BSc (Hons) Computer Science (Networks)

Available to non EU students

About the course

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This degree is one of the range of courses in our Computer Science programme, with a specialism in networking and security.

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.

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.
  • Benefit from an NSS (National Student Survey) overall satisfaction score of 89% for the School.

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)

Careers

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.

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 over 1,200 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.

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

Structure

Level 4

Core Modules

  • Human Dimensions of Computing - 30 Credits
  • Programming - 30 Credits
  • Models and Methods in Computing - 30 Credits
  • Platforms for Computing - 30 Credits

Optional

Level 5

Core Modules

  • Contemporary Issues - 15 Credits
  • Database Concepts - 15 Credits
  • Computer Science Development Exercise - 30 Credits
  • Algorithms and Data Structures - 15 Credits
  • Operating Systems and Networks - 15 Credits

Optional

  • Artificial Intelligence - 15 Credits
  • Computer Architecture - 15 Credits
  • Cognitive and Social Robotics - 15 Credits
  • The C Family - 15 Credits

Level 6

Core Modules

  • Project Planning - 15 Credits
  • Computer Systems Security - 15 Credits
  • Cyber Security - 15 Credits
  • Networks Project - 30 Credits
  • Network Protocols and Architectures - 15 Credits

Optional

  • Professional Work Placement in Computer Science - 0 Credits
  • Artificial Life - 15 Credits
  • Software Quality - 15 Credits
  • Embedded Systems Development - 15 Credits
  • Machine Learning and Neural Computing - 15 Credits
  • Programming Paradigms - 15 Credits
  • Quantum Computing - 15 Credits
  • Mobile Computing - 15 Credits
  • Year Abroad - 0 Credits
  • Study Abroad - 0 Credits

Fees & funding

Fees 2018

UK/EU Students

Full time
  • £9250 for the 2018/2019 academic year

International Students

Full time
  • £11950 for the 2018/2019 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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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...

2018 entry 

104 UCAS points.

IB - 104 points from a minimum of 2 HL subjects at H4 or above (with the remaining points to come from a combination of HL, SL and Core). GCSE Maths and English Language at grade 4 (C) or above.

GCSE Maths and English Language at Grade 4 or above (Grade C or above under the old grading structure).

How to apply

2018

Start DateEnd DateLink
26/09/201826/05/2019Apply online (Full Time)
25/09/201822/05/2019Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
25/09/201820/05/2019Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)

2019

Start DateEnd DateLink
26/09/201926/05/2020Apply online (Full Time)
25/09/201922/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
25/09/201920/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)