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International: £13,500 for the course
- 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
- Have the opportunity to study abroad — Erasmus funding is available for European placements.
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
Your lecturer's view
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:
- lab activities
- hands-on experience with real devices
- designing, developing and implementing enterprise solution
- testing and troubleshooting complex network models with simulation platforms
- practice-informed research
- field trips
Course leaders and tutors
Siavosh teaches computer networking, network security, network design, network troubleshooting and virtualisation at both MSc and BSc levels
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.
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.
This course prepares you for a career as an
- 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
Where will I study?
You study at City Campus
City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.City Campus map
Adsetts Library is located on our City Campus. It's open 24 hours a day, every day.Learn more
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-X, 2960-XR, 3560, 3750, 3850 and 6500 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 2800, 2900 Series)
- security Appliances (Cisco ASA 5510, ASA 5516, IPS 4240)
- Cisco wireless and VOIP devices
- Enterprise Internet connections
- VMWare virtual computing platforms
- industry-leading network modeling/simulation/emulation platforms such as VIRL/CML and Riverbed
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. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.
For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.
The modules for 2019/20 may vary to those given below, which are for academic year 2018/19.
|Module: Advanced Network Design||Credits: 15||
|Module: Advanced Routing||Credits: 15||
|Module: Advanced Switching||Credits: 15||
|Module: Dissertation||Credits: 45||
|Module: Enterprise Network Project||Credits: 45||
|Module: Network Infrastructure Security||Credits: 15||
|Module: Network Troubleshooting||Credits: 15||
|Module: Research Principles And Practice||Credits: 15||
Fees and funding
Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting full-time study in 2019/20 is £7,200 for the course.
† 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.
Our tuition fee for international students starting full-time study in 2019/20 is £13,500 for the course.
Postgraduate student loans
Up to £10,906 available for UK and EU students on most masters courses.
Additional course costs
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