Computer Networks - BSc (Hons) / MSci

UCAS Code:
G422
Attendance:
Full Time (3 years), Sandwich (4 years), Full Time (4 years)
Starting:
September 2017
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Communication technologies form the bedrock of our modern connected mobile society. Our BSc in Computer Networks will equip you to take this revolution to the next level.

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What's covered in the course?

The course takes a practice-led approach, making use of equipment and tools found in the workplace.  Our approach prioritises the practical skills sought by industry, backing this up with a thorough understanding of theory.  The programme delivers the latest in computing, network, and cloud and server technologies, backed by the opportunity to gain additional accreditation from Microsoft, Cisco Systems and the Linux Professional Institute.

The programme delivers a well-rounded curriculum in computer network engineering, programming, server systems and practice, as well as management-level skills such as project and change management to maximise you career potential.

Upon graduation you could progress into a career as a network administrator, network services engineer, network architect, network support analyst, data centre engineer, storage and virtualisation analyst, technical infrastructure architect, Linux network administrator, field network technician, service desk analyst, solutions architect, and IT infrastructure specialist.

Our course has a 95 per cent student satisfaction rating (National Student Survey, 2016), displaying the quality and clarity of our teaching. 

My placement involved being an intern for a year, doing everything a full engineer would do, everything from configuration to documentation to eating lunch with the rest of the guys. Phil Bridges (Network Consulting Engineer at Cisco Systems)

Why Choose Us?

  • We are home to a Cisco Systems and the Microsoft Academy Centre – one of Microsoft’s top UK university-based academies – and we are a member of the Microsoft Developer Network Academic Alliance. We are also a Cisco ASC (Academy Support Centre) and Cisco Instructor Training Centre (ITC) – one of only 10 such instructor training centres in the UK.
  • We are internationally recognised for our high quality of teaching, our excellent research capabilities and our extensive industry partnerships.
  • Our course has accreditation from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), which demonstrates that it meets the educational criteria needed for Incorporated Engineer (IEng) status.
  • You will work with industry-standard software development and simulation tools.
  • You have the opportunity to undertake an industry placement and gain professional qualifications from vendors such as Cisco, Microsoft and Linux Professional Institute.
  • The School is based at Millennium Point, within the state-of-the-art City Centre Campus, which has outstanding resources and facilities.

Where our students go

Our students have gone on to work with companies such as:

  • Cisco
  • Interactive Intelligence

And in jobs such as:

  • Technical associate
  • Associates System Engineer

 

This course is open to International students

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Accreditations:

Accreditations shall be renewed in accordance with the accreditor’s standard review process and subject to the University maintaining the same high standards of course delivery.

This course is accredited by:

Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)

Entry Requirements

We accept a range of qualifications, the most popular of which are detailed below.

UK students
Essential

At the point of application, you must have GCSE at Grade 4 or above in English Language and Mathematics. Equivalent qualifications will be considered.

112 UCAS tariff points from A/AS Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels

Typical Offers
UK Qualification Requirements 2017/18
GCE A Level/ AS Level BBC at A Level or 112 UCAS tariff points from A/AS Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels, at least one from a Science, Technology, Mathematics or Computing subject.
Access to Higher Education Diploma Pass overall with 60 credits, 45 at Level 3 , including a minimum of 12 credits achieved from any Technology units awarded at Merit or Distinction
BTEC National Diploma (12-units not including early years) D*D* or combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 112 UCAS points
BTEC Extended Diploma (18-units not including early years) DMM - 112 UCAS points
BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/ National Award (6-units not including early years) Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 112 UCAS points
BTEC Diploma in Foundation Studies in Art and Design Distinction
International Baccalaureate Diploma

1. For students who complete the full IB Diploma: a total of 14 points or above from three Higher Level Subjects.

2. Students who do not complete the IB Diploma will be considered on the basis of their IB Certificates.

Students must have grade 5 in Maths (Standard Level)
AND
English Group A - Grade 4 or above,
OR
English Group B and Ab Initio - Grade 5

Irish Leaving Certificate BBBBCC – must include one from Technology, Mathematics, Sciences or Computing
Scottish Higher/ Advanced Higher BBC – must include one from Technology, Mathematics, Sciences or Computing
Welsh Baccalaureate (core plus options) Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 112 UCAS points
Other qualifications
If you have a qualification that is not listed in the table please refer to our full entry requirements on UCAS.

