BEng (Hons) Computer Networks

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Learn to design, configure, manage and support networks in organisations both big and small with our Computer Networks BEng (Hons) degree in Cambridge.

Networks and their security have become more and more important for an organisation. Without networks, companies wouldn’t be able to maintain the continuous operation of the organisation.

With our Computer Networks degree course, you’ll get straight into the lab and use advanced software and virtual networks from the get-go so you can support, design, configure and manage the infrastructure of a company.

We’ve been acting as a Cisco Network Academy for more than ten years, and our industry links ensure that you’ll be equipped to meet the needs of the fast and ever-changing world of networks. During your time at ARU, you’ll have the opportunity to get hands-on experience with a placement year in industry.

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Industry-standard facilities

As part of your Computer Networks studies at ARU, you’ll have access to:

  • specialised labs running different operating systems such as Linux and Windows 10
  • the latest industry-standard software and hardware including GNS3, Cisco Packet Tracer and Riverbed Modeller
  • remote lab accessible at anytime from anywhere
  • labs and skills spaces to support your learning
  • award-winning library and IT facilities.

There’s also the chance to take a placement year in the industry to further develop your skills and understanding of computer networks.

Outstanding student support

As a Computer Networks student at ARU, you'll benefit from:

  • the opportunity to take a placement year as part of your course
  • ongoing careers and employability support
  • business support and mentoring through our start-up hub

Cisco Network Academy

Study with us and gain the skills necessary to gain the Cisco CCNA certification. As a Cisco Network Academy for more than ten years, our industry links ensure that you’ll be equipped to meet the needs of the fast and ever-changing world of computing.


With our Computer Networks degree, you’ll build the skills you need to design, configure, manage and support networks in companies both big and small. You could work as a certified networking engineer in an organisation or even be self-employed.

Alongside these skills, you’ll also acquire a solid understanding in a number of areas of computer science including programming, computer systems and digital security, providing a foundation for any number of careers including web development, IT systems or even creating your own apps.

As part of your Computer Networks studies, the opportunity of a placement year could see you working in industry, making contacts and building up your experience and knowledge in the kind of environment you might ultimately work in.

Graduation doesn’t need to be the end of your time with us, of course. You might decide to stay at ARU and study for a Masters, such as our MSc Cyber Security. Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and get 20% off your fees.

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Foundation year available

This course offers a foundation year – an extra year of study to help you prepare for university, and build your knowledge and skills.

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