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Would you like to update, extend and deepen your knowledge in Networking Technologies? This course combines learning opportunities designed to enhance the depth and breadth of your knowledge in core themes including routing, switching, wireless and network security. Read more
Would you like to update, extend and deepen your knowledge in Networking Technologies? This course combines learning opportunities designed to enhance the depth and breadth of your knowledge in core themes including routing, switching, wireless and network security.

By studying this course you will develop the theoretical knowledge and practical skills required for employment in the network industry. The course has been designed with a complementary set of modules to enable you to complete external CISCO and CCNP examinations in addition to achieving the MSc qualification. You will graduate with the educational requirements for BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT, Chartered IT Professional Registration and for Chartered Engineer status.

This course can also be taken in January and has an advanced practice option - for more information, please view the relevant web-page:
16 months full time - https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/study-at-northumbria/courses/computer-network-technology-msc-ft-dtfcty6/

2 years full time with advanced practice - https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/study-at-northumbria/courses/computer-network-technology-with-advanced-practice-msc-dtscte6/

Learn From The Best

Our course is at the forefront of current knowledge and practice, shaped by world-leading and internationally excellent research. Our staff are both inspirational academics with a passion for their subject and industry experts with extensive experience in their field. They combine their research passions, teaching interests and professional expertise to shape the curriculum and ensure the currency of the course. The team include published authors and senior members of IEEE, with interests including web design and development, web programming, image engineering and security, computer networks, image processing and information research methods.

Teaching And Assessment

Studying with us will provide you with a wide range of learning opportunities in a challenging, stimulating and dynamic environment. You will participate in lectures, small group seminars, laboratory sessions, simulated practical skills sessions, and field study visits where appropriate. There is an emphasis on independent learning and using new research development in the relevant subject area. You will be expected to evaluate theoretical or practical frameworks for the analysis and critical evaluation of a variety of issues, informed by recent research.

Module Overview
KD7048 - Switch: IP Switched Networks and Troubleshooting (Core, 20 Credits)
KF7003 - Network Security (Core, 20 Credits)
KF7026 - ROUTE: IP Routing and Troubleshooting (Core, 20 Credits)
KF7028 - Research Methods and Project Management (Core, 20 Credits)
KF7029 - MSc Computer Science & Digital Technologies Project (Core, 60 Credits)
KF7031 - Wireless Networks and Security (Core, 20 Credits)
KF7046 - Computer Network Implementation (Core, 20 Credits)

Learning Environment

When you want to get hands-on with technology and really understand how everything connects, how to create games or protect data integrity, our range of specialist facilities will support you. Through our computer network technology labs, digital security lab, animation and visual effects studios, games studio, and other specialist facilities, you will be able to investigate, diagnose, apply fixes and protections to ensure that organisations can make the best use of their technology.

You will be supported in your learning, where appropriate, via an eLearning portal (Blackboard) that provides remote access to course materials, by electronic submission and feedback on your assessments, and online reading lists.

Research-Rich Learning

Industry practice has strongly influenced the design of this course, and the content will evolve in line with developments in industry and in the subject as an academic discipline. Staff research and industrial expertise informs the teaching in all years with 58% of the department of Computer Science and Digital Technologies research outputs were ranked world-leading or internationally excellent according to the 2014 UK-wide Research Excellence Framework. This figure makes us the leading Modern University in the North East for research power.

The department’s academic research interests include imaging for forensics and security, biometrics, homeland security, image/video watermarking and cryptography.

Give Your Career An Edge

This course is designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary for postgraduate employment in computer networking and network security, and progression to further study if desired. Within the course the choice of skill and knowledge areas, tools, techniques and methods has been made to ensure you are immediately valuable to employers, both at the placement and at the graduate stage.

Because of our reputation for strong partnerships with employers and the success of our graduates, we have an incredibly strong and international industry network. Our students have benefited from working with household names like CERN, Nissan, IBM, Hewlett Packard, Procter & Gamble, Nintendo, Microsoft, Accenture and many more.

Your Future

The increasing demand for specialists in network security and network programming means that graduates have excellent employment prospects in Computer Network Technology, including roles such as Network designer, Network manager, and Network engineer, as well as many other roles across public and private organisations. Alternatively, you will be very well equipped for further research in an academic or research and development environment, and the mix of research, numerical and problem-solving skills are desirable to careers outside of this subject.

Through your coursework, you will have developed and applied computational, communication, research and team-working skills. Learning independently, managing yourself and others on project tasks, and evaluating and reflecting upon practitioner experience are all essential skills of the computing professional which your modules help to develop, providing you with opportunities to practise and demonstrate proficiency for your future career.

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This is a programme of study that involves networking, software development technologies and architectures for the design and management of modern distributed computer systems and networks. Read more

This is a programme of study that involves networking, software development technologies and architectures for the design and management of modern distributed computer systems and networks. The emphasis is on a software engineering approach based on sound modern software engineering project management methods, tools and techniques, which enable an integrated lifecycle systems development view.

The programme aims to provide students with the knowledge, skills and understanding required to allow them to contribute to the planning, design and management of modern network based computer systems. Students will gain the understanding of critical evaluation of existing technology options, future developments, protocols, architecture and tools needed to support the development and delivery of advanced network services. Upon successful completion of this Master's programme graduates are expected to be proficient in the development of new enterprise distributed and/or web-enabled systems, the integration of legacy systems into intranets or extranets, and advanced data and telecommunication technologies.

Through our short course centre opportunity may also be provided to study for the following professional qualifications: CISCO Certified Network Associate; Penetration Testing and Vulnerability Assessment.

The availability of some courses is subject to satisfying constraints that may come into effect in the year of entry. In addition, some options are negotiable, indicating that a course selection will need to be approved prior to the student undertaking the requested option.

