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MSc Computer and Network Engineering

For professionals with an engineering background in computing or a related discipline such as electronic or electrical engineering, this masters course will equip you with the skills you need to move into computer and network engineering. You learn about the hardware and software aspects of computer network technologies and examine their design, specification and integration in a range of applications.

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

Course description

Ideal for you if you are a professional with a background in computer engineering, communication systems or electronic/electrical engineering, and provides you with the skills and knowledge needed to move into computer networking. It is particularly useful for people working in companies that rely on constant innovation in electronics, computer engineering and communications.

Computer networks currently provide the infrastructure for most, businesses, educational institutions, retailers, manufacturers and public services. Many companies rely increasingly on computer and network engineering, which is now a global discipline.

This course is hardware and software based, and examines the design, specification, and integration of current and next generation computer and communications network technologies.

This course provides an opportunity for you to
• increase the depth of your technical knowledge
• develop your computer hardware and software skills
• gain a thorough working knowledge of computer engineering
• study the latest technologies used in modern day computer networking systems and their applications
• gain the skills needed to design, develop and maintain computer network systems

You may wish to expand your current knowledge and expertise if you already have computer networking skills or possibly move into a new area of engineering and have the necessary entry requirements for this course.

Professional recognition

This programme is CEng accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and fulfils the educational requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer when presented with an CEng accredited Bachelors programme.

Entry requirements

This course is subject to approval

2017 entry requirements

Normally you need at least a second class honours degree from a UK institution in a relevant engineering or science subject, or an equivalent qualification from the UK or overseas.

We may also accept other qualifications, for example an HND, backed up with relevant industrial experience. 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 18 months

Full time – January start – typically 12 or 18 months

Part time – September start – typically 36 months

Part time – January start – typically 36 months

Typical modules may include


The course is based around two main themes, communication and networks, and computer engineering. You study eight modules plus a major project.

Communications and network modules
At least three from • communication engineering • communication media • communication networks • network applications

Computer engineering modules
At least three from • microprocessor engineering • object-oriented methods • operating systems • software engineering

Option modules
Up to two from • applicable artificial intelligence • digital signal processing • embedded systems • mixed signal design • electrical energy systems • efficient machines and electromagnetic applications

Project (equivalent to four modules)
You undertake a major project under the supervision of a tutor.

Assessment By final examination, coursework and project reports


Information technology, communications, computer networks and electronics are among some of the fastest growing areas of the economy. By completing this course, you gain a thorough understanding of computer networking systems with the knowledge and expertise to enable you to apply your skills within many areas of industry, or take up a position in higher education or research.


Home / EU student

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)

2016/17 academic year

Typically £6,300 for the course

Part-time study should be calculated pro rata.

Postgraduate loans of up to £10,000 are available across the majority of subject areas.

2017/18 academic year

Typically £6,400 for the course

International student

2016/17 academic year

Typically £12,500 for the course

2017/18 academic year

Typically £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

Complete the application form available at www.shu.ac.uk/study/form

Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and student Regulations.

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