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Course content

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

  • increase the depth of your technical knowledge
  • develop your computer hardware and software skills
  • gain a thorough working knowledge of computer engineering
  • study the latest technologies used in modern day computer networking systems and their applications
  • gain the skills needed to design, develop and maintain computer network systems

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.

Professional recognition

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.

Course structure

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

  • communication engineering
  • communication media
  • communication networks
  • network applications

Computer engineering modules

At least three from

  • microprocessor engineering
  • object-oriented methods
  • operating systems
  • software engineering

Option modules

Up to two from

  • applicable artificial intelligence
  • digital signal processing
  • embedded systems
  • mixed signal design
  • electrical energy systems
  • efficient machines and electromagnetic applications

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.

Visit the Computer and Network Engineering MSc page on the Sheffield Hallam University website for more details!




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