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I am interested to follow the MSc Computing Networking programme at the University of Bedfordshire because this course will enhance my knowledge of computer networking technologies - through the use of real-world applications, I will gain an in-depth understanding of advanced and academic computing skills.
I have studied BCS Certificate and Diploma level in computing followed by year 3 top up BSc in Computing under the University of Greenwich. In these qualifications, I have studied Information Systems, Software Development, Computer & Network Technology, PRISS, Database Systems, IT Project Management, Database Design and Implementation, Information Systems Engineering, IT Project and Quality Management, Distributed Information Systems, Mobile Computing, e-Commerce subjects – these have similarities with the MSc Computing Networking programme’s learning outcomes and important parts of the syllabus. Therefore, these would complement the MSc study significantly and allow me to understand the course better to get the maximum out of the learning aims.
Since MSc is a postgraduate programme and higher level than my most recently studied undergraduate programme, BSc in Computing; I will make crucial academic progression and gain higher qualification.
Most importantly, my current level of knowledge and skills will be enhanced remarkably – I will acquire advanced level skills relating to network systems, grid services and distributed networking, wireless networking, distributed and parallel computing networking administration and management, secure data communications, emerging technologies and professional project management. In addition to the main components of the Master Degree, I will have the opportunity to take an optional training course during the summer complemented by vendor-supported training that covers network management, server configuration and administration, and computer hardware technology.
Furthermore, the programme at University of Bedfordshire will help me gain Skills Development including Communication, Information Literacy, Research and Evaluation (ability to work independently as well as enhancing your reflective skills), Creativity and Critical Thinking (Undertaking a significant piece of work usually the MSc dissertation which requires to use analytical problem solving and creative skills in order to develop a solution, and to be able to critically evaluate the work that I will perform), Improving learning and performance, Progress files (Maintaining e-portfolio that shows both academic and personal developments that can be used to show employers ), Professional standards including soft-skills i.e. teamwork, oral and written communication, inter personal skills etc. with compliance to the British Computer Society's Code of Conduct and Code of Practice which details what is expected (from a professional perspective) of an IT professional, Career Management Skills (ability to reflect on performance, and to develop teamwork, written and oral communication).
I have chosen this University because of its excellent reputation in computing, its diverse learning community and close proximity to the city of London. At the university I will have the chance to enjoy the opportunity to work wit a 64-node cluster and other state-of-the-art
equipment; develop my skills alongside leading experts in the fields of Wireless and Mobile Network Planning and Femtocells; Benefit from studying on a course that integrates professional qualifications (CISCO CCNA/CCNP and CompTIA) and academic work; Gain access to our purpose-designed facilities, which are ranked in the top 25% of department facilities in the UK by the British Computer Society (BCS).
On Completion, I hope to build a career as Networking Technician, Systems or Network Administrator, Systems Analyst, Network Engineer or Architect, Systems or Network Designer, Computer Networking Instructor, University Academic, or ICT Teacher, Network infrastructure Manager.
I hope to start my study with the University at the earliest opportunity.