About the course

Computer networking is an essential part of modern life: from the networked applications that run on smartphones and the internet, to the secure systems demanded by global business.

This course adds a specialism in networking to a broad base in technology and software development. Particularly in the first two years, you’ll find an emphasis on software development, professional programming, the modelling of systems and data and the issues that arise in a networked environment.

From this foundation you’ll learn about protocols, network design, constructing distributed applications and defending against cyber attacks. The course will enable you to create and evaluate systems and applications within a networked environment.

Fact sheets 2019 Course fact sheet 1 BSc (Hons) Computer Science (Networks)
Programme specifications 2019 Programme specification 1 Modular BSc/MEng Honours in Computer Science and Information Technology

Why choose this course?


  • Choose this course with an emphasis on Networking and Security building on a base of mainstream Computer Science, or change to one of the others in our flexible programme.
  • Be taught by highly qualified staff, most with a PhD or other advanced degree plus research, teaching, or professional experience.
  • Be part of a highly regarded well established computer science department with excellent facilities, a strong research background, and links to business and industry.
  • Prepare yourself for a career in the IT sector through a mix of academic, professional and practical study, with opportunities for industry certifications and a paid placement year. Previous students have worked placements at companies including GSK, Xerox, and BT
  • Recent graduates from Computer Science have gone on to work at amazing organisations including Siemens, EE, and Lloyds Bank

Professional Accreditations

Accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered IT Professional (for 1st year entrants only)

Course details


Graduate employment opportunities are excellent, and there are careers across many employment sectors, including the IT industry, business, education and government.  Our graduates have become software developers, programmers, web developers, business analysts, database administrators, project managers and IT consultants, or have studied for postgraduate degrees at the University of Hertfordshire or other universities. Recent employers have included Blackberry, GSK, HP, IBM, John Lewis, and T-Mobile.

What job can I get?

This course equips you for a range of specialist roles, such as network designer, manager or administrator, operations administrator, developer of distributed systems and cybersecurity consultant. Graduates have recently found careers with the likes of Blackberry, GSK, HP, IBM and John Lewis. Others have gone on to successful postgraduate study.

Our graduates have become software developers, programmers, web developers, business analysts, database administrators, project managers and IT consultants, or have studied for postgraduate degrees at the University of Hertfordshire or other universities. Recent employers have included Blackberry, GSK, HP, IBM, John Lewis, and T-Mobile.

Teaching methods

Computer Science is both an academic and a practical subject so you will be taught in different ways such as lectures, smaller group tutorials, supervised practicals (labs) and self-study including experiential learning. Assessment is by a mix of in-class tests, exams, and coursework.

The School has well equipped laboratory facilities, with PCs running Windows 7 and/or Linux and a whole range of industry-standard and educational software from Microsoft, Oracle, Adobe, and others. There are specialist labs for networking, multimedia, devices, robotics, and projects.

In addition to scheduled classes, about 16 hours per week in Year 1, you will be expected to spend the same amount of time in self-study taking advantage of the University's extensive and up-to-date facilities. These include the Learning Resource Centres (LRCs), open 24x7, with computer workstations and wifi access, Studynet - our versatile online study environment accessible on and off campus - and open access to our labs.

Most of our students own their own PC or Mac, but this is not essential since you can use the university facilities instead or as well.

What you will learn

You will learn about different aspects of networking: protocols, network design, the tools and services for constructing distributed applications, and network security – how to defend against cyber attack. In your first two years you will concentrate on building a broad integrated foundation, with your specialism in Networking building on this foundation.

First Year: You will learn the foundations of the subject including topics such as an overview of the field, programming, modelling, and computing platforms.

Second Year: You will deepen your understanding and develop more advanced skills. There are technical modules on software development, programming, databases, operating systems and networks, plus two options.

Third Year: You have the option of taking a one-year paid work placement, or you can study abroad at one of our partner universities worldwide.

Final Year: You will study computer security and project planning, specialist modules in network protocols & architecture and cyber security, plus two options. Finally you will undertake an individual project in your chosen specialism, typically an extensive piece of practical work.

Work Placement

You have the opportunity to undertake a professional placement for your third year. We encourage you to take advantage since on average placement students have a greater chance of finding good employment after graduation and achieve higher grades in their final year.

Work placements are spent in a paid job relevant to your degree. You apply in the second year, with support from the University using our extensive contacts with employers.

Recent placement students have worked at large organisations such as:

  • Apple
  • BT
  • IBM
  • Intel
  • GSK
  • Microsoft, and
  • Xerox.
  • Others have worked for smaller organisations, perhaps family-run or near home.

Study Abroad

This course offers you the opportunity to study abroad in the Sandwich Year through the University's study abroad programme. Study abroad opportunities are available worldwide and in Europe under the Erasmus+ Programme.

Find out more about Study abroad opportunities.


  • Level 4
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Human Dimensions of Computing 30 Credits Compulsory
    Programming 30 Credits Compulsory
    Models and Methods in Computing 30 Credits Compulsory
    Platforms for Computing 30 Credits Compulsory
  • Level 5
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Contemporary Issues 15 Credits Compulsory
    Database Concepts 15 Credits Compulsory
    Computer Science Development Exercise 30 Credits Compulsory
    Algorithms and Data Structures 15 Credits Compulsory
    Operating Systems and Networks 15 Credits Compulsory
    Artificial Intelligence 15 Credits Optional
    Computer Architecture 15 Credits Optional
    Cognitive and Social Robotics 15 Credits Optional
    The C Family 15 Credits Optional
  • Level 6
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Project Planning 15 Credits Compulsory
    Computer Systems Security 15 Credits Compulsory
    Cyber Security 15 Credits Compulsory
    Networks Project 30 Credits Compulsory
    Network Protocols and Architectures 15 Credits Compulsory
    Professional Work Placement in Computer Science 0 Credits Optional
    Artificial Life 15 Credits Optional
    Software Quality 15 Credits Optional
    Embedded Systems Development 15 Credits Optional
    Machine Learning and Neural Computing 15 Credits Optional
    Programming Paradigms 15 Credits Optional
    Quantum Computing 15 Credits Optional
    Mobile Computing 15 Credits Optional
    Year Abroad 0 Credits Optional
    Study Abroad 0 Credits Optional
  • Fees & funding

    Fees 2019

    UK/EU Students

    Full time
    • £9250 for the 2019/2020 academic year

    International Students

    Full time
    • £12350 for the 2019/2020 academic year

    Fees 2020

    UK/EU Students

    Full time
    • £9250 for the 2020/2021 academic year

    International Students

    Full time
    • £13000 for the 2020/2021 academic year

    Discounts are available for International students if payment is made in full at registration

    *Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

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    Read more about additional fees in the course fact sheet

    Other financial support

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    Living costs / accommodation

    The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

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    Entry requirements

    UCAS points A Level BTEC
    104 BCC DMM

    How to apply

    Course length
    • Full Time, 3 Years
    • Sandwich, 4 Years
    • University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield


    Start DateEnd DateLink
    26/09/202031/05/2021Apply online (Full Time)
    25/09/202031/05/2021Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
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    26/09/202131/05/2022Apply online (Full Time)
    25/09/202131/05/2022Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
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    Optional Sandwich Placement or Study Abroad year
    We welcome applications from international and EU students