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Secure your future career with our Computer Science (Computer Networks and Security) MSc. You’ll become a highly trained networking/security professional with the ability to adapt to the ever-changing corporate network environment.

In the digitally connected world, companies are reliant on their information networks for critical storage, distribution and processing. These networks need constant maintenance to keep them operational, resilient and efficient – this is where you come in.

At Staffordshire University, we’ll give you the skills that you need to progress in your future career as a network specialist. These skills aren’t limited to practical skills either, we include an in-depth theoretical knowledge of security policies and mitigation techniques, to ensure you are always one step ahead of the game.

We'll prepare you for your Cisco CCNP qualification and encourage you to complete a one-year industrial placement before your dissertation. Here, you'll gain commercial-world experience to add to your roster, making you an ultra-employable commodity once you graduate.

If you choose to leave before completing the full 180 credit MSc course, you are entitled to a lower award if you have achieved pass grades for the necessary credits. This would be 60 taught module credits for a Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) or 120 taught module credits for a Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip).

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: MSc Computer Science (Computer Networks and Security)

Course content

Our Computer Science (Computer Networks and Security) MSc can be studied full-time, part-time or via distance learning. Whichever way you choose to study, your learning will be split into three teaching blocks.

The first two teaching blocks consist of 8 core modules that aim to give you an expert-level understanding of networks and security. These include Virtualisation, Professional Switched Networks, Operating System Security, Professional Secure Networks, and more. During this, there’s also the option to gain Amazon Web Services certification

The final teaching block is devoted to your MSc dissertation and is your chance to specialise in whatever field of computer networks and security you choose. This will be supervised by one of our expert academics and is a chance to showcase your knowledge and launch yourself into your networking career.

Industrial placements can be undertaken not only in the UK but globally.


After completing the Computer Networks and Security MSc, you’ll be equipped to work in the following roles:

  • Network security specialist
  • Network security analyst
  • Network consultant
  • Network infrastructure engineer
  • Network security operations

Eager for more knowledge? Upon completion, you’ll be ideally placed for further academic study at PhD level.

Visit the Computer Science (Computer Networks and Security) - MSc page on the Staffordshire University website for more details!





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