Computer Networking

Computer Networking

MSc Computer Networking

This is a practical industry-focused course which will enable you to plan and develop complex network infrastructures.

Network technology is used throughout the private and public sector enabling the sharing of information, applications and processes. This area continues to grow and the demand for specialists in this field has never been higher.




This course focuses on practical networking rather than abstract concepts in data communications. Although the necessary background is introduced as appropriate,
the course on the whole deals with problem solving and the provisioning of real network services, using current and emergent network hardware and protocols along with the development of applications to exploit these technologies.

In addition to developing an understanding of underlying principles, students are engaged in the practical application of network design, implementation, trouble-shooting and management for real-world problems.  For dissertations, students will be expected to investigate cutting-edge technologies, implement and test novel networking solutions, or develop or analyse original network applications.

Key Facts

  • Opportunity to study a wide variety of topics in-depth
  • Lecture/tutorial and practical sessions are enhanced with additional, resource-rich online materials allowing you to continue independent learning through a variety of approaches
  • Taught by staff leading research into the areas of the internet and computer
  • Research activities are associated with the University’s digital society research centre, CARDS
  • Learning progresses from design and building small networks to the techniques required for large public networks
  • Options for external Cisco Certification of qualifications

Course Content

The course comprises six compulsory taught modules. Personal development planning is also an integral part of the learning process of each element of the programme.

  • Postgraduate Study & Research Methods
  • Networking Hardware and Software
  • Networking Techniques & Technologies
  • Future & Emerging Technology
  • Network Protocols & Algorithms
  • Remote Access & Security
  • Dissertation

Career Opportunities

Successful completion of the course enables you to put greater focus on your future career and educational paths. You will have the knowledge and competence necessary to continue to develop professionally in the workplace. You might take the opportunity to progress to higher-level academic investigation.  It is expected that you will be able to gain employment at higher technical and managerial levels, develop particular specialist technical and consultative skills, and be capable of embarking upon Doctoral level study.

Employability & Assessment


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Assessment is through a range of individual and group work and coursework techniques including; practical work, on-line tests, reports on lab-based problems, and assignments using case studies.

Entry Requirements & Applying

Entry Requirements

The standard entry requirement for the MSc programme is an honours degree of at least 2:2 classification in a Computer Science related subject area, or equivalent in any science-based degree with a strong computing and/or engineering element. In some cases applicants with substantial commercial or industrial experience can be accepted, subject to interview and references.

If you are an international student please visit the countries page and select your country to see the relevant academic and English language entry requirements.

Find out more

If you have any questions or would like further information about this course, entry requirements or application process, please contact our Admissions and Enquiries Team here.

Applying for the course

If you are applying as a home or European Union student, you should make your application through the direct application form. This is an editable PDF file and can be completed electronically or by hand on a printed version. A paper version is available upon request from the Admissions and Enquiries Team.

If you are applying as an International Student, you should make your application through our online application system, Centurus. You will also be able to track your application status and receive your offer letter and CAS letter here.

Course Duration & Fees

Course Duration

Full-time: 1 year

Location: Wrexham
Start month: September


Full information can be found on our fees & finance pages.

Meet the Team

Meet the lecturers:

John Davies
Senior Lecturer in Computing
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Vic Grout
Academic Head of Computing
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Stuart Cunningham
Senior Lecturer in Computing
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Richard Picking
Reader in Human-Computer Interaction
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Denise Oram
Senior Lecturer in Computing
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