Further guidance on tariff points can be found on the UCAS website.
EU/International students
Essential
EU/Non-EU (International) Qualifications Requirements 2015/16
IELTS 6.0 overall with 5.5 minimum in all bands
International Baccalaureate Diploma (or equivalent, including internationally accredited Foundation courses).

1. For students who complete the full IB Diploma: a total of 14 points or above from three Higher Level Subjects.

2. Students who do not complete the IB Diploma will be considered on the basis of their IB Certificates.

Students must have grade 5 in Maths (Standard Level)
AND
English Group A - Grade 4 or above,
OR
English Group B and Ab Initio - Grade 5

Country-specific entry requirements and qualifications.

 

International students who cannot meet the direct entry requirements can begin their degree studies at Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC).

International Students

Entry requirements here

From A/AS Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BSc (Hons) Sep 2017 FT 3 years £9,250 per year Apply via UCAS
SW 4 years £9,250 per year (excluding sandwich year) Apply via UCAS
MSci Sep 2017 FT 4 years £9,250 per year Apply via UCAS

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.

International Students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BSc (Hons) Sep 2017 FT 3 years £12,000 per year
MSci Sep 2017 FT 4 years £12,000 per year

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.

The University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

Guidance for UK/EU students

UCAS

UK and EU students applying for most undergraduate degree courses in the UK will need to apply through UCAS.

The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) is a UK organisation responsible for managing applications to university and college.

Applying through UCAS
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 Complete your details
 Select your course
 Write a personal statement
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 Pay your application fee
 Send UCAS your application

Non-EU (International) students

There are three ways to apply:

1) Direct to the University

You will need to complete our International Application Form and submit it together with scan copies of your original academic transcripts and certificates.

2) Through a country representative

Our in-country representatives can help you make your application and apply for a visa. They can also offer advice on travel, living in the UK and studying abroad.

3) Through UCAS

If you are applying for an undergraduate degree or a Higher National Diploma (HND), you can apply through the UK’s Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

You can request a printed form from your school or nearest British Council office. You will be charged for applying through UCAS. Birmingham City University’s UCAS code is B25 BCITY.

Personal statement

UK / EU students are required to submit a personal statement as part of their application for this course.*

The personal statement gives you a crucial opportunity to say why you’re applying and why the institution should accept you.

Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:

Course choice

Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?

Career plans

If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.

Work experience

Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.

School or college experience

Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.

Non-accredited skills or achievement

eg Duke of Edinburgh Award, Young Enterprise scheme.

You should also mention your future plans – if you’re planning to take a year out, don't forget to give your reasons. Talk about any subjects you’re studying that don’t have a formal assessment and any sponsorships or placements you’ve applied for. And don't be scared to add in details about your social, sports or leisure interests.

Get more information on writing personal statements.

*Non-EU students are not required to submit a personal statement when applying for this course.

Additional costs

There are no compulsory additional costs or charges associated with studying on this course. While you may choose to purchase personal copies of text books, all our key text books are available from our library or online (subject to normal library loan and online access arrangements). If your course includes a residential study session, the accommodation costs for this are already included in your course fee.

Based on the past experience of our students, you might find it helpful to set aside about £50 for each year of your studies for stationery and study materials. All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.

This course is not available part-time

Got any questions?

Search our Frequently Asked Questions for a range of information about our courses and studying here.

Loans and Grants

Financial Support

We offer further information on possible undergraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.

Year one

Computer Systems
20 credits

In the Computer Systems Module, you will gain knowledge and experience of computers and computer hardware.

