Royal Holloway, University of London

Course Introduction

The digital revolution is increasing the power, scope and importance of computer systems at a rapid pace. Software'enabled systems are everywhere, with Distributed and Networked Systems underpinning the economy, society and infrastructure. Study Distributed and Networked Systems with a Year in Industry at Royal Holloway, University of London and you’ll gain detailed knowledge of the principles, methods and techniques required for developing systems including sensor and actuator networks, cyberphysical systems, patient'centred healthcare and disaster recovery systems.

This flexible programme has been developed for graduates with a background in Computer Science or Engineering, giving you the chance to further hone your knowledge and skills. A wide range of optional modules lets you tailor your learning to your own strengths and interests, including Information Security, Data Analysis and Online Machine Learning to choose from.

You’ll study in a department renowned for the quality of its research and you’ll have the chance to contribute to this leading research culture through your Individual Project. Your studies will help to develop transferable skills and knowledge including open source and cloud tools for scalable data storage, contemporary network management technologies, relational databases and microcontroller devices.

The skills you’ll develop as a student of Distributed and Networked Systems will make you a highly employable candidate in a number of different fields. You’ll graduate in a strong position to progress to PhD study, while Royal Holloway’s proximity to the M4 corridor – also known as ‘England’s Silicon Valley’ – offers excellent opportunities to enjoy a rewarding year in industry with one of the country's top tech organisations.

+ Study in a highly'regarded departments, ranked 11th in the UK for the quality of research publications (Research Excellence Framework 2014).

+ Develop your skills and gain invaluable connections and experience during your year in industry.

+ Benefit from strong industry ties, with close proximity to ‘England’s Silicon Valley’.

+ Graduate with a Masters degree with excellent graduate