Computing (Networks, Cyber Security and Forensics) BSc (Hons)
UCAS code: I290
Learn how to identify and prevent malicious cyber-attacks. Master the art of digital forensic analysis and learn how to set up secure computer networks on a degree accredited by BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT (subject to re-approval).
Computer networks are no longer limited to rows of PCs wired to servers in a corporate office. Any connected devices can now form a network. It’s your smart phone, door lock, tablet, fridge, camera, even your lightbulbs and thermostat. Modern networks are wireless and spread everywhere. Our data has never been more valuable or more vulnerable.
For families, businesses and governments, the systems and information in their networks are valuable assets. This degree gives you the skills and knowledge to run professional networks and keep them safe from cyber criminals.
You’ll work on real-life projects in our £13million Tech Hub laboratories and workspaces. Go beyond technical network administration to learn tools and techniques in IT and project management. You’ll study computer theory, network security and forensics then cement your knowledge by putting it into practice on our computer security degree.
Sandwich year option available
Studying abroad option available
Work placement opportunity
What you'll study
Year 1 is designed to help you grasp the principles, technologies and science that combine to create computer networks. You’ll learn how to analyse computer systems and suggest improvements. We’ll introduce you to the inner workings of the web and its technologies, the basics of computer architectures and networking, and the fundamentals of programming and software development. You’ll also receive an introduction to the computing industry and develop essential transferable skills.
Accessible Web Design and Development
Module code: CIS1705
Computer Systems Architecture and Networks
Module code: CIS1701
Foundations of Computer Science
Module code: CIS1700
Professional Practice 1
Module code: CIS1704
Module code: CIS1702
Module code: CIS1703
Do you protect your personal data when you’re shopping online? Uncover the hidden dangers of e-commerce and Wi-Fi networks in Year 2. You’ll specialise in computer networking and data communications, information security and forensics, databases, and wireless and mobile networks. Develop your teamwork skills on a group project to finish the year. Get more CV-boosting experience if you take up our optional year in industry before starting Year 3.
Module code: CIS2706
Module code: CIS2700
Fundamentals of Digital Forensics
Module code: CIS2711
Professional Practice 2
Module code: CIS2712
Module code: CIS2710
Wireless and Mobile Networks
Module code: CIS2707
Forensic investigations, ethical hacking and network security – Year 3 is packed with chances to show your skills. You’ll get creative and show originality in your research and development project, exploring an area of networking, security or forensics in depth. We’ll help you develop ethical hacking skills through practical exercises, and you’ll learn how to design and assess secure networks. You’ll also cover biometrics security and approaches to identity management.
Biometrics Security and Identity
Module code: CIS3405
Module code: CIS3407
Module code: CIS3403
Module code: CIS3408
Research and Development Project
Module code: CIS3425
How you'll study
Computing involves considerable practical activity and many classes are based in computer workshops, focusing on student activity as a means of learning. Theoretical concepts will then be introduced by building on solid 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. You will also have the opportunity to undertake a work placement.
How you'll be assessed
The pattern of assessment is varied and designed to ensure you acquire a range of skills, particularly those required by future employers. You will design and write programs, write reports and essays, critically analyse documents, deliver oral presentations and undertake examinations. We want you to develop an ability to work independently and as part of a team.
Who will be teaching you
You will be taught by staff who are passionate about student learning and development. The programme team are specialists in computing and active researchers in areas including security, networks and forensics. Academic staff are regular contributors to academic conferences and journals.
Typical offer 104-112 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 9 credits at Distinction and 36 credits at Merit or 15 credits at Distinction and 30 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, one band, or one-and-a-half bands 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.
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.
£77 per credit
for 360 credits
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 can 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 networking, security and forensics degree is the key to an exciting career that could take you anywhere in the world.
Edge Hill computer security and network students now work with giants in their fields. This includes multinational telecoms giants, independent software testers, cloud computing and virtualization experts, and the biggest name in British arms, security and aerospace including:
- BAE Systems
- VM Ware
With our degree, you will find opportunities within any organisation large enough to use a computer network. You can also explore options with network providers, digital security experts, or the law. Job titles you can look at include System Penetration Tester, Security Architect, Security Risk Assessor, Digital Forensic Investigator or Network Engineer.
Subject to re-approval, 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 honours 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 Course Title and Change of Modules - 14 October 2022
Revalidated version of BSc (Hons) Computing (Networking, Security & Forensics) for September 2023 entry with a new course title. The changes to the programme structure compared to the previous version of the course are outlined below.
CIS1700 Foundations of Computer Science (20 credits), CIS1701 Computer Systems Architecture and Networks (20 credits), CIS1702 Programming 1 (20 credits), CIS1703 Programming 2 (20 credits), CIS1704 Professional Practice 1 (20 credits) and CIS1705 Accessible Web Design and Development (20 credits) replace CIS1107 Foundations of Computer Science (20 credits), CIS1108 Digital World: Information Systems and Design (20 credits), CIS1109 Digital World: Computer Architecture and Networks (20 credits), CIS1110 Web Design and Development (20 credits), CIS1111 Programming: Concepts to Construction 1 (20 credits) and CIS1112 Programming: Concepts to Construction 2 (20 credits) as compulsory modules in Year 1.
CIS2700 Database Systems (20 credits), CIS2706 Computer Networks (20 credits), CIS2707 Wireless and Mobile Networks (20 credits), CIS2710 Security Fundamentals (20 credits), CIS2711 Fundamentals of Digital Forensics (20 credits) and CIS2712 Professional Practice 2 replace CIS2145 Computer Networks (20 credits), CIS2151 Introduction to Security (20 credits), CIS2153 Computer Systems Architecture (20 credits), CIS2162 Employability (20 credits) and CIS2165 Introduction to Digital Forensics (20 credits) as compulsory modules in Year 2. CIS2143 Databases (20 credits) and CIS2159 Wireless and Mobile Networks (20 credits) removed as optional modules in Year 2.
CIS3403 Forensics Computing (20 credits), CIS3405 Biometrics Security and Identity (20 credits), CIS3407 Ethical Hacking (20 credits), CIS3408 Network Security (20 credits) and CIS3425 Research and Development Project (40 credits) replace CIS3140 Research and Development Project (40 credits), CIS3142 Operating Systems (20 credits) and CIS3161 Research and Development Methods (20 credits) as compulsory modules in Year 3. CIS3144 Forensic Computing (20 credits), CIS3150 IT Management (20 credits), CIS3151 Internet Security (20 credits), CIS3154 System Penetration Testing (20 credits) and CIS3155 Advanced Databases (20 credits) removed as optional modules in Year 3.