Course Overview

Attendance
UK/EU Fees £9,500 *
International Fees £13,000 *
Alumni Discount See details
Duration 1 year

* Price per academic year

Course summary

Businesses today are heavily reliant on computer networks in their daily operations. It is important to ensure that such networks are well designed, optimised, secured and tested for maximum uptime and ease of management. There are excellent opportunities for network engineers with such skills and experience.

The MSc in Computer Networks with Communications aims to produce postgraduates with an advanced understanding of computer networks with hands-on experience of the planning, implementation and maintenance of such systems. The course aims to prepare a student with specialist knowledge and skillset in key areas such as network design, storage area networks, optical networking, network simulation, network redundancy and reliability. Students will be able to review commonly used network simulators, commercial and academic, their common and specific purposes and architectures. The course will enable the student to apply a holistic understanding of networks and their applications in solving real world problems. It will also enables them to develop the ability to critically evaluate and integrate devices and components used for high speed fibre optical communication system, develop the ability to model the behaviour of modern day network systems to design and critically evaluate such systems at all levels of the OSI model.

Course structure

Each MSc course consists of three learning modules (40 credits each) plus an individual project (60 credits). Each learning module consists of a short course of lectures and initial hands-on experience. This is followed by a period of independent study supported by a series of tutorials. During this time you complete an Independent Learning Package (ILP). The ILP is matched to the learning outcomes of the module. It can be either a large project or a series of small tasks depending on the needs of each module. Credits for each module are awarded following the submission of a completed ILP and its successful defence in a viva voce examination. This form of assessment develops your communication and personal skills and is highly relevant to the workplace. Overall, each learning module comprises approximately 400 hours of study.  

The project counts for one third of the course and involves undertaking a substantial research or product development project. For part-time students, this can be linked to their employment. It is undertaken in two phases. In the first part, the project subject area is researched and a workplan developed. The second part involves the main research and development activity. In all, the project requires approximately 600 hours of work.

Further flexibility is provided within the structure of the courses in that you can study related topic areas by taking modules from other courses as options (pre-requisite knowledge and skills permitting).

Prior to starting your course, you are sent a Course Information and Preparation Pack which provides information to give you a flying start

The following modules are indicative of what you study on this course.

  • Computer Networks 
  • Communication Networks 
  • Project 
  • Electronics 
  • Robotic and Control Systems 
  • Embedded Systems 
  • System-on-Chip Technologies 
  • Medical Instrumentation 
  • Security 
  • Cloud Technologies 
  • T elecommunications 
  • Digital Signal Processing 
  • Satellite and Broadband Communications 
  • Wireless Technologies 

Entry Requirements

You are expected to have a good Honours degree (at least a Lower Second) from a UK university (or overseas equivalent) in computer engineering, computer science with a knowledge of computer hardware, or in electronic engineering with some programming experience. Relevant work experience will be taken into account. An IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent will normally be required from applicants whose first language is not English, or who have not studied their secondary and bachelor's degree education in English.

View more information about our entry requirements and the application process

You are expected to have a good Honours degree (at least a Lower Second) from a UK university (or overseas equivalent) in computer engineering, computer science with a knowledge of computer hardware, or in electronic engineering with some programming experience. Relevant work experience will be taken into account. An IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent will normally be required from applicants whose first language is not English, or who have not studied their secondary and bachelor's degree education in English.

View more information about our entry requirements and the application process

Careers

All of our courses offer you the opportunity to take a year-long industry placement between Years 2 and 3, giving you a competitive edge in the job market and contributing to your professional development. Our courses are accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and the Engineering Council, enabling you to become a Chartered and Incorporated Engineer after gaining professional experience. We are an Enhanced Academic Partner of the IET, which gives you unique access to industrial practice. Our graduates have gone on to work for organisations such as the BBC, British Aerospace, BT, Channel 4, GEC, Mistubishi, Nokia and Sony. Some have started up their own businesses in manufacturing or consultancy or worked in the financial sector and the City.

Our Career Development Centre has just been shortlisted for the Best University Careers Service in the National Undergraduate Employability Awards for 2017.

With a growing network of over 3,000 employers around the world and a team of experienced careers consultants, we are here to help you succeed.

In 2015–16, we helped over 1,500 students find work placements across a range of sectors, with 250 employers attending 14 on-campus skills and careers fairs.

As a Westminster student, you’ll have access to our services throughout your studies and after you graduate.

We can help you:

  • find work placements related to your course
  • find part-time/vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience
  • find international opportunities to enhance your employability
  • market yourself effectively to employers
  • write better CVs and application forms
  • develop your interview and enterprise skills
  • plan your career with our careers consultants
  • meet employers and explore your career options at our employer fairs, careers presentations and networking events throughout the year

Find out more about the Career Development Centre.

Fees and Funding

UK and EU tuition fee: £9,500 (Price per academic year)

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

Alumni discount

This course is eligible for an alumni discount. Find out if you are eligible and how to apply by visiting our Alumni discounts page.

Funding

As well as tuition fee loans, there is a range of funding available to help you fund your studies.

Find out about postgraduate student funding options.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

International tuition fee: £13,000 (Price per academic year)

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

Alumni discount

This course is eligible for an alumni discount. Find out if you are eligible and how to apply by visiting our Alumni discounts page.

Funding

Find out about funding for international students.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

Course Location

Our Cavendish Campus in the heart of London is home to the Faculty of Science and Technology. With first-class facilities, the campus houses subject areas ranging from biosciences to electronic engineering. For more details, visit our Cavendish Campus page.

Contact us

Contact the Course Enquiries Team:

+44 (0)20 7915 5511

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