University of Westminster

Course Introduction

As a student on one of our Computer and Network Engineering courses you will benefit from fantastic facilities and resources. These include numerous laboratories offering access to Windows, Linux and Unix platforms, running industry'standard, computer'aided analysis and design applications. Our aim is to develop graduates with the right skill'set in computer systems and networking for today's job market; as with all of our computing teaching, you will be based at our Cavendish Campus in the heart of London, close to major industry headquarters and the City. Our courses are accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and the Engineering Council, enabling graduates to become Chartered and Incorporated Engineers after gaining professional experience. Our graduates have gone on to work for the BBC, British Aerospace, BT, GEC, Nokia, and smaller, private companies. Some have started up their own businesses in manufacturing or consultancy.

Course Modules

Year 1 (Credit Level 4) invovles: In the first year you will focus on the fundamental principles of networking, computer hardware and software development, creating a solid foundation for the remainder of the course; Subjects of study include: audio processing using an embedded microcomputer; computer networks and communications; digital systems; electronics and circuits; mathematics; programming; Year 2 (Credit Level 5) involves: The course continues with the themes of network engineering and software development; Specialist modules look at the threats to a system's integrity, how they can be countered, and the practical implementation of encryption; Subjects of study include: applied cryptography; local and wide area networks; network software engineering; operating systems; professional employability skills; threats and counter measures; You will have the opportunity to take a placement in industry between Year 2 and Year 3; This gives you practical experience in the workplace and a competitive edge in the job market; It contributes to your professional development towards chartered engineer status; Year 3 (Credit Level 6) involves: the network theme is further advanced and the issues of implementation, configuration and dealing with present day data streams (such as for multimedia applications) are addressed; There are specialist modules on planning and implementing secure systems, and on working on projects in an industrial environment, which will prepare you to analyse requirements, and design and implement a secure network system; You will also complete a major project involving these aspects; Subjects of study include: business finance and management; distributed systems and network software; enterprise network engineering; individual project; multimedia streaming; network security systems; secure system planning.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
4 years
Full Time Including Foundation Year
BSc (Hons) £12,500 ???abroad???
4 years
Full Time Including Foundation Year
BSc (Hons) £9,000 ???home???

Qualifications required:

  • International Baccalaureate 24
  • SQA Advanced Higher CD
  • GCE A-level DDE-CC
  • GCE AS-level
  • BTEC National Certificate (12 units) MM
  • BTEC National Diploma PPM
  • BTEC National Award
  • SQA Higher
  • GCSE/SQA Standard Grade
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma

Key Course Information

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79% Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course

The course is well organised and is running smoothly 71%
I have been able to access general IT resources when I needed to 92%
The library resources and services are good enough for my needs 92%

£25,000 Average salary 6 months after course has finished

70% Go on to work and/or study

In work 56
Studying 7
Studying and working 7
Unemployed 24
Unknown 7

31% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 52%

Total Coursework: 34%

Total Practical: 14%

£4,700 - £6,700
Typical cost of university accommodation

£5,400 - £9,000
Typical cost of private accommodation