Full time

Year 1

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Students are required to choose 15 credits from this list of options.

Students are required to choose 15 credits from this list of options.

Part time

Year 1

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Students are required to choose 30 credits from this list of options.

Students are required to choose 30 credits from this list of options.

Year 2

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Students are required to choose 15 credits from this list of options.

Students are required to choose 15 credits from this list of options.

Students are required to choose 15 credits from this list of options.

Students are required to choose 15 credits from this list of options.

Assessment

Students are assessed through examinations, coursework and a project.

Professional recognition

This programme is accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS). On successful graduation from this degree, the student will have fulfilled the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered IT Professional (CITP) and partially fulfilled the education requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng) or Chartered Scientist (CSci). Please contact the BCS for further information. The programme also has accreditation from the European Quality Assurance Network for Informatics Education (EQANIE).

Careers

Graduates from this programme are equipped for employment in industry commerce or education to work as independent consultants or within teams in diverse areas such as networking, business data communication and telecommunication, Internet and e-commerce applications, IT support, advanced research, teaching and training.



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The programme is to educate our students in the design, implementation and troubleshooting of Computer Networks and high performance cluster computing scenarios. Read more
The programme is to educate our students in the design, implementation and troubleshooting of Computer Networks and high performance cluster computing scenarios. The programme includes material required for the Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) qualification, and students can work towards this internationally recognised qualification alongside their MSc degree.

Course Overview

This programme aims to provide in-depth knowledge and skills in the specialist area of networking. It has been developed in response to the need for personnel equipped with the skills needed to design, implement and troubleshoot an enterprise computer network infrastructure

The course is designed primarily for science and technology graduates who have some prior knowledge of computing and/or networking and who wish to specialise in computer networking.

The School is a Cisco Academy, an Academy Support Centre and an Instructor Training Centre. The School has been delivering Cisco Networking Academy programme since 1999. The Master’s programme is blended with Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) curriculum. Cisco is the world’s leading network device manufacturer and the CCNP is a prominent professional qualification in the networking industry.

Modules

Part 1:
-Emerging Network Technologies(20 credits)
-Implementing IP Routing (20 credits)
-IP Switched Networks (20 credits)
-Leadership and Management (20 credits)
-Network Security (20 credits)
-Research Methods and Data Analysis (20 credits)

Part 2:
-Major Project (60 credits)

Key Features

The Internet has now become part of our day-to-day life and is growing rapidly even during recessions. An expanding mobile communications backbone (as evinced by the number of smartphones being projected to rise from 500 million in 2011 to 2 billion by 2015) has led to greatly increased mobile internet traffic.

To take advantage of this opportunity, companies will require staff who are skilled in network design, implementation, administration, management and analysis. Students on this programme will also be given an opportunity to study towards industrial qualifications such as Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) and Cisco Certified Network Professionals (CCNP).

Assessment

Student works are assessed through combination of coursework, lab-based practical exams and written examinations. The final mark for some modules may include one or more pieces of course work set and completed during the module. Project work is assessed by a written report and oral presentation. Part 2 requires the student to research and prepare an individual project/dissertation of a substantial nature.

University students who are unable to successfully complete all aspects of the Part 1 may be eligible for a Postgraduate Diploman (120 credits) or Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits).

Career Opportunities

The programme emphasises four key themes within Computer Networking: routing and switching, emerging network technologies, network design, and security. Graduates will undertake a range of tasks associated with networking in organisations, and will be capable developing sophisticated solutions to networking problems. It is anticipated that graduates in the field of computer networks would be able to find employment in a number of different areas, including routing and switching, network design, VoIP, and security.

It is expected that graduates would seek positions such as:
-Network Administrators
-Network Associates
-Network Engineers
-Senior Network Engineers
-Network Support Engineers
-Security Engineers
-Systems Engineers
-Network Specialists
-Network Analysts

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In today's IT-centric business environments, the need for correctly specified, configured and managed computer systems is at the heart of business efficiency and security. Read more

Why take this course?

In today's IT-centric business environments, the need for correctly specified, configured and managed computer systems is at the heart of business efficiency and security.

This course aims to teach you the principles and practice of systems administration and management, including system and network design, analysis, specification, efficiency and security in an ‘Open Systems’ environment.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

Use our fully equipped multi-platform suites and computer labs to enhance your learning experience
Gain hands-on experience of configuring and optimising secure networks and develop skills in building client, server and middleware aspects of internet applications
Carry out your final project in a workplace environment or relate your topic to a current issue in industry

What opportunities might ti lead to?

This course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and meets the standards set by the Engineering Council in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC). It will provide you with some of the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills for eventual registration as an Incorporated (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng).

Module Details

This course provides a broad understanding of client-facing management techniques within the context of computer network administration. You will study six core topics on this course, followed by an individual project.

Here are the units you will study:

ICT Configuration and Administration: This unit aims to conceptualize and evaluate the theory, methods, and issues involved in installing, configuring and effectively managing a Unix based operating system for networking, as well as a complete virtualized environment.

Client Server Network Architecture: This unit covers client and server network architecture with strong emphasis on internet/web architecture.

Unified Communications: This unit will provide you with an extensive knowledge of the area of Unified Communications (UC) technologies. The emphasis will be on the importance of UC in the business, the selection and deployment of UC and the problems which UC can bring if a correct strategy is not developed for UC.

Data Communications and Networking: The unit provides you with the required foundation and depth of knowledge to comprehensively understand the core principles of data communications and computer network.

Network Design and Management: This unit aims to introduce you to the issues, processes and tools of top-down network design and provide you with awareness of the issues and techniques involved in the management of large scale computer networks.

