MSc Advanced Computer Networking

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UCAS Code:P060523
Course Length:12-18 Months Full-Time, 2-3 Years Part-Time
Start Dates:January 2020, September 2020, January 2021
Department:Department of Computer Science
Location:Edge Hill University

Please note, there is an intake to the 12-month full-time route each September and 18-month full-time route each January. The part-time route takes 2-3 years to complete and typically has intakes in both September and January.

  • Gain the skills and knowledge to work within a growing sector of the IT industry in the UK and beyond;
  • Build an in-depth and systematic knowledge of advanced networking practices, concepts, methodologies and professional practice, with the confidence to manage, deploy and secure networked solutions;
  • Demonstrate a systematic and critical understanding of the contemporary challenges and requirements of networking professionals in the modern era.

This course provides you with the core skills and confidence required to apply and produce knowledge and understanding of issues surrounding networks in a range of contexts. You will build a strong conceptual and theoretical understanding of advanced networking challenges, enabling you to explore, adapt, create and utilise appropriate models, methods, practices, theories and computational techniques in the context of changing and evolving technology. There is the additional opportunity to develop and evaluate new or advanced bespoke solutions appropriate for networking in the modern era. Whether you are a recent graduate or already working in the IT industry and looking to change career paths, this Masters degree provides a great opportunity to enhance your knowledge in this advanced subject area.

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In Depth

What will I study?

You will learn practical skills for networking with a particular focus on current trends.

The programme enables you to become involved in emerging technologies derived from industry, while also exploring wireless communication, multi-service network technologies, network security and telecom technology management.

How will I study?

The course is delivered through lectures, seminars and tutorials with a mixture of daytime and evening classes. These sessions are highly interactive with a focus on the practical application of concepts and the use of cases drawn from real life. An emphasis on small groups ensures that you will have plenty of opportunities for individual discussions with your tutors.

How will I be assessed?

Your vocational capability, academic critical thinking and intellectual development will be assessed throughout the course. This is achieved through a combination of coursework, case studies, problem-solving exercises and examinations. You may be assessed individually or in a group.

Who will be teaching me?

You will be taught by highly qualified, experienced and enthusiastic academics who research and regularly engage within the wider business and academic environment. Staff specialise in a variety of subjects so you will benefit from a wide range of knowledge and experience. The course team is occasionally supplemented by external IT professionals who are invited to teach particular sessions relevant to their area of expertise.

A Great Study Environment

Two students with rucksacks walk in front of the Tech Hub.The Department of Computer Science is based in the state-of-the-art £13m Technology Hub. This purpose-built development offers highly contemporary suites of outstanding facilities for Computer Science students.

Our modern computer laboratories are equipped with high-specification computers, high-resolution screens and the latest hardware and software.

A four-screen CAVE (Computer Augmented Virtual Environment) provides a super immersive 3D virtual environment, enabling users to immerse themselves in a virtual room and experience real life scenarios in 4K resolution.

There are also specialist laboratories for networking and games programming, in addition to a specialist research laboratory, open access laboratory, a Harvard style lecture theatre, and ‘The Hatchery’, a working space for new business ideas.

Learning resources include robots and a robotics simulator, wired and wireless networking hardware, graphics software, web development tools, software development environments, big data servers, eye trackers, giant 3D interactive teaching screens, and other specialist software required for studying forensics and internet security techniques.

The department has strong links with industry and the curriculum is kept current and highly relevant through input from our Employer Advisory Panel.


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CIS4114Research and Development Project (60 credits)

Research and Development Project provides experience of designing and executing a substantial project in a limited time, based on a project plan, employing practical skills, problem solving and underpinned by relevant research. You will apply and extend skills and knowledge learned in taught modules and demonstrate your competency to construct and complete a coherent project as a Computing professional.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

CIS4115Research Methods (20 credits)

Research Methods provides you with the knowledge and skills to develop a proposal for, and subsequently undertake, a research project at Masters level. You will engage with the essential considerations when analysing a problem and designing a solution. The module will also immerse you in data collection from the user, literature reviews, interface designs and project planning. On successful completion, you will have a well-formed proposal suitable for Masters level study.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

CIS4116Emerging Technologies (20 credits)

Emerging Technologies equips you with an advanced understanding of emerging technology and develops the appropriate skills to critically evaluate their suitability, impact and applicability to new scenarios. The module also strengthens your ability to identify and analyse ethical issues related to the use of new technology for both development and research purposes, including an overview of the professional and legal constraints within which computing specialists operate.

Assessment: Coursework: 80%, Practical(s): 20%.

CIS4129Networks and Wireless Communication (20 credits)

Networks and Wireless Communication provides in-depth coverage of the essential interconnection technologies of networking and the protocols developed to support the efficient communications between these interconnected components. You will be encouraged to critically assess and analyse the various techniques and technologies both in theory and in practice.

