Computer Security & Networks MComp (Hons)
UCAS code: 8B35
Defend against hackers. Understand network attack approaches. Secure your future protecting and managing society’s digital systems with a 4-year Masters programme accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT.
Firewalls, cloud computing, and forensic investigations – you’ll scrutinise key elements of cyber safety and systems on our integrated Masters degree.
Modern society depends on the smooth functioning of computer systems. As a security specialist, you’ll develop a sound understanding of the threats and vulnerabilities of different systems. We’ll help you apply your knowledge across evolving areas like biometrics, cloud computing, and mobile networks.
Online heists and identity theft are two aspects of computer forensics you might need to investigate one day. You’ll develop a sound knowledge of the tools, records and techniques used to combat crime in this exciting field.
You’ll have opportunities to develop technical and managerial skills as you work on real-life projects across the course. Our £13million Tech Hub offers the latest equipment in our computer labs creating a lively and highly effective learning environment for you to excel.
Sandwich Year Option Available
Studying Abroad Option Available
Work Placement Opportunity
What you'll study
Problem-solving is the most fundamental skill you’ll need in computer science. In Year 1, you’ll take part in innovative seminars and individual experiments to teach you how to think like a computer scientist. You’ll investigate, identify and analyse. You’ll come up with structured solutions. And you’ll learn the fundamental principles of networking, the web, hardware, and programming.
Digital World: Computer Architecture and Networks
Module code: CIS1109
Digital World: Information Systems and Design
Module code: CIS1108
Foundations of Computer Science
Module code: CIS1107
Programming: Concepts to Construction 1
Module code: CIS1111
Programming: Concepts to Construction 2
Module code: CIS1112
Web Design and Development
Module code: CIS1110
Study topics like wifi, cache and the risks of social networks. Develop specialist knowledge in all your core areas – modern networking and data communications, information security and forensics, and network architecture. Choose from databases or wireless and mobile networks to complete the year. The Employability module helps you put your skills into practice in real-world scenarios. Boost your CV further with an optional year in industry before starting Year 3.
Module code: CIS2145
Computer Systems Architecture
Module code: CIS2153
Module code: CIS2162
Introduction to Digital Forensics
Module code: CIS2165
Introduction to Security
Module code: CIS2151
One of:Expand all
Module code: CIS2143
Wireless and Mobile Networks
Module code: CIS2159
Ethical hacking is a key part of Year 3. You’ll become proficient in forensic computing – learning the skills and knowledge to do a forensic investigation. You’ll take part in practical hacking exercises and study internet security. You’ll also uncover the vulnerabilities of a networked computer system, learn how to make it secure, and how to recover from an attack. Add specialist knowledge of databases, database modelling and their management systems to complete the year.
Module code: CIS3155
Module code: CIS3144
Module code: CIS3151
Module code: CIS3150
Module code: CIS3142
System Penetration Testing
Module code: CIS3154
Your Masters year sees you develop considerable expertise as a network and security professional. You’ll learn how to deal with more complex and unpredictable network environments. A sizeable research and development project lets you focus on an area that interests you. Then complete your specialisation with a choice of biometric security, information security management or cloud application management security.
Implementing Secure Network Systems
Module code: CIS4131
Research and Development Project
Module code: CIS4114
Module code: CIS4115
One of:Expand all
Module code: CIS4123
Cloud Application Management and Security
Module code: CIS4134
Information Security Management
Module code: CIS4124
Optional modules provide an element of choice within the course curriculum. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by timetabling requirements. Some restrictions on optional module choice or combinations of optional modules may apply.
How you'll study
Teaching methods are designed in consultation with leading employers in the region. Many classes are based in computer workshops, focusing on student activity as a means of learning. We introduce theoretical concepts by building on concrete practical activity.
To enhance your employability, you will be given opportunities to work together and develop the essential people skills to complement your technical ability.
How you'll be assessed
You will be assessed through a combination of practical exercises, reports, essays and examinations. We want you to develop the ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a team, therefore assessment includes both of these forms, though the emphasis is strongly on individual work.
Who will be teaching you
You will be taught by staff who are passionate about student learning and development. The programme team includes specialists in computing and active researchers in areas including security, networks and forensics. Academic staff are regular contributors to conferences and journals.
Typical offer 112-120 UCAS Tariff points, for which no specific subjects are required, plus GCSE Mathematics at Grade C or Grade 4 or above (or equivalent).
Please note, for all programmes in the Department of Computer Science, a level 2 numeracy qualification is not considered as equivalent to GCSE Grade C or Grade 4 in Mathematics.
|BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications)||Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM).|
|T Level||Overall grade of Merit.|
|International Baccalaureate (IB)||We are happy to accept IB qualifications which achieve the required number of UCAS Tariff points.|
|Access to Higher Education Diploma||45 credits at Level 3, for example 15 credits at Distinction and 30 credits at Merit or 24 credits at Distinction and 21 credits at Merit. The required total can be attained from various credit combinations.|
Please note, the above examples may differ from actual offers made. A combination of A Level and BTEC awards may also be accepted.
If you have a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent), there is no maximum number of qualifications that we will accept UCAS points from. This includes additional qualifications such as Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), AS Levels that haven't been continued to A Level, and General Studies AS or A Level awards.
English language requirements
International students require IELTS 6.0, with a score no lower than 5.5 in each individual component, or an equivalent English language qualification.
If your current level of English is half a band or one band lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.
How to apply
Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/studentterms.
Did you know?
If you join a full time undergraduate degree at Edge Hill University, we will guarantee you the offer of a room in our halls of residence for the first year of your course.Discover our accommodation
The Department of Computer Science is based in the state-of-the-art £13million Tech Hub. This purpose-built development offers highly contemporary suites of outstanding facilities for Computer Science and Engineering students. Our modern computing and engineering laboratories are equipped with comprehensive test and measurement equipment, high-specification computers, high-resolution screens and the latest hardware and software.
A four-screen CAVE (Computer Augmented Virtual Environment) provides a super immersive 3D virtual environment, enabling users to immerse themselves in a virtual room and experience real life scenarios in 4K resolution. There are also specialist laboratories for networking and games programming, in addition to a specialist research laboratory, open access laboratory, a Harvard style lecture theatre, and ‘The Hatchery’, a working space for new business ideas.
Where you'll study
Learning resources include digital oscilloscopes, signal generators, robots and a robotics simulator, wired and wireless networking hardware, graphics software, web development tools, software development environments, big data servers, eye trackers, giant 3D interactive teaching screens, and other specialist software required for studying forensics and internet security techniques.
EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, may be eligible for the UK tuition fee rate.
Subject to eligibility, UK students joining this course can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK students enrolling on the course may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs. Please view the relevant Money Matters guide for comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK students.
EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme may be eligible to apply for financial support. Irish nationals should ordinarily apply to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). If you are an EU student who does not have settled or pre-settled status, or are an international student from a non-EU country, please see our international student finance pages.
Your future career
Your computing degree is the key to a well-paid career that can take you anywhere in the world. Edge Hill computer security and network students have gone on to work with giants in their fields. This includes multinational telecoms corporations, independent software testers, cloud computing and virtualization experts, and the biggest name in British arms, security and aerospace:
- BAE Systems
- VM Ware
You’ll find opportunities within any organisation large enough to need a computer network. You can also explore options within network providers, security experts, or the law. Job titles you might look at include Product Security, Digital Solutions Engineer or IP Network Management Engineer.
The programme is accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered IT Professional. Successfully completing an accredited integrated Masters degree is the first step to full BCS membership and to being awarded chartered status.
Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this information, however our courses are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.
Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of professional bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.
Track changes to this course
Change of Modules - 11 November 2020
CIS2143 Databases (20 credits) changes from compulsory to optional and CIS2165 Introduction to Digital Forensics (20 credits) changes from optional to compulsory, both in Year 2.