- Develop vital skills in designing, implementing, maintaining, troubleshooting and securing wired and wireless networks
- Choose an advanced course aligned to the crucial aspects of the industry-recognised CISCO Certified Network Professional (CCNP) Routing and Switching
- Build your practical skills in our dedicated Network Development Suite featuring the latest equipment
- Learn from experienced computer network specialists and former industry professionals
- Tailor your studies to match your professional interests and career ambitions with an in-depth independent project on a theme of your choice
- Prepare for a successful career in roles such as network engineer, network developer or network consultant
- Gain a firm foundation for conducting high-level research leading to a PhD qualification
The Internet has become an indispensable part of many people’s daily lives. With computer networks forming the underlying infrastructure of the Internet, there is a growing demand for professionals who can keep our online experiences efficient, effective and safe.
Connecting with our digital future
More and more people use the Internet for social networking, shopping, banking and many other online activities. As the full potential of the Internet of Things/Internet of Everything (IOT/IOE) is realised, we are beginning to see the shape of our digital life in the near future.
This degree captures latest advances in the digital age. It provides a structured environment in which you can develop your critical understanding of modern theories along with practical expertise in networking technologies and applications in a wide range of contexts. It offers the ideal preparation for employment in the network industry.
The MSc Advanced Computer Networks has been developed in consultation with leading employers and industry to ensure the content is relevant and up to date.
It follows the syllabus of the CISCO CCNP for those who have already obtained the CCNA. If you are not already qualified to CCNA level, we give you the opportunity to study the CCNA syllabus if required.
A comprehensive portfolio of skills
We explore all the latest developments and issues in distributed networks, as well as network management and maintenance and the methodologies and approaches used to plan, configure and verify the implementation of complex enterprise LAN and WAN routing and switching solutions.
You will build a critical and in-depth awareness of the theory, methods and issues involved in the design, development and deployment of modern wireless networks. The course will focus on secure networking systems and examine advanced concepts in ethical systems penetration, attack signature detection and mainstream host-based and network-based protection methods.
With information governance and law becoming of increasing importance, we also give you the chance to critically evaluate issues of good governance in the context of the design, deployment, operation and management of information and information systems.
Pursue your personal interests
The whole MSc programme is brought together by an in-depth project exploring a theme of your choice. As part of the Independent Scholarship module you can concentrate on an area where you see your career developing, usually by solving a commercial IT problem in association with industrial collaborators.
If you are studying part time while working, you can potentially focus on a subject which is directly relevant to your current role and the needs of your employer.
Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.
You will learn through lectures, seminars, discussion groups, practical sessions, presentations and blended learning.
Your theoretical and practical skills will be developed using our dedicated Network Development Suite which has a full range of routers, switches, wireless and conventional equipment from manufacturers like CISCO, D-Link, Linksys and Netgear.
You will be assessed through a mixture of coursework and examinations. The range of coursework techniques includes analytical essays, reports on lab-based problems, research papers, assignments using case studies, multi-task portfolios and presentations.
You will require:
- An appropriate Honours degree (at least 2.2) or equivalent qualifications/experience in a computing discipline.
- If English is not your first language you will need to demonstrate proficiency in English (IELTS 6.0 or equivalent).
If you do not meet the above requirements please contact our Admissions Department as we have a flexible policy and you may be able to use extensive experience in computing as an alternative to the formal qualifications.
2020/21 Fees (August 2020 - July 2021)
£875 per 20 credits*
£875 per 20 credits*
£14,700 for the full programme
*Note – at postgraduate level, you’ll need to gain the following number of credits in total to obtain the awards below.
|Postgraduate Certificate||60 Credits|
|Postgraduate Diploma||120 Credits|
|MA or MSc||180 Credits|
This means you will gain 180 credits in total to complete the full MA or MSc. If you are studying part time you will normally complete your studies over two or three years, depending on the course structure.
Please note that all fees may be subject to annual increase.
Additional costs and optional extras
The MSc Advanced Computer Networks delivers excellent employment and earnings potential. Your career prospects include working for network consultancy companies and providing in-house network design, support and management. There is also a growing demand for specialists in network security and network programming.
Alternatively, you could use your learning experiences on the MSc as the basis for undertaking further research leading to a PhD.
If you need any more information from us, eg on courses, accommodation, applying, car parking, fees or funding, please contact us and we will do everything we can to help you.Contact us
Additional information about your studies
Download programme specification
Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.
Additional costs and optional extras
We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, excellent facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.
The information below is correct for entry in the academic year September 2020 - August 2021 only. Entry for future academic years may be subject to change.
Included in your fees
- Specialist computing labs
- Access to software and equipment
Mandatory costs not included in your fees
- Printer consumables, approx. £100 per annum
- Portable hard drive/memory card, approx. £120
- Portfolio case, approx. £40
- Core text books, approx. £250
Optional costs not included in your fees
- Personal computer and or tablet computer. From £100 upwards depending on specification
Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.