This module presents a holistic view of how computer systems work. It also provides you with the knowledge required:

  • for the design of computer architecture;
  • to show how software interacts with hardware;
  • to apply electronics principles;
  • to use number systems for computer technology.

The module’s content and assessment encourage realisation of multi-disciplinary computing. It challenges you to interface with the environment by configuring Internet of Things devices and systems to collect data for the proposed solution.

This fundamental computer systems module puts into practice the learning done through reading, video lectures, skills-building labs and problem-based learning so that you acquire new knowledge and core practical competencies.

Maths for Computing
20 credits

In this module, you’ll be learning mathematical concepts and methods and how they relate to networking and information systems. You’ll develop core mathematical and statistical skills which are fundamental in computing and technical work in general. You will be expected to solve mathematical and statistical problems on paper and on a computer.

The module consists of:

  • Subject specific lectures / laboratory sessions to introduce knowledge and skills relevant to network and information systems, along with communication architecture.
  • Lectures / laboratory sessions to introduce principles and techniques for information communication within a network, ensuring effective communication.
  • An overview of information system communication.
Computer Programming
20 credits

In the Computer Programming module, you will learn the key skills of Programming and how this relates to technology and communications. Programming is an engineering tool that plays a vital role in driving most of the modern technologies surrounding us, including the technological devices for communication, transportation and entertainment. It can be said that our modern lifestyles are heavily dependent on programming. Programming skills and a broader and deeper understanding of programming are therefore becoming increasingly important in the jobs market.

This introductory computer programming module will provide you with the knowledge and practical skills to design, build and test software components. The module will make use of practical sessions to allow you to apply programming principles to creatively solve problems by developing small programs.

Topics you’ll cover will include Input/Output, Built-in Data Structures, Iterations, Functions and Parameters, Objects and Classes, Documentation, Unit Testing, Graphical User Interfaces, Events and event handling.

Network Fundamentals
20 credits

This module will give you the opportunity to learn the skills required in building and designing a basic network, and the requirements of a network infrastructure. This module builds on the knowledge and underpinning theory of networking systems.

The module consists of:

  • Subject specific lectures and laboratory sessions to introduce knowledge and skills relevant to network and information systems, along with communication architecture
  • Lectures and laboratory sessions to introduce principles and techniques for information communication within a network, and ensuring effective communication
  • A global view of information system communication.
Applied Operating Systems
20 credits

In this module you’ll learn how modern operating systems are the glue that bind computers and networks together and how they manage the user experience for individual computers and wider networks. We will focus on the function and purpose of operating systems, with an emphasis on hands-on practical skills. We’ll build on what you learned in your networking, programming and computer systems modules, enhancing and extending your skills in all these areas. You will make heavy use of Open Source Software demonstrating what can be achieved with this huge publicly shareable resource on a very limited budget.

The module will be delivered via hands-on labs, interactive seminars and an integral project-based assessment. This project is designed to mirror those found in the workplace, to ensure you build transferable skills alongside technical excellence. Once the module is complete, you will have opportunity to gain professional accreditation from the Linux Professional Institute.

Innovation Project
20 credits

This first year project allows you to develop and cultivate a creative mind set through collaborative innovative practice, allowing you to bring together knowledge and imagination to construct a viable product. It is an opportunity to express your ideas, skills and talent to the wider community of innovative practice.

The project provides you with an opportunity to be part of a thriving community of innovators that practices connected learning. We facilitate this by putting you into an inter-disciplinary project team supported by innovation mentors, advisors and academics, culminating in you exhibiting your work to an international panel of experts.

This semester-long project will challenge you and your team through an iterative process of requirements capture, ideation, concept design, development and rapid prototyping to deliver a functional proof-of-concept.

Year two

Smart Systems
20 credits

In the Smart Systems module you will learn that The Internet of Things (IoT) is a system of connected computing devices, electromechanical, digital machines, and objects with the ability to transfer data over a network without requiring human-to-human or human-to-computer interaction. It is estimated that by 2020 there will approx. 50 billion IoT devices. This module will provide you with the knowledge and skills to research, synthesise and evaluate solutions incorporating internet communication systems and devices that can be used to make informed and wise decisions.

