Taught course

Computer Network Technology

Northumbria University · Faculty of Engineering and Environment

Entry requirements

Applicants will normally have a minimum of a lower second class (2:2) honours degree with a Computing / IT or Engineering background and will be planning to undertake a career in Computer Networking. Professional qualifications that are equivalent to an honours degree may also be acceptable.

Months of entry


Course content

MSc Computer Networks develops theoretical knowledge and practical skills required for employment in the network industry. The course has been designed with a complementary set of modules that will build skills to the level that would enable students to complete external CISCO and CCNP examinations in addition to achieving the MSc qualification.

This Masters' degree consists of a balance of taught modules and a project making 180 credit points in total. Each module on the course is separately assessed. This could be by either coursework assignments and/or examinations. Assignments can take the form of research reports, systems analysis documentation, or programming exercises, as appropriate for the module. Students will normally take half of the course as taught modules, together with a project equivalent to one half of the course. Every project involves both research and practical work and culminates in a dissertation.

This course is designed to allow students to update, extend and deepen their knowledge in a flexible course to enhance their career opportunities. The increasing demand for specialists in network security and in network programming means that a graduate of this Masters' degree has excellent employment prospects in Computer Networks. Alternatively, graduates are very well equipped for further research in an academic or research & development environment and the mix of research, numerical and problem solving skills are desirable to careers outside of this subject.

Information for international students

Students whose first language is not English must have an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum score in each component of 5.5. Pearson Academic score of 62 (or above) with a minimum score in each component of Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking of 51

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

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