Taught course

Networks and Communications

University of Portsmouth · School of Engineering
MPhilPhD by taught

Entry requirements

A good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject or a master's degree in an appropriate subject. Exceptionally, equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will be considered. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Months of entry

October, February

Course content

Why take this course?

The School of Computing has a thriving and active research culture that pushes the boundaries of computing and the application of computer systems. Research covers a wide range of areas, with projects ranging from highly theoretical to very practical.

The design and development of everyday devices that are capable of computation, sensing and communication relies on a range of networked technologies including wireless and mobile computing, Internet connectivity and connectivity within large scale distributed systems, secure infrastructures, sensing and reactive environments, as well as human interaction modelling. The Network and Security research group aims to, broadly, improve the effectiveness of the everyday pervasive computing environment.

Module Details


Our researchers are working and supervising in subjects such as:

Computational intelligence:

  • Data mining
  • Neural networks
  • Fuzzy systems
  • Evolutionary optimisation
  • Machine learning
  • Pattern recognition
  • Computer vision and bioinformatics

Pervasive computing:

  • The design and development of novel technological advancement that appears in everyday devices
  • Wireless and mobile computing
  • Internet connectivity and connectivity to services in large scale distributed systems
  • Secure infrastructures
  • Human interaction modelling

Systems and information systems:

  • Systems analysis
  • Systems security
  • Digital forensics
  • e-commerce
  • e-government systems relevant to organisational, technological and cultural applications

Student Destinations

One of the benefits of studying at Portsmouth is the comprehensive support we provide in career planning. Our careers and recruitment service - Purple Door - can assist you in career research and finding employment opportunities.

The Graduate School Development Programme offers a series of dedicated workshops on career planning, specifically for research degree students. You will also have access to consultations with careers advisers or online support. This service is available for five years after graduation.

Fees and funding

UK students
full-time students: £4,121 p/a, part-time students: £1,590 p/a *All fees are subject to annual increase.
International students
full-time students: £14,400 p/a, part-time students: £7,200 p/a *All fees are subject to annual increase.

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months
part time
48 months

PhD by taught

part time
72 months
full time
36 months

Course contact details

Student Recruitment Centre - Faculty of Technology
023 9284 2993