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Network Systems Engineering (MSc)

Course Description

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.

Key features

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.

Course details

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 .

International applicants

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.

Visit the Network Systems Engineering (MSc) page on the Plymouth University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Jerome Grosdemange

644.jpg I came to the University of Plymouth to do a Master in Network Systems Engineering as the final year of my French engineering school. It was a good opportunity to improve my English skills and to discover a new educational system.

The MSc gave me an excellent overview of network technologies, together with the opportunity to try different things during practical sessions in labs. Besides the lectures, I have also spent time working at home or at the library.

As a French student from an engineering school, I had to change how I used to work. The type of reports, the references and the group assignments were especially new for me. It improved my research and presentations skills and gave me more rigour.

The partnership between the MSc programme and Orange gave me the opportunity to do an internship in the France Telecom R&D labs in London. After transferring to MRes, I spent 6 months working on a research project on Quality of Experience and VoIP as the final project for the Master. Without a doubt, I was very lucky to have this experience in a real company, combining the support of the academic world with the needs of the industry.

Since the project has ended last August, I came back to France and I am currently working for Atos Origin Integration, a company specialised in offering telecommunications and networking software solutions. The job was easy to find with the experience I gathered while doing my project with France Telecom, the MRes, and the ability to speak very good English.


Plymouth University graduates - Automatic Postgraduate Bursaries - 20+ Awards

This award is available for:Graduates of the University of Plymouth assessed as Home or EU.
Enrolled on a full-time taught postgraduate programme on which a postgraduate fee is charged and no student loan is available.
Where the student is self-funded.
Where the student is part funded/sponsored the discount will apply to the self funded element of the tuition fee only.Please note:The award is not available from postgraduate to postgraduate programmes.
The following programmes are not covered by this postgraduate discount: PGCE programmes and Graduate Diploma in Architecture.
The award of 10% off the fees is only redeemable once, within the first year of the programme.

Value of Scholarship(s)



A 10% alumni discretionary award is available in all faculties for Home and EU graduates.

Application Procedure

Automatic scholorship.Contact [email protected]

Further Information


Entry Requirements

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.

Course Fees

Full-time: UK/EU: £5,660, International: £13,250, Islands: £13,250; Part-time (per 10 credits): UK/EU: £314, International: £750, Islands: £750

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