Computer Networks And Security (Extended International) MSc

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Location Stoke-on-Trent Campus
Duration 2 Years
Course start January, September
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  • High demand for Computer Networks and Security graduates
  • Opportunity to gain Cisco certification to CCNP (Cisco Certified Network Professional) standard
  • Taught using up to date specialist Networking and Forensic/Security Laboratories
  • Study the latest technologies that industry is and will be using

Course outline

MSc Computer Networks and Security provides specialist study of computer networks and computer security. These two areas are strongly related, given the ubiquity of networks and the vulnerability to attack of networks and of systems connected to them. Although, computer network security is covered in the course, the award is a hybrid of computer network study and computer security with the intention to equip you with advanced skills in both areas. The networking topics utilise Cisco networking equipment and support material provided by Cisco Systems Inc.

Unfortunately applicants who require a Tier 4 visa for study in the UK are not able to apply for the Sandwich degree in the first instance due to visa regulations.  We encourage International students, once enrolled, to apply for a placement and if successful apply to extend their visa and transfer to the sandwich award  

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Course content

On the computing extended MSc  you will spend your first semester studying modules which have been written to provide you with the academic, professional and technical skills that you will need to succeed on your chosen award.  All students on the extended MSc study the same modules for one semester and then  study specialist modules depending on their degree.  This means that whether you have chosen  MSc Computer Science, MSc Computer Networks & Security,  MSc Web Development or any of our other taught MSc Computing awards, you will study the following modules in your first semester:

Academic English:  This module will help you to develop your English Language speaking, listening, reading and writing skills and will introduce you to the conventions of academic writing.

Study skills & Employability:  This module will help you to develop the skills and knowledge required to support study at Masters level. It will also help you to develop skills which will aid you in the job market and will look at things such as writing a C.V. and creating a personal development plan.

Computing Fundamentals: This is a double module which has been designed to  provide an introduction to fundamental concepts which underpin Computing.  The module will enable you to revise and refresh your existing skills to prepare you for study on your specialist awards.

After successfully completing the first semester, you will be able to study core modules and choose from option modules as set out in your award handbook. 

In your first study stage, the PgC, you will study five modules - a mix of award cores and networking or networking and security options. In the second stage the PgD you will study a further four modules. (Upon successful completion of 4 modules you will be eligible for a PgC in Computer Science) On finishing the PgC and before starting the dissertation you have the opportunity to undertake a work placement of 12 months. You will finish your award by completing a dissertation on a network related topic.

Core modules

COIS71052 Dissertation  (60 credits)

Entry requirements

An Undergraduate Honours degree BSc/BEng (2.2 or above) in a related Computing subject, or in Telecommunications or Electronic Engineering with Telecoms/ Network modules from a UK University, or the international equivalent.

Applicants with appropriate experience in networking and/or professional qualifications will also be considered providing they can satisfy the University that they are capable of responding to the challenge of postgraduate study.

If your first language is not English, you will need to demonstrate that you are fluent enough to cope with the course. A minimum score of IELTS 6 or TOEFL 550 (213 computer-based) is normally required. 


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