University of Portsmouth
Computer Networks BSc (Hons)
University of Portsmouth

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Key Course Facts

Salary

Salary of Graduates in Electrical And Electronic Engineering

Important: Salary data below is not course specific, but contains data of all students of Electrical And Electronic Engineering at the university. Due to data collection methodology, salary data is mainly based on data related to undergraduate students.

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £28000 £33000 £43500
25-75 percentile range £25000 - £33000 £27500 - £42500 £29500 - £49500


Salary of all UK Graduates of Electrical And Electronic Engineering

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £27931 £27211 £32063
25-75 percentile range £23880 - £33358 £20282 - £35188 £23404 - £42896

Course Description

Overview

From the Internet to cloud computing, social networking, and multimedia streaming, computer networks play a vital role in all aspects of business, government and public services.

On this BSc (Hons) Computer Networks degree course, you’ll learn to develop and manage sophisticated computer networks solutions and get hands on with the latest technologies to make a mark on the future of the industry. You’ll also have the option to join our Cisco Networking Academy to add an industry-recognised Cisco certification to your degree.

With the current shortage of networking and IT professionals, your skill set will be in high demand across many sectors when you graduate, opening doors to careers in roles such as network architect, consultant and developer.

Pending Accreditation This course is currently going through the process of accreditation with the British Computer Society (The Chartered Institute for IT) after the 2020 assessment visit was delayed due to Covid-19.

Our CISCO Networking Academy blends face-to-face teaching with web-based curriculum, hands-on lab exercises, and Internet-based assessment. Students can practice, experiment, learn and share their work using our bespoke networking labs equipped with the latest Cisco networking devices. The teaching is delivered by fully qualified Cisco Academy instructors.

What you'll experience

On this degree course, you'll:

  • Configure, manage and experiment with different network technologies and web applications

  • Work with our private cloud environment to learn about virtualisation and cloud computing

  • Use network analysis tools such as OPNET and Wireshark

  • Use our bespoke network laboratory with in-lab and remote access to over 200 routers and switches in a data-centre environment

  • Be challenged to put what you learn in the classroom to work, taking on practical network design projects that are linked to your studies

  • Join our Cisco Networking Academy to work towards obtaining industry-recognised certifications, such as CCNA or CCNP

  • Take optional modules to tailor your degree to specific interests, like management, security, big data, Internet of Things, or business and innovation

Careers and opportunities

What can you do with a Computer Networks degree?

After the course, you could work in many industries, for example:

  • consumer and professional electronics

  • pharmaceuticals and health care

  • defence

  • broadcasting and telecommunications

  • IT development and consulting

  • banking and finance

Graduates from this course have gone on to work for well-known companies such as:

  • Cisco

  • IBM

  • HP

  • Microsoft

  • KPMG

  • PWC

  • BAE Systems

  • Morgan Stanley

  • Deutsche Bank

  • Barclays

Our Employability and Careers service will be on hand throughout your studies and for up to 5 years after you graduate to give you help and support with finding a job and developing your career.

"One of the best things about the course is it’s very hands on. You learn by doing and not just theory." Katie Tuffrey, Computer Networks Student

What You Will Learn

Programme content: As a student of Computer Networks, BSc (Hons) you will study the following course modules.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Jobs & Career Perspectives

15 months after graduation, graduates of this course were asked about what they do and, if they are working, about their current job and their perspectives.

Current jobs

Required skill level of job after 15 months

Jobs of graduates of this course (15 months after graduation)

Example below based on all graduates of Computer Networks BSc (Hons) at University of Portsmouth

50% Science, engineering and technology associate professionals
35% Information Technology Professionals
5% Elementary occupations
5% Business and public service associate professionals

How you're assessed You’ll be assessed through: - technical reports and logbooks - written exams - mini projects - presentations - case studies - group assignments You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark. You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future. The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows: - Year 1 students: 43% by written exams, 10% by practical exams and 47% by coursework - Year 2 students: 40% by written exams and 60% by coursework - Year 3 students: 25% by written exams, 10% by practical exams and 65% by coursework

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Minimum Required UCAS Tariff

112-128 points, including an A Level in a relevant subject, or equivalent.

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for this course

Qualification requirements

We also accept other combinations equivalent to 112-128 Tariff points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, including an A Level in a relevant subject.

T Level in Digital: Digital Production, Design and Development: Merit // T Level in Construction: Design, Surveying and Planning: Merit // T Level in Education and Childcare: Not Acceptable

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

112-128 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma (Technology based).

112-128 Tariff points, including an Advanced Higher in a relevant subject.

Must be in a relevant subject

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

25-26 points from the IB Diploma, to include 3 Higher Level subjects, with one relevant subject at Higher Level.

Must be in a relevant subject

To include a Higher Level in a relevant subject.

Must be in a relevant subject

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

Cambridge Pre-U score of 46-52, to include a Principal Subject in a relevant subject.

English language requirements

test Grade Additional Details
IELTS (Academic) 6 English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.
PTE Academic 54 An overall score of 54 with a minimum of 51 in each skill.
TOEFL (iBT) 79 79 with a minimum of 18 in Reading, 17 in Listening, 20 in Speaking and 17 in Writing.
Cambridge English Advanced Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.
Cambridge English Proficiency Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.
Trinity ISE Trinity College Integrated Skills in English (ISE) Level III with a Pass in all 4 components

Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still study Computer Networks, BSc (Hons), if you do not meet the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements.

Costs

Tuition Fees Computer Networks BSc (Hons)

EU £9250 year 1
England UK £9250 year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 year 1
Scotland £9250 year 1
Wales £9250 year 1
Channel Islands £9250 year 1
Ireland £9250 year 1
International £18300 year 1

Additional fee information

Students who are resident in EU countries: please note that the net fee is inclusive of the Transition Scholarship

Placement Year and Year abroad:
UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £925 |
EU – £925 including Transition Scholarship|
International Non-EU – £1,800.

Fees are accurate at the time of publishing and are subject to change at any time without notice.
Fees may also go up in later years, in line with inflation.

For more information about fees, go to port.ac.uk/ug-tuition-fees

Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
  
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

How to apply

Application deadline:

January 1, 2024

This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.

Possible Entry Points:

  • year 1 (Default entry point)
  • year 2
  • year 3

University Rankings

Positions of University of Portsmouth in top UK and global rankings.

Rankings of University of Portsmouth in related subject specific rankings.

Computer Science

    • #45 
    • #61 
    Computer Science
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 08 June, 2023]
    • #45 
    • #401 
    Computer Science
    THE World University Rankings by Subject
    [Published 26 October, 2022]

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About University of Portsmouth

The University of Portsmouth is located on the United Kingdom’s only island city, Portsmouth. This public university, which was previously known as Portsmouth Polytechnic, forms part of the University Alliance, an organisation whose aim is to promote growth and innovation in the UK by putting an emphasis on links with business and industry.

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