In this module you will build on the foundations of networking, maths, programming, and computer hardware modules you studied during level 4 to further investigate and apply the relevant techniques. It will support your other level 5 modules – in particular the networking, infrastructure and virtualisation content.

Server Systems
20 credits

In the Server Systems module, you will learn that servers are the engines that deliver the data of the worldwide Internet and cloud revolution. In this module you’ll learn how to design, configure and troubleshoot servers to provide both the data and network services required in modern networks. You will spend a lot of time actually configuring and troubleshooting servers in this module to give you the hands-on skills required by industry. This will be backed up by theory delivered via videos and reading and short lectures.

The hands-on nature of the teaching and the project-based group assessment mirror the kind of learning environment you will be exposed to in industry, further building key technical and transferable skills.

Once the module is complete, you will have opportunity to gain professional accreditation from the Linux Professional Institute and Microsoft which will be supported by boot-camps and revision sessions.

Programming for Network Engineers
20 credits

This module builds on your foundational programming knowledge and skills developed during the level 4 Computer Programming module to extend and focus those skills towards the area of network engineering. It provides an essential skillset for network engineers to manage and develop networks and networking applications. This aids the management of complex networks by allowing the automation of regular tasks and the potential reduction of human error when configuring multiple devices.

The module consists of:

  • Subject specific lectures / lab sessions to introduce knowledge and skills relevant to network programming / scripting.
  • Practical lab sessions to provide an opportunity to both apply knowledge gained through pre- and post-session activities and lectures, and also to investigate and develop the skills necessary to solve network-based programming problems.
Enterprise Network Systems
20 credits

This module allows you to examine network technology, applications and protocols to enable you to gain a thorough understanding of the developments in this area. Routing and switching will be investigated theoretically and practically using a variety of different network operating systems and devices. The module content builds on the networking technologies introduced previously, and focuses on developing design and implementation skills relevant to achieving industry certification applicable to small and medium enterprise networks.

Network Technologies
20 credits

In this module you will have the opportunity to learn and critically reflect on the skills required for Network Technologies. This module builds your knowledge and underpinning theory for the networking modules and you will review the requirements of a small to medium scale network deployment in an engineering context.

The module consists of:

  • Subject-specific lectures / laboratory sessions to introduce knowledge and skills relevant to network and information systems, along with communication architecture.
  • Lectures / laboratory sessions to introduce principles and techniques for information communication within a network and ensuring effective communication.
  • A global view of information system communication.
Enterprise Practice Project
20 credits

You can select between either a Professional Project or an Entrepreneurial Project.

Professional Project:

  • Industry Projects – Industry-sponsored projects supervised by an academic in collaboration with an industry partner, conducted on-campus rather than at a workplace, but could be partially based at a research facility or institute.
  • Work Simulations – Activities specifically designed to simulate a work environment, using equipment and practices that are standard in the industry – e.g. a case study assessment from a technical module that requires specialist software or equipment. Conducted on-campus rather than at a workplace.
  • Reflection on current employment – Independent and unsupervised reflection on paid current employment. Conducted on-campus rather than at a workplace.

Entrepreneurial Project:

  • Entrepreneurship - Activities in which students develop their own business or social enterprise to address a specific need that they have identified. Supervised by an academic, often in collaboration with an industry mentor.

Year three

Data Centre Systems Management
20 credits

In this module you will learn how to troubleshoot, design and develop a solution to meet business clients’ needs, and analyse industry Data Centre system technologies through peer activities. This activity will be backed up by theory delivered via seminars, industry guest speakers, research and directed reading.

The module prepares you for industry with talks by guests from industry, and assessments designed according to current industry practice among IT Consultants and IT Architects.

This will be supported by theory delivered via seminars, research, group activities and background reading. This module will use the skills you gained from your second year (Level 5) studies of server systems.

