Businesses, big and small, are only as secure and efficient as their systems. If you're ready to take your existing technical and problem-solving skills to postgraduate level, then our MSc Computer Network Administration and Management degree course will help you reach your goals.
On this course, you'll learn the principles and practice of systems administration and management – including system and network design, analysis, specification, efficiency and security.
You'll plan and produce an individual project, and we'll provide the expertise and support so you can develop your professional practice. So once you graduate, you'll have all the tools you need for a career in computer network administration.
You can start this course in September or January (full time only in January).
What you'll experience
On this course you'll:
- Get to use our multi-platform suites and computer labs
- Have access to over 250 servers in our £1 million network laboratory, featuring the latest computer networks and communication systems
- Get hands-on experience of configuring and optimising secure networks, and build client, server and middleware aspects of internet applications
- Study the key themes in the field, like Data Communications and Networking, Cloud Computing and Client Server Network Architecture
- Complete a personal project, applying what you've learned to a significant communications system or network planning problem
- Learn from academic staff with relevant experience in the field, including research and consultancy
Work experience and career planning
We'll help you to identify internships, voluntary roles and opportunities that will complement your studies.
When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in computer network administration.
After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.
What you'll study
Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.
You need to study modules worth a total of 180 credits. For example, 4 module worth 30 credits and 1 module worth 60 credits.
Core modules currently include:
- Cloud Computing
- Computer Security
- Enterprise Network Design and Management
- ICT Configuration and Administration
- Master's Engineering Project
Teaching on this course includes:
- laboratory sessions
How you're assessed
You'll be assessed through:
- coursework assignments
- a laboratory report
- a dissertation
You'll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.
You can get feedback on practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.
Careers and opportunities
You'll graduate from this course with the skills you need for a career as a senior IT practitioner. Because there's a need for qualified, skilled practitioners in the field, you can apply your knowledge to an in-house accounting and finance system, or in an SME or a corporate-wide data system in an international organisation. You can also choose an academic career and study for a PhD.
Career opportunities include:
- systems administrator
- systems manager
- network designer
- IT manager
- system consultant
- university lecturer or researcher
We'll provide you with as much support as possible in finding employment through close industrial contacts, careers events, recruitment fairs and individual advice.