With today's advancing technologies comes the increasing threat of cybercrime. The National Cyber Security Strategy makes clear the importance of good network defences in securing the UK. GCU has developed a suite of programmes which provide the opportunity to be at the forefront of defending cyberspace from sophisticated malicious attacks and future threats.
Computer Networking provides an in-depth knowledge of the IT network infrastructure needed to run large enterprise and wide area network deployments. It focuses on the specification, design, deployment and troubleshooting of complex network topologies. We have the best networking labs in Scotland and teach this subject to CISCO ‘network professional' standards.
Enter the communication networks, security engineering and digital forensics sector, an industry which employs one in three of all jobs within the IT sector. Our computer networking engineering graduates could find themselves working in IT/network infrastructure support or as a network engineer.
What you will study
Programming 1, Computer Networking 1, Web Platform Development 1, Integrated Project 1, Mathematics for Computing, Fundamentals of Computing.
Secure Systems Administration, Computer Networking 2, Programming 2, Integrated Design Project 2, Database Development, Cyber Security Operations.
Quantitative Methods and Cryptography, Advanced Routing, IT Project Management 1, Advanced Switching, Integrated Design Project 3, Research Skills and Professional Issues.
IT Project Management 2, Internet Security, Network Simulation, Software Defined Networks, Honours Project.
All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated.
4 Scottish Higher Grades at BBBC or above including Maths.
3 A-Level Grades at CCC or equivalent.
Please note: if you are from a majority English speaking country, you may not be required to provide further proof of your English Language proficiency.
Other academic and vocational qualifications
Each application to GCU is considered on an individual basis. If you do not have the typical academic entry qualifications, but can demonstrate relevant work experience and/or credits from recognised professional bodies, you may be eligible to enter this course via the University's Recognition of Prior Learning scheme.
If you do not meet the English language requirements, you may be eligible for the English for University Study programme.
Fees and funding
The tuition fees you pay are mostly determined by your fee status. What is my student fee status?
Tuition fees 2018/19
- Home: £1820
- RUK: £9250*
- EU: £1820
- International: £11,500
*Total tuition fees for RUK students completing a three or four year degree are capped at £27,750. Specific fees are subject to confirmation by the Scottish Government and may change once confirmed.
If you commence your studies in September 2018 or January 2019, these are the annual or module fees that apply to the duration of your course; however, fees are subject to change. For full details on how fees may change read our fees and refund policy.
In addition to course tuition fees, you may encounter additional costs during your time at University.
We provide high-quality education for a fair price; as the University for the Common Good, we are committed to offering accessible higher education for talented students by keeping our tuition fees low and providing a generous scholarship package of over £2.5 million per year.
If you have any questions or enquiries regarding scholarships available for 2018/19, please feel free to contact the student enquiries team.
International student start dates
For new international students, orientation events start on 14 September 2018. This extra time is specifically designed to assist new international students in settling into the UK and GCU prior to the start of general student induction and teaching.
There will be a whole host of fun and informative activities taking place during this period, including campus and city tours, as well as welcome events where you can meet other international students.
Industrial work placement
An optional one-year industrial placementcan be taken after completion of Year 3.
We have full industrial standard CISCO labs where networks can be analysedand investigated for vulnerabilities. These allow the students to plan, design,implement, secure and troubleshoot complex enterprise class networks.These labs are the largest in Scotland supported by over 200 devicesRecent investments in our virtualized distance learning platform enablesstudents to continue their learning off campus, this includes our innovativeNetlab online laboratory system supporting both networking and digital security modules.
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