This highly technical course is aimed at networking professionals who already have Cisco CCNA or equivalent networking skills and experience (CCNA certification is recommended but not required). Each of the modules are designed to prepare you for the latest Cisco certification exams and to develop the critical and analytical skills required for the challenges faced in today's enterprise infrastructures.
The ability to provide scalable, integrated, flexible and secure networks is critical for modern enterprises. Graduates from this course gain the skills and knowledge to become valued experts in their field.
You learn both practical and theoretical skills in the areas of designing, building, troubleshooting and managing complex secure network systems. The course complements your academic achievements by funding a single attempt at each of the latest Cisco Networking Professional Routing and Switching Certification exams.
Our networking labs are comprehensively equipped with the latest Cisco switches, routers and security devices. You work on different platforms including • Campus LAN Access Switches (Cisco Catalyst 2960, 3560 Series) • Campus LAN Compact Switches (Cisco Catalyst 3560-CX Series) • Campus LAN Core and Distribution Switches (Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Switches) • Security Appliances (Cisco ASA 5510, IPS 4240)• Enterprise and ISR Routers (Cisco 2800, 2900 Series) • Cisco wireless devices • VOIP devices • ADSL connections • VMWare virtual computing platforms. Your lab facilities are available from 8am to midnight during term time and are not limited to your tutorial sessions.
After the successful completion of your taught modules, the dissertation enables you to work on a real project with a company, or research and develop your own complex system for further analysis.
The course has been designed with industry in mind. The theoretical and practical learning you engage with is directly related to the latest trends in industry. The timetabling arrangements are specially designed to be suitable for both part-time and full-time study.
This course helps prepare you for exams in • Cisco Certified Networking Professional (CCNP R&S) • Cisco Certified Design Architect (CCDA) • Cisco Certified and Networking Associate Security (CCNA Security). A single attempt at the latest CCNP R&S exams is included in the fee.
Full time - September start - typically 12 or 16 months
Part time - September start - typically 36 months
Modules are assessed using coursework. Assignments are typically individual pieces of work but some modules involve group work.Assessments are most often completed through practical work, supported by reports or presentations.
Graduates from this course have the skills and knowledge to work in most areas of IT, particularly as a network engineer, IT consultant or IT manager.
You are well placed to fast-track into the more technical areas of network engineering. Our graduates work in companies as diverse as Cisco, Sky, PlusNet, IBM, Citrix and BT in roles which range from network engineer through to network architect.
This course is for students who want to become professionals in computer networks and modern telecommunications fields.
You will gain a comprehensive understanding of techniques used to transmit digital information, modern computer network design and operation, communication protocols and the importance of standards and regulatory issues
These subjects are supplemented by modules in technical and administration management techniques and by an industry-sponsored seminar course.
MSc students also undertake an individual project.
This course covers a comprehensive range of topics split in to four large modules worth 30 credits each plus the MSc Project.
External speakers from blue-chip and local companies will give seminars to complement your learning, that will be real-world case studies related to the subjects you are studying in your modules. These are designed to improve the breadth of your learning and often lead to ideas that you can develop for your MSc Project.
MSc (one year full-time or two years part-time)
PgDip (nine months full-time or one year and six months part-time)
MSc (one year and four months full-time)
PgDip (one year full-time)
Teaching will be in the form of lectures, individual and group class work, plus topical and relevant participative class discussions and critical evaluation using case studies
Laboratories will be used to provide you with hand-on experience of using and setting up network systems. Tutorials will be used to give you practice in solving theoretical and design problems associated with network technologies and network systems.
Over the programme, the assessment of the taught modules is as follows:
Graduates with experience of computer network systems and digital communications are in demand in all industrial and commercial sectors.
The employment record for the MSc is good, with students obtaining jobs in traditional telecommunication companies, software development companies and companies in the service and commercial sectors.
Typical jobs range from network design engineers, network maintenance, software development, systems design and integration, marketing, after-sales support and technical support.
We have links with companies such as large companies such as BT, Talk Talk, Motorolla, BBC, CICSO and local companies like i-wimax.
These companies engage with the University by giving guest seminars and often our students will work with them on their MSc Project.
Many of our graduates will go on to further study in our Computer Networks and Telecommunications Research Centre (CNTR)
The CNTR undertakes both pure and applied research in the general field of telecommunications and computer networking including computer networking technologies, wireless systems, networked multimedia applications, quality of service, mobile networking, intelligent buildings, context driven information systems, smart environments and communication protocols. Much of this work is funded through research grants and supported by industry. In addition, members of the group are actively involved in a range of public engagement programmes which aim to raise the awareness of these subjects for the general public and in schools.
