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Computing (Computer Networks Engineering) MSc

Key Facts

  • Level:

    Postgraduate

  • Duration:

    1 year full time
    2 years part time

  • Starting:

    September / January

  • Fees UK/EU:

    Full Time: £6,840 Part Time £760 per 20 credit module

  • Fees International:

    International: £13,750

  • Location:

    Waterside

Get in touch


For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

UK/EU Students enquiries

study@northampton.ac.uk
0300 303 2772

International Students enquiries

international@northampton.ac.uk
+44 (0)1604 892134

TEF Gold. Teaching Excellence Framework.

Overview


Our postgraduate Computing (Computer Networks Engineering) MSc allows you to study computing at a greater depth, develop your research and analytical skills and complete an individual thesis investigating an area you are particularly interested in.

Updated 08/09/2020

Highlights


  • Opportunity to work towards professional qualification CCNA or CCNP

Course Content


  • While this pathway is mostly technical in focus, you will also learn about the business context and develop interpersonal skills that are vital to problem solving in business. You will have the opportunity to work towards professional qualifications to become a Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) or Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP).

    You will study six modules and complete a dissertation. Some of the optional modules are only offered according to staff availability and student interest.

      • Module code: CSYM015
        Status: Designate
        To teach students the fundamental theory and practical applications of search methods and agents.The underpinning concepts will be introduced followed by examples of how intelligent systems are used in applications on the Internet.
      • Module code: CSYM016
        Status: Designate
        This module gives students a deeper understanding of the software programming design specification architecture implementation and applications of distributed computer systems.
      • Module code: CSYM017
        Status: Compulsory
        This module emphasises the importance of sound design using appropriate data modelling techniques (e.g. relational modelling entity-relationship modelling).
      • Module code: CSYM018
        Status: Designate
        This module describes the way in which each media is stored and manipulated within a computer system. The module guides the student through the techniques used which are all demonstrated by practical examples.
      • Module code: CSYM019
        Status: Designate
        This module focuses on creating client and server side software as well as web applications for the World Wide Web us. It concentrates on the technologies used to allow such software to be designed implemented and deployed.
      • Module code: CSYM020
        Status: Designate
        The module introduces the key concepts of Computer and Internet Security. The module is designed to provide the student with the necessary theoretical and practical understanding of the technology available to manage and implement secure computer applications in an Internet environment.
      • Module code: CSYM021
        Status: Designate
        This module is designed to give the student an awareness of programming using a commercially available portable language. Experience will be gained to understand and implement graphic applications consisting of two-dimensional graphics three-dimensional graphics and animation.
      • Module code: CSYM023
        Status: Compulsory
        This module provides the student with the opportunity to learn appropriate research techniques in order to carry out independent relevant and in-depth research in a topic of specific interest.
      • Module code: CSYM024
        Status: Designate
        The module aims to:? Provide the student with a comprehensive appreciation of the importance and process mechanics of requirements engineering and system specification.? Present the student with an assortment of methodologies and techniques that will allow system analysis and development of sound system designs for a variety of applications.
      • Module code: CSYM025
        Status: Compulsory
        This module concentrates on creating object-based solutions to software problems within a contemporary integrated development environment. It focuses on the concepts of object technology and the syntax and semantics of the underlying model while promoting good practice in software construction and testing.
      • Module code: CSYM026
        Status: Designate
        This module will provide consolidation and an extension of the skills understanding and knowledge derived from an earlier module. More advanced topics will be studied in pursuit of robust re-usable and sophisticated design mechanisms. The main aim of the module will be to study in depth some of the major aspects of the various Design issues which impact on the building of the software systems.
      • Module code: CSYM027
        Status: Designate
        The module aims to equip students with the concepts and techniques so they can begin as practitioners in formal methods software engineering.
      • Module code: CSYM028
        Status: Compulsory
        This purpose of this module is to consider the structure and behaviour of the various functional modules of the computer and how they interact to provide the processing needs of the user. This module covers systems ranging from PCs through multiprocessors with respect to hardware design and instruction set architecture.
      • Module code: CSYM029
        Status: Compulsory
        Computer Networks module focuses on developing practical networking skills alongside deeper understanding of network principles and protocols (wired and wireless). Although the necessary background is introduced as appropriate the course on the whole deals with problem-solving using current and emergent network hardware and protocols along with the development of applications to exploit these technologies
      • Module code: CSYM030
        Status: Compulsory
        This module focuses on creating software for mobile computing devices. It concentrates on the necessary technologies used to allow such devices to communicate and how to develop software to allow them to do so.
      • Module code: CSYM031
        Status: Designate
        This module gives students a deeper understanding of the principles and practicses of Virtual Reality technology. The module allows the students evaluate design and implement virtual environment solutions through the integration of standard components
      • Module code: CSYM032
        Status: Designate
        This module is designed to give the student an awareness of common modelling software and practices as well as give an insight into the background and history of modelling.
  • How will I be taught on Computing (Computer Networks Engineering) MSc?

    Theoretical lectures and seminars are reinforced by practical examples and case studies, using computer simulation tools and laboratory facilities.

    How will I be assessed?

    Assessment is by coursework, oral presentations, group work, practical reports, critical reviews and a substantial independent research dissertation

    Are there any specialist facilities and features?

     

    Facilities available

    You will have access to approximately 150 PC and Linux workstation computers housed in six bespoke computer laboratories, all with digital projection facilities, and maintained by two technicians. These facilities were brand new for the start of the calendar year 2010 in the newly refurbished Newton building.

    Special course features

    We enrol small cohorts of students to ensure that you receive personalised care and are able to develop your skills and enhance your knowledge. We have developed this course to be studied around other commitments and you may only need to attend the university for two days per week.

  • Applicants will normally hold a recognised first or second class honours degree from a UK university or international equivalent in a relevant subject. We expect that you will have a working knowledge of computers and networks and it is essential that you have practical hands-on experience of at least one programming language.

    For information on how to apply to study with us, please see our How to Apply page.

    English Language Requirements

    All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

    • Minimum standard – IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent)
      for study at postgraduate level.

    For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.

  • UK & EU

    20/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £6,840
    Part Time £760 per 20 credit module

    Postgraduate Loans

    If you are starting a postgraduate Master’s course in 2020/21 either full-time or part-time* you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan through Student Finance England

    *Please note that the maximum period of study allowed for part-time courses is two years.

    Additional Costs

    There are currently no additional costs anticipated for this course for 2020 entry.

    19/20 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £6,750
    Part Time £750 per 20 credit module

    Postgraduate Loans

    If you are starting a postgraduate Master’s course in 2019/20 either full-time or part-time* you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan through Student Finance England

    *Please note that the maximum period of study allowed for part-time courses is two years.

    Additional Costs

    There are currently no additional costs anticipated for this course for 2019 entry.

    International

    20/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    International: £13,750

    Additional Costs

    There are currently no additional costs anticipated for this course for 2020 entry.

    19/20 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    International: £12,750

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Careers and Employability


When you graduate from this course you will be able to embark upon a range of careers in the broad IT and computing industry. There is a continuing demand for well-trained staff in this industry.

Some examples of job roles include: Computer Network Specialists/Consultant, Computer Network Architect, Computer and Information Systems Manager, Computer Hardware Engineer, Computer Support Specialist, Computer Research Scientist.