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MSc Computer Networking

Course Overview

With the arrival of Internet of Things, and 24/7 connectivity to world-wide network facilities (be it a desktop, laptop, tablets, smart phones, smart TVs) there is an increased need for continued development of new networking protocols and technologies that can feed the demand of the nation. The MSc in Computer Networking is designed to give you an in depth knowledge of wired, wireless, and mobile technologies.

You will develop your knowledge and technical skills required to design, implement, manage and secure different types of networks. The qualification will give you knowledge of both wired and wireless technology to enable you to enter a career in this fast-paced industry.

Key information

    Course name

    MSc Computer Networking

    Total academic credits

    180 credits

    Qualification awarded


    Awarding body

    University of Bedfordshire

    Professional recognition


    Academic level

    Postgraduate (QCF_NQF Level 7)

    Study mode

    Full time - Classroom


    12 months

    Tuition fees



    September, November, January, March, June, July

    Work placement


    Course location


Academic entry requirements

A good UK honours degree or equivalent in Computer Science, Networking, Security, or Engineering. Additional: For those without a first degree, you may be granted entry on the basis of your industrial work experience. Such work experience should total five or more years in a related subject area.

English entry requirements

IELTS score of 6.0 overall with no less than 5.5 in any subcomponent; OR evidence that you have been instructed and assessed predominantly in English for a significant part of your educational career.

Assessment methods

The assessment strategy used is a balance of written reports, examinations, practical (coursework) assignments, in-class tests, computer based assessment, and oral viva. The method used will depend on the nature of the subject being taught in the unit, and the most appropriate method has been chosen. Coursework assignments have incorporated formative feedback (as part of our Risk Strategy initiative) so that you can gain an insight into whether your work is meeting the necessary targets. You must have passed 105 credits before undertaking the MSc Computer Networking project.

Progression route

Further postgraduate study (e.g. MSc by Research) or students can also continue onto MPhil or PhD by research that can lead to a career in higher education.

Career opportunities

The course programme will support graduates seeking careers as IT and Helpdesk Support Officer, Network Technician, Systems or Network Administrator, Systems Analyst, Network Engineer, Network Architect, Systems or Network Designer, Computer Networking Instructor, University Academic, or ICT Teacher, Network infrastructure Manager, Networking Consultant, Networking Team Leader, Project Manager.


  • Network Systems – 15 credits
  • Wireless Networking – 15 credits
  • Advanced Computer and Network Security – 15 credits
  • Emerging Technologies – 15 credits
  • Distributed and Parallel Architectures – 15 credits
  • Networking Administration and Management – 15 credits
  • Ethical Hacking – 15 credits
  • Professional Project Management – 15 credits
  • MSc Project (Computer Networking) – 60 credits


Reasons for choosing this course

This course aims to provide you with a technical and business perspective within the field of networking and telecommunications. The main aims of this course are to:

  • Be able to demonstrate your knowledge and skills in network design, implementation, testing and management and maintenance
  • Be able to evaluate and critically analyse network models, design, technologies, configurations and present your views in relation to business and operational needs
  • Develop your skills to ensure the security of enterprise networks through the adoption of ethical hacking, penetration testing and vulnerability assessments
  • Provide you with the skills to critically evaluate the benefits, drawbacks and pitfalls of applying the latest techniques in networked and distributed systems to your chosen field
  • Develop your ability to consider and evaluate professional issues connected to the implementation and management of network systems
  • Develop your understanding of professional ethics conforming to the British Computer Society Code of Conduct


Main learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, graduates should be able to:-

  • LO1: Communicate your knowledge and demonstrate a critical understanding of Computer Networking using a variety of communication media (e.g., formal written reports, research papers, and electronic presentations with supporting oral communication)
  • LO2: Undertake a substantial piece of original research in the area of Computer Networking and to critically analyse, synthesise and evaluate your results and present them in the form of a written dissertation
  • LO3: Use an appropriate form of critical problem solving along with creativity and innovation in order to develop an appropriate solution to complex problems in Computer Networking
  • LO4: Demonstrate an appropriate level of knowledge and critical understanding, including the ability to synthesise, critically evaluate, develop and challenge theoretical material that you have met in the taught component of your course
  • LO5: Critically evaluate, apply and develop tools by utilising appropriate techniques and methodologies within the specialist area of Computer Networking in order to design advanced systems for use within the context of this area
  • LO6: Challenge and question current thinking and consider current and future trends and developments in the field of Computer Networking within a variety of challenging contexts
  • LO7: Apply and critically analyse the standards and practices of professional bodies such as the British Computer Society within the context of Computer Networking.


Choose Computer Networking MSc at Bedfordshire and:

  • Study with staff active in networking and security research on a course with a balance of focus on wired and wireless technologies, working with a 64-node cluster, and other state-of-the-art equipment including virtualised environments as you advance your knowledge of both theoretical and practical challenges related to grid-computing
  • Explore areas including network systems, computer security, networking administration and management, wireless networking, distributed parallel architectures, advanced security countermeasures, professional project management and emerging technologies
  • Develop skills related to distributed networks (such as distributed and parallel architectures), ideal if you aim to pursue a career in networking, either in management or network set-up
  • Gain in-depth skills in network management and administration (allowing you to work as a Network Manager) including essential security aspects, grid-computing and fault tolerance
  • Benefit from developing expertise including components of professional qualifications such as CompTIA Linux+ and EC-Council CEH - equipping you for a career as a Network Engineer/Architect, in IT Support, as a Systems Analyst or Systems/Network Designer or in further study on an MSc by Research, MPhil or PhD.