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IT Systems Administration and Management - MSc/PGDip/PGCert


Course Description

The IT Systems Administration and Management programme teaches the fundamental theoretical concepts needed and gives you the opportunity to put these skills into practice in our VM platform, dedicated server laboratory, and networking laboratories.

These facilities, along with access to enterprise level software, through departmental VMWare and MSDNAA subscriptions, as well as University agreements with companies such as ServiceNow and Numecent, allow you to work on complex scenarios using industry standard hardware and software.

Why choose this course?

It is taught by domain experts, many of whom are also practitioners in the field. Dedicated server and networking laboratories with enterprise equipment including Cisco switches, routers and firewalls and Dell servers. Dedicated virtualisation platform to practice cloud deployment. Access to a wide range of enterprise software to ensure realistic deployment environments.

An emphasis on live projects, alongside group work modelled on industry standard working patterns, gives you the opportunity to develop more business oriented skills such as project management, team management, and customer relationship management to equip you with the skills required for IT systems management. An opportunity to apply to undertake a placement which enables you to practice and refine your skills within a company or organisation.

This course in detail

The MSc in IT Systems Administration and Management has a modular course-unit design providing you with maximum flexibility and choice. To qualify for a master’s degree without placement, you must pass modules amounting to 180 credits. This comprises six taught modules (20 credits each) plus your dissertation (60 credits). To qualify for a master's degree with placement you need to a one year placement in between the taught component and the dissertation.

The Postgraduate Diploma in IT Systems Administration and Management allows you to concentrate on the taught part of the degree and is ideal for people working in the communications industry who wish to update their skills. To qualify for a Postgraduate Diploma, you must pass modules amounting to 120 credits. This comprises six taught modules (20 credits each). In some cases, it may be possible for a student on a Postgraduate Diploma to do 3 taught modules (20 credits each) plus your dissertation (60 credits).

The Postgraduate Certificate in IT Systems Administration and Management allows you to concentrate on the taught part of the degree and is ideal for people working in the communications industry who wish to learn a specific area in this rapidly changing discipline. To qualify for a Postgraduate Certificate, you must pass modules amounting to 60 credits. This comprises three taught modules (20 credits each).

We also offer a Postgraduate Certificate IT Systems Administration and Management Research Project.

Semester 1 - In Semester 1 you can choose from the following modules:
-Research and Scholarship Methods (compulsory for MSc and PG Dip)
-Network Principles (compulsory for MSc and PG Dip)
-Secure Systems Architecture (compulsory for MSc)

Semester 2 - In Semester 2 you can choose from the following modules:
-Multiservice Networks (compulsory for MSc)
-Systems Administration (compulsory for MSc and PG Dip)
-IT Systems Management and Governance (compulsory for MSc)

As courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the list of taught modules offered may vary from the list here.

If you are studying for an MSc you will also take:
-MSc Dissertation (completed over summer)

MSc students have the option to apply to undertake a placement. Placement positions are not guaranteed, however the Department will help and support you in finding a placement.

Visit the IT Systems Administration and Management - MSc/PGDip/PGCert page on the Oxford Brookes University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You should normally hold a first degree, equivalent to at least a British lower second-class bachelor’s degree, in an Electronic Engineering, Telecommunications, Computer Science or a related Engineering or Computing degree. Applicants whose first degree is not in these areas, but who have worked in a related industry, and have obtained good relevant experience and programming skills, can also be considered. For entry to the Postgraduate Certificate Research Project you should provide evidence of experience in research and study methods at an appropriate level.

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