Communications Security: This unit attempts to follow a systematic and rational engineering approach to help you master challenging topics such as cryptography.

Individual Project: The course ends with a four-month individual project in which you apply your knowledge to a significant communications system or network planning problem. Projects are tailored to your individual interests and may take place in our own laboratories or, by agreement, in industry.

Programme Assessment

You will be taught through a mixture of lectures, tutorials and laboratory sessions in conjunction with implementing your individual project, which can often be linked with industry. In addition, you will need to spend significant time in our electronic, communications and computer laboratories as well as in private study directed by lecturers.

Assessment is geared towards the subject matter in a way that encourages a deeper understanding and allows you to develop your skills. Here’s how we assess your work:

Examinations
Coursework assignments
A laboratory report
A dissertation

Student Destinations

Whether it is an in-house accounting and finance system in an SME or a corporate-wide data system in an international organisation, the role of systems administration is one that ensures integrity of the vital data upon which major business decisions are made.

The management aspect of the administrator's role includes securing suitable investment and commitment from staff so that the systems implemented are used correctly and to their full extent by all in the organisation. Overall, this course is about professional practice in IT at a senior level, where there is a growing need for practitioners who can take strategic IT plans and implement the associated computer and network infrastructures, as well as create appropriate administrative and maintenance structures that are responsive to company needs. Upon graduating you can expect to find roles as system administrators and managers, network designers, IT managers and system consultants.

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Our specialist MSc Information and Network Security course teaches security aspects of information and networks to combat 21st century cyber threats. Read more

Our specialist MSc Information and Network Security course teaches security aspects of information and networks to combat 21st century cyber threats.

You will develop practical and hands-on skills, underpinned by theoretical knowledge of the analysis, design and development of solutions for modern day technologies of the internet.

The course content of this programme is divided into four categories of Knowledge and Hands-on Skills, Supporting Knowledge and Competences, New Research Developments, and Application of Knowledge and Skills.

In each of these categories students will gain state-of-the-art knowledge, practical experience and continuous professional development supporting their career and make notable contribution in the growing area of cybersecurity or generally in ICT.

Course Details

Our MSc Information and Network Security course is research-informed. It will build upon your computing and networking expertise which focuses on the understanding and development of information and network security solutions that meet the increasing business requirements of businesses today.

Our course content is carefully divided into four categories of:

  • Knowledge and Hands-on Skills
  • Supporting Knowledge and Competences
  • New Research Developments
  • Application of Knowledge and Skills

In each of these categories you will gain state-of-the-art knowledge, practical experience and continuous professional development supporting your career and make notable contribution in the growing area of cybersecurity or generally in ICT. 

Modules will focus on theoretical knowledge and practical skill development of:

  • Cyberattacks
  • Cyber defence
  • Data and network security
  • Virtual Network & Cloud Computing

Teaching & Assessment

The teaching and learning activities will support your comprehensive understanding of topics and their practical working through hands-on experience.

Our assessment methodology is influenced by the learning outcomes to be tested and employs a range of methods including:

  • essays
  • reports
  • strategic planning proposals
  • critical incident analysis
  • projects
  • research proposal
  • dissertation

Career Prospects

Jobs

With hands-on experience on state-of-the-art in network and information security methodologies, tools and techniques, you will graduate equipped for the job market within UK/EU and internationally.

Further Study

Completion of our MSc will greatly enhance your potential to progress to a PhD in relevant areas of future networking technologies and services.

Implementing Europe's 5G Mobile Network

Remote surgery, driverless cars and smooth mobile HD streaming could all become a reality thanks to pioneering research taking place at UWS.

UWS computing researchers Jose Alcaraz-Calero and Qi Wang are the technical leads on the SELFNET project, which is developing a ‘self-healing’ mobile network. The new network is 1,000 times faster than 4G, delivering dramatic improvements to quality of user experience, reliability and security – and unlocking a wealth of new online opportunities.

”SELFNET will allow 5G networks to make possible things that would have been considered science fiction just a few years ago.” Dr. Alcaraz-Calero

As part of this course, you will hear from PhD students who are working on the 5G mobile project, and the course content will be updated to reflect the findings of this work.



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What do Facebook, the financial system, Internet or the brain have in common?. "Everything is connected, all is network". Read more
What do Facebook, the financial system, Internet or the brain have in common?

"Everything is connected, all is network"
From the underlying skeleton of social relations, the interdependent evolution of our financial system, to the emergent collective computation in the brain, most of the complex systems that appear in society, technology, and nature are ultimately characterised by a nontrivial pattern of inter-relations. This underlying architecture is in turn shaping how information diffuses and spreads, how resilient the system is against attacks or perturbations, or how complex patterns emerge at the systemic level from the aggregation of seemingly simple individuals.

Our MSc Network Science will provide a thorough grounding in the core principles of modelling and analysis of complex and networked systems, along with the principal analytical and numerical methodologies. This will open to students a host of career opportunities in systems and networks modelling industries, spanning the IT, financial, and biomedical sectors, that are now requiring such specialist knowledge and skills.

Network Science is a very active and rapidly evolving research field with high societal impact, which stands at the crossroads of graph theory, complexity and data analysis. Addressing the description and modelling of the architecture and dynamics of complex systems -systems composed by many interacting units that show collective behaviour- it stands as a new kind of science to cope with some of the most challenging endeavours we face today, in an ever increasingly more connected society.
Its impact and applications outside academia pervades technological sectors such as communications and infrastructures (Internet, transportation networks, energy networks, urban mobility), finance (financial risk and systemic instability, financial networks, interbank cross-correlations), marketing and IT (social media, data analytics), public health (epidemic spreading models), or biostatistics and network biology (brain modelling, protein interaction networks, postgenomic era), to cite a few. This specialist masters programme aims at providing graduate students and professionals with a rigorous training in the underlying mathematical concepts, the analysis and modelling of complex networks and networked systems, complemented with training in computing, numerical simulations and massive data analysis. It is aimed towards students with a mathematical background who wish to enter a career involving analysis and optimisation of diverse kinds of networks, networked dynamics and models.

