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Master of Networks and Security (MNS)

Course Description

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.

Visit the website http://www.study.monash/courses/find-a-course/2016/networks-and-security-c6002?domestic=true


With the proliferation of mobile and pervasive devices with network capability and the popularity and the availability of Internet, more and more users and application providers are seeking and providing services with the access and delivery paradigm of anytime and anywhere. In order to harness such rapidly changing technology, one needs to have clear understanding, knowledge and experience that transcends these technologies in order to able to design, deploy and maintain networks and application services. This course not only provides an in-depth knowledge on the principles of these technologies, but also explores issues that are faced both by the users and the application providers, and provides possible solutions. The theory is interrelated with the practice which makes this course unique.

Course Structure

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.

For more information visit the faculty website - http://www.study.monash/media/links/faculty-websites/information-technology

Find out how to apply here - http://www.study.monash/courses/find-a-course/2016/networks-and-security-c6002?domestic=true#making-the-application

Visit the Master of Networks and Security (MNS) page on the Monash University website for more details!

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Student Profiles

Team Monash Elite Student Performer Scheme - No. of awards TBC

The Team Monash Elite Student Performer Scheme is designed to support talented students studying at Monash to represent the University in the areas of Sport, Performing Arts and related disciplines. This program aims to assist students who perform at a state level or higher. Students must represent the University in a Monash Club/Society or at the Inter-University (Varsity) competitions and activities.Benefits:
- $100 to $1000 one-off payment and/or a Monash Sport gym membership.
- Dependant on the sport, the level played and the funding available.Selection
- Must be competing regularly in your discipline, at the highest level in your state, or above.
- Representation of Monash University in your sport (e.g. club, Monash University Club, Monash Australian University Games or Varsity Callenge).
- Your current and past performance in your elected discipline.
- Level at which your sport is played.Retention
- You must maintain satisfactory sporting performance, as determined by TeamMONASH.
- You must regularly represent Monash University in your discipline and participate in the Australian University Games.
- You must not be in receipt of regular payments from other funding bodies for your discipline.

Value of Scholarship(s)

$100 to $1000


- Australian or New Zealand citizen, holder of an Australian permanent resident visa or permanent humanitarian visa or an international student.
- Commencing or continuing undergraduate or postgraduate student enrolled at a Monash campus in Australia, including Monash College.
- Involved in a non-professional sport, performing arts or similar, as recognised by Team Monash.

Application Procedure

You must submit an application form directly to TeamMONASH (http://www.monash.edu/teammonash/talented-student-support/elite-scheme) via their Elite Student Performer Scheme

Further Information



Faculty of Information Technology International Merit Scholarship - No. of awards TBC

$6,000 for full-time study load (48 credit points) paid towards tuition fees per year until the minimum points for your degree are completed.Selection:
Based on academic achievement. Commencing students can refer to the eligibility table*.
Continuing Monash students (after your first semester of full-time study in a Faculty of IT course) you are eligible if you achieve a minimum Weighted Average Mark of 80% - you must have completed at least 18 credit points of study.*Continuing Monash students must:a) be transferring from another faculty and commencing an Information Technology degree; or
b) be in their first semester of study and have completed a minimum of 18 credit points but no more than 24 credit points of study (excluding advance standing) of their Faculty of Information Technology. This scholarship is only awarded to continuing Monash students who have completed their first semester of study. After you have completed your first semester of study, you are not eligible for this scholarship.
You must maintain a credit average (60%) each semester

Value of Scholarship(s)



To be eligible, applicants must be:- An international student or applicant; and
- A commencing or continuing* undergraduate or postgraduate (coursework) student, and
- Intending to enrol in an on-campus undergraduate or postgraduate (coursework) single degree in the Faculty of Information Technology at a Monash campus in Australia.

Application Procedure

See the website

Further Information


Entry Requirements

An Australian undergraduate degree in a cognate discipline including computing, computer science, software engineering, computer systems, electrical, electronic or communication engineering with at least a pass (50%) average, or qualification deemed by the faculty to be a satisfactory equivalent. OR A four-year Australian honours degree involving a research thesis consisting of at least 37.5% of a one year full time load with at least credit (60%) average, or qualification deemed by the faculty to be a satisfactory equivalent. Applicants must also meet the English language requirements (View Website)

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