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Full time & Part time September MSc Full-time: 12 months; Part-time: 24 months

About the course

The MSc Data Networks and Security programme intends to develop your competence in using tools and techniques for configuring data networking systems, securing data networking systems and managing data networking systems in a production environment.

What's covered in the course?

The course is designed to cover a number of advanced topics in data network engineering, namely, network management, network security, software defined networks and information security. In addition, you will receive a solid grounding in research methods and project management before undertaking an individual project that provides an opportunity to demonstrate technical and general employability skills in preparation for career progression.

More specifically, the individual project simulates typical graduate

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Entry Requirements

In order to be considered for a place on this course, you must have passed and Honours degree at minimum of 2:2 or equivalent.

For international students, you should have attained IELTS 6.0 or equivalent.


Course Content



Where is Birmingham City University


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Amrik Singh

“I truly believe that the Faculty of Technology, Engineering and the Environment is the best place to study for Cisco networking,” says Amrik Singh. And as a Cisco network consulting engineer with five years here at the University behind him, who could be better placed to judge?

The seal of approval – from an expert
“The practical aspect of the courses at the Faculty is highly regarded in the industry. Access to the full Cisco lab is also something that other universities do not offer. The course has the perfect balance of theoretical and practical knowledge,” explains Amrik.

It certainly worked for him. He not only won the Faculty Computer Networking Prize for his undergraduate studies, but he also picked up the Faculty Postgraduate Prize for his MSc. Amazingly, he even found time to play on the University cricket team too!

A perfect practical grounding
“I use the technologies learnt in MSc Data Networks and Security in my day-to-day job,” says Amrik. “The major aspect of the course was related to practical labs which I preferred as it was essential when we went into the industry to work. Now, having been working for over a year, I think it has definitely helped in understanding the network issues and how to resolve them.”

A great way to open doors
Amrik was offered an 11-month internship with Cisco alongside his studies. Clearly, he impressed – as Cisco then offered him an Associate Network Consulting Engineer role! Amrik’s loving his new career – and plans to build expert level knowledge in Cisco technologies through Cisco certifications.
Amrik’s advice

“If you are looking to go into the industry as a complete engineer who has both practical and theoretical knowledge, I think Birmingham City University is the perfect place to study.”


Michael Goodwin

Security engineer, Michael Goodwin, was so impressed with his experience as an undergraduate here that he decided to come back for his MSc.

Hands-on staff….
“I completed my undergraduate degree here, and found the course very interesting, and the tutors very helpful, and the equipment and labs very well equipped,” says Michael. The chance to continue with the same staff was a real draw in choosing where to take the next step. “All of the tutors are very helpful, “ he says, “and go out of their way to make sure things are working as they should. They’re very knowledgeable and well-experienced staff, who have had years of ‘in industry’ experience, that they are now passing on to us.”

….and hands-on experience
He especially enjoyed getting hands-on with the equipment that he now uses every day in his job with a security reseller, supporting customers, advising colleagues and installing new equipment. “It helped having this hands-on experience, and not just being taught theory in a classroom,” he explains.

The perfect student city
The student experience is another big attraction. “Birmingham is a very vibrant city, catering for many types of students. The whole University atmosphere is good, the Students’ Union is very well-organised, and the Millennium Point location is very well situated in the centre of the city.”


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