Why study your MSc Network Science at Queen Mary?
This is a pioneering MSc in the UK, a joint programme, taught by our Schools of Mathematical Sciences, and Electronic Engineering and Computer Science, drawing on their strengths in research and teaching in the area of complex networks, mathematical modelling of complex systems, and data mining.

We teach what we know and what we do best. Within the School of Mathematics, the Complex Systems & Networks group is one of the biggest hubs in Network Science within the UK, where we address both fundamental and applied challenges in the mathematical modelling of complex systems with clear societal impact, in collaboration with several industrial stakeholders. Within the School of Electronic Engineering, the Networks group was founded in 1987, and has hugely expanded ever since, bringing their expertise in online social networks, data mining and cloud computing. The coalescence of both groups expertises has fostered the creation of this unique MSc.

More about our two schools

Queen Mary is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of leading UK universities, combining world-class research, teaching excellence and unrivalled links with business and the public sector. The School of Mathematical Sciences has a distinguished history on itself. We have been conducting pioneering mathematical research since the 1950s, and as one of the largest mathematical departments in the UK, with over 50 members of staff, the school can offer diverse postgraduate study opportunities across the field, from pure and applied mathematics, to finance and statistics. Along with the MSc in Network Science, our cohort of postgraduate students specialise in Mathematics and Statistics, Mathematical Finance and Financial Computing. We are one of the UK’s leading universities in the most recent national assessment of research quality, we were placed ninth in the UK (REF 2014) amongst multi-faculty universities. This means that the teaching on our postgraduate programmes is directly inspired by the world-leading research of our academics. Our staff includes international leaders in many areas of mathematical research, and the School is a hive of activity, providing a vibrant intellectual space for postgraduate study.

The School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science is internationally recognised for their pioneering and ground-breaking research in several areas including machine learning and applied network analysis. This expertise uniquely complements the more theoretical knowledge offered by the School of Mathematical Sciences, providing a well balanced mix of theory and applications and offering a deep and robust programme that combines the foundations of the mathematics of networks with the latest cutting edge applications in real world problems.

Additionally, Queen Mary holds a university-level Bronze Award for the Athena SWAN Charter, which recognises and celebrates good employment practice for women working in mathematics, science, engineering and technology in higher education and research.

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Overview. Keeping computer systems secure is one of the most important challenges of our time. Heriot-Watt has created a programme which teaches the theory, methods and tools of computer network security. Read more

Overview

Keeping computer systems secure is one of the most important challenges of our time. Heriot-Watt has created a programme which teaches the theory, methods and tools of computer network security. It’ll give you the knowledge to help you keep networks safe from attacks and threats by hostile parties, plus the skills to formulate policies, deploy network security solutions and validate their effectiveness. The course also offers a detailed understanding of contemporary issues in network security research areas. Our masters in Network Security is ideally suited for honours graduates with an IT background.

Course length

The full-time Network Security masters starts in mid September and lasts one year. The course can also be taken part-time over two years, or as a nine month Postgraduate Diploma.

Course content

Core Courses:

  • Computer Network Security
  • Industrial Programming
  • Advanced Network Security
  • Research Methods and Project Planning
  • Masters Project and Dissertation

Optional Courses:

  • Database and Information Systems
  • Data Communications and Networking
  • Mobile Communications and Programming
  • Rigorous Methods for Software Engineering
  • Software Engineering Foundations
  • Advanced Software Engineering
  • Big Data Management
  • Distributed and Parallel Technologies
  • Network Applications

8 taught courses (4 mandatory + 4 optional) plus a dissertation

For more detailed information on this programme or the opportunity to talk directly with one of our programme director's please email: " target="_blank">



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We believe that computing and communication networks are two of the most exciting and significant technological developments of modern times. Read more
We believe that computing and communication networks are two of the most exciting and significant technological developments of modern times. Networking is the backbone of all industries and we'll give you the opportunity to explore this technology, making use of materials and equipment from some of the leading industry names.

Based on the feedback we've had from industry, employers and students, we've created this course so that it has a real emphasis on providing you with hands-on technical skills that you can apply in the workplace.

We'll teach you the theories behind core networking principles - looking at how to apply networking technologies to create converged networks and how to apply them in industrial scenarios. You will investigate the tools and techniques required to develop, maintain and secure the various elements that provide 21st century communications.

In addition to this, you will specialise in the design, implementation and management of wired and wireless computer network systems in order to provide the unified communication systems that are becoming the norm.

Our course can also help you to gain the skills needed to get certification of your expertise in using tools from Network Instruments, Cisco Systems and Red Hat.

- Research Excellence Framework 2014: our University demonstrated strength in five emerging areas of research which it entered into the assessment for the first time, including computer science.

Visit the website http://courses.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/networkingsystemsengineering_msc

Mature Applicants

Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website (http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/recognition-of-prior-learning.htm).

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Careers

Embracing networking technologies is a must for all organisations around the world - that's why there is always a high demand for networking professionals. Possible job titles include network manager, network security specialist, network designer specialist and mobile communications specialist. You will also have a range of career paths available to you in the areas of automation using networking technologies in businesses.

- Network Manager
- Network Security Specialist
- Mobile Communications Specialist

Careers advice: The dedicated Jobs and Careers team offers expert advice and a host of resources to help you choose and gain employment. Whether you're in your first or final year, you can speak to members of staff from our Careers Office who can offer you advice from writing a CV to searching for jobs.

