With computers keeping vast amounts of strategic data, and network security so vital for businesses of all sizes, this BSc (Hons) Network Security with Penetration Testing (Top-Up) will give you the qualifications and expertise to meet the high demand for network experts in small and medium sized enterprises.

• Learn how to hack a system ethically and exposes weaknesses in security as a penetration tester.
• Improve the front line defence of networks as an information risk analyst.
• And protect data from unauthorised access and violations by implementing firewalls encryption, monitoring and auditing systems as an information manager.

You’ll complete 120 credits for the honours degree in Network Security with Penetration Testing, including a 60-credit specialist project. Taking what you’ve previously learnt and developing your ideas and materials in a critical, analytical way, this will demonstrate your ability to undertake a substantial piece of work, showcase your knowledge and professional skills, and help you advance onto postgraduate study or a rewarding career.

Openshaw Campus
Full Time
1 year
August 2020
Awarding Partner:
Manchester Metropolitan University
All our staff have significant experience, teaching in higher education and related directly to the industry. Our teaching staff have relevant academic and industry recognised qualifications and are committed to yearly continuous professional development.

• Foundation Degree in Computer Network Management

• Foundation Degree in Computer System Support

• Foundation Degree in Computer Network Security with Ethical Hacking
You’ll be required to attend an interview and complete an assessment.
Mature applicants (aged 21 or over) who are able to demonstrate relevant skills or knowledge gained in employment or vocational activity will be considered and may be invited to interview.
Consideration will be given if you have significant industrial or academic experience but have no formal qualifications

Year 1: Infrastructure Security Strategy (30 credits)
Build your knowledge, understanding and practical experience of managing secure communication across a large-scale internetwork using industry standard equipme

Year 1: Negotiated Research (60 credits)
Develop both your general and discipline specific knowledge and skills through this extended research activity, discussing your plans with tutors, completing a Literature Review in your chosen area, formulating a research proposal with research question/s, and carrying out the research as propose

Year 1: Penetration Testing (30 credits)
Explore the theoretical aspects of vulnerabilities and how they can be exploited, including unchecked input, buffer overflows and shellcode, viruses, worms and Trojans, design and implementation flaws, misconfiguration, firewall avoidance, packet crafting and address spoofing.
Clark, B. (2014) Rtfm: Red Team Field Manual
Engebretson, P. (2011) The Basics of Hacking and Penetration Testing: Ethical Hacking and Penetration Testing Made Easy
Kim, P. (2014) The Hacker Playbook: Practical Guide to Penetration Testing
Murdoch, D. (2014) Blue Team Handbook: Incident Response Edition: A Condensed Field Guide for the Cyber Security Incident Responder.
Wilhelm, T. (2009) Professional Penetration Testing
A range of assessment methods are used and could be in the form of the following:

• Proposal presentation
• Literature review
• Dissertation
• Poster presentation
• Written report
• Hands on skills assessment

50% seminar/lecture 50% self-directed learning
Secure a wide range of rewarding roles or positions with this network security degree, including:

• Penetration testers or ethical hackers, who carry out tests on a system to expose weaknesses in security.

• Information security/risk/incident analysts or managers who support the front line defence of networks, protecting information from unauthorised access and violations.

• Computer forensics analysts or investigators who work in cyber crime, a growing phenomenon.

Starting salaries for graduates are usually around £30,000 to £35,000 per annum. With a years' experience, you can command up to £35,000. After 5 years, and working in more senior roles, you can expect to earn in the region of £40,000 to £80,000.
There are two main costs you will have whilst studying and if you are a home student studying on a full-time course, you can apply for student finance to cover both of these:

 Your tuition fees for each year of your course.
 Help with your living costs e.g. rent, food, clothing, course materials, entertainment.

You can find more details, including the actual tuition fee charged on our Fees, Funding and Finance Page.

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All of the books required for the course are available from the library. However, you may choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Estimated costs for a laptop are £300.

Materials are provided online and assignments are submitted electronically. However, you might also wish to print other documents.

Campus printing costs start from 5p per page.

All students are subject to UCEN Manchester’s Terms and Conditions from the date they accept an offer to study here, full details of which can be found here.


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