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Networking & Data Communications MSc

Course Description

Choose Kingston's Networking and Data Communications

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 will form the core for future data networks. The fusion of the internet world and multimedia is also addressed.

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 principles, multimedia communications principles, 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.


Coursework and/or exams, research project/dissertation.

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:

Core modules

Data Communications
Wireless Communications and Networks
Network and Information Security
Multimedia Communications
Project Dissertation

What this course offers you

The Networking and Data Communications course gives you the knowledge and skills needed to design, develop and operate secure IP-based networks.

The project/dissertation gives you the chance to study an area of interest in greater depth and gain valuable research skills. It is usually relevant to your career so provides an excellent selling point when you are looking for a job or promotion.

If you are an overseas student, we will help you to carry out a project either based in your home country or that will be of specific relevance when you return home.

Our close links with industry mean you may be able to undertake the project in a real working environment or alongside the Faculty's networking and communication research group.

Teaching staff are research active, which keeps your learning cutting-edge.

The taught modules aim to prepare you for the job market. Alongside your academic studies, you gain skills in:
problem solving and organisation;
data collation, review and synopsis;
communication (oral, written and electronic);
time management; and
co-operation and teamwork.

Each module offers a stimulating balance of study, which may include lectures, practical lab work, group working, case studies and presentations. Industry experts often teach on the courses, enhancing your studies.

You also have the chance to network with other professionals in the same situation as yourself. Our postgraduate students often set up study groups to support and encourage to each other.

We offer part-time options to help you fit your studies around other commitments. This course is modular, with each module taught in a week-long block, allowing you to attend as you would for a short course.

We also offer a course in Networking and Data Communications with Management Studies, which allows you to develop key business and management skills.

English language requirements

In order to complete your programme successfully, it is important to have a good command of English and be able to apply this in an academic environment. Therefore, if you are a non-UK applicant* you will usually be required to provide certificated proof of English language competence before commencing your studies.

For this course the minimum requirement is Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall with 6.0 in Writing and 5.5 in Reading, Listening and Speaking.

Applicants who do not meet the English language requirements may be eligible to join our pre-sessional English language course.

Please make sure you read our full guidance about English language requirements, which includes details of other qualifications we'll consider.

* Applicants from one of the recognised majority English speaking countries (MESCs) do not need to meet these requirements.

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."


Postgraduate SEC International Scholarships - 15 Awards

The Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing is offering awards of £1,500 for international students on its taught, full-time MSc courses.Students selected to receive a scholarship award will act as an ambassador for Faculty promotional activities and events and have the opportunity to gain valuable teaching experience assisting with undergraduate classes for between four and six hours per week (for a maximum of 40 hours over the year and teaching times to be arranged to work around your MSc timetable and any other commitments you may have).
Selection ProcessSelection is by application only and applicants must:- Have a good academic record
- Provide a statement of 500 words explaining why they think they would make a good ambassador for the course and the faculty.* Please note that applicants cannot be awarded more than one scholarship.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Any international student applying for a taught full-time postgraduate MSc course in the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing with a confirmed offer of a place for the next academic intake (September or January).

Application Procedure

In order to apply for a scholarship, you are required to fill in and submit a SEC Scholarship Application Form available on our website.The application must be typed and printed.The deadlines for receiving your application for scholarships are:* 31st July for September intake
* 16th November for January intakeApplications received after this deadline can not be considered.Other scholarships for postgraduate students can be found at http://www.kingston.ac.uk/international/fees-and-funding/scholarships/

Further Information



Postgraduate Scholarships & Bursaries for International Students - 20+ Awards

Please see our website for full details of all current scholarships available.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Up to 3,500


Please see our website for full details of all current scholarships available.

Application Procedure

Please see our website for full details of all current scholarships available.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Good honours degree or equivalent in Computer Science/IT or substantial relevant work experience.

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