Visit the careers site - https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/employability/jobs-careers-support.htm

Careers

We're tremendously proud of our strong links with industry and the research activity of our teaching team ensures the content of our course is kept up-to-date and in line with the needs of the sector.

Recognising the importance for you to learn hands-on skills which you can demonstrate to employers is at the heart of our course. We invite experts from industry to deliver guest lectures and we have strong ties with Generix - a company that provides industry standard networking tools and software. Generix have previously provided our students with workshops on how to use Observer Network Management platform. You will also get the opportunity to study using other industry standard software such as OpenNMS.

Our course recognises the need to have in-depth knowledge of networking principles, design and simulation. Practical elements include network design and performance simulations with OPNET and configuring LAN switches. In addition to this, we will teach you how to deploy and manage convergence networks and employ remote monitoring techniques in industrial scenarios.

Core Modules

Dissertation (40 Credits)
This is an opportunity for you to engage in research and advanced scholarship in a subject area that is appropriate to the course and of your own choosing.

Option Modules (20 Credits Each)
Linux Computing Essentials, Service Oriented Architecture, Mobile Application Development

Mobile & Wireless Communications (20 Credits)
Develop your understanding of mobile cellular networks, satellite communications, and applications that can be implemented on mobile devices. You will build applications and investigate the issues associated with the deployment of these applications.

Network & Convergence Architectures (20 Credits)
An in-depth look at the principles of networking with a focus on the techniques for deploying modern converged networks. We will help you identify the parameters that contribute to network performance in modern day converged networks.

Project Management (20 Credits)
Develop your understanding of the key concepts associated with project management - primarily the planning, organisation and control of resources in order to move a specific task, event or project toward completion.

Engineering Systems Control (20 Credits)
Study real time control issues using the latest PLC controls and emulation software. You will conduct remote monitoring using web enabled software and wireless connectivity.

Network Management (20 Credits)
Study the techniques used by modern network managers to collect management data, look for faults on the network and to identify diagnostic procedures that are on a par with industry standards.

Facilities

- IT Labs
The University is home to a number of modern specialist IT labs equipped with all the up-to-date hardware and software our computing students could need

- Library
Our libraries are two of the only university libraries in the UK open 24/7 every day of the year. However you like to study, the libraries have got you covered with group study, silent study, extensive e-learning resources and PC suites.

- Headingley Campus
Our historic Headingley Campus is set in 100 acres of parkland with easy access to Leeds city centre.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/postgraduate/how-to-apply/

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The Network Computing MSc course covers technological, operational and strategic aspects of distributed and networked computer systems with core modules of study including support issues and the design of software. Read more
The Network Computing MSc course covers technological, operational and strategic aspects of distributed and networked computer systems with core modules of study including support issues and the design of software.

The course explores network and distributed computing issues in a range of application areas including multimedia, databases, usability and information security.

WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?

The options available allow you to explore network communications in a range of applications.

Accredited by the British Computer Society.

Research carried out in the Faculty of Engineering, Environment and Computing was recognised as world-leading in the Research Assessment Exercise 2008.

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

This course has two parts, the taught modules and Masters project.

Successful completion of the taught modules, which involves eight single modules of study, leads to the award of postgraduate diploma and, if the appropriate performance is achieved, allows progression onto the Masters project.

Taught modules
-Network Technologies
-Internet and Information Security
-Network Planning and Management
-Mobile Device Forensics
-Research Methods in Computing
-Individual Project

The final stage of this course requires the completion of a masters project, which must relate directly to the subject being studied. To complete this successfully students will develop a sound capability to carry out research. The project can be conducted either as a placement in an external organisation or working with one of the University research groups.

The MSc project serves to integrate, apply and further develop the different aspects within the taught part of the programme.

HOW WILL THIS COURSE ENHANCE MY CAREER PROSPECTS?

After completing the programme, you will have gained the skills to move into an area of network management:
-Designing and managing the implementation of a company LAN
-Assessing the security risks associated with internet use or a wireless network
-Advising on the specification of a company intranet
-Troubleshooting a WAN for global company communications

GLOBAL LEADERS PROGRAMME

To prepare students for the challenges of the global employment market and to strengthen and develop their broader personal and professional skills Coventry University has developed a unique Global Leaders Programme.

The objectives of the programme, in which postgraduate and eligible undergraduate students can participate, is to provide practical career workshops and enable participants to experience different business cultures.

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What do Facebook, the financial system, Internet or the brain have in common?. All are connected in a network. Read more
What do Facebook, the financial system, Internet or the brain have in common?

All are connected in a network. From the underlying skeleton of social relations, the interdependent evolution of our financial system, to the emergent collective computation in the brain, most of the complex systems that appear in society, technology, and nature are ultimately characterised by a nontrivial pattern of inter-relations. This underlying architecture is in turn shaping how information diffuses and spreads, how resilient the system is against attacks or perturbations, or how complex patterns emerge at the systemic level from the aggregation of seemingly simple individuals.

Our MSc in Network Science will provide a thorough grounding in the core principles of modelling and analysis of complex and networked systems, along with the principal analytical and numerical methodologies. This will open to students a host of career opportunities in systems and networks modelling industries, spanning the IT, financial, and biomedical sectors, that are now requiring such specialist knowledge and skills.

