MSc Advanced Computer Networks

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Year of Entry 2024/25
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MSc

Advanced Computer Networks

Full-time Computing

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

Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home: £10,310 per year (£1,500 for placement year)
International/EU: £17,205 per year (£1,500 for placement year)
How long will I study? 1 Year
Where will I study? City Campus
When do I start? September 2024

Work Placement Route

For international students wishing to undertake a placement as part of this course, you must apply to the work experience route. Click here to go to the MSc Advanced Computer Networks course page. Transferring to the work experience route later will not be possible due to visa restrictions.

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 Enterprise Core (300-401 ENCOR - Implementing and Operating Cisco Enterprise Network Core Technologies) and an enterprise concentration exam (300-410 ENARSI - Implementing Cisco Enterprise Advanced Routing and Services) is included in the fee.


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How you learn

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Watch course leader Siavosh Haghighi Movahed talk about this course.

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

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:

  • small group lectures
  • tutorials
  • practical laboratory activities
  • hands-on experience with real devices
  • designing, developing and implementing enterprise solution
  • testing and troubleshooting complex network models with industry-recognised simulation platforms
  • practice-informed research
  • teamwork
  • field trips

This course is delivered face-to-face over three semesters - teaching is scheduled based on the length of your course and the academic calendar.

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 a

  • Cisco Certified Networking Professional (CCNP)
  • Enterprise networking expert
  • Network engineer
  • Network architect
  • IT consultant
  • IT manager

Previous graduates of this course have gone on to work for

  • Cisco Systems
  • Sky
  • PlusNet
  • IBM
  • Citrix
  • BT
  • CACI

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus through a structured mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions as well as access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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

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Equipment and facilities

Our networking labs are comprehensively equipped with the latest Cisco switching, routing and security devices (available 8am - midnight during term time and not limited to your tutorial sessions).

On this course you work with

  • Specialist hardware and software
  • Campus LAN Access/Distribution/Core Switches (Such as Cisco Catalyst 2960-X, 2960-XR, 3560, 3750, 3850, 6500 and 9300 Series)
  • Modular Switch Chassis with Line Cards/Supervisor Engines (Such as Sup720 for Virtual Switch System with Catalyst 6503)
  • Enterprise and ISR Routers (Such as Cisco 2900 and 4300 Series)
  • Security Appliances (Cisco ASA 5510, ASA 5516, IPS 4240)
  • Cisco Wireless and VOIP devices (Such as Cisco Wireless LAN Controller CT-3504 and 1850 Access Points)
  • Enterprise Internet Connections
  • VMWare virtual computing platforms such as VMWare vSphere, Workstation and ESXi
  • Industry-leading network modeling/simulation/emulation platforms such as Cisco Modeling Labs (CML), Cisco Virtual Internet Routing Lab (VIRL) and Riverbed

Entry requirements

All 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.

Additional information for EU/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.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Modules

Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Advanced Network Design Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Advanced Routing Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Practical
Module: Advanced Switching Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Practical
Module: Dissertation Credits: 45 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Enterprise Network Project Credits: 45 Assessment: Coursework
Practical
Module: Network Infrastructure Security Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Network Troubleshooting Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Research Principles And Practice Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time study in 2024/25 is £10,310 for the course without work experience placement or £11,810 with work experience placement. The tuition fee displayed above is for the full course. If the full course is more than one year in duration, the fee will be divided into annual payments which will then be rounded. This may mean the total fee you pay is slightly higher than the fee stated above. If you take a break in study or have to re-take part of the course, you may also be charged an additional fee and will be notified of this at the time.

If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2024/25 is £17,205 for the course without work experience placement or £18,705 with work experience placement. The tuition fee displayed above is for the full course. If the full course is more than one year in duration, the fee will be divided into annual payments which will then be rounded. This may mean the total fee you pay is slightly higher than the fee stated above. If you take a break in study or have to re-take part of the course, you may also be charged an additional fee and will be notified of this at the time.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

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How do I apply?

You apply for this course via our online application form.

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You can also use the application form above to apply for future years of entry.

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