Once the module is complete, you will have an opportunity to gain international professional certifications in Server, Security and Client O/S from Microsoft which will be supported by revision material. This will add value to your BSc (Hons) degree.

Consultancy and IT Management
20 credits

This module will enable you to gain an understanding of the processes, scope and role when providing guidance or advice in a professional consulting capacity. It will also assist you if you join a larger organisation with the aspiration to become a leader and manager. The module provides an awareness of the wider consulting profession and practice, the consulting role in computing, and the management of client relationships. The focus will be to analyse and evaluate the frameworks, processes and techniques applied by computing consultants, managers and leaders.

The module will instil in you the mind-set of a practitioner. Starting with the founding phases of contractual projects, you will work with life-like ambiguous scenarios, progressing from here to help resolve client problems and address business objectives.

Wireless Networking Technologies
20 credits

The Wireless Networking module gives you an opportunity to learn and critically reflect on the skills of wireless network design. This module builds on the knowledge and underpinning theory from the networking modules and reviews the requirements for a secure wireless network communication system.

The module consists of:

  • Subject-specific lectures and workshops to introduce knowledge and skills relevant to network and information security.
  • Lectures and workshops to introduce principles and techniques for secure communication within a network, and ensuring security of data in transit.
  • A global view of information security and the changing requirements for information and data communication security.
IT Infrastructure
20 credits

In this module you will learn how to troubleshoot, design and develop a solution to meet a business client’s needs, as well as analysing modern infrastructure technologies used in industry and research case studies.

The module prepares you for industry with talks by guests from industry, and assessments designed according to current industry practice among IT Consultants and IT Architects.

This will be supported by theory delivered via seminars, research, group activities and background reading. This module will use the skills you gained from your second year (Level 5) studies of server systems.

Once the module is complete, you will have an opportunity to gain international professional certifications in Server, Security and Client O/S from Microsoft which will be supported by revision material. This will add value to your BSc (Hons) degree

Project
40 credits

The purpose of this module is to enable you to undertake a sustained, in-depth and theoretically informed project exploring an area that is of personal interest to you. In conjunction with your supervisor, you will decide upon your topic which will take the form of a practical outcome with accompanying contextual material. The main consideration when choosing your topic is that it must be relevant to the programme you are studying and you should consider the relevance of this topic to your future academic or professional development.

At this level, you will be expected to work independently but you will receive additional one-to-one support from your supervisor, who will be familiar with your chosen topic area. As you progress on the module, extra support will be available and this may take the form of group seminars, workshops and online materials that will help in the development of your project.

Year four

Cloud Infrastructure and Services
20 credits

In this module you will explore the latest developments in Cloud Technologies and come to understand the framework of cloud-based infrastructures.

In this module you will be able to critique, evaluate the characteristics of differing cloud computing models, namely, infrastructure as a service (IaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), and software as a service (SaaS). The module will give you the ability to design and propose resource requirements for an optimised cloud service.

You will also get an insight into existing Cloud Computing systems, such as Amazon EC2 and S3, Microsoft Azure, Google AppEngine, Google’s MapReduce, Yahoo’s Hadoop, and many other systems.

The module will take a ‘flipped learning’ approach, where you will read papers and articles and make use of video resources to gain a core understanding of key issues. This will be supported by hands-on activities in Practical sessions where students apply these concepts and principles.

Advanced Networking Systems and Security
20 credits

The module gives you an opportunity to learn the skills of advanced network routing techniques, information distribution and network security within a global context. This module builds on the networking knowledge and underpinning theory you acquired earlier in the course, and reviews the requirements for a secure and robust international network communication system.

The module consists of:

  • Subject-specific lectures and workshops to introduce knowledge and skills relevant to network and information security.
  • Lectures and workshops to introduce principles and techniques for secure communication within a network and ensuring security of data in transit.
  • A global view of information security and the changing requirements for information and data communication security.
Software Defined Network Engineering
20 credits

Software Defined Networking (SDN) has emerged as the next major evolution in switch design and network management. This module is concerned with the theoretical and practical aspects of the SDN concept and how it is applied to data networks.

