Course Details

  • Today's computers keep vast amounts of strategic data and keeping it secure is critical. Network security is vital for businesses of all sizes, government agencies, government services and religious organisations and individuals with personal data. With technology evolving almost daily, qualified security, network experts are in high demand, especially in small and medium sized enterprises.

    To gain an honours degree in Network Security with Penetration Testing, students will undertake 120 credits. This will include a 60 project.

    The project allows you to consolidate your previous learning and to develop those ideas and materials in a critical and analytical way. The project will demonstrate your ability to undertake a substantial piece of work. It will also be valuable as a showcase for your abilities and professional skills and provide a solid preparation for postgraduate study.

    The course is delivered over one year full-time and two years part time.

  • Before registering on this top-up degree, you will ideally have successfully completed a Foundation Degree in either Computer Network Management, Computer Network Security with Ethical Hacking or Computer System Support (or equivalent approved study, such as a relevant foundation degree from another institution, or an HND together with vocational experience).

    Consideration will be made to the following students, subject to course relevance and vocational experience:

    • Students with Computing foundation degrees and HNDs
    • Students who have completed the first two years of a three-year Computing degree at another institution
    • Students with two-year diplomas or other qualifications from outside the UK.

  • Assessment makes use of a range of activities, including reports, oral presentations, group work, practical assignments, time constrained tests, peer assessment and live industry briefs.

    You will also undertake a research project. This will form part of your final 10,000 word dissertation.

    You will be enrolled as an external student with Manchester Metropolitan University.

  • This course provides an ideal pathway for anyone who wants to pursue a career in Computing, Information Technology and related fields. It also provides students the grounding to apply for an MSc at a University of their choice.

    Gaining professional qualifications and certifications can help graduates to move up the salary scale.

    Some job roles and their responsibilities are described below:

    Penetration testers or ethical hackers carry out tests on a system to expose weaknesses in security. Essentially, they do everything a hacker would do, but they do it on behalf of the organisation who owns the network. This means they will try to access information without usernames and passwords and will try to break through whatever security applications are in place. Reports of their findings can then inform what upgrades are implemented.

    Information security/risk/incident analysts or managers support the front line defence of networks, protecting information from unauthorised access and violations. They do this by analysing and assessing potential security risks, developing plans to deal with such incidents by putting measures in place such as firewalls and encryption, monitoring and auditing systems for abnormal activity and executing corrective actions. Preparation of technical reports is also a requirement of the role.

    Computer forensics analysts or investigators work in cyber crime, a growing phenomenon. To try and combat it they work in private and public sector organisations, as well as the police and law and security enforcement agencies. Work is extremely varied and can include recovery of deleted files; analysing and interpreting data linked to crime; analysing mobile telephone records; and uncovering links between events, groups and individuals through pursuit of data trails. Specialists working in this type of role need to keep detailed records of their investigations and will often provide evidence in court.

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  • The fee (if applicable) for this one year, BSc (Hons) Top Up degree is currently £5,950.

    Tuition fees and funding can be a little confusing, which is why we’ve put together a dedicated finance page, Fees, Funding and Finance to help you understand all your options. You may be eligible for special bursaries, grants or support from the government, and you can also find out about specific loans and funding help just for tuition fees.

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