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MSc Advanced Computer Networks

This course is ideal if you have a passion for the high-end technologies of enterprise networks and your work demands rigorous understanding of complex networking scenarios. You gain the skills to design, implement, and troubleshoot enterprise networks. You tackle Cisco certifications while at the same time developing your career with a masters degree.

Course length 12-36 Month(s)
Location City Campus

Course description

This highly technical course is aimed at networking professionals who already have Cisco CCNA or equivalent networking skills and experience (CCNA certification is recommended but not required). Each of the modules are 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 ability to provide scalable, integrated, flexible and secure networks is critical for modern enterprises. Graduates from this course gain the skills and knowledge to become valued experts in their field.

You learn both practical and theoretical skills in the areas of designing, building, troubleshooting and managing complex secure network systems. The course complements your academic achievements by funding a single attempt at each of the latest Cisco Networking Professional Routing and Switching Certification exams.

Our networking labs are comprehensively equipped with the latest Cisco switches, routers and security devices. You work on different platforms including • Campus LAN Access Switches (Cisco Catalyst 2960, 3560 Series) • Campus LAN Compact Switches (Cisco Catalyst 3560-CX Series) • Campus LAN Core and Distribution Switches (Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Switches) • Security Appliances (Cisco ASA 5510, IPS 4240)• Enterprise and ISR Routers (Cisco 2800, 2900 Series) • Cisco wireless devices • VOIP devices • ADSL connections • VMWare virtual computing platforms. Your lab facilities are available from 8am to midnight during term time and are not limited to your tutorial sessions.

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.

The course has been designed with industry in mind. The theoretical and practical learning you engage with is directly related to the latest trends in industry. The timetabling arrangements are specially designed to be suitable for both part-time and full-time study.

This course helps prepare you for exams in • Cisco Certified Networking Professional (CCNP R&S) • Cisco Certified Design Architect (CCDA) • Cisco Certified and Networking Associate Security (CCNA Security). A single attempt at the latest CCNP R&S exams is included in the fee.

Entry requirements

2017 entry requirements

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.

2018 entry requirements

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.

International and European entry qualifications

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.

Course structure

Full time - September start - typically 12 or 16 months

Part time - September start - typically 36 months

Typical modules may include

Core modules

Advanced switching and enterprise switching
Develop skills in planning, configuring and verifying the implementation of complex enterprise switching solutions, particularly using the Cisco Enterprise Campus Architecture. These modules will prepare you for the latest Cisco 300-115 SWITCH certification exam.

Advanced routing and enterprise routing
Learn advanced IP addressing and routing techniques required for implementing scalable and highly secure routing solutions in both LANS and WANS. These modules will prepare you for the latest Cisco 300-101 ROUTE certification exam.

Network troubleshooting
In this module you develop the troubleshooting knowledge and skills that are at the heart of the CCNP routing and switching curriculum. After successful completion, you can consider yourself to be a truly skilled routing and switching specialist. This module prepares you for the latest Cisco 300-135 TSHOOT certification exam.

Cloud technologies
Learn about the virtualisation infrastructure solutions provided by VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V, utilise these technologies to provide flexibility, availability, scalability and fault-tolerance for enterprise systems.

Network Security
Recognise, assess and counter the cyber security threats faced by today's enterprise networks. Focus on security principles and technologies with Cisco security products. This module prepares you for the latest Cisco 210-260 IINS Security certification exam.

Advanced Network Design
Develop a structured and modular approach to design scalable and resilient routed and switched network infrastructures and services involving LAN, WAN, wireless, and broadband access for business and organisations. This module prepares you for the latest Cisco 200-310 DESGN certification exam.

Research principles and practice
Develop a critical awareness of methods, techniques and tools needed to undertake significant research projects. This module prepares you for the dissertation module by developing your specific interests and formulating your research proposal.

Dissertation
After you have successfully completed the taught modules, the dissertation develops your individual scholarship. This can be a three or six month project in which you may work on a real technical project with a company, or a scenario-based case study of a company network infrastructure in our advanced networking laboratories.

Assessment Modules are assessed using coursework. Assignments are typically individual pieces of work but some modules involve group work.Assessments are most often completed through practical work, supported by reports or presentations.

Employability

Graduates from this course have the skills and knowledge to work in most areas of IT, particularly as a network engineer, IT consultant or IT manager.

You are well placed to fast-track into the more technical areas of network engineering. Our graduates work in companies as diverse as Cisco, Sky, PlusNet, IBM, Citrix and BT in roles which range from network engineer through to network architect.

Fees

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Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)

2017/18 academic year

Typically £6,400 for the course

Part-time study is calculated pro-rata

Postgraduate loans of up to £10,280 are available across the majority of subject areas. Find out more and check course eligibility.

2018/19 academic year

£6,590 for the course

International student

2017/18 academic year

Typically £13,250 for the course

2018/19 academic year

£13,250 for the course

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.

Additional costs information

How to apply

Apply now by completing our online application form.

Full time

Apply for September 2018 (12 months)

Apply for September 2018 (16 months)

Part time

Apply for September 2018 (36 months)

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

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