BEng (Hons) Computer Systems and Networks

Undergraduate, Full-Time

BEng/BEng (Hons) Computer Systems & Networks is a technical degree programme for students looking to progress in a career in networked computer systems.

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  • Duration:

    4 Years

  • Award:

    BEng (Hons)

  • Location:

    Merchiston campus

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Course introduction

Computer networks form the backbone of the information world, from personal mobile devices to social media and large scale corporate data services.

There is a high demand for accomplished engineers who can design, develop and maintain networked hardware and software.

This programme of study focuses on key aspects of networks, computer systems and application development which will include web applications, database systems and human-computer interaction.

This course is 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 modern communication systems.

You’ll be trained in network design and administration, the exploitation of internet technology, computer security, software design and development.

As well as the theory behind computer systems and networks you’ll develop practical skills through your course that will give you that vital edge when it comes to impressing potential employers.

Modules studied in the first two years will help you towards gaining Cisco CCNA accreditation, an industry-recognised qualification.

This course allows advanced entry – with an adapted programme structure, HN students can enter the second or third year depending on qualification. This allows HND students to obtain a degree after one year full-time or an Honours degree after two years.

What you'll study

Year 1

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

Year 2

  • Database systems applications
  • Development systems and services
  • Web technologies
  • Practical networks 2

Year 3

  • Network security and cryptography
  • Management for IS networked services
  • Group project

Year 4

  • Mobile communication
  • Information: society and security
  • CCNP routing
  • Security testing and advanced network forensics
  • Honours project

Work placement

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


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.

Employers, particularly those in corporate communications and information technology businesses, are keen to recruit skilled, experienced graduates in roles such as network designer, network administrator and software developer.

Alternatively, you may consider further study, such as an advanced Masters, PhD or teacher training.

Minimum year 1

SQA Higher

Typical Entry Requirement


National 5 grade C in Maths and English.

Adjusted Offer Entry Requirement 


National 5 grade C in Maths and English.

You may be given an adjusted offer of entry if you meet specific widening participation criteria as outlined in our contextual admissions policy. Click here for further information about our entry requirements and admissions policies. 

A Level


GCSE grade C/4 in Maths and English.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Pre-2017 Grading System:

B1, B3, B3, B3 at Higher Level and grade C2 in Ordinary Level Maths and English.

New Grading System:

H2, H3, H3, H3 at Higher Level and grade O4 in Ordinary Level Maths and English.

BTEC (QCF) Extended Diploma Level 3

Minimum grades MMM (Merit, Merit, Merit) in a related subject. 

GCSE grade C/4 in Maths and English.

International Baccalaureate Diploma

Award of Diploma with 27 points overall with three HL subjects at grades 6, 5, 4.

Grade 4 in SL Maths and English.

European Baccalaureate

Pass at 70% or above with grade 7 in three subjects.  

Grade 6 in Maths and English.

Minimum year 2


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

SQA Advanced Higher


A Level


BTEC (QCF) Extended Diploma Level 3

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

Minimum year 3


Pass in a related subject with grades BB at SCQF Level 8 in the graded unit(s).

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 2017/18 2018/19
Scotland/EU £1,820 £1,820
England Wales and Northern Ireland £9,000 £9,250
Overseas £13,900 £14,350

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

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