Taught course

Advanced Networking

Open University · Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

Entry requirements

To gain the MSc you must first obtain the Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Networking (E51) . Your spoken and written English must be of an adequate standard for postgraduate study. If English is not your first language, we recommend that you will need a minimum overall score of 6 and minimum score of 5.5 in each of the four components: reading, writing, speaking and listening under the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Please see the IELTS website for details. This MSc offers you the choice of a research or professional route. If you prefer a rigorous research route you can carry out research and study in a specialist topic by taking the 60-credit research module, where the production of a dissertation will develop your academic research skills. If you are interested in a more discipline-oriented qualification, you can take the 30-credit professional project combined with a 30-credit module in digital forensics. You will need to select a topic for investigation in your project that is in the area of advanced networking. Time limit – you must complete your MSc within seven years of starting the first module for the diploma.

Months of entry

October, April, February

Course content

This MSc course is ideal for professionals needing knowledge and experience of advanced networking and research methods, and is also an excellent basis for further studies at doctoral level. It consists of four professional vocational modules, which include Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) materials, and either a final research project or a professional project combined with study of digital forensics - drawing together the knowledge and skills you have gained and developing the skills required to address problems systematically.

You will need a computer with internet access to study for this qualification. For most OU qualifications a Microsoft Windows (new since 2007), Apple Mac (OS X 10.6 or later) or Linux computer should be adequate. However, some qualifications require more specific IT equipment, in which case you will need additional software to use an Apple Mac or Linux computer. A detailed technical specification for your modules will be made available when you register. Please note, technical specifications do change over time to match computer developments and the way we teach.

The Open University is the world's leading provider of flexible, high quality distance learning. Unlike other universities we are not campus based. You will study in a flexible way that works for you whether you're at home, at work or on the move. As an OU student you'll be supported throughout your studies - your tutor or study adviser will guide and advise you, offer detailed feedback on your assignments, and help with any study issues. Tuition might be in face-to-face groups, via online tutorials, or by phone.

Fees and funding

Costs are paid per unit not per qualification.

Qualification and course duration


part time
48 months
distance learning
48 months

Course contact details

0300 303 5303