have the chance to work on a consultancy project based on real-world contexts, getting real-life, practical experience of the application of Cyber Security. 
  • Your final year makes you an expert, ready for the world of work. You study advanced security and learn about networks in large enterprises. You will also complete a group computing project with fellow students and work independently on your dissertation. This is your chance to impress employers by designing, building and evaluating your own computing project. 

Year One

Computational Thinking (Core,20 Credits)
Computers & Society (Core,20 Credits)
Computing Fundamentals (Core,20 Credits)
Data Fundamentals (Core,20 Credits)
Introduction to Networks and Cyber Security (Core,20 Credits)
Programming (Core,20 Credits)

Year Two

Software Architecture (Optional,20 Credits)
Computer Vision (Optional,20 Credits)
Computing Consultancy Project (Optional,20 Credits)
Data Visualization (Optional,20 Credits)
Digital Forensics Incident Response (Optional,20 Credits)
Human Factors in Cyber Security (Core,20 Credits)
IT Service Management (Optional,20 Credits)
Mobile & Web App Development (Optional,20 Credits)
Network Switching and Routing (Core,20 Credits)
Operating Systems (Core,20 Credits)
Virtual and Augmented Reality (Optional,20 Credits)
Contemporary Issues in Computing and Digital Technologies (Optional,20 Credits)
Developing Digital and Professional Competence (Optional,20 Credits)
London Campus UG Internship (Optional,20 Credits)
London Campus Undergraduate Professional Practice (Optional,20 Credits)
London Campus UG Group Consultancy Project (Optional,20

Year Three

Year in International Business (This is made up of modules studied in Newcastle (Semester 1) & Amsterdam (Semester 2) (Optional,120 Credits)
Year in International Multidisciplinary Innovation (4 modules studied in Amsterdam (Semester 1) & Newcastle (Semester 2) (Optional,120 Credits)
Work placement year (Optional,120 Credits)
Study abroad year (Optional,120 Credits)

Year Four

Advanced Security (Core,20 Credits)
Computing Project (40 Credits)
Computing Group Project (Core,20 Credits)
Data Security and Governance (Core,20 Credits)
Enterprise Networks and Security (Core,20 Credits)

*The information’s are correct at the time of publishing, however it may change if university makes any changes after we have published the information. While we try our best to provide correct information, It is advisable to call us or visit university website for up to date information.

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