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MSc in Advanced Networking

This MSc course is ideal for professionals needing knowledge and experience of advanced networking and research methods, and is also an excellent basis for further studies at doctoral level. It consists of four professional vocational modules, which include Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) materials, and either a final research project or a professional project combined with study of digital forensics – drawing together the knowledge and skills you have gained and developing the skills required to address problems systematically.

Key features of the course

•Offers a choice of research or professional routes
•Develops your skill set with the largest Cisco Networking academy in the UK
•Draws on the latest CCNP, CISSP and CCNA-S curriculum
•Provides the knowledge, understanding, and skills needed to install, configure and maintain local and wide area networks
•Includes hands-on experience of using online tools and configuring networks.
This qualification is eligible for a Postgraduate Loan available from Student Finance England.


To gain this qualification, you need 180 credits as follows:

Stage 1

Advanced routing – CCNP Route (T824) is the foundation module and should normally be studied first. You can study the remaining modules in any order, but if you are taking one module each presentation, we recommend that you study them in the order shown.
Note: you can take the Cisco components of T824 (Route), T828 and T826 (Switch) in any order. You must successfully complete both Route and Switch (or their predecessors BSCI and BCMSN) before taking the Cisco component of T827 (TShoot).

Choose 120 credits from the following compulsory modules:

• Advanced routing – CCNP 1 (T824)
• Network security (T828)
• Multilayer switching – CCNP 3 (T826)
• Optimising networks – CCNP 4 (T827)

Completion of Stage 1 will entitle you to claim the Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Networking (E51).


Stage 2

This MSc offers a choice of routes after you have completed Stage 1. The research route involves producing a dissertation to develop your academic research skills; while the professional route is a more discipline-oriented qualification combining study of digital forensics with an investigative project in advanced networking.

Choose 60 credits from either the Research route or the Professional route:

Research route

Compulsory module:

• Research project (T802)

Professional route

Compulsory modules:

• Digital forensics (M812)
• The MSc professional project (T847)

The modules quoted in this description are currently available for study. However, as we review the curriculum on a regular basis, the exact selection may change over time.

Credit transfer

If you have already completed some successful study at postgraduate level at another institution you may be able to transfer credit for this study and count it towards this Open University qualification. If you wish to apply to transfer credit you must do so as soon as possible as it may affect your choice of OU modules. If you are awarded credit for study completed elsewhere, you may find that you need to study fewer OU modules to complete your qualification with us. Visit our Credit Transfer site for more information and details of how to apply for credit transfer.

Visit the MSc in Advanced Networking page on the Open University website for more details!





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