M.Sc. Computer Networking

University of Bedfordshire

Tuition fee:
  • € 5,695 / Year (EEA)
  • € 11,290 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: April  2015, October  2015, November  2015, February  2016
Duration full-time: 18 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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This course will enhance your knowledge of computer networking technologies. Through the use of real-world applications, you will gain an in-depth understanding of advanced and academic computing skills.
The advanced level skills you will acquire will relate to network systems, grid services and distributed networking, wireless networking, distributed and parallel computing networking administration and management, secure data communications, emerging technologies and professional project management.
In addition to the main components of the Masters Degree, you will be given the opportunity to take an optional training course during the summer. Complemented by vendor-supported training, the course covers network management, server configuration and administration, and computer hardware technology.

Why choose this course?
With this postgraduate qualification, you will be well placed to develop a career as a high-level network designer or administrator. You may also pursue further research in the continually moving areas of computer science and networking technologies.

During the course you will:
* Enjoy the opportunity to work wit a 64-node cluster and other state-of-the-art equipment
* Develop your skills alongside leading experts in the fields of Wireless and Mobile Network Planning and Femtocells
* Benefit from studying on a course that integrates professional qualifications (CISCO CCNA/CCNP and CompTIA) and academic work
* Gain access to our purpose-designed facilities, which are ranked in the top 25% of department facilities in the UK by the British Computer Society (BCS)

Areas of study you may cover on this course include:
* Computer security
* Networking administration and management
* Emerging technologies
* Professional network management
* Network systems
* Wireless networking
* Distributed parallel architectures
* Advanced security countermeasures


The assessment strategy used is a balance of written reports, exams, practical (coursework) assignments and computer based assessment. The method used will depend on the nature of the subject being taught in the unit, and the most appropriate method has been chosen.

Coursework assignments have incorporated formative feedback (as part of our Risk Strategy initiative) so that you can gain an insight into whether your work is meeting the necessary targets.

You must have passed 105 credits before undertaking the MSc project.

Educational Aims
The educational aims of this course are as follows:

* To be able to evaluate and critically analyse network technologies, network configurations and present your views in relation to business needs
* Develop your skills to ensure the security of enterprise networks through the adoption of ethical penetration testing methods
* Provide you with the skills to critically evaluate the benefits, drawbacks and pitfalls of applying the latest techniques in distributed systems to your chosen field
* Develop your ability to consider and evaluate professional issues connected to the implementation and management of network systems
* Develop your understanding of professional ethics conforming to the British Computer Society Code of Conduct

Student support
You will have access to both departmental and University wide support during your studies. From a departmental perspective, you will have access to a personal tutor and you may book informal appointments at any point during the year. You will be expected to see your personal tutor at least twice a year.

From a University standpoint, you will have access to the Student Union, Student Services and the Counselling Service.

For learning related support, you will have access the Disability Advice Service as well as being able to undertake various courses within the Learning Resources Centre.

Students may be required, at the discretion of the Course Leader, to undergo diagnostic testing for academic English language abilities, and may further be required, at the Course Leaders discretion, to participate in academic English support workshops or classes laid on by the University.


For standard entry, applicants should have a good honours degree or equivalent qualifications, or a post-graduate qualification, in a computer science or other science related subject area, with a significant (generally one third) element in computing.
Example subjects may be first awards in physics, mathematics, electronics computer science or computer engineering.

For mature applicants with non-standard academic profiles, entry and exemption on the basis of Accreditation by Prior Learning, certificated or experiential (APL/APEL) is available.

Special Entry Requirements

For international students, evidence of sufficient skill in English is required, with a minimum requirement being an IELTS score of 6.0, a TOEFL score of 580, or an equivalent score in TELAS, the University of Luton's own testing scheme.

English Language Requirements

CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IELTS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

180 (Grade C)

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