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Advanced Computer Networking - MSc

Course Description

Study the Advanced Computer Networking masters and further develop your knowledge of network technologies, computer networks, routing and switching technologies and hands-on Cisco configuration.

This advanced networking postgraduate course produces network design engineers, network architects and systems analysts and is accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS).

This course has several available starts and study methods - please view the individual web-pages for more information:
January 2017 (Part Time) - http://www.gcu.ac.uk/ebe/study/courses/details/index.php/P00865-1PTAB-1617/Advanced_Computer_Networking_(January)?utm_source=ZZZZ&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=courselisting

January 2018 (Full Time) - http://www.gcu.ac.uk/ebe/study/courses/details/index.php/P01020-1FTAB-1718/Advanced_Computer_Networking?utm_source=ZZZZ&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=courselisting

January 2018 (Part Time) - http://www.gcu.ac.uk/ebe/study/courses/details/index.php/P00865-1PTAB-1718/Advanced_Computer_Networking_(Part-time)?utm_source=ZZZZ&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=courselisting

Programme Description

With a global shortfall in networking specialists, the MSc Advanced Computer Networking programme, accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS), provides you with the knowledge needed to succeed in the area of advanced computer networking. Focusing on both theoretical and practical skills, it covers network design, implementation and administration.

Students will be taught networking technologies at a professional level together with their practical implementation and troubleshooting methods. You will develop a working knowledge in a wide range of routing and switching technologies used in modern enterprise networks.

The programme also offers you the opportunity to develop the hands-on Cisco configuration skills which are valued by employers in the industry. Graduates from this programme will be able to make appropriate design decisions based on complex customer requirements involving multiple technologies, implement them, and present them to clients in a professional manner.

The programme provides the skills required for professional network engineering, network design and network operations centre (NOC) roles.


Accredited by the BCS, the professional body for IT within the UK and a Chartered Engineering Institute. The BCS develop and maintain standards in educational qualifications that provide an appropriate foundation for those who wish to follow a career in computing or information systems. The programme is recognised as a further learning element for the Chartered IT Professional (CITP), the BCS’s own chartered qualification and, additionally, as meeting the academic qualifications required for a Chartered Engineer (CEng). It also covers many of the topics required within Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) and you will be well placed to progress to this at the end of the Masters programme.


All modules include examinations and coursework. Practical computing forms a significant part of assessment. This is accomplished through coursework and practical tests.

Career Opportunities

Successful completion of the programme will equip you with the valuable technical and communication skills network professionals require. These skills include the ability to install, configure and diagnose faults within a converged network infrastructure using the analytical methods taught on the programme. Careers that would utilise these skill sets include network design engineer/ architect and systems analyst within the telecommunications industry.

Visit the Advanced Computer Networking - MSc page on the Glasgow Caledonian University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

UK Honours degree 2:2 (or equivalent) in an appropriate computer science or cognate discipline, OR, a UK honours degree 2:2 (or equivalent) in a science or engineering discipline together with Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA).

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