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Networking & Data Communications - MSc

Course Description

This course aims to provide the knowledge and skills required to design, model and effectively operate secure and dependable digital IP-based networks. It will provide you with the opportunity to gain a sound understanding of the internet protocol suite that forms the core for current data networks. The fusion of the internet world and multimedia is also addressed, as well as wireless communications. You can combine this course with management studies.

Key features
-This course is accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT.
-You will have the opportunity to study for industry certification, including CISCO, as an optional extra to the masters programme.
-You will have the option to work in one of our state-of-the-art research labs, called WMN (Wireless Multimedia and Networking). WMN is involved in EU and UK research collaborations and offers opportunities for advanced research and short-term research fellowships on completion of your MSc degree.

What will you study?

Using the latest methods and conforming to current network design standards, you will develop a disciplined engineering approach to, and sound practical skills in, the specification, design, modelling and implementation of software and hardware. You will gain specialist knowledge of digital communications , multimedia communications , wireless networks, security issues and other advanced technologies. You will have access to a dedicated test LAN/ WLAN with a diverse range of platforms and equipment, including wireless networks and enterprise scale networking technologies.

The management studies route modules will set your technical knowledge in a management context.


Coursework and/or exams, research project/dissertation.

Work placement scheme

Kingston University has set up a scheme that allows postgraduate students in the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing to include a work placement element in their course starting from September 2017. The placement scheme is available for both international and home/EU students.

-The work placement, up to 12 months; is optional.
-The work placement takes place after postgraduate students have successfully completed the taught portion of their degree.
-The responsibility for finding the placement is with the student. We cannot guarantee the placement, just the opportunity to undertake it.
-As the work placement is an assessed part of the course for international students, this is covered by a student's tier 4 visa.

Details on how to apply will be confirmed shortly.

Course structure

The full MSc course consists of an induction programme, four taught modules, and project dissertation. Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.

Networking and Data Communications MSc modules
-Data Communications
-Wireless Communications and Networks
-Network and Information Security
-Multimedia Communications
-Project Dissertation

Visit the Networking & Data Communications - MSc page on the Kingston University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Rob Williams

426.JPG “After I graduated from Kingston University’s Computer Science BSc, I decided that I needed something extra to help me stand out from the crowd and give myself an advantage over all the other people with degrees. I was eager to learn more too, so I joined the University’s Networking and Data Communications MSc.

“The class sizes on the MSc are much smaller than on the BSc and there’s great interaction between the lecturers and the students. The course was fast paced and we learnt a great deal about upcoming technology – it pushed me hard, which I liked. We had to take more responsibility for self-study and for doing our own research than at BSc level, which had provided more structured learning.

“For my final project, I researched how to improve security on networks using the concept of Security Spaces. This was mainly aimed at overcoming security issues related to wireless hotspots and was written in Python with an XML database.

“Kingston has a great social scene. I was an active member of the University Karting Club. We raced all over the UK and Europe. I also joined the Mountaineering Club so was off most weeks to a new climbing centre. All the clubs at the University are closely linked and as soon as you are part of one, you will soon meet up with other club members on nights out. There are social events for all tastes, from balls to paint balling.

“Kingston as a town is a great place with plenty of places to go and things to do – it’s great for bars, restaurants and shopping and has plenty of open spaces like the Royal Parks nearby. If Kingston doesn’t have what you want, you can always jump on a train and you’re in central London in 25 minutes.

“After graduating, I took a well-deserved holiday and then really started looking for a job. Once I did, I found myself with two job offers within a week! I have no doubt that the MSc qualification made a huge difference to how potential employers saw me.

"I joined the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry as a network support engineer and 12 months ago was promoted to IT team leader. We’ve now hired another graduate with a BSc and MSc from Kingston University to take over my old role – I think they are very happy with former Kingston students!"

(Student Profile)

Arvind Ramrekha

"I studied for an MSc in Networking and Data Communications. Kingston has good links with industry and we met external engineers and researchers who gave us a good insight into the latest developments.

"I had intended to get some work experience in the UK after my MSc, but I did well in my studies [Arvind won prizes for his project and overall academic excellence] and my supervisor suggested I think about staying on for a PhD. I wasn't sure about it at first but, after talking to some of the other research students, I decided to apply for a project with established funding – these are shown on the website and are very competitive!

"The research department has won several big projects recently, including the one I'm working on (peer-to-peer network connectivity in disaster and emergency situations, funded by the European Union). Many of the Faculty staff are research active, well known and respected in their fields and much of our research is internationally acclaimed.

"I'm very pleased I stayed on. I'm learning a lot – everything changes so quickly – and I know I'll have several career options when I finish. Living in Kingston is great too; it's a relaxed, friendly and safe student town which is very close to the buzz of central London."


Entry Requirements

Good honours degree or equivalent in computer science/IT or substantial relevant work experience.

Last Updated

01 August 2017

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