Network Science is a very active and rapidly evolving research field with high societal impact, which stands at the crossroads of graph theory, complexity and data analysis. Addressing the description and modelling of the architecture and dynamics of complex systems -systems composed by many interacting units that show collective behaviour- it stands as a new kind of science to cope with some of the most challenging endeavours we face today, in an ever increasingly more connected society.
Its impact and applications outside academia pervades technological sectors such as communications and infrastructures (Internet, transportation networks, energy networks, urban mobility), biostatistics and network biology (brain modelling, protein interaction networks, postgenomic era), public health (epidemic spreading models), marketing and IT (social media, data analytics) to cite a few. This specialist masters programme aims at providing graduate students and professionals with a rigorous training in the underlying mathematical concepts, the analysis and modelling of complex networks and networked systems, complemented with training in computing, numerical simulations and massive data analysis. It is aimed towards students whose undergraduate degree is in mathematics or a cognate discipline who wish to enter a career involving analysis and optimisation of diverse kinds of networks, networked dynamics and models.

Why study your MSc Network Science at Queen Mary?
This is a pioneering MSc in the UK, a joint programme, taught by our Schools of Mathematical Sciences, and Electronic Engineering and Computer Science, drawing on their strengths in research and teaching in the area of complex networks, mathematical modelling of complex systems, and data mining.

We teach what we know and what we do best. Within the School of Mathematics, the Complex Systems & Networks group is one of the biggest hubs in Network Science within the UK, where we address both fundamental and applied challenges in the mathematical modelling of complex systems with clear societal impact, in collaboration with several industrial stakeholders. Within the School of Electronic Engineering, the Networks group was founded in 1987, and has hugely expanded ever since, bringing their expertise in online social networks, data mining and cloud computing. The coalescence of both groups expertises has fostered the creation of this unique MSc.

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If you're already a successful networking professional who wants to advance your career to the next level, this unique one-year master's programme is designed for you. Read more

If you're already a successful networking professional who wants to advance your career to the next level, this unique one-year master's programme is designed for you. The only programme of its kind in the world, GCU's MSc Advanced Internetwork Engineering will prepare you for the Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) exam.

The programme offers a structured, supported path so you can develop expert-level network engineering skills and achieve CCIE certification. With this elite credential, you'll be a competitive candidate for senior-level and leadership roles in network engineering.

We partnered with Internetwork Expert Inc. (INE), the leaders in CCIE preparation, to develop this programme. Students learn with INE's CCIE Routing and Switching Workbook and remote rack management systems, the global gold-standard in CCIE prep materials.

Lectures and labs bring together theory and practice, integrating hands-on demonstrations and experiential learning using live equipment. With GCU's career-focused atmosphere and supportive environment, you'll have an ideal opportunity to build valuable skills.

  • Develop your ability to complete increasingly complex networking challenges
  • Master the workings of networking technologies at an expert level
  • Practise taking on the large-scale, full-day scenarios you'll encounter in the CCIE lab exam

With its focus on real-world relevance and skills you can use in your career today, this programme supports GCU's broader mission of producing graduates who are both successful and socially driven. We encourage graduates to harness their abilities to make real change and support the common good. We hope you'll find new ways to excel in your field - and new ways to make a positive impact in your workplace and your community.

What you will study

Learn the workings and behaviour of technologies at an expert level. Discover the methods of verifying their correct operation and begin troubleshooting with confidence. With the help of this unique syllabus, you can begin to predict the behaviour of technologies and develop an expert knowledge of the interactions between them.

Layer 2 Technologies

The theoretical knowledge and practical skills needed to determine appropriate design choices for layer 2 network solutions, implement them and verify their operation. This module covers both campus (LAN) and wide area network technologies.

Layer 3 Technologies 1

Thetheoretical knowledge and practical skills needed to determine appropriate design choices for layer 3 network solutions, implement them and verify their operation. This module covers IPv4 addressing issues, interior routing protocols e.g. static, RIP, EIGRP, OSPF, ODR; Layer 3 design issues e.g. address summarization and filtering.

Layer 3 Technologies 2

The theoretical knowledge and practical skills needed to determine appropriate design choices for layer 3 network solutions, implement them and verify their operation. This module focuses on exterior routing (BGP); IPv6 routing and large scale Layer 3 design issues e.g. address aggregation, filtering and traffic engineering through the implementation of routing policies in a multi Autonomous System environment.

Multicast and WAN Technologies

IP multicast technologies including multicast addressing, IP multicast routing using PIM (sparse mode, dense mode, static and dynamic RP assignments etc),the relationship between unicast and multicast routing, the importance of RPF checks, Any cast RP, Source Specific Multicast. The provision of multicast services to end hosts (IGMP v1/2/3). WAN technologies are covered with a focus on PPP.

VPN and Security Technologies

The knowledge/skills needed to design and implement virtual private network solutions, either for the purpose of solving routing issues, security issues or both. This module covers tunnelling technologies designed to enhance connectivity e.g. MPLS, GRE, 6 to 4 and security (IPSec). Methods of securing infrastructure devices and data networks are also examined.

Infrastructure Services

A wide range of system management techniques (e.g. SNMP, remote management, logging, event monitoring), network services, and performance optimization (quality of service) technologies which depend upon a solid core network for their operation.

Integrating Network Technologies

Draws scenarios from the other technology modules, accordingly you will develop the ability to integrate and troubleshoot progressively more complex internetworks as the year progresses. Students undertake activities which help them develop the kind of customer facing skills and commercial awareness needed for a high level career in the networking industry.

Research and Project Methods

Background knowledge and skills that, in combination with the technical skills acquired in other taught modules will enable you to carry out a successful MSc Dissertation. By the end of the module you will have produced a viable proposal for a dissertation project.

MSc Project

A vehicle for extending the knowledge and understanding of the student and the technical community in a chosen specialist area. It serves, through its length, complexity and rigour, as a suitable vehicle for extending a range of personal, interpersonal and communication skills.

Assessment methods

Taught modules are assessed on a mix of coursework and practical class tests. Practical networking skills form a significant part of the assessment. Modules also include formal examinations where appropriate.

