Taught course

Advanced Computer Networks

University of Derby · College of Engineering and Technology

Entry requirements

An appropriate Honours degree (at least 2.2) or equivalent qualifications/experience in a computing discipline.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

Communicating networks link the world of computing and telecommunications, and computer networking, the internet, and mobile communications are amongst the most highly sought after skills in the computing industry today.

This degree provides a structured environment to develop your critical understanding of relevant, modern theories associated with practical expertise in networking technologies and applications in a wide range of contexts, preparing you for employment in the network industry.

It follows the syllabus of the CISCO CCNP for those who have already obtained the CCNA. If you're not already qualified to CCNA you will have the opportunity to study the CCNA syllabus if required.

The programme has been developed in consultation with leading employers and industry to ensure the content is relevant and up-to-date. You will look at the latest developments and issues in distributed networks, as well network management and maintenance and the methodologies and approaches used to plan, configure, and verify the implementation of complex enterprise LAN and WAN routing and switching solutions.

You will study the methods and techniques used to plan, configure and verify the implementation of complex enterprise switching and routing solutions. You will develop a critical and in-depth awareness of the theory, methods, and issues involved in the design, development and deployment of modern wireless networks. The course will focus on secure networking systems and examine advanced concepts in ethical systems penetration, attack signature detection and mainstream host based and network based protection methods. Information governance and law is of increasing importance, therefore you will critically evaluate issues of good governance in the context of the design, deployment, operation and management of Information and information systems.

The whole programme is brought together by an in-depth project through the Independent Scholarship module in an area of your choice, which may be focused on your current role if you are studying part time, or which could be in an area where you see your career developing.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language you will need to demonstrate proficiency in English (IELTS 6.0 or equivalent).

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

+44 (0)1332 590 500