Research themes in this Centre include:
You will have access to a dedicated computer networks lab which is equipped with industry standard equipment. In addition to PC equipment, the lab contains a set of switches, routers, servers, wireless equipment, testing tools and analysers which help you in building various data networks.
Various software tools and simulation packages are also available in the school's labs for you to use in your assignment and final projects. Such tools enable you to design and test data networks in simulated environments allowing you to experiment with your design before implementing the real network. The course is also supported by other facilities including PC suites, library, programming and office packages and a virtual learning environment.
Ideal for you if you are a professional with a background in computer engineering, communication systems or electronic/electrical engineering, and provides you with the skills and knowledge needed to move into computer networking. It is particularly useful for people working in companies that rely on constant innovation in electronics, computer engineering and communications.
Computer networks currently provide the infrastructure for most, businesses, educational institutions, retailers, manufacturers and public services. Many companies rely increasingly on computer and network engineering, which is now a global discipline.
This course is hardware and software based, and examines the design, specification, and integration of current and next generation computer and communications network technologies.
This course provides an opportunity for you to
You may wish to expand your current knowledge and expertise if you already have computer networking skills or possibly move into a new area of engineering and have the necessary entry requirements for this course.
This programme is CEng accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and fulfils the educational requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer when presented with an CEng accredited Bachelors programme.
Full time – September start – typically 12 or 18 months
Full time – January start – typically 12 or 18 months
Part time – September start – typically 36 months
Part time – January start – typically 36 months
The course is based around two main themes, communication and networks, and computer engineering. You study eight modules plus a major project.
Communications and network modules
At least three from
Computer engineering modules
At least three from
Up to two from
Project (equivalent to four modules)
You undertake a major project under the supervision of a tutor.
By final examination, coursework and project reports
Information technology, communications, computer networks and electronics are among some of the fastest growing areas of the economy. By completing this course, you gain a thorough understanding of computer networking systems with the knowledge and expertise to enable you to apply your skills within many areas of industry, or take up a position in higher education or research.
With the proliferation of mobile and pervasive devices with network capability, along with widespread popularity of the Internet, more and more users and application providers expect services to be available anytime and anywhere.
The Master of Networks and Security (MNS) gives you the skills to manage and administer computer networks and security, and prepares you for a career in network administration or network management, or as a systems analyst, systems designer, data communications specialist, or network security engineer or administrator.
As a network and security professional, your specialised skills will always be in high demand, as well as highly rewarded.
The MNS expands your knowledge of how to design, deploy and maintain networks and application services, by combining theory with practice. You explore issues faced both by users and application providers, and devise possible solutions.
The MNS caters to students from a variety of backgrounds by including preparatory IT units. However, if you already have a degree in IT or engineering, you may accelerate your study with an exemption from these preparatory units, or perhaps choose to take further networks and security electives.
The advanced studies of an MNS include a range of topics, from network structure, design, quality of service and protocols, to information, software and network security.
The course emphasises the principles and management of computer networks and the security technologies upon which organisations rely. You will learn how to evaluate the security needs of an organisation's infrastructure and create plans to protect it against potential attacks and security breaches.
In your final semester, you may take part in an Industry Experience program, working in a small team with industry mentors to develop entrepreneurial IT solutions. Or you may undertake a minor-thesis research project, investigating cutting-edge problems in networks and security under the supervision of internationally recognised researchers.
High-achieving students who complete the research component may progress to further research study. Graduates may be eligible for Australian Computer Society (ACS) professional membership.
The course is structured in three parts, A, B and C. All students complete Part B (core studies). Depending upon prior qualifications, you may receive credit for Part A Foundations for advanced networks and security studies or Part C Advanced practice or a combination of the two.
Note that if you are eligible for credit for prior studies you may elect not to receive the credit.
PART A. Foundations for advanced networks and security studies
These studies will provide an orientation to the field of networks and security at graduate level. They are intended for students whose previous qualification is not in a cognate field.
PART B. Core Master's study
These studies draw on best practices within the broad realm of IT networks and security theory and practice. You will gain an understanding of information and computer security and IT project management principles. Your study will focus on your choice of units within Networks and Security.
PART C. Advanced practice
The focus of these studies is professional or scholarly work that can contribute to a portfolio of professional development. You have two options.
The first option is a research pathway including a thesis. Students wishing to use this Masters course as a pathway to a higher degree by research should take this first option.
The second option is a program of coursework involving advanced study and an Industry experience studio project.
Students admitted to the course, who have a recognised honours degree in a discipline cognate to networks and security, will receive credit for Part C, however, should they wish to complete a 24 point research project as part of the course they should consult with the course coordinator.