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Networking & Data Communications / with Management Studies Masters (Msc)

This course 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.The aims of the course are to:

  • Provide knowledge, skills and a critical appreciation of the principles of data communications.
  • Enable you to analyse a system and design an appropriate, custom solution.
  • Develop subject related practical skills.
  • Provide you with the opportunities to develop written and oral communication skills;
  • Prepare you for employment, research, further study and lifelong learning by developing their intellectual, problem-solving, practical and key (transferable) skills.

Key features

  • This course is accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT.
  •  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.
  • Thanks to the many collaborations of WMN with industries, you will have the possibility to perform your final project in collaboration with a relevant industry.
  • The teaching team has strong links with professional bodies such as the BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), with key lecturers in the Course in leading roles. 


The academic year is comprised of two Blocks. Most modules run over two whole weeks apart from Business in Practice if that is in your field.

Although you do not have lectures in every week of the term time, you are obliged to remain in contact with the university during term time and be available to come in if necessary.

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 study the technologies underpinning LTE and 5G wireless networks, the Internet of Things, and - for the route without management module - multimedia broadcasting (as used by the main broadcasters like BBC and Sky) and multimedia streaming technologies (as used for instance by Netflix or YouTube and more recently by on demand platforms from Broadcasters).

You will have access to a dedicated test LAN/ WLAN with a diverse range of platforms and equipment, including several types of wireless networks and enterprise scale networking technologies. You will also have access to a multimedia lab with state-of-the-art equipment for multimedia quality testing (including professional HDR display, UHD and 3Ddisplays, VR devices, etc.)

The management studies route module will set your technical knowledge in a management context (at the expense of multimedia content)

Work placement scheme

Many postgraduate courses at Kingston University allow students to do a 12-month work placement as part of their course. The responsibility for finding the work placement is with the student; we cannot guarantee the work placement, just the opportunity to undertake it. As the work placement is an assessed part of the course, it is covered by a student's tier 4 visa.

Invoicing on the placement courses is split into two stages. The standard course fee is payable in year 1 with the placement fee invoiced in year 2. Therefore, students starting in September 2018 would therefore be charged the placement fee of £1,230 in September 2019. Students commencing the course in September 2019 will be invoiced the placement fee in 2020 (provisionally £1,350).

This amount will only be charged to your account after you find a placement and are enrolled on the module. You will not be charged this fee if you do not manage to secure a work placement.

Find out more about the postgraduate work placement scheme.

Visit the Networking & Data Communications / with Management Studies Masters (Msc) page on the Kingston University website for more details!






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