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MSc Computer Communication Networks

Course Description


Accredited by the IET.

This well-established and highly successful MSc course in Data Communication Systems was introduced in the mid eighties and has been continuously revised to keep pace with developments in the computer-communications industry. The evolution of data communication systems and computer networks in recent years has been explosive. This is a global phenomenon which presently is outstripping the ability of commercial organisations to recruit personnel equipped with the necessary blend of technical and managerial skills to initiate and manage the introduction of the new emerging technologies in networks and communications. The effect of this current trend has been a growing overlap of the computer network and communications industries, from component fabrication to system integration. Another result is the development of integrated systems that transmit and process all types of data and information. Both the technology and the technical standards organisations are driving toward integrated public systems that make virtually all data and information sources around the world easily and uniformly accessible. The aim of this course is to respond to this fast changing field and to ensure the student can apply the knowledge gained from the course in the complex situations prevailing within the computer network and communications industry.

This course is aimed at:

* Recent graduates in Electrical or Electronic Engineering, Computer Science, Physics and Mathematics who wish to deepen their knowledge of the technological, commercial and managerial issues associated with Data Communication Systems.
* Practising engineers who wish to update their knowledge in this area. In this fast moving environment postgraduate qualifications provide a competitive edge in career progression.
* European and other overseas engineers who wish to broaden their education in the United Kingdom.


Industrial input to the MSc is continuously updated through lecturers' contacts within the industry and through a guest speaker programme. In particular, the entire Planning, Procurement, Regulation and Services module is delivered by a computer networking consultant with international experience. Practical skills are developed through the workshop module, both to reinforce the theory presented in lectures and to gain hands-on experience. In addition to in-depth technical knowledge, the Data Communications industry also considers project management, team working and presentation skills to be key attributes. These are all developed in the Course.

Visit the MSc Computer Communication Networks page on the Brunel University London website for more details!

(Student Profile)


97.jpg KOLADE ADEWUYI graduate in MSc Computer Communications Networks

I chose to study MSc Computer Communication Networks Engineering because it is one of the fastest growing fields providing a global scope of opportunities at different tiers in just about every organization in the world. Brunel University, due to its reputation in the field of engineering and design and its strong industrial links, offers a platform for acquiring a Master’s degree that will advance my career in the information technology field.

The modules of the course are in-depth with references to current industrial applications of the topics. The lecturers are friendly and are always willing to help, and ensure that every student has a good understanding of the course work. The lecturing environment and the class size are conducive to learning. In addition to lectures, there are hands on labs and simulations during which students can understand the implementations of the topics taught. There are also detailed java tutorials to bring anyone without prior programming experience up to speed in a short period of time.

There are a number of resources to assist students overcome their learning challenges. These resources include the Academic Skills (ASK) service which organises various workshops covering areas such as academic writing, statistics and mathematics, grammar and punctuation, time management and organization skills, and much more. The library is well equipped with books that are relevant to the modules and has adequate meeting rooms for group discussions.

The University offers extensive opportunity for social activities which are a good avenue for meeting diverse groups of people from all parts of the world, thus facilitating a healthy balance between study and recreation. Brunel is truly a globalised University (November 2012)


PG Academic Excellence Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

Postgraduate Academic Excellence Scholarships
The scholarship is available for PGT courses at Brunel starting from September 2014 and focuses on two key audiences, namely high calibre prospective PG students and our alumni who wish to undertake further postgraduate study at Brunel. It is available to both Home/ EU and International students.In order to attract high calibre students and encourage them to undertake postgraduate study we intend to offer this scholarship as a discount of 15% off the tuition fees for anyone who has obtained a first class undergraduate degree from a UK University, either in the UK or abroad.Additionally Brunel has always offered a reduction in PG tuition fees for Brunel alumni and Brunel students who take up postgraduate education could receive the '15% graduate discount'.These two discounts are not exclusive and therefore a Brunel alumnus who has a first class undergraduate degree can receive both.There are exclusions to this offer. Please read the terms and conditions carefully to determine whether you are eligible.

Value of Scholarship(s)

discount 15% of tuition fees


A first class undergraduate degree from a UK University, either in the UK or abroad.

Application Procedure

See website

Further Information



Women in Engineering Scholarships - 20+ Awards

The Women in Engineering Programme supports female graduates to attain their full potential in the engineering profession. The Programme consists of a bespoke mentoring scheme (all mentors are professionals), personal professional development training and visits to industry. The Programme also includes a £10,000 Women in Engineering Award for 30 selected female students starting their full-time masters studies in September 2015 on a range of MSc courses.This Programme aims to help you promote yourself as an engineer, have a better understanding of the career paths and opportunities available to you, and develop a network of key contacts to help you rise to the top of your profession.

Value of Scholarship(s)



You must be a female UK/EU student applying for one of the relevant MSc full-time courses listed on our website: http://www.brunel.ac.uk/cedps/courses/women-in-engineering.
You must be studying for your undergraduate degree in the UK, having paid the £9,000 per annum undergraduate tuition fee, and will graduate in 2014/15.
You must have an undergraduate degree in Engineering, Technology, Science or Mathematics, and be eligible for associate or graduate membership of one of the UK Engineering Institutions.
Additional conditions may apply to students from Wales, Northern Ireland or Scotland who may be receiving additional funding. Please contact the university for further details.

Application Procedure

There is no separate application procedure for this scholarship. How well you fit the criteria will be based on information taken from your postgraduate application form (application is online via the Brunel website). You should ensure that you submit a strong personal statement that answers the key points above. A good reference from your employer or supervisor will also be an important factor.Applications to the Women in Engineering programme will also be considered from graduate engineers who do not qualify for the current Women in Engineering scholarship.Places on the programme may be offered conditional to receipt of impending qualifications, if it is evident that other criteria have been met. The deadline for application is 1 September 2015.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A UK first or second class Honours degree or equivalent internationally recognised qualification usually in Electrical or Electronic Engineering or Computer Science or Mathematics or Physics. Other qualifications and relevant experience will be assessed on an individual basis. English Language Requirements: IELTS: 6 (min 5.5 in all areas) TOEFL Paper test: 550 (TWE 4) TOEFL Internet test: 79 (R18, L17, S20, W17) Pearson: 51 (51 in all subscores)

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