If you are keen to acquire the knowledge and skills required to design, model and effectively operate secure and dependable IP-based networks, this course is ideal. It will provide you with the opportunity to gain a sound understanding of the internet protocol suite that will form the core for future data networks.
By the end of the course, you will have developed the technical skills and professional attitudes necessary to progress your career in the rapidly evolving communications industries. You will also have the opportunity to study for industry certification, including CISCO, as an optional extra to the masters programme.
In response to the needs of the industry, this course is offered with a management studies option. This innovative new combined course will enable you to develop key business and management skills and is ideal for students with a background in IT/computing who wish to specialise in the area of networking and data communications while also developing the broad skill set and knowledge needed to fast-track their career in leading and managing successful teams and projects.
What will you study
Using state-of-the-art methods and conforming to current network design standards, you will develop a disciplined engineering approach to, and sound practical skills in, the specification, design, modelling and implementation of software and hardware.
You will gain a specialist knowledge in multimedia communications principles, wireless networks, security issues and technologies, and enterprise networks. You will have access to a dedicated test LAN with a diverse range of platforms and equipment, including wireless networks and enterprise scale networking technologies. In addition, it may be possible for you to gain an industrial placement and undertake a 'real-world' project or work alongside networking and communication research in the Faculty.
Following the 'with management studies' route, you will learn the fundamentals of marketing, finance and/or managing people and organisations, which will set your technical knowledge in a management context.
The full MSc consists of five core modules, three option modules (including at least two management studies options) and a dissertation project. Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.
By choosing particular option modules, you can specialise in network design (Network Security; and Network Design and Management modules); network security (Network Security; and Secure and Dependable Computing modules); enterprise networking (Enterprise Networking; and E-Commerce Technologies modules); or broadband wireless networking (Internet Wireless Networks; and Wireless Communications modules).
* Developing Object-Orientated Solutions
* Digital Communications
* Multimedia Communications
* TCP/IP Networks
* Research Methods
* Project/Dissertation (MSc only)
* Financial Resource Management
* Managing People and Organisations
* Broadband and Mobile Networks
* Building E-Business
* Component-Based Software Engineering
* Corporate Data and Database Management
* Electronic Commerce Technologies
* Enterprise Networking
* Geographical Information Fundamentals
* Internet Map Services
* Internet Wireless Networks
* IT and Entrepreneurship
* Knowledge Management
* Location-Based Services, Applications and Technologies
* Network Design and Management
* Network Operating Systems
* Network Security
* Programming in Java
* Projects and Risk Management
* Requirements Engineering and Management
* Software Engineering Tools
* Software Quality Assurance
* Spatial Information Analysis and Modelling
* Strategic Information Systems for E-Business
* Usability Engineering
* Visualisation and Image Processing
* Web Development in Java
* Wireless Communications
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Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.
All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.