Computer Networks with Security, M.Sc.

  • N/A
    Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • English (book IELTS)


Today there are high-level tools easily available to perform sophisticated attacks on computer and network systems. As a result, computer network security is a very important consideration in every organisation using computer networks. Without proper implementation, businesses could suffer financial losses. There are excellent opportunities in this area with excellent rewards. At present, there are skills shortages globally in some areas of security which is an indicator of the demand for highly skilled security professionals.

The Computer Networks with Security course at the University of Westminster aims to prepare the student with specialist knowledge and skillset in key areas such as threat analysis, network security systems, cryptography, cybersecurity, penetration testing, wireless security and information security. Students will develop skills to critically evaluate the threats and vulnerabilities of network systems and to implement and integrate security strategies.

They will also be able to develop the ability to critically evaluate and implement principles and practices used in modern day cryptography used to secure data and communication in computer network systems. There will be an opportunity to explore current security tools used in penetration testing and get hands-on experience at configuring enterprise levels security appliances such as firewalls, intrusion detection systems and VPNs.

Our students are now working in companies such as ARM Holdings Ltd, BBC, Broadcom, British Aerospace, BskyB, BT, Cisco, Dell, Fujitsu, Google Enterprise, HP, Huawei Technologies, Mitsubishi, Panasonic, Philips, Quinix, Rolls Royce, Sony, Virgin, Xilinx and other medium and smaller companies.

Our research-active staff work in areas such as digital signal processing, ultra-low-power signal processor design, communication networks, distributed computing, microwave filters and circuit design, satellite navigation, and next-generation communication systems. Furthermore, staff are actively involved with industry and these links, together with the research activity, inform the teaching of these state-of-the-art MSc courses.

All of our courses are in the process of seeking accreditation by the Institution of Engineering and Technology. The types of Job that a graduate from the Networks suite of MSc courses may wish to apply for include:
  • Network support engineer
  • Network design architect
  • Network manager
  • Project manager
  • Security auditor
  • Network security architect
  • Distributed systems engineer
  • Teaching
MSc Computer Networks Suite of Courses
The MSc in Computer Networks has three distinct pathways:
  • Security
  • Communications
  • Cloud Technologies

The course structure is quite flexible, affording industry-based students an opportunity to attend and accumulate module credits over an extended period of time. It also simultaneously serves the full-time student cohort which generally progresses through the MSc pathway in a single calendar year.

The MSc programmes are short course based and feature assessment through sequentially submitted result portfolios for the work packages, ie the ILPs. These are assigned immediately on each short course module where the students are able to concentrate their study efforts just on the most recently-taught subject material. This greatly promotes efficient focused learning. The individual oral examination administered for each ILP furnishes valuable experience in oral defence, and frees students from written examination burdens.

The technical tasks undertaken in ILPs, along with the required major project, thoroughly exercise the concepts covered in the course modules and give scope for originality and industry-relevant study. Team-working activities encouraged within modules, along with the all-oral individual examination regimen employed in this Networks MSc Suite, have proven solidly beneficial in refining the communication and employability-enhancing skills that are strongly valued by industry.

Programme Structure

Each MSc course consists of three learning modules (40 credits each) plus an individual project (60 credits). Each learning module consists of a short course of lectures and initial hands-on experience. This is followed by a period of independent study supported by a series of tutorials. During this time you complete an Independent Learning Package (ILP). The ILP is matched to the learning outcomes of the module. It can be either a large project or a series of small tasks depending on the needs of each module. Credits for each module are awarded following the submission of a completed ILP and its successful defence in a viva voce examination. This form of assessment develops your communication and personal skills and is highly relevant to the workplace. 

The project counts for one third of the course and involves undertaking a substantial research or product development project. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    180 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Lower Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Lower Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

You are expected to have a good Honours degree (at least a Lower Second) from a UK university (or overseas equivalent) in computer engineering, computer science with a knowledge of computer hardware, or in electronic engineering with some programming experience. 

Relevant work experience will be taken into account.

An IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent will normally be required from applicants whose first language is not English, or who have not studied their secondary and bachelor's degree education in English.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    13000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13000 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    9500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9500 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for London

684 - 830 GBP/month
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