Network technologies are changing the way we work and live. You need a big picture of the way the technologies interact. Besides knowing how to configure network hardware and design and monitor large networks, learn about the way that communication and data networks are converging, study best practice for making networks secure and find out about how software defined networking will affect the field. The programme offers the flexibility, expert teaching and hands-on experience needed to succeed.
Gain understanding of the technologies for providing and managing effective network services; a broad grounding in network architectures, protocols and related standards; and a detailed understanding of the underlying technologies.
Develop a high level awareness of the issues arising from the convergence of computing and telecommunications technologies, and an understanding of the communication engineering and computing issues related to intelligent communication networks, network design and network management.
Ensure your learning is always current as part of a School that’s internationally recognised for its research on network and security engineering. Focus on a course that’s underpinned by the research and expertise of the Centre for Security, Communications and Network Research (CSCAN). Attend the Centre’s international conferences and benefit from their strong research, teaching, and project links with institutions including the University of Applied Sciences in Darmstadt, Germany, and the Centre for Applied Internet Research (CAIR) at Glyndwr University in Wales.
Focus on your specific interests and where you want to take your career with an individual final project chosen from a catalogue of suggestions, or created by you.
Test out your ideas and immerse yourself in new ideas and security testing in our specialist networks laboratory, stocked with modern Cisco equipment. Benefit from hands-on networking design, simulation and implementation.
Deepen your understanding with modules that change each year to reflect the very latest knowledge and research in this fast-moving sector. Recent modules include Network Security, Voice and Voiceover IP, Voice and Video over IP, and Incident Prevention, Detection and Response.
Gain the skills necessary to study at masters level with specialist modules on personal effectiveness, research techniques and project development expertise.
Stand out from the crowd by completing an integrated placement as part of your masters degree.
Benefit from the flexibility of having the option to start this programme in January.
You'll cover subjects including networking, infrastructure provisioning, designing and monitoring complex networks, as well as dedicated modules on multimedia communication. In addition, you'll gain an in-depth view of system and network aspects of security and build your understanding of the design and implementation of security solutions in business environments. Modules include substantial hands-on elements, covering software, configuration of networking hardware, implementations of internet telephony systems, as well as tools used for designing, analysing and troubleshooting networks. The programme is taught in autumn and spring blocks that September entry and January entry students experience in a different order. The MSc requires two blocks and a project that is completed one year after entry. Part-time students are expected to take 20-40 credits of the listed modules each term.
The University aims to make the application procedure as simple and efficient as possible. Our Postgraduate Admissions and Enquiries team are on hand to offer help and can put you in touch with the appropriate faculty if you wish to discuss any programme in detail. If you have a disability and would like further information about the support provided by Plymouth University, please visit our Disability Assist Services website. Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email [email protected]
If you have overseas qualifications you can check your comparability with the UK equivalent through NARIC, who provide an advisory service.
If your first language is not English then evidence of English proficiency is required. The level of proficiency that is required can vary with the type of programme for which you are applying.
The minimum IELTS score for acceptable English proficiency for entry is normally 6.5.
A minimum of BSc (Hons) 2:2 in a computing, electronic engineering or similar background along with evidence of computer networking experience at the level of Cisco CCNA. A lower degree classification may be considered if you can demonstrate a significant level of experience in the networking area, with competence in computer programming. Professional experience may also be taken into consideration.
Full-time: UK/EU: £5,660, International: £13,250, Islands: £13,250; Part-time (per 10 credits): UK/EU: £314, International: £750, Islands: £750