Graduate prospects

Graduates of GCU's MSc Advanced Internetwork Engineering programme develop the technical, commercial and presentation skills needed for a successful senior-level career in the networking industry. You'll find opportunities in network engineering, network consultancy design and network operations centres.

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The goal of this proposal is to provide infrastructure providers (InPs) with the techniques for efficient service negotiation and resource management in order to maximize profit in competitive markets. Read more

The goal of this proposal is to provide infrastructure providers (InPs) with the techniques for efficient service negotiation and resource management in order to maximize profit in competitive markets. More specifically, the objectives of this project are

  1. Design negotiation strategies based oncurrent resource usage and strategies of competitors by using non-cooperative game-theory and analyse the risk exposure for different strategies, in order to address the tussles between service providers (SPs) and InPs when each party tries to optimize their utility functions
  2. Develop machine-learning based algorithms that predict the dynamics of network slice requests and provide efficient resource management techniques that dynamically adapt to current resource usage conditions, business goals, and prediction of the future requests.

Methodology proposed

To meet the demands of widely varied vertical applications, multiple heterogeneous logical network slices coexist on a shared infrastructure built with virt ualization technologies in 5G networks. Since no single provider in today’s network controls all end -to-end paths, a network slice from a SP has to be composed by using resources and VNFs from multiple InPs. Each InP involved embeds parts of the network slice and connects them using the external links among InPs. However, InPs have essentially no control over the dynamic and heterogeneous requests they receive. Moreover, different InPs and SPs take non-cooperative strategies in order to optimize their own utility functions. As a result, these dynamic and heterogeneous requests and the non -cooperative tussles between InPs and SPs lead to inefficient resource utilization and diminished profit margins for InPs.

The approach is to leverage machine-learning based resource management for dynamic network slice requests, and coupled with efficient negotiation strategies, in order to achieve improved resource utilization and more profit for InPs.

Expected outcomes: (e.g. deliverables & strategic impacts)

This project will further strengthen scientific research of IT Carlow by applying excellent research ideas to produce world-class research outcomes.



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Computer network and information security is of increasing importance – new legislation, technologies, vulnerabilities and threats necessitate frequent system updates. Read more
Computer network and information security is of increasing importance – new legislation, technologies, vulnerabilities and threats necessitate frequent system updates. This course aims to equip you with technical knowledge of current and emerging technologies and an understanding of the underlying theory of cryptography, networking and network security technologies. You will learn to assess, plan, design and develop secure and reliable networks and systems. You can combine this course with management studies.

Key features
-This course is accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT.
-The course is taught in a specialist data communications lab with access to the latest networking and security equipment from vendors such as Cisco, Microsoft and Clavister. Current and emerging technology will also be demonstrated by representatives from industry.
-You will have the option to work in one of our state-of-the-art research labs, called WMN (Wireless Multimedia and Networking). WMN is involved in EU and UK research collaborations and offers opportunities for advanced research and short-term research fellowships on completion of your MSc degree.

What will you study?

You will gain a critical awareness of the current developments and future trends in cryptography, network security and wireless security, starting from the mathematical principles behind cryptographic algorithms and moving on to secure network protocols.

As security and dependability are inextricably linked, the course also covers dependable and highly available architectures. Techniques and technologies to combat threats will be explored, from secure authentication mechanisms, through firewalls, to information policies and user education to combat social engineering and data leakage.

The Management Studies route will set your technical knowledge in a management context.

Assessment

Industrial report and technical article coursework, examinations, verbal presentations, project dissertation.

Work placement scheme

Kingston University has set up a scheme that allows postgraduate students in the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing to include a work placement element in their course starting from September 2017. The placement scheme is available for both international and home/EU students.

-The work placement, up to 12 months; is optional.
-The work placement takes place after postgraduate students have successfully completed the taught portion of their degree.
-The responsibility for finding the placement is with the student. We cannot guarantee the placement, just the opportunity to undertake it.
-As the work placement is an assessed part of the course for international students, this is covered by a student's tier 4 visa.

Details on how to apply will be confirmed shortly.

Course structure

The full MSc course consists of an induction programme, four taught modules, and project dissertation. Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.

Network and Information Security MSc modules
-Cryptography and Applications
-Network and Information Security
-Data Communications
-Project Dissertation
-One option module

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Computer network and information security is of increasing importance – new legislation, technologies, vulnerabilities and threats necessitate frequent system updates. Read more
Computer network and information security is of increasing importance – new legislation, technologies, vulnerabilities and threats necessitate frequent system updates. This course aims to equip you with technical knowledge of current and emerging technologies and an understanding of the underlying theory of cryptography, networking and network security technologies. You will learn to assess, plan, design and develop secure and reliable networks and systems. You can combine this course with management studies.

Key features
-This course is accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT.
-The course is taught in a specialist data communications lab with access to the latest networking and security equipment from vendors such as Cisco, Microsoft and Clavister. Current and emerging technology will also be demonstrated by representatives from industry.
-You will have the option to work in one of our state-of-the-art research labs, called WMN (Wireless Multimedia and Networking). WMN is involved in EU and UK research collaborations and offers opportunities for advanced research and short-term research fellowships on completion of your MSc degree.

What will you study?

You will gain a critical awareness of the current developments and future trends in cryptography, network security and wireless security, starting from the mathematical principles behind cryptographic algorithms and moving on to secure network protocols.

As security and dependability are inextricably linked, the course also covers dependable and highly available architectures. Techniques and technologies to combat threats will be explored, from secure authentication mechanisms, through firewalls, to information policies and user education to combat social engineering and data leakage.

The Management Studies route will set your technical knowledge in a management context.

Assessment

Industrial report and technical article coursework, examinations, verbal presentations, project dissertation.

