Taught course

Data Networks and Security

Birmingham City University · Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment

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Entry requirements

You will normally be expected to hold at least a Second Class Honours degree or equivalent in an appropriate discipline.

Months of entry


Course content


MSc Data Networks and Security provides opportunities for you to engage in the design and implementation of secured and optimized communication network solutions, including SDN (Software Defined Networks) and wireless technologies.

The course is delivered through industry-led, research-informed, practice-based teaching and learning. Using industry-standard resources, you will apply the skills and knowledge gained to real-life project scenarios across industry, commerce and the public sector.

The programme of study includes areas such as requirements capture, network design, evaluation, securing and optimisation, ranging from hardware configuration to protocol analysis and software definition. The programme includes research and scholarly activity in order to incorporate the latest thinking into the proposed solution.

Key Facts

  • The Centre for Cloud Computing houses the Cisco Networking Academy, which has a reputation for delivering high-quality teaching, training and support across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
  • In six purpose-built rooms, the Centre houses £500,000 of computer networking and communications equipment, together with more than £200,000 of web-based equipment and bookable resources.
  • The course provides opportunities for you to engage in advanced studies using problem-based learning and flipped curricula strategies. You will work in groups and on your own to deliver solutions to industry-related problems and scenarios.
  • The unique combination of employer-led, research-informed technical knowledge and practical experience on industry-standard resources makes our graduates more employable and sought after.
  • The course encourages critical thinking and problem solving, giving you opportunities for research.

Information for international students

The University accepts a wide range of overseas qualifications. To find out if your current qualifications are comparable to British standards, please contact the National Academic Recognition Information Centre (NARIC) or the International Admissions Office, telephone 0121 331 5162 or email international.admissions@bcu.ac.uk. International Students can apply on-line on the website.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    29 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Course Enquiries Team
+44 (0)121 331 5595