Computer Systems & Networks BEng (Hons)

Study a course that focusses on employability across a broad area of computer systems


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

With this growing trend there is a high demand for accomplished engineers who can design, develop and maintain networked hardware and software.

This course focuses on key aspects of networks, computer systems and application development which will extend to database systems and human-computer interaction.

You will gain academic knowledge in areas of computer systems with the possibility to broaden your skills through a year long work placement.

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4 years

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Course details

This course will allow you to develop an understanding of the design and evaluation of network systems hardware and software.

During your studies you will develop an understanding of the concepts and principles of network operation, including the storage, retrieval and analysis of data.

In year three you will develop the ability to specify the hardware and software required for networked services in a structured and systematic manner.

Finally, you will learn to apply the concepts and principles of networks and network services to the development and delivery of networked applications in year four.

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    How you’ll be taught

    Lectures and tutorials.

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    Mixture of practical assignments, essays and exams.

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    Work placement

    A year long Work Based Learning module is available for this programme which can be undertaken in 3rd year which consists of 60 credits.

    In 2nd year, students attend timetabled Placement Preparation sessions which provides comprehensive information about sourcing a placement, tips for enhancing CVs, cover letters and interview preparation. A Student Futures Placement Coordinator is available to support students with their placement applications and approving placements as part of the course. Whilst on placement, students undertake work-related assessments alongside gaining valuable work experience. If this option is chosen, the course duration will be extended by one trimester.

    If students are not undertaking the yearlong placement, then there is a Group Project or the Professional Internship Module in Year 3 (one trimester) which gives students the opportunity to complete a project for an external client.

    Find out more about Computing Placements here.

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    Study abroad

    International study is available, and is intended to develop overall graduate attributes and global citizenship.

Popular modules

Year 1

  • Software Development 1
  • Information Systems in Organisations
  • Introduction to Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Systems
  • Practical Networks 1

Year 2

  • Database Systems Applications
  • Operating Systems
  • Scripting for Cybersecurity & Networks
  • Practical Networks 2

Year 3

  • Network Security and Cryptography
  • Practical Network 3
  • Network Communications & Analysis
  • Networked Services
  • Group Project

Year 4

  • Security Systems for Internet of Things
  • Information: Society and Security
  • Security Testing and Advanced Network Forensics
  • Honours Project


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

Full information is available in our disclaimer.

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Entry requirements

What are the entry requirements for Computer Systems and Networks?

Our entry requirements indicate both Standard and 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.

Can you go straight into second year of university?

Advanced entry into Year 2 or Year 3 of this course is possible for students with suitable qualifications. See the individual year tabs for more information.

Can I make an appointment with an advisor to discuss further about the admission process?

If you want to get more information on the admission process, please get in touch with the Undergraduate admissions team by submitting an enquiry form above.

Minimum Year 1

SQA Higher

Standard Entry Requirement: BBBC. National 5 grade C in Math OR Applications of Maths and English.

Minimum Offer Entry Requirement: BCCC. National 5 grade C in Maths OR Applications of Maths and English.

You may be given an adjusted offer of entry if you meet our specified minimum entry requirements within our widening participation criteria, and outlined in our Contextual Admissions Policy. Click here for further information about our entry requirements and admissions policies.

A Level

  • CCC
  • GCSE grade C/4 in Maths and English.

Irish Leaving Certificate

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

Scottish HNC

  • HNC with C in the graded unit in one of the following; Cyber Security, Computing, Computer Networking, Computer Networking and Internet Technology.
  • Unrelated HNC/Ds may be considered and in addition have National 5 C in English and Maths.

BTEC (QCF) Extended Diploma Level 3

  • Minimum grades MMM (Merit, Merit, Merit) in a related subject.
  • GCSE grade C/4 in Maths and English.

BTEC (QCF) National Diploma Level 3 plus A Level

  • Minimum grades MM (Merit, Merit) and A Level grade C
  • GCSE grade C/4 in English and Maths.

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.

