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About the course

Want to protect the world from hackers, viruses and cyber-attacks? This practical degree course enables you develop the in-demand skills to kick start a fantastic career in cyber security – one of IT’s most hotly debated sectors.

In partnership with CISCO Networking Academy and EC-Council, the course explores a range of professional topics all with your future career in mind. You will learn cutting-edge technologies, processes, strategies, policies, and industry-standards to protect network systems and data from cyber-attacks at both individual and enterprise level.

During your studies you will also have the chance to gain professional qualifications alongside your degree including; CCNA Routing and Switching, CCNA-Security, CISCO CyberOps, and CEH (Certified Ethical Hacker) equipping you with the right set of practical and technical skills that are highly valued by the industry.

You will study in our high-tech computer networking labs with industry-standard facilities. These facilities feature a wide variety of equipment including Cisco routers and switches, and software including Kali Linux, Metasploit and a wide range of tools capable of footprinting, reconnaissance, scanning, and enumeration of computer network systems in a controlled cybersecurity environment. In these facilities you will investigate the methods that hackers use to compromise vulnerable systems and also look at mechanisms that can be used to secure them against attack, including specialist software and dedicated security appliances. 

If you apply for this course with a placement year, you have the opportunity to undertake a year in industry between your second and third years.
Placement year
This course offers additional qualifications for you to obtain with your degree.
Additional qualification
You have the opportunity to study abroad in one of our partner universities for a semester on this course.
Study abroad
This course has been accredited by a professional body.
Professional accreditation
If you're not quite ready for a full undergraduate degree, there's alternative entry through one of our foundation years.
Foundation year available
As part of your studies you will have the opportunity to undertake a work experience placement.
Built in work experience placement
This course has access to Solent's specialist facilities.
Specialist facilities
After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent.
Further studies
If you have an appropriate Level 5 qualification, you can top it up to a degree in just a year.
Top-up option

Industry-recognized professional qualification such as CEH (Certified Ethical Hacker), Penetration Testing, Cisco CyberOps, CCNA Routing & Security, CCNA Security, PCAP Python.

What does this course lead to?

The ever increasing influence and use of computer networks have revolutionised our lives but at the same time, this is threatening our privacy, integrity, and security through increased cyber-attacks costing us a fortune. The estimated global cost of cyber-crimes is a few hundred billion GBPs annually and according to BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, there is a great shortage of skilled people to combat these crimes.

Career prospects of this course are excellent. Our recent course graduates have gone on to various roles in network and cybersecurity roles companies including Cisco Systems, IBM, Juniper, Symantec Security UK, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Electra networks, QinetiQ, Quostar, VeriFone, TalkTalk, Rackspace, Vodafone, and Peer 1 Hosting.

Who is this course for?

This course is ideal for those who wish to master the knowledge and develop the practical skills required to protect computer networks and data from hackers, intruders, and cyber-attacks. 

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2021/22 academic year are:
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £13,800 per year
UK, EU and Channel Island placement year fee: £1,425
International placement year fee: £1,850

Following the UK government's confirmation that EU students will no longer be eligible for home fee status benefits, we've made the decision to keep EU tuition fees the same as UK tuition fees for 2021 entry.

For further information, please visit our tuition fees page.

Bursaries and scholarships

Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.

Graduation costs

For graduates in 2020, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £45 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost. Extra guest tickets will go on sale after results publication and will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis. The cost per ticket was £15 in 2019, but this fee is subject to change for future years. Please note, we do not guarantee there will be any extra tickets available to purchase.
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Key entry requirements

104-120 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at DMM or BTEC Diploma at D*D or equivalent, which comply with the minimum entry requirement of 104 UCAS points.
  • Direct entry into year two or three may be considered for this course.
  • A BTEC Subsidiary Diploma will be considered in conjunction with other qualifications.
  • Alternative entry is available through the Computing Foundation Year.
  • If you are applying from outside the UK, find information about entry requirements, visas and agents for your country here.

For further information about UK, EU and international qualifications, please refer to our course entry requirement statement.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 20 in each individual component
  • Duolingo English Language Test - 100 overall with minimum of 90 in each component
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

Pre-Sessional English programme

The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.

Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Solent team:

If you are a UK, EU or EEA applicant please contact 023 8201 5066 If you are an international applicant please contact 023 8201 5066

How to apply

Any student applying for the first year of a full-time/sandwich undergraduate course must apply through UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service). This includes mature, overseas and EU students.

