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Our postgraduate Computing (Computer Networks Engineering) course 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.
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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.
Course modules (17/18)
Computer Networks (20 Credits)
- Module code: CSYM029
- Core module Y
Develops practical networking skills alongside a deeper understanding of network principles and protocols. The module primarily focuses on problem solving using current and emergent network hardware along with the development of applications to exploit these technologies.
Mobile Device Software Development (20 Credits)
- Module code: CSYM030
- Core module Y
Concentrates on the development of technologies and software used to allow mobile computing devices to communicate more effectively now as well as evaluating emergent technologies for the future.
Visual Object Software (20 Credits)
- Module code: CSYM025
- Core module Y
Develops your ability to create object based solutions to software problems within a contemporary integrated development environment.
Group Industry Project (60 Credits)
- Module code: CSYM033
- Core module Y
Module information is quoted for 17/18 entry. Please note that modules run subject to student numbers and staff availability, any changes will be communicated to applicants accordingly.
Methods of Learning
Theoretical lectures and seminars are reinforced by practical examples and case studies, using computer simulation tools and laboratory facilities.
Assessment is by coursework, oral presentations, group work, practical reports, critical reviews and a substantial independent research dissertation.
Facilities and Special Features
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.
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
How to apply
For application information please see our how to apply page.
Applications can be made throughout the year, with a September start available.
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. Those who do not have English as their first language will need to demonstrate that they meet the minimum English language requirement of IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent).
If you do not meet our standard entry requirements, it is possible to undertake a single module and, upon successful completion of this module, progress to the full MSc qualification, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss this option.
Fees and funding
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 17/18 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
|Part Time:||£720 per 20 credit module|
If you are starting a postgraduate Master’s course in 2017/18 either full-time or part-time* you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan of up to £10,280 through Student Finance England.
*Please note that the maximum period of study allowed for part-time courses is two years.