Taught course

Network Systems Engineering

Plymouth University · Faculty of Science and Engineering

Entry requirements

A 2nd-class honours degree (MSc 2:2 & MRes 2:1) in a computing, electronic engineering, or similar background. Students from physical science backgrounds, or who can evidence a similar academic ability, may be accepted at the discretion of the Admissions Tutor. All applicants: a minimum of grade C in English Language at GCSE level.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

Network technologies are changing the way we work and live. You need a big picture of the way the technologies interact. Besides knowing how to configure network hardware and design and monitor large networks, learn about the way that communication and data networks are converging, study best practice for making networks secure and find out about how software defined networking will affect the field. The programme offers the flexibility, expert teaching and hands-on experience needed to succeed.

  • Gain understanding of the technologies for providing and managing effective network services; a broad grounding in network architectures, protocols and related standards; and a detailed understanding of the underlying technologies.
  • Develop a high level awareness of the issues arising from the convergence of computing and telecommunications technologies, and an understanding of the communication engineering and computing issues related to intelligent communication networks, network design and network management.
  • Ensure your learning is always current as part of a School that’s internationally recognised for its research on network and security engineering. Focus on a course that’s underpinned by the research and expertise of the Centre for Security, Communications and Network Research (CSCAN). Attend the Centre’s international conferences and benefit from their strong research, teaching, and project links with institutions including the University of Applied Sciences in Darmstadt, Germany, and the Centre for Applied Internet Research (CAIR) at Glyndwr University in Wales.
  • Focus on your specific interests and where you want to take your career with an individual final project chosen from a catalogue of suggestions, or created by you.
  • Test out your ideas and immerse yourself in new ideas and security testing in our specialist networks laboratory, stocked with modern Cisco equipment. Benefit from hands-on networking design, simulation and implementation.
  • Deepen your understanding with modules that change each year to reflect the very latest knowledge and research in this fast-moving sector. Recent modules include Network Security, Voice and Voiceover IP, Voice and Video over IP, and Incident Prevention, Detection and Response.
  • Gain the skills necessary to study at masters level with specialist modules on personal effectiveness, research techniques and project development expertise.
  • Stand out from the crowd by completing an integrated placement as part of your masters degree.

One year with optional placement.

Information for international students

A minimum score of 6.5 in IELTS or 575 in TOEFL.

Fees and funding

A minimum of BSc (Hons) 2:2 in a computing, electronic engineering or similar background along with evidence of computer networking experience at the level of Cisco CCNA.

A lower degree classification may be considered if you can demonstrate a significant level of experience in the networking area, with competence in computer programming. Professional experience may also be taken into consideration.

If you have overseas qualifications you can check your comparability with the UK equivalent through NARIC, who provide an advisory service.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Admissions Office
+44 (0)1752 585858
+44 (0)1752 584 540