Work placement scheme

Kingston University has set up a scheme that allows postgraduate students in the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing to include a work placement element in their course starting from September 2017. The placement scheme is available for both international and home/EU students.

-The work placement, up to 12 months; is optional.
-The work placement takes place after postgraduate students have successfully completed the taught portion of their degree.
-The responsibility for finding the placement is with the student. We cannot guarantee the placement, just the opportunity to undertake it.
-As the work placement is an assessed part of the course for international students, this is covered by a student's tier 4 visa.

Details on how to apply will be confirmed shortly.

Course structure

The full MSc course consists of an induction programme, four taught modules, and project dissertation. Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.

Network and Information Security with Management Studies MSc modules
-Cryptography and Applications
-Network and Information Security
-Data Communications
-Business in Practice
-Project Dissertation

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This course provides an opportunity for candidates wishing to formalise their existing IT experience with a qualification, and for graduates of non-computing disciplines to develop the specialist skills to transition into an exciting career in computing with a specialism in network management, taught by Cisco-accredited trainers. Read more

This course provides an opportunity for candidates wishing to formalise their existing IT experience with a qualification, and for graduates of non-computing disciplines to develop the specialist skills to transition into an exciting career in computing with a specialism in network management, taught by Cisco-accredited trainers.

The course will provide you with the core computing and computer networking knowledge and skills required to work within a technical IT environment.

Throughout the course, content is complemented by practical work, undertaken in state-of-the-art facilities, using tools and techniques to allow you to match software solutions to the needs of businesses.

This practical element will enhance your theoretical understanding by developing real-world problem-solving skills; enhancing your employability as a graduate.

What you will study

The course is designed to provide the core knowledge and skills required to work in industry, using network configuration, analysis, troubleshooting and diagnosis tools as well as software development tools and techniques.

You will learn how to design, implement and manage computer networks, as well as develop software, database systems, and web applications. The core technical content of the course is directed towards the study of modern tools and techniques in the fields of network routing and switching, wireless networks, software development, database systems and web programming. You will learn to use modern software tools and environments, allowing you to match these to the needs of commerce and industry using appropriate development methodology to provide high quality software solutions.

Throughout the course, content is complemented by practical work, allowing you to support your theoretical understanding by developing real-world problem solving skills and gaining practical experience.

You will acquire the research and development skills required to undertake a sustained piece of network management or software development project work.

Teaching and assessment

PART-TIME SEPTEMBER START STUDENTS

  • A) Part-time September start students who would like to work on their project during the summer start their project in May of their second year and complete in December of their third year. (Approximately 28 months)
  • B) Part-time September start students who would like to avoid working on their project during the summer start their project in September of their third year and complete in May that year.  (Approximately 33 months)

PART-TIME JANUARY START STUDENTS

  • C) Part-time January start students who would like to work on their project during the summer will start their project in January of their third year complete their project in August that year. (Approximately 32 months)
  • D) Part-time January start students who would like to avoid working on their project during the summer will start their project in January of their third year, have a break during the summer semester and continue their project September-December that year. (Approximately 36 months)

You will be taught through a mixture of lectures, tutorials, labs and external speakers, supported through our online virtual learning environment affording access to a wide variety of resources and support materials.

You will work on a group project designed to simulate a number of industry-relevant challenges and develop team-working skills. You will also undertake a substantial individual project allowing you to extend and focus skills on a topic of particular interest.

ACTIVITY SUMMARY

  • Lectures - 25 students per group, 7 hours per week (Semester 1)
  • Lectures - 25 students per group, 6 hours per week (Semester 2)
  • Project Supervision - 1 students per group, 1 hour per week (Semester 3)
  • Practical class or workshop - 25 students per group, 10 hours per week (Semester 1)
  • Practical class or workshop - 25 students per group, 9 hours per week (Semester 2)
  • Independent Study - 1 student per group, 25 hours per week (Semester 1)
  • Independent Study - 1 student per group, 39 hours per week (Semester 3) 

INDEPENDENT STUDY

A significant portion of this courses is underpinned by independent learning, and you will be expected to be responsible for managing your coursework, reading and other learning activities appropriately.

STAFF DELIVERING ON THIS COURSE

Our staff members feature in the annual Support and Teaching staff with Appreciation and Recognition (STAR) awards voted by the students and organised by RGU:Union. Recently we have been awarded two Lecturer of the Year awards and an award for Continued Excellence.

Many of our academic staff are Fellows or Senior Fellows of the Higher Education Academy or are working towards this accolade. This is a professional recognition of practice, impact and leadership of teaching and learning.

Staff on this course could also include: visiting lecturers, visiting Distinguished Researchers, library staff and industry experts and postgraduate researchers.

ASSESSMENT

Typically students are assessed each year:

  • 5 written exams, typically for 3 hours
  • 1 written assignment, including essay
  • 2 reports
  • 2 dissertations
  • 2 project outputs
  • 2 oral assessments
  • 7 practical skills assessments
  • 1 group critique

Placements

Students have the option to seek a short placement. However, permission to undertake a placement is at the discretion of the School and is not guaranteed.

Job prospects 

The course prepares you for a career in information and network security. Job openings include: IT security engineer, information and data security analyst, network manager, IT security developer, IT risk and fraud specialist and e-business security analyst.

Aberdeen is home to many multinational oil and gas companies and associated suppliers such as mainstream software houses, IT providers to major oil-related companies, specialist software consultancies, and venture capital start-ups.

The university is involved in a number of commercial collaborations on a local, national and international scale with organisations such as BP, British Geological Survey, Wood Group PSN, Accenture, WIPRO and many Aberdeen-based software development companies.

The course also prepares students for research careers by providing the skills necessary of an effective researcher. Suitable MSc graduates may continue to PhD programmes within the school.

Please visit the website to find out how to apply.



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