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MSc

Advanced Computer Networks

Full-time Computing

Gain the skills to design, implement and troubleshoot enterprise networks. You tackle Cisco certifications while at the same time developing your career.


Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home/EU: £6,590 for the course †
International: £13,250 for the course
How long will I study? 1 year/16 Months
Where will I study? City Campus
When do I start? September

Course summary

  • Learn practical and theoretical skills in designing, building, troubleshooting and managing complex secure network systems.
  • Use networking labs equipped with the latest Cisco switches, routers and security devices.
  • Learn to develop solutions involving enterprise campus design, switching, routing, internet connectivity and cyber security.

The MSc Advanced Computer Networks is a technical course aimed at networking enthusiasts with a passion for the high-end technologies of enterprise networks. Experience of Cisco CCNA or working in networking is desirable but not essential. An attempt at the latest Cisco Certified Network Professional Routing and Switching (CCNP R&S) exams is included in the fee.

How you learn

Each of the modules is carefully designed to prepare you for the latest Cisco certification exams and to develop the critical and analytical skills required for the challenges faced in today's enterprise infrastructures. The course is designed in conjunction with our industrial partners, and is regularly updated to include materials to reflect current trends in technology.

You learn through:

  • lectures
  • tutorials
  • lab activities
  • hands-on experience with real devices
  • simulation environments
  • developing, testing and troubleshooting enterprise solutions
  • research
  • design

Course leaders and tutors

Siavosh Haghighi Movahed
Siavosh Haghighi Movahed
Senior Lecturer in Computer Systems and Networks, Course leader for MSc Advanced Computer Networks

Siavosh teaches computer networking, network security, network design, network troubleshooting and virtualisation at both MSc and BSc levels

Applied learning

Live projects

After the successful completion of your taught modules, the dissertation enables you to work on a real project with a company, or research and develop your own complex system for further analysis.

Networking opportunities

Case studies and input from specialists working in the industry and research will provide access to current 'real-world' applications and knowledge.

Employers regularly visit us to recruit our graduates. We have regular presentations from employers and industry experts, and hold workshops where you can get expert advice from recruiters representing leading IT companies.


Future careers

This course prepares you for a career as an

  • enterprise networking expert
  • network engineer
  • network architect
  • IT consultant
  • IT manager

Previous graduates of this course have gone on to work for

  • Cisco • Sky • PlusNet • IBM • Citrix • BT

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus

City Campus

City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.

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Location

Howard Street
Sheffield
S1 1WB

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Equipment and facilities

On this course you work with

  • Specialist hardware and software
  • Networking labs comprehensively equipped with the latest Cisco switches, routers and security devices (available 8am-midnight during term time and not limited to your tutorial sessions)
  • Campus LAN Access/Distribution/Core Switches (Such as Cisco Catalyst 2960, 3560, 3750 and 6500 Series)
  • Modular Switch Chassis with Line Cards/Supervisor Engines (Such as Sup720 for Virtual Switch System)
  • Enterprise and ISR Routers (Such as Cisco 2800, 2900 Series)
  • Security Appliances (Cisco ASA 5510, IPS 4240)
  • Cisco wireless and VOIP devices
  • ADSL connections
  • VMWare virtual computing platforms
  • Industry-Leading Network Modeling/Simulation/Emulation Platforms such as VIRL/CML and Riverbed

Entry requirements

UK students

You typically need

• a good level of general education with good analytical skills

• a degree 2.2 or above in computing or a closely-related discipline

• Cisco CCNA certification or equivalent networking experience

You will also be considered for entry if you do not have the standard entry qualifications, but can provide evidence of necessary knowledge and skills to successfully enter and complete the course. You may be asked to attend an interview. You may also be able to claim credit points which can reduce the amount of time it takes to complete your qualification at Sheffield Hallam. Find out more

Overseas applicants from countries whose first language is not English must normally produce evidence of competence in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 with 5.5 in all skills (or equivalent) is the standard for non-native speakers of English. If your English language skill is currently below an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English level.

EU and International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page.


Modules

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Advanced Network Design Credits: 15.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Advanced Routing Credits: 15.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Advanced Switching Credits: 15.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Cloud Technologies Credits: 15.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Dissertation Credits: 45.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Enterprise Routing Credits: 15.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Enterprise Switching Credits: 15.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Network Infrastructure Security Credits: 15.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Network Troubleshooting Credits: 15.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Research Principles And Practice Credits: 15.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%

Fees and funding

Home/EU students

Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting full-time study in 2018/19 is £6,590 for the course.

† If your course is studied over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with inflation and/or Government regulations. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for international students starting full-time study in 2018/19 is £13,250 for the course.

We offer a range of scholarships and awards for international students. Find out more.

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How do I apply?

You apply for this course via our online application form.

If you require an alternate version of the application form, please email directadmissions@shu.ac.uk.

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