Assessment: Coursework: 60%, Written Exam(s): 40%.

CIS4131Implementing Secure Network Systems (20 credits)

Implementing Secure Network Systems provides an in-depth understanding of concepts of computer and network security. Security is of increasing importance for a number of reasons. Society depends increasingly on computer systems, however the systems are accessible from intranets and the internet, thereby increasing the risk to system integrity. IT professionals need a sound understanding of the threats and vulnerabilities of a system, as well as preventative and recovery measures. This module analyses the key vulnerabilities of, and threats to, a networked computer system together with relevant counter measures. The aim is to enhance your analytical and evaluative skills in the context of a complex and unpredictable systems environment in order to be able to define an appropriate level of internet security to meet the needs of a network owner.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

CIS4138Multi-Service Network Technologies (20 credits)

Multi-Service Network Technologies addresses the technologies, protocols and theoretical elements of the common next-generation network infrastructure. A network in its simplest form is a collection of nodes joined by links. Many objects of interest within the physical, biological and social sciences can be thought of as network. Networks in general have become critical to the operation and advancement of various fields. Different types of nodes, links and network technologies form the critical infrastructure for various verticals such as telecommunications, power lines and transport systems. The recent advancements in sensor technologies and the emergence of the ‘Internet of things’, where physical objects interact/interface with virtual objects seamlessly, has enabled convergence of the various vertical domains, creating a common underlying next-generation network fabric across all domains. This module will provide you with both the necessary theoretical knowledge and the practical skills in technologies and applications that encompass these next-generation multi-service networks.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

CIS4139Telecom Technology Management (20 credits)

Telecom Technology Management considers how today’s telecommunication systems and technologies have evolved from the early postal, telegraph and telephony systems. With the advancement in mobile and wireless technologies, telecommunications have begun to occupy a vital position in the society. In the past decade, there has been a tremendous growth in the telecommunication industry and consequently every aspect of our living is greatly influenced by telecommunication services. Part of this evolution has affected the operations environment for telecoms. A significant portion of capital investment in a typical network is now focused on operations. Alongside the environment of telecoms, this module will consider how operations are organised, managed and developed. You will examine the evolving telecommunication environment, business model, market dynamics and operations activities. The module also provides an overview of the various standards of the organisations, regulatory bodies and other stakeholders in the landscape of telecommunications, as well as review specific aspects of operations, such as fulfilment, assurance, operations support systems and business support systems.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.


You can expect to receive your timetable at enrolment. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day or evening of the week. Postgraduate Computing courses are typically taught between 6pm-9pm on weekday evenings.


Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information, however our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

Entry Criteria

Entry Requirements

To join this MSc you should have a degree equivalent to UK second class honours (2:2 or above), comprising 50% or more of content in a computing discipline.

Equivalent knowledge gained in alternative ways, for example through professional experience or completion of BCS Professional Diploma in IT (Level 6), is also accepted for entry to this programme.

English Language Requirements

International students require IELTS 6.5, with a score no lower than 6.0 in each individual component, or an equivalent English language qualification.

If your current level of English is half a band lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Edge Hill University recognises learning gained elsewhere, whether through academic credit and qualifications acquired from other relevant courses of study or through recognition of an individual’s professional and employment experience (also referred to as ‘experiential learning’).

Previous learning that is recognised in this way may be used towards meeting the entry requirements for a programme and/or for exemption from part of a programme. It is your responsibility to make a claim for recognition of prior learning. For guidance, please consult the University’s academic regulations (sections C7 and F3.1) or contact the faculty in which you are interested in studying.

Career Prospects

What are my career prospects?

This MSc equips you with the skills and knowledge required to develop your interests and career in the field of network engineering or support. As organisations become ever more dependent on networks, there are increasing opportunities for specialist positions related to building, managing and securing networks.


Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for full-time study on this MSc are:

  • £5,220 for UK and EU students and £13,000 for international students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2019/20;
  • £5,400 for UK and EU students and £13,250 for international students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2020/21.

Tuition fees for part-time study on this MSc are:

  • £29 per credit for UK and EU students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2019/20, i.e. £580 per 20 credit module;
  • £30 per credit for UK and EU students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2020/21, i.e. £600 per 20 credit module.

180 credits are required to complete a Masters degree.

The University may administer a small inflationary rise in part-time postgraduate tuition fees in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course.

Financial Support

For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK and EU students joining postgraduate courses at Edge Hill University, together with details of how to apply for potential funding, please view our Money Matters guide for your intended academic year of entry.

Financial support information for international students can be found at


How to Apply

There is an online application process for this programme.

For academic year 2019/20 entry, you should apply online at

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For academic year 2020/21 entry, you will need to apply using our own online application system. Please choose the application form for your preferred intake date and mode of study.

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