T Levels

  • Pass (C or above on the core)
  • GCSE Maths and English grade C/4

Minimum Year 2


  • HNC - Pass in Cyber Security, Computing, Computer Networking or Computer Networking & Internet Technology with B in the graded unit.
  • Other HNC qualifications may be considered, please contact for advice

SQA Advanced Higher

  • BBC

A Level

  • BBB

BTEC (QCF) Extended Diploma Level 3

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

Minimum Year 3


  • HND - Pass in Cyber Security, Networking with Cyber Security, Computing: Technical Support, Computing Networking or Computer Networking & Internet Technology with Grade B at SCQF Level 8 in the graded unit.
  • Other HND qualifications may be considered, please contact for advice.

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.

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
Entry requirements by country

Please note that international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:
  • BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery
  • All Graduate Apprenticeship courses.

See who can apply for more information on Graduate Apprenticeship courses.

We’re committed to admitting students who have the potential to succeed and benefit from our programmes of study. 

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures, and how we use the information you provide us in your application to inform the decisions we make.

Undergraduate admissions policies
Postgraduate admissions policies

Fees & funding

The course fees you'll pay and the funding available to you will depend on a number of factors including your nationality, location, personal circumstances and the course you are studying. We also have a number of bursaries and scholarships available to our students.

Tuition fees
Students from 2023/24 2024/25
Scotland £1,820 £1,820
England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Republic of Ireland £9,250 £9,250
Overseas and EU £17,580 £19,340
Students from England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Republic of Ireland will be invoiced the tuition fees for 3 years of their 4 years of study. The University offers a range of attractive Tuition Fee bursaries to students resident in specific countries. More information on these can be found here.
Please note tuition fees are subject to an annual review and may increase from one year to the next. For more information on this and other Tuition Fee matters please see Frequently Asked Questions about Fees Click this link for Information of Bursaries and Scholarships
If additional compulsory costs other than the tuition fees are applicable, these will be detailed in the course details.
Please note that the tuition fees liable to be paid by EU nationals commencing their studies from 1 August 2021 will be the Overseas fee rate. The University offers a range of attractive Tuition Fee bursaries to students resident in specific countries. More information on these can be found here.


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What can you do with a BEng (Hons) Computer Systems & Networks degree?

In this cutting-edge programme at Edinburgh Napier University, you will delve deep into the heart of computer systems and networks, mastering the complex architecture that powers our digital world. From understanding the fundamentals of hardware and software to exploring advanced networking protocols, you will gain the skills needed to thrive in various technology-driven roles. Such as:

  • Network Systems Administrators
  • Network Engineer
  • Network Architect
  • Technical Support Specialist
  • Network Designer

By enrolling in our programme, you will not only study the latest advancements in computer systems but also acquire invaluable hands-on experience through practical labs and real-world projects. As you delve into topics such as internet of things, cyber security, and distributed systems, you'll develop the expertise sought after by top employers in the industry.

Upon completion, you will emerge as a highly skilled professional ready to tackle the challenges of tomorrow's tech industry. Whether you aspire to become a network engineer, systems analyst, or cybersecurity specialist, our program will equip you with the knowledge and skills to succeed in any career path you choose.

What does a Network Systems Administrator do?

In your role as a Network Systems Administrator, you'll serve as the digital architect for businesses, ensuring the smooth operation of their communication networks. Your responsibilities will encompass configuring, maintaining, and optimizing network infrastructure to facilitate seamless data transmission. From troubleshooting connectivity issues to implementing robust security measures, your expertise will be crucial in safeguarding sensitive information and detecting potential cyber threats.

You will be a problem solver behind the scenes and tackling technical challenges. You'll play a pivotal role in driving technological advancements and ensuring the smooth operation of businesses in the digital age. Your role will be instrumental in enabling businesses to operate efficiently and securely in the fast-paced digital landscape.

As a Network Systems Administrator, you'll play a pivotal role in driving technological advancements, ensuring that organizations stay ahead of the curve in embracing emerging networking technologies. Your ability to innovate and adapt will be key in shaping the future of connectivity and information exchange in the digital age.

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