Nearly all schools and colleges offer their students the facility of applying electronically through the UCAS website using 'Apply'; it may also be used by those applying independently in the UK and overseas. This facility and all course information can be found on the UCAS website:

Your application should reach UCAS by 15 January if you hope to enter a course the following autumn. Early application is advised for the most popular subject areas. Late applications may be made until the end of June. The UCAS code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

Please click the links below to apply through UCAS:

Mode of study
Full-time 3 years Apply
Placement Year 4 years Apply

Computing Foundation Year route:

Mode of study
Full-time 4 years Apply
Placement Year 5 years Apply

Top-up route:

We welcome applications from students currently studying a Foundation Degree, DipHE, HNC, HND or modules of an undergraduate degree course at another university, who wish to enter directly into Years 2 or 3 of one of our undergraduate degree courses. Please contact our admissions team for more information: contact us

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What you'll study

Year one

Core modules
  • Problem Solving though Programming
    This module will introduce software implementation through the process of understanding how to solve problems using programming. 
  • Introduction to Networks and Security
    In this module you’ll explore networks by using a network simulator to learn what devices and connections are used.  These will then be applied to various principles of networking, protocols and associated technologies. 
  • Network Applications
    This module investigates the function and management of operating systems and the services that run on networks to facilitate this communication between systems.
  • Introduction to Databases
    In this module you are introduced to the skills and concepts required to develop and use relational databases. You will learn how to write programs interacting with databases and how to create them. 
  • Routing and Switching
    To prepare for the network transition towards controller based activities, this module will prepare you with the knowledge of foundational technologies, ensuring you stay relevant with skill sets.
  • Cyber Security Essentials
    In this module you will be introduced to the importance of cyber security. Studying concepts including; basic security theory and security assistance, the basic techniques for application of security concepts; and the role of ethical hackers. 

Year two

Core modules
  • Network Systems Automation
    Throughout this module you will explore topics including network system principles, services and configuration, and investigate the applications and management of network systems. 
  • Ethical Hacking and Pen Testing
    This module offers an opportunity to develop the blend of understanding and skills required, including specialist technical ethical hacking skills (emphasis is placed on the ethical use of the skills acquired).
  • Network Implementation
    This module aims to equip you with the necessary knowledge and practical skills to design, implement and test computer networks to meet a company’s requirement.
  • Research Methods Project
    This module will align you with the forefront of scientific knowledge, and, in doing so, you will hone your research skills.
  • Threat Intelligence Analysis
    This module discusses the notion of cyber threat intelligence and its main challenges and opportunities, and presents solutions and tools to provide threat intelligence.
  • Network Security
    This module investigates the theoretical concepts of network security and the application of these to the design of secure networks.

Year three

Core modules
  • Dissertation Project
    Your dissertation may be practical or investigative in nature, but all projects must produce specific artefacts that demonstrate your intellectual and practical skills in the subject area.
  • Industrial Consulting Project
    The module will deliver ‘Real-world’ learning which involves interaction with employers and external organisations to allow you to prepare, rehearse and reflect on your experiences
  • CyberOps 
    On this module you will complete a Cisco academy training course on cybersecurity operations to discover, identify and analyse threats, perform attack techniques, discover vulnerabilities and apply mitigations.


Choose any two from the below:

  • Cybercrime and Digital Forensics
    This module considers electronic offending perpetrated against individuals, businesses, organisations and governments; the impacts of such crime; measures taken to manage it; and its detection, investigation and prosecution.
  • Internet of Things
    By the end of the module you will have explored how to evaluate, critically analyse and synthesise information, data and ideas and acquired practical skills in the field of the Internet of Things (IoT).
  • Cloud Computing and Virtualisation
    You will learn how to investigate, critique, evaluate a range of cloud computing enabling technologies and your applications from various user cases and case studies.
  • Network Management
    This module investigates the issues relating to the design and management of computer networks. 

Please note: Not all optional modules are guaranteed to run each year.


Web-based learning

Solent's virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support

Meet the course team

Dr Shakeel Ahmad academic profile Shakeel Ahmad Course Leader View profile
Neville Palmer academic profile Neville Palmer Senior Lecturer View profile
Warren Earle academic profile Warren Earle Lecturer View profile

The university cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.


The course makes use of Solent’s excellent, EC Council certified security and specialist networking labs, which feature a wide variety of real-world equipment from Cisco (including Cisco Packet Tracer), Fluke and HP, as well as high-fidelity simulation systems including the market-leading Opnet. You’ll also have access to our devices lab, a special test area integrated within one of our existing software development spaces.

It consists of a range of real mobile devices, allowing students to test their web sites and apps on real equipment.

Student-focussed teaching using modern pedagogical teaching methods and technology-assisted teaching. Industry-informed contemporary course contents which would make you ready for the industry.

Your future

Solent’s Cyber Security Management course will prepare you for a wide range of graduate-level employment opportunities in the industry. Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Cyber Security Analyst
  • Network Security Manager
  • Penetration Tester
  • Cyber Security Consultant
  • System Analyst
  • Incident Manager
  • CyberOps Manager

Upon successful completion of your degree, you could also choose to pursue further study at postgraduate level. Solent offer a range of Master’s including; MSc Cyber Security Engineering and MSc Computer Engineering. Solent alumni can also receive a discount of up to 50% on postgraduate courses.

  • This course provides a great insight into the world of computer security and networking, as well as certification options to further your potential and prospects for a career. I would certainly recommend it!

    Sam Lepine, Student


The work placement variant of the course enables you to gain valuable real-world experience – often in a paid role. You will be expected to secure your own placement, however you will be given support from the academic team in finding a suitable position.

We also encourage and support you to gain industrial experience during vacations, or to develop their final-year project in conjunction with industry.

Further study

Enhance your career prospects by continuing your study at Solent.

Get ready to find your place

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