The module will help you to assess the current state of the art in this area and to design and construct implementable solutions.

The module consists of:

  • Subject-specific lectures/lab sessions to introduce knowledge and skills relevant to Software Defined Networking (including a basis of core programming concepts).
  • Practical lab sessions to provide an opportunity to apply knowledge gained through pre- and post-session activities and lectures, and also to investigate and develop the skills necessary to solve network based programming problems.
  • A global view of the role of SDN, and open standards in the expansion and interoperability of networks.
Technology Deployment and Innovation
20 credits

This module will provide you with an opportunity to explore the latest developments in IT and understand the processes of IT innovation. The theoretical backdrop to adopting innovations will be discussed and practical applications discussed to maximise the chances of success. Approaches to technology forecasting and the factors affecting whether organisations should adopt a ‘leader’ or ‘follower’ stance will be discussed. A range of modelling tools will be introduced to enable you to assess the potential impact of new technologies on organizations and to prepare adoption strategies.

The module will be taught across courses to provide the opportunity for students to work with colleagues from other areas of computing. The module will take a ‘flipped’ approach, where you will read papers and articles and make use of video resources to gain a core understanding of key issues. This will be followed by hands-on activities in tutorial sessions.

 
Project
40 credits

Want to start in Year two or Year three?

If you have completed a Foundation/HND course and want to study this degree with us in 2017, you may be able to start in Year two/three (level 5/6). Please be aware that the modules for a Year two/three start will be different to the ones listed above. You will need to download the 2016/17 programme for more information on which modules you will be studying. 

Download the 2016/17 programme

We think it’s important that you are assessed in a number of different ways during your course. These will include continuous assessment, in-class tests, examinations, laboratory exercises and project work.

Further Study

At course completion, there is a high level of interest for further study. This relates to the need to continue to research and practice as a core activity, but also recognises statistical evidence in 2014 from the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills which noted that someone with a Master’s degree earns on average £9,000 more per year than someone with a degree qualification, which, when coupled with the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (2014) observation that one in seven jobs will require a postgraduate qualification by 2022, shows that the contribution of postgraduate study to employability is increasingly significant.

International Opportunities

Our Erasmus scheme will allow you to undertake part of your studies abroad, allowing you to experience life and studying in another EU country.

It is open to undergraduates in their second year (or above) and offers a unique opportunity to enhance a student’s CV and experience new cultures.

This course is accredited by the following organisation:

Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) - full IEng

Our course has IET accreditation, which demonstrates that it meets the educational criteria needed for Incorporated Engineer (IEng) status.

Study and work abroad

If you are interested in undertaking part of your studies abroad, the Erasmus scheme may be of interest to you. It allows higher education students to study for part of their degree in another European country.

It is open to undergraduates in their second year (or above) and offers a unique opportunity to enhance your CV and experience new cultures. If you study with us you will have access to an Erasmus co-ordinator, who can provide information about which institutions we have links with.

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Enhancing your employability

You will benefit during your studies from strong links with companies such as SAS, SAP, Xbox, Samsung, Intel and NEC, keeping your course relevant, real-life and respected by employers.

Your studies here will equip you with the practical and academic skills that will help you to stand out when you look for your first professional role.

Because we have strong links with companies such as SAS, Microsoft Studios, SAP, Xbox, Samsung, Intel and NEC, you have the chance to work with and understand the workings of real-life industry from early on in your degree studies.

The University has a Graduate+ programme, an extracurricular awards framework that is designed to augment the subject-based skills that you’ve developed throughout the programme with broader employability attributes, which will enhance your employability options upon graduating.

Placements

You have the option undertake an assessed sandwich year between your second and third year, which will provide you with valuable work experience and give you the real-life skills you need.

OpportUNIty

OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.

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BCU Graduate+

Through our courses we give you the skills and experience needed to get a head start when applying for jobs. But we offer something extra too – Graduate+.

Our unique programme gives you the chance to develop valuable skills outside of the more formal classroom learning. We award points for Graduate+ activities (including firewalking!) and these can be put towards a final Graduate+ award.

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Graduate jobs

Our students have gone on to work at companies such as Cisco Systems, Cisco Meraki, Capgemini, Reply, BT, Vodafone, SCC, Logicalis and Lloyds Bank.

The broad scope of the topics covered throughout the programme will leave you well-equipped to take on roles such as network administrator, network services engineer, network architect, network support analyst, data centre engineer, storage and virtualisation analyst, technical infrastructure architect, Linux network administrator, field network technician, service desk analyst, solutions architect and IT infrastructure specialist.

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Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.

The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.

Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:

Studying in the UK is better

Overseas students studying in the UK are happier and have a better learning experience compared to those studying in other countries.

The International Undergraduate Students: The UK's Competitive Advantage report asked 365,754 international students studying outside their home country to give their feedback on what it's like to study in this country. And the UK scored top in every aspect.

So if you're looking at studying with us, you'll be making a good choice.

Overall measures: ranked positions
UK
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NZ
US
Undergraduate 2014 2014 2014 2013 2014
Recommendation 1 4 3 5 2
Overall satisfaction 1 4 3 5 2
Arrival overall 1 2 4 5 3
Learning overall 1 4 3 5 2
Living overall 1 2 5 3 4
Support overall 1 4 5 3 2

Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC)

International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.

BCUIC

BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.

Learn more about BCUIC

Popular home countries

Our students come from around the world but our computer networks course is most popular with international students from:

Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities. This course will be taught at Millennium Point at the City Centre Campus.

As a student at the School of Computing and Digital Technology, you have access to networked laboratories equipped to industry standards and running the latest software, giving you the best possible introduction to the technologies you will encounter in the world of work.

Dedicated facilities are provided for systems analysis, computer networks, programming in a wide range of languages, artificial intelligence, modelling and visual programming, e-commerce and .net environments, and business intelligence, as well as supporting the application areas of mechatronics, games technology, electronics and computer forensics.

Computer networking

The laboratories are well-equipped for all our computer networking courses, as well as specialist areas for practical work such as voice-over internet protocol (VoIP), forensic and ethical hacking technologies, wireless and mobile technologies and radio frequency identification technologies to name but a few.

Software development and computer programming

There are a number of open access, software development and computer programming
laboratories that can be used to develop systems and programmes, including database management systems such as MySQL, to name but a few.

Systems laboratories

Our embedded systems laboratories are used to develop real-time systems, such as specialist hardware training and development resources, and industrial-standard software development and simulation tools. These include microcontroller software and robotics design and development, to name but a few.

Electronic Systems

Electronic systems

To underpin the basic principles of electronic systems, we have a well-equipped laboratory of general and specialist test and measurement kits, including powered prototyping development boards, dual power supplies, frequency generators and counters and digital multi-meters to name but a few.

SAP Lab

Students on SAP-certified courses in Enterprise Systems will have access to the University’s unique SAP Lab, providing an inspirational research and development space for you to use for creative thinking and design.

Forensic computing

Our successful development of forensic computing has led to a specialist forensics laboratory that is fully equipped with essential hardware and software for this sensitive area of study. The laboratory includes high-spec PC’s with built-in multi interface Tableau write blockers, EnCase and FTK computer forensic software and steganography detection and analysis software, to name but a few.

More on our facilities

Ron Austin

Associate Professor

Senior lecturer Ron Austin is the Associate Professor of the MSc Data Networks and Security course and teaches all network-related courses.

His expertise and areas of interest include: Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP), security technologies, and forensic and ethical hacking.

Prior to joining Birmingham City University, Ron spent 17 years in network management systems for companies including Telewest and Cable & Wireless. 

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+44 (0)121 331 5389

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