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Computer Science (Computer Networks and Security) MSc

Computer Science (Computer Networks and Security) MSc

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Computer Communications And Networking Computer Security Systems

Course type


Course Summary

Secure your future career with our Computer Science (Computer Networks and Security) MSc. You’ll become a highly trained networking/security professional with the ability to adapt to the ever-changing corporate network environment.

In the digitally connected world, companies are reliant on their information networks for critical storage, distribution and processing. These networks need constant maintenance to keep them operational, resilient and efficient – this is where you come in.

At Staffordshire University, we’ll give you the skills that you need to progress in your future career as a network specialist. These skills aren’t limited to practical skills either, we include an in-depth theoretical knowledge of security policies and mitigation techniques, to ensure you are always one step ahead of the game.

We'll prepare you for your Cisco CCNP qualification and encourage you to complete a one-year industrial placement before your dissertation. Here, you'll gain commercial-world experience to add to your roster, making you an ultra-employable commodity once you graduate.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: MSc Computer Science (Computer Networks and Security).


After completing the Computer Networks and Security MSc, you’ll be equipped to work in the following roles:

  • Network security specialist
  • Network security analyst
  • Network consultant
  • Network infrastructure engineer
  • Network security operations

Eager for more knowledge? Upon completion, you’ll be ideally placed for further academic study at PhD level.


There are two types of assessments: practice (also called formative) or formal (also called summative).

Practice assessments do not count towards your final mark. These are your chance to test your understanding – and learn how to improve for the real thing.

You’ll have formal assessments, typically at the end of each module. These could include essays, exams, practical assessments or portfolios.

If you hold a CCNP qualification or higher (other vendor qualifications accepted to), some modules might be accredited through RPL.

Different course options

Full time | Staffordshire University (Stoke-on-Trent Campus) | 13 months | 14-SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


13 months

Start date



Network Troubleshooting - Core
Professional Secure Networks - Core
Enterprise Cloud Computing in the AWS Environment - Core
Dissertation - Core
Research Methods - Core
Professional Routed Networks - Core
Professional Switched Networks - Core
Operating Security System - Core
Virtualisation - Core

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

An undergraduate honours degree (grade 2.2 or above in a related computing discipline, Telecommunications or electronics/communications from a UK University or the international equivalent. If you do not meet the above but have significant appropriate experience, your application will be considered, provided that you satisfy the University that you are capable of responding to the challenge of postgraduate work.

University information

Based in the West Midlands, Staffordshire University has decades of experience providing first-rate postgraduate education across a broad range of disciplines. The award-winning institution offers courses designed in collaboration with learning industry experts in a bid to provide solutions to the challenges of tomorrow. The main city campus is based in Stoke-on-Trent with the University’s dedicated Centres of Excellence in Healthcare...more

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