BEng/BEng (Hons) Computer Security & Forensics

Undergraduate, Full-Time

Become proficient in computer systems, design and analysis of complex network security requirements by combining theory and practical expertise.

  • Napier code:

    56149BH

  • UCAS code:

    GG56

  • Course type:

    Full-Time

  • Duration:

    4 Years

  • Award:

    BEng/BEng (Hons)

  • Location:

    Merchiston campus

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Course introduction

Combining three of the most sought-after streams of computing, this course capitalises on the rising awareness of the importance of network security and is a valuable foundation to a successful and well-paid career.

Two years of general computing studies will lead you to the specialty areas of security and forensics, software development and computer networks. After four years, you’ll have the expertise needed to create and analyse effective and secure computer systems.


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Covering the CCNA syllabus of industry leader Cisco, this course is also accredited by the British Computer Society and will equip you with the tools you need to play a role in the future direction of technologies that support the internet and key communication systems.

Initially, you’ll learn the fundamentals of computing, and become proficient in systems, software, data transmission, internet and user integration with systems. You’ll then progress to the design, implementation and maintenance of complex networked systems, plus the development and implementation of complex security and other applications.

You’ll develop skills in collecting, preserving, analysing and reporting on security and digital forensic investigations, graduating with a qualification that can include Microsoft and Cisco professional certification. Modules studied in the first two years can help you towards gaining Cisco CCNA accreditation, an industry-recognised qualification.

What you'll study

Year 1

  • Software development 1
  • Computer systems 1
  • Practical networks 1
  • Information systems in organisations
  • Introduction to human-computer interaction
  • Option

Year 2

  • Applications development
  • Digital forensics
  • Database systems
  • Systems and services
  • Practical networks 2
  • Option

Year 3

  • Networked services
  • Network security and cryptography
  • OS forensics
  • Group project
  • Core options

Year 4

  • Information society and security
  • Mobile communication
  • Security testing and advanced network forensics
  • Distributed services and applications
  • Honours project

Work placement

This course includes the possibility of a yearlong industry work placement during your third year of study.

Modules

Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Full information on this is available in our disclaimer.

In the computing career market, the demand for security engineers is increasing. As a graduate, you’ll have the wide range of skills plus the specialised expertise in data security needed to move into a variety of roles.

Career opportunities

  • security consultant
  • design engineer
  • test/debug engineer
  • forensic engineer
  • security auditor
  • web server support


Minimum year 1

SQA Higher

BBBB to include a Science*.

National 5 grade C in Maths and English.

A Level

BBC to include a Science*.

GCSE grade C in Maths and English.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Pre-2017 Grading System:

B1, B1, B3, B3 at Higher Level to include a Science* and grade C2 in Ordinary Level Maths and English.

New Grading System:

H2, H2, H3, H3 at Higher Level to include a Science* and grade O4 in Ordinary Level Maths and English.

BTEC (QCF) Extended Diploma Level 3

Minimum grades DMM (Distinction, Merit, Merit) in a related subject. 

GCSE grade C in Maths and English.

International Baccalaureate Diploma

Award of Diploma with 28 points overall with three HL subjects at grades 6, 5, 4 to include a Science* at grade 5.

Grade 4 in SL Maths and English.

European Baccalaureate

Pass at 70% or above with grade 7 in three subjects to include a Science*.  

Grade 6 in Maths and English.

Minimum year 2

HNC

Pass in a related subject with grade B in the graded unit.

SQA Advanced Higher

    

BBC to include a Science* at Higher.

A Level

AAB to include a Science*.

BTEC (QCF) Extended Diploma Level 3

Minimum grades DDD (Distinction, Distinction, Distinction) in a related subject. 

Minimum year 3

HND 

Pass in a related subject with grades BB at SCQF Level 8 in the graded unit(s) to include the Forensics Fundamentals module.

*Science subjects include: Biology, Chemistry, Computing, Engineering Science, Psychology, Maths or Physics.

English language requirements

If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test and our minimum English language requirements will apply.

This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English. Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you.

Our entry requirements indicate the minimum qualifications with which we normally accept students.Competition for places varies from year to year and you aren't guaranteed a place if you meet the minimum qualifications.

International students

If your qualifications aren't listed above, visit our country pages to get entry requirements for your country.

Please note that non-EU international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:

BN Nursing/MN Nursing (Adult, Child, Mental Health or Learning Disability)

BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery

Admissions policies

We're committed to being as accessible as possible to anyone who wants to achieve higher education.

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures and how decisions are made.


Tuition fees
Students from 2016/17 2017/18
Scotland/EU £1,820 £1,820
England Wales and Northern Ireland £9,000 £9,000
Overseas £13,740 £13,900

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Placements

"Fantastic, hard work and worthwhile". All computing students can do a paid year-long work placement during their third year.

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