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BSc (Hons) Network Engineering (Progression Route)

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One year full-time.

One and a half years part-time.

Typical Offer: 

240 credits from an appropriate Foundation degree along with 80 UCAS tariff points (or equivalent).


  • Gain an Honours degree with this top-up course.
  • Students can benefit from part-time study, allowing students to work alongside their studies. 
  • Become an expert in all aspects of cyber security. 
  • Gain theoretical knowledge coupled with practical skills and industrial certification required by employers within the IT and telecommunication sectors.


The BSc (Hons) Network Engineering (Progression Route) equips you with the specialist knowledge and technical hands on expertise, coupled with industrial certification and business readiness skills, required by employers in the IT and telecommunication sectors.  This is a “final year” degree top-up, delivered on a part-time day-release basis so that you can develop your mastery of network engineering whilst working for an existing employer or freelance capacity.

The degree will provide opportunities for you to become an expert in all aspects of cyber security (software, network and systems). In particular, our modules directly incorporate the knowledge and skills required for two industry-leading, globally recognised and respected security certifications – Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional (CSSLP) and Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) from ISC2, as well as the CISCO CCNA and CCNA-Security certification training.

In addition, other modules emphasise advanced Internet technologies, advanced mobile technologies (software defined networking, 4G, 5G, etc.) and distributed systems (including applications such as cloud computing, the Internet of Things, software as a service, etc.).

In the major project, you will be able to explore an area of network engineering in depth by tackling a business or research problem.

Course modules

The course comprises a major independent project with dissertation, two required taught modules and a choice of two further taught modules from a set of three:

Distributed Systems: This provides a systematic understanding of distributed operating systems, software services and applications in terms of their architectures, functionality and behaviour. It includes case studies on the “Internet of Things” and cloud computing as well as topics on parallel programming.  

Full downloadable information regarding all University of Suffolk courses, including Key Facts, Course Aims, Course Structure and Assessment, is available in the Definitive Course Record.

Project and Dissertation (Mandatory)

Project and Dissertation: This is a major project in a specialist area of computing, addressing a specific real-world business or research issue, suggested by the student, an employer or a staff member. Projects may be undertaken individually or in groups if the problem topic supports a team approach.

Cyber Security (Attack) (Requisite)

This provides insights into the mindset of cyber attackers, a secure understanding of the ethics and legal issues in this area, and knowledge and skills in attack technologies and techniques.

Cyber Security (Defence) (Requisite)

This provides a detailed knowledge and understanding of the techniques and tools available to a security professional, and the practical skills in selecting, evaluating, designing, implementing and deploying defences to protect vulnerable software, networks and systems.

Advanced Internet Technologies (Optional)

This will be an in-depth treatment of the routing protocols, techniques and technologies underpinning the modern and future Internet.

Advanced Mobile Technologies (Optional)

This provides a comprehensive set of knowledge and skills relating to the principles, architectures, functionality, behaviour and performance of wireless, mobile and satellite communication networks, including 4G, 5G, software defined networking, software defined radio, etc.

Distributed Systems (Optional)

This provides a systematic understanding of distributed operating systems, software services and applications in terms of their architectures, functionality and behaviour. It includes case studies on the “Internet of Things” and cloud computing as well as topics on parallel programming.  

Career opportunities

Our graduates should expect to secure employment in the IT industry generally and telecommunication and carrier providers especially as network designers, mobile and wireless network engineers, network administrators, project managers, network security specialists, and similar roles. Graduates may also pursue a career in research and development, either in industry or academia. 

Fees and finance


  • Full-time tuition fee: £9,250 p.a.
  • Part-time tuition fee: £1,454 per 20 credits (Please contact the Infozone for further information)
  • International tuition fee: £11,790 p.a.

Further Information                                                       

  • Detailed information about Tuition Fees
  • Find out more about Financial Support eligibility.
  • Also see Loans and Grants.
  • At University of Suffolk, your tuition fees provide access to all the usual teaching and learning facilities that you would expect. However, there may be additional costs associated with your course that you will need to budget for.

Entry requirements

Academic Requirements

240 credits from the FdSc Network Engineering or another appropriate Foundation degree along with 80 UCAS tariff points (or equivalent).

All applicants are required to hold GCSE English and Maths at Grade C/4 or above. Applicants who do not hold these qualifications may be considered on an individual basis based upon their overall application and the course applied for.

If you do not hold these qualifications please contact Admissions directly on 01473 338348 to discuss.

Also see How to Apply.

Transferring Credit

If you have previously studied at higher education level before you may be able to transfer credits to a related course at the University of Suffolk and reduce the period of study time necessary to achieve your degree.


Professor of Information Systems Engineering

Senior Lecturer in Information Technology

Facilities and Resources

Students can take advantage of access to dedicated computing  suites  with network test cabinet including server, routers and switches, Internet of Things hardware kits and software, software defined network and radio  kits, access to Microsoft Imagine software library,  NVIDIA CUDA parallel programming hardware (graphics cards with 1600+ GPU cores, and network simulation software.