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About the course

Do you have an interest in cyber security? Would you like to start a career in one of IT’s most hotly debated sectors? This professionally accredited network security management programme aims to equip you with the skills you’ll need to plan, design and implement secure computer networks that can facilitate a range of vital business functions.

This professionally accredited course has been designed to give students the opportunity to study in a practical environment, helping them to gain a broad range of security management skills required by industry employers. Students can expect to use high-end networking and security equipment, as well as industry-standard modelling and simulation software.

Our EC Council certified security and networking labs feature a wide variety of equipment from Cisco (including Cisco Packet Tracer), Fluke and HP, as well as high-fidelity simulation systems like the market-leading Opnet. Students also have free access to our devices lab, where they can test their projects on a variety of different computing devices.

The academic team are CEH (Certified Ethical Hacking) and Cisco qualified, and draw on their experiences in the industry to inform their teaching. This helps to keep the course content in line with the latest changes in this fast moving industry.

Employability skills are also taught throughout the programme, and students are supported to develop a range of transferable skills that include project management, problem solving and analytics. Students may also wish to undertake an optional placement year to develop the skills acquired throughout the course.

Placement year Additional qualification Study abroad Professional accreditation Foundation year available Built in work experience placement Specialist facilities Further studies

Students are given the chance to to study for commercial certification from CISCO and Microsoft alongside their degree, as well as the EC Council’s Certified Ethical Hacking (CEH) qualification as part of your course.

What does this course lead to?

Career prospects in this area are excellent. Computer security is rapidly expanding and there is a growing recognition of the need for security specialists at all levels. Employers are particularly looking for graduates with the right combination of technical abilities and good communication skills.

Who is this course for?

This course is suited to those with an interest in cyber security and network security management.

The course will also appeal to those who wish to gain industry qualifications as well as academic, as the course includes the option to study for professional certification alongside the degree.

Facts & figures

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UCAS Codes

Full Time

  • 3 Years Standard Entry G550
  • 4 Years Technology Foundation Year G551

Placement (480 credit course)

  • 4 Years Standard Entry G552
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Fees and Costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2017/2018 academic year are:
UK and EU full-time fees: £9,250 per year

Whilst these inflationary fee increases in tuition fees and student support loans have been announced by the Minister, they are still subject to formal parliamentary approval.

The international tuition fees for the 2017/18 academic year are:
International full-time fees: £11,000 per year 

The 2017/18 placement year fees are not yet available. For guidance the 2016/17 fees were:
UK and EU placement year fees: £1,350
International placement year fees: £1,545

Other costs

The 2017/18 other costs are not yet available but for guidance the 2016/17 costs were:

Optional: Certified Ethical Hacker resit fee only year one £90

Bursaries and scholarships

Southampton 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.

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Key entry requirements

112 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at DMM or BTEC Diploma at D*D* or equivalent.
  • Alternative entry to this course is available through the Technology Foundation Year.
  • A BTEC Subsidiary Diploma will be considered in conjunction with other qualifications.

We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds. Applicants who are not in possession of the minimum entry requirements but are able to demonstrate aptitude, enthusiasm and motivation will be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to satisfactory interview and/or portfolio. Please contact us for further details.

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 19 in each individual component-TOEFL is only valid for EU students
  • 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.

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.


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Study location

East Park Terrace

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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 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 June. The UCAS Code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

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What you'll study

Year One

Core units
  • Internet Technology
  • Introduction to Security
  • Introduction to Networks
  • Routing and Switching Essentials
  • Network Applications
  • Introduction to Professional Practice

Year Two

Core units
  • Developing for the Internet
  • Network Security
  • Network Implementation
  • Data Communications and Networks
  • Network Operating Systems
  • Graduate and Professional Development

Year Three

Core units
  • Project (double unit)
  • Security Management
  • Network Management


  • Web Application Development
  • Cloud Computing
  • Curriculum Plus and Computer Networks

Please note: Not all optional units 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

Key figures


Written Exams


Assessment by coursework


Practical exams

Meet the course team

Dr Shakeel Ahmad academic profile Shakeel Ahmad Programme Group Leader View profile
Jomo Batola academic profile Jomo Batola Senior Lecturer View profile
Neville Palmer academic profile Neville Palmer Senior 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.

Southampton Solent’s network security management programme offers a range of optional units in the second and third year of study. This enables learners to build a degree that is well suited to their interests. 

Your future

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Network security analyst
  • Network manager
  • Network administrator
  • Network designer
  • Penetration tester  
  • Senior network engineer
  • Network and information security manager.


of students go on to work and/or study six months after finishing the course


of those students are in a professional or managerial job

Industry connections

External speakers add valuable insight into this fast-changing industry, to make sure that content is fully up to date.

We also encourage and support students to gain industrial experience during holiday periods, or develop their final-year project in conjunction with industry, drawing on the course team’s strong professional connections.


The work placement variant of the course provides students with a chance to gain valuable real-world experience, often in a paid role. Placement students will have extensive support in finding a suitable position between years two and three, as well as guidance on carrying out their placement.

Further study

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