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.
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.
Download the Programme Specification for a detailed breakdown of its structure, what you will learn and other useful information.
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.
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To enquire about a Clearing place at GCU, speak to our helpful Clearing team on 0800 027 9171.
Clearing entry requirements
A Level: CDD from including Computing or Maths plus GCSE English and Maths at C/4 if not taken at A Level
BTEC/CACHE: Level 3 Extended Diploma in Computing subject at MMP
Standard entry requirements
Year 3 entry only
College HND: Computer Networking or Computing Technical Support with AA in graded units. Plus passes in: Routing Technology unit or CCNA Semester 2 and either Mathematics for Computing 1, Mathematics for Computing: Essential Techniques or full attendance and successful completion of the GCU Summer School Maths programme
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 our pre-sessional English programme which is taught at our Glasgow campus.
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Tuition fees 2019/20
*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.
Fees are subject to change and published here for guidance only. Fees and refund policy.
As a student at the University, there are additional fees and costs which may or may not apply to you, but that you should be aware of.
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.
For new international students, particular care is taken around our induction events which begin on 13 September 2019 to welcome you to the UK and GCU prior to the start of teaching. There will be a whole host of fun and informative activities taking place during this period, including campus tours, city tours and social events where you can meet other international students. Where possible, we encourage you to arrange travel to allow you to arrive in time to enjoy these.
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.