Taught course

IT Systems Administration and Management

Institution
Oxford Brookes University · Department of Computing and Communication Technologies
Qualifications
MScPGDipPGCert

Entry requirements

You should normally hold a first degree, equivalent to at least a British lower second-class bachelor’s degree, in an Electronic Engineering, Telecommunications, Computer Science or a related Engineering or Computing degree. Applicants whose first degree is not in these areas, but who have worked in a related industry, and have obtained good relevant experience and programming skills, can also be considered. For entry to the Postgraduate Certificate Research Project you should provide evidence of experience in research and study methods at an appropriate level.

Months of entry

September

Course content

The IT Systems Administration and Management programme teaches the fundamental theoretical concepts needed and gives students the opportunity to put these skills into practice in our VM platform, dedicated server laboratory, and networking laboratories.

These facilities, along with access to enterprise level software, through departmental VMWare and MSDNAA subscriptions, as well as University agreements with companies such as ServiceNow and Numecent, allow students to work on complex scenarios using industry standard hardware and software.

The MSc in IT Systems Administration and Management has a modular course-unit design providing you with maximum flexibility and choice. To qualify for a master’s degree without placement, you must pass modules amounting to 180 credits. This comprises six taught modules (20 credits each) plus your dissertation (60 credits). To qualify for a master's degree with placement you need to a one year placement in between the taught component and the dissertation.
The Postgraduate Diploma in IT Systems Administration and Management allows you to concentrate on the taught part of the degree and is ideal for people working in the communications industry who wish to brush up their skills. To qualify for a Postgraduate Diploma, you must pass modules amounting to 120 credits. This comprises six taught modules (20 credits each). In some cases, it may be possible for a student on a Postgraduate Diploma to do 3 taught modules (20 credits each) plus your dissertation (60 credits).
The Postgraduate Certificate in IT Systems Administration and Management allows you to concentrate on the taught part of the degree and is ideal for people working in the communications industry who wish to learn a specific area in this rapidly changing discipline. To qualify for a Postgraduate Certificate, you must pass modules amounting to 60 credits. This comprises three taught modules (20 credits each).
We also offer a Postgraduate Certificate IT Systems Administration and Management Research Project.
Semester 1
In Semester 1 you can choose from the following modules:
  • Research and Scholarship Methods (compulsory for MSc and PG Dip) is designed to equip students with the tools necessary for the scholarship and research skill needed for the IT management field as well as equipping them with the professional skills and outlook needed for a lifelong career in the communications industry.
  • Network Principles (compulsory for MSc and PG Dip) teaches the principles and practice of computer networking with an emphasis on data communications and local area network technologies and design.
  • Secure Systems Architecture (compulsory for MSc), on which you will study computer and network security and the ways that computer systems can be secured. This module will look at both the technological and human issues involved in securing and assessing the security level of a modern networked computer system. It also introduces basic concepts of operating systems and architecture.
Semester 2
In Semester 2 you can choose from the following modules:
  • Multiservice Networks (compulsory for MSc) - builds on the foundations laid in Network Principles and analyses the technologies and protocols used for multi-service networks in order to enable the student to develop the knowledge and skills required to design multi-service networks. The networks are illustrated with case studies, including state-of-the-art practice and recent research and development in the field.
  • Systems Administration (compulsory for MSc and PG Dip) studies the technical aspects of the application of theoretical concepts in operating systems, computer networks, and IT systems administration to the practical implementation of designing, implementing, and managing a small heterogeneous, multi-platform network. The material covered will prepare students for industrial and business problems they will face after graduation. This will be largely a directed study module, with students being supported in the design, implementation and subsequent maintenance of a proof-of-concept system.
  • IT Systems Management and Governance (compulsory for MSc) complements the material studied in Systems Administration. The module takes a more strategic look at systems administration by considering the management and governance aspects. Students will look at how enterprise networks consisting of different, interconnecting technologies, should be managed and improved efficiently. The material covered in this module prepares the student to manage large networks according to appropriate IT governance procedures and to effectively lead system administrator teams.
As courses are reviewed regularly, the list of taught modules offered may vary from the list here.
If you are studying for an MSc you will also take:
  • MSc Dissertation, which is an individual research and development project that allows you to study a topic of your choice in depth, guided by your supervisor. The work may be undertaken in close co-operation with a research, industrial or commercial organisation. You will undertake your dissertation over the summer period.
MSc students have the option to apply to undertake a placement. Placement positions are not guaranteed, however the department will help and support students in finding a placement. Students on the placement will also take:
  • Work Experience Placement, which is an optional element of all the department's CCT programmes, and provides professional and practical experience in the computing, communications, or media industries. The nature of the work undertaken will be relevant to a student’s programme, and may provide a basis for the development of the dissertation.

Information for international students

If the first language is not English, evidence is required of either - a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 with an IELTS score of 6.0 or greater in the reading and writing component OR an equivalent English language qualifications acceptable to the University.

Qualification and course duration

MSc

part time
24-36 months
full time
12-24 months

PGDip

part time
18 months
full time
6 months

PGCert

part time
6 months
full time
3 months

Course contact details

Name
Department of Computing and Communication Technologies
Email
cct-enquiry@brookes.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0) 1865 485706