Why study BSc (Hons) Networks and Cyber Security at BU?

  • Develop the versatility and personal qualities to design, configure and optimise large-scale networks to meet dynamic corporate infrastructure needs in a global context
  • Build and improve your applied technical skills with a strong appreciation of security implications to support the enabling and deployment of wired and wireless communication technologies and protocols over large-scale and complex networks for any organisation
  • Study and practise in our state-of-art speciality labs with enterprise grade hardware and fully virtualisation ready enterprise level infrastructure.
  • Engage in a series of practical, industry-focused tasks and co-participate in a range of research projects, not only with BU staff but experts from other institutions and industries in the UK and the world
  • Gain valuable work experience on your placement if you choose to take one
  • You'll be qualified to work as a computer network professional in all sectors where networking infrastructure plays a critical role

Find out more about the content of this course.

Foundation Year: We have a Foundation Year option for students who do not meet the entry requirements for the degree course. This additional year of study will give you a grounding in the technical skills required for this course, building your confidence, knowledge and skills for further study. After successful completion of the Foundation Year, you will progress to the full degree. If you apply to study the full degree and do not meet the academic entry requirements, our admissions team may consider your application for the Foundation Year and notify you accordingly.

EC-Council Partnership status

The EC-Council is one of the world's largest technical cybersecurity certification bodies. Having become one of their academia partners, students from this course will be offered opportunities to access resources of EC-Council, including discounted prices for learning material (e.g. ebooks and iLabs) on various security topics (e.g. ethical hacking and malware forensics), certification (e.g. CEH/CHFI) exam voucher discounts, and free tickets to EC-Council events (e.g. Hacker Halted).

Cisco Network Academy

BU is a member of the Cisco Network Academy program; this allows us to offer students the chance to study for internationally recognised industry certifications in computer networking and related areas. The CCNA Cisco Certified Network Associate course forms the basis for Cisco’s certification program. It is desirable to employer’s and can act as base for more advanced professional certifications.

Following our recent UG course periodic review completed in 2022, we are currently working with BCS to accredit all new courses with a view for all courses to have backdated accreditation to the first year they started running.

Key information

Next start date:

September 2024, September 2025


Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus


4 years full-time with a minimum 30-week placement or 3 years full-time. You will be enrolled onto the 4-year degree, but can opt out of the placement year

Required subjects:

All subjects considered

Entry requirements:

For September 2024 and September 2025 entry: 104-120 UCAS tariff points including 2 A-levels or equivalent. BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM. For more information check out our full entry requirements.

International entry requirements:

For September 2024 and September 2025 entry: If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with minimum 5.5 in each component, or equivalent. For more information check out our international entry requirements.