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Smart Networks (MSc)

Course Description

This specialised Masters programme is unique in Scotland, designed for meeting the increasing business requirements of modern enterprises.

About the programme

Building on your networking and computing expertise, the programme focuses on the latest and emerging smart networking technologies that are creating new opportunities for business, education, research and everyday life. These include cloud computing, virtual networking, data centre management, Internet of Things (IoT), 4G/5G mobile networks, mobile app development, machine-to-machine communications, and data and network security.

The programme aims to produce graduates with the vision, knowledge and skills to apply these latest smart networking technologies to optimise the ICT networking infrastructure for businesses, to design innovative networking solutions, to develop smart networking enabled applications and services, and to research the next generation networking technologies.

Your learning

You will study the key concepts, latest standards, enabling technologies and applications in designing, deploying, operating, and evaluating the emerging smart networks. The programme is practically-focused and boasts a purposely-built specialised smart networking lab including a private cloud platform, advanced wireless/mobile/IoT/UAV networking equipment, a mobile app development platform and R&D testbeds associated with the Centre of Audio-Visual Communications and Networks (http://www.uws.ac.uk/avcn). You will thus gain extensive hands-on laboratory experience in realistic smart networking scenarios.

Modules studied include:
• Virtual Networking and Cloud Computing
• Mobile Networks and Smartphone Applications
• Advanced Wireless Networking Technologies
• Internet of Things (IoT)
• Data and Network Security
• Research Design and Methods
• Emerging Topics in Smart Networks
• Masters Project

Our Careers Adviser says

This programme equips graduates with the knowledge and skills demanded by industry (and academia) for smart and smarter networking solutions. Graduates possess the potential to secure leading roles as cloud architects, wireless/mobile network consultants or analysts, mobile app developers and researchers.

Further learning

Successful completion of the programme prepares you for advanced research studies in related technology areas. Graduates have the priority to be admitted to the MPhil/PhD degree programmes directed by individual teaching team members affiliated with AVCN.

Professional recognition

Professional recognition for this specialised smart networking programme is being sought from the British Computer Society.

Financial support

A limited number of scholarships were available in 2015 – check our website for updates on 2016 information.

Cutting-edge facilities

As you would expect, we offer access to high-quality computing and state-of-the-art software systems as well as tried and tested in demand technologies such as Oracle, CIW, Adobe, CISCO, SAP and Microsoft.

Research and collaboration

We have a proven track record in knowledge and technology transfer in the form of applied research, training and consultancy. More than 65% of our research outputs were rated as world-leading and internationally excellent in the Research Excellence Framework 2014. We are proud that our research expertise informs teaching and our students are taught by academic staff who are at the forefront of their profession.

Visit the Smart Networks (MSc) page on the University of the West of Scotland website for more details!

Student Profiles

Computing Masters Scholarships - 20+ Awards

[[Scottish Funding Council]]
Two of our computing Masters courses for entry in session September 2016 have a limited number of Scottish Funding Council tuition fee scholarships meaning that they are tuition fee free. To be eligible, you must meet the same residency conditions that SAAS use. For further information check out the Student Awards Agency Acotland (SAAS) eligibility criteria page, c.20 . The two MSc courses are:MSc Mobile Web Development
MSc Smart Networks[Data Lab Scholarships]]
We also are delighted to announce that our new for 2016 Advanced Computing Masters framework has been awarded 12 fully-funded tuition fee scholarships by The Data Lab* for the MSc Big Data for September 2016 entry. This means that for Scottish/EU students aiming to study for the MSc Big Data it will be tuition fee free.*The Data Lab enables new collaborations between industry, public sector and universities driven by common interests in the exploitation of data science. It is one of the eight innovation centres funded by the Scottish Funding Council through the Innovation Centres programme and provides resources and funding to kick-start projects, deliver skills and training, and help to develop the local ecosystem by building a cohesive data science community.[[SAAS Funding]]
Unlike undergraduate studies, only a limited number of postgraduate courses (see list below) are eligible for SAAS postgraduate loan funding for both tuition fees and living costs and the funding package differs significantly to what you might have received as an undergraduate student. To read more about how this works, and to find out if your chosen course is eligible for funding, visit our Funding and Advice Team resources, and select the Postgraduate section. Check the SAAS website for details SAAS loan eligibility for UK and EU students.MSc Advanced Computer Systems Development
MSc Advanced Computing
MSc Information and Network Security
MSc Information Technology[[Alternative Funding]]
There are lots of alternative sources of funding, like charities and trusts, that can help fund your postgraduate studies. These can include grants that can pay tuition fees, living cost support and funding for research expenses. To read more about how you can search for this type of funding, visit our Funding and Advice Team resources (http://www.uws.ac.uk/fundingandadvice), and select the Postgraduate section.[[International Student Scholarships]]
Scholarships and UWS accommodation bursaries for full-fee paying students are available. For more details visit the International Students Scholarships (http://www.uws.ac.uk/scholarships) page or email [email protected]

Value of Scholarship(s)

Full fees


For Scottish Funding Council (for both the MSc Mobile Web Development and MSc Smart Networks) and Data Lab scholarships (for the MSc Big Data) applicants must satisfy the Scottish Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) eligibility criteria: http://www.saas.gov.uk/full_time/pg/eligibility.htm

Application Procedure

To be considered for either the Scottish Funding Council or The Data Lab scholarships, you should indicate this within the application process. Please note, that if you intend to study for the MSc Big Data you will initially be applying for the Advanced Computing course - you must indicate your intention to select the MSc Big Data stream within your Personal Statement during the application process and that you wish to be considered for the scholarship at that point.

Entry Requirements

Bachelor’s Honours degree (2.2 or above) in networking, computer science, or a closely related discipline from a UK academic institute or an equivalent 4-year international degree qualification. Applicants may also be considered with other academic, vocational or professional qualifications deemed to be equivalent. Overseas students must meet UWS English language requirements.

Course Fees

Scottish/EU Students: £3,400, Rest of UK Students: £3,400, International Students £11,000

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