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. - If English is not your first language you will need to demonstrate proficiency in English (IELTS 6.5 or equivalent). - If you do not meet the above requirements please contact our Admissions Department as we have a flexible policy and you may be able to use extensive experience in computing as an alternative to the formal qualifications.

MSc, PG Cert, PG Dip.

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.

The MSc Advanced Computer Networks 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.

In developing the programme we have been in consultation with leading employers and industry to ensure the content is relevant and contemporary. You will look at the latest trends and issues in distributed computer architecture and implementation, 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 solutions.

You will study the methods and tactics used to plan, configure and verify the implementation of complex enterprise switching solutions and develop a critical and in-depth awareness of the theory, methods, and issues involved in the design, development and deployment of modern wireless networks. You will focus on secure systems and look at advanced concepts in ethical systems penetration, attack signature detection and mainstream host based and network based protection methods. And with the increasing importance of information governance and law 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.

This course is made up of three stages - Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and MSc.

On completion of three modules you will achieve the Postgraduate Certificate. On completion of six modules you will achieve the Postgraduate Diploma. On completion of the final Independent Scholarship you will be awarded your MSc.

- Advanced Concepts in Secure Systems
- Advanced Network Routing
- Advanced Network Switching
- Independent Scholarship (triple module)
- Mobile and Wireless Networking
- Network Management Concepts
- Studying at Masters Level and Research Methods

Information for international students

Read about how to apply to the University of Derby and more on our website: http://www.derby.ac.uk/international/

Fees and funding

UK students
£580 per 20 credits
International students
12,000 for the full programme

Qualification and course duration


part time
36 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Kim Smith
+44 (0) 1332 591680