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.


Course length: 4 years full-time
Start dates: September 2022
Location: Edge Hill University
Example offers: BBC-BBB (A Level) or DMM (BTEC) View full entry criteria
Subject(s): Computing and IT
Department: Computer Science
Students sit round tables working in one of the social learning areas in the Tech Hub.

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.

BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT logo.

Course features

  • Professional Accreditation

  • 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.

Compulsory modules:

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Digital World: Computer Architecture and Networks

Digital World: Information Systems and Design

Foundations of Computer Science

Programming: Concepts to Construction 1

Programming: Concepts to Construction 2

Web Design and Development

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.

Compulsory modules:

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Computer Networks

Computer Systems Architecture


Introduction to Digital Forensics

Introduction to Security

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Wireless and Mobile Networks

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.

Compulsory modules:

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Advanced Databases

Forensic Computing

Internet Security

IT Management

Operating Systems

System Penetration Testing

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.

Compulsory modules:

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Implementing Secure Network Systems

Research and Development Project

Research Methods

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Biometric Security

Cloud Application Management and Security

Information Security Management

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.

Timetables for your first week are normally available at the end of August prior to enrolment in September. You can expect to receive your timetable for the rest of the academic year during your first week. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities.

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.

Entry criteria

Entry requirements

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.

Example offers

Qualification Requirement
A Level BBC-BBB.
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

Apply full-time

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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.

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Tech Hub.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

Tech Hub

Learning resources

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.


Tuition fees

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The University may administer a small inflationary rise in tuition fees, in line with Government policy, in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course.

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.

Financial support

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
  • Nokia
  • ROQ

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.

BCS accredited

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.

Course changes

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.

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