Increasing expectations of ‘anytime, anywhere’ access to network facilities (whether from desktop, laptop, smart phone or tablet) means a constant demand for new networking protocols and technologies to keep up with the needs of a technologically reliant society.
This course is designed to give you knowledge of both wired and wireless technology to enable you to enter a career in this fast-paced industry.
Intermediate qualifications available:
Postgraduate certificate – 60 credits at Masters level
Postgraduate diploma – 120 credits at Masters level
Choose Computer Networking MSc at Bedfordshire and:
- Study with staff active in networking and security research on a course with a balance of focus on wired and wireless technologies, working with a 64-node cluster, and other state-of-the-art equipment including virtualised environments as you advance your knowledge of both theoretical and practical challenges related to grid-computing
- Explore areas including network systems, computer security, networking administration and management, wireless networking, distributed parallel architectures, advanced security countermeasures, professional project management and emerging technologies
- Develop skills related to distributed networks (such as distributed and parallel architectures), ideal if you aim to pursue a career in networking, either in management or network set-up
- Gain in-depth skills in network management and administration (allowing you to work as a Network Manager) including essential security aspects, grid-computing and fault tolerance
- Benefit from developing expertise including components of professional qualifications such as CompTIA Linux+ and EC-Council CEH - equipping you for a career as a Network Engineer/Architect, in IT Support, as a Systems Analyst or Systems/Network Designer or in further study on an MSc by Research, MPhil or PhD.
Why choose this course?
With the arrival of Internet of Things, and 24/7 connectivity to world-wide network facilities (be it a desktop, laptop, tablets, smart phones, smart TVs) there is an increased need for continued development of new networking protocols and technologies that can feed the demand of the nation. The MSc in Computer Networking is designed to give you an in depth knowledge of wired, wireless, and mobile technologies. You will develop your knowledge and technical skills required to design, implement, manage and secure different types of networks.
Career Management Skills
Employability is understood widely as encompassing knowledge, skills and a professional attitude which your tutors expect you to display in all your units. All University of Bedfordshire
courses aim to help you to be prepared for the world of work. The Careers Service (http://www.beds.ac.uk/student-experience2/studying-at-bedfordshire/student-services/careers
) is there to support you throughout the three years of your study. Our curriculum gives you skills that are valuable for a career within the various areas of Computer Science, Information Technology, Computer Networking, and Computer Security, and also relevant for a much wider range of applications.
Team work is an essential element in developing your employability and is part of a number of units in this course. One particular unit, Social and Professional Project Management, requires you to work in a team so as to apply an industry standard project management methodology that embraces all of these knowledge areas in an integrated way while going through the stages of planning, execution and project control; you will work as part of a team, take responsibility and make autonomous decisions that impact on the project team performance.
In addition and somewhat complementary, the MSc Computer Networking project fosters independent and autonomous study: you learn to take up the responsibility of conducting your project, typically derived from your own ideas, in collaboration with a dedicated member of the teaching staff as your project supervisor
Career/Further study opportunities
On completing this course you are likely to progress into the following areas depending on your academic qualifications, professional qualifications (if any were completed previously) and level of experience:
- IT and Helpdesk Support
- Network Technician
- Systems or Network Administrator
- Systems Analyst
- Network Engineer
- Network Architect
- Systems or Network Designer
- Computer Networking Instructor, University Academic, or ICT Teacher
- Network infrastructure Manager
- Networking Consultant
- Networking Team Leader
- Project Manager
Opportunities exist for further postgraduate study (e.g. MSc by Research) or students can also continue onto MPhil or PhD by research that can lead to a career in higher education.
Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree at Honours level or equivalent in a computing related subject.