Staffordshire University

Computer Networks and Security

The programme provides specialist study of computer networks and computer security. These two areas are strongly related, given the ubiquity of networks and the vulnerability to attack of networks and of systems connected to them. Although computer network security is covered in the course, the award is a hybrid of computer network study and computer security with the intention to equip you with advanced skills in both areas. The networking topics utilise Cisco networking equipment and support material provided by Cisco Systems Inc. This course will give you the knowledge, lifelong learning skills and enthusiasm needed to support and manage both corporate networks and security systems.

Entry requirements

An Honours degree (2.2 or above) in a related Computing subject, or in Telecommunications or Electronic Engineering with Telecoms/Network modules is normally required. Applicants with appropriate experience in networking and/or professional qualifications will also be considered providing they can satisfy the University that they are capable of responding to the challenge of postgraduate study. If your first language is not English, you will need to demonstrate that you are fluent enough to cope with the course. The usual requirement is a minimum score of IELTS 6 or TOEFL 550 (213 computer-based).

Course modules

Modules include: Networking concepts (two weeks pre-enrolment); research methods; professional switched networks; network security; computer security: low-level; virtualisation; advanced quality of service techniques over a converged network; professional routed networks; maintaining a converged IP based network; dissertation.

Assessment methods

Assessment throughout the programme can be expected to ensure a suitable balance between theoretical knowledge and practical skills. A theoretical base for the award is needed to understand the practical aspects of the work.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
MSc Full-time with year in industry September 2018 30 30 Months
MSc Full-time September 2018 12,500 (Whole course) International 18 18 Months
MSc Full-time with year in industry January 2019 30 30 Months
MSc Full-time September 2018 7,350 (Whole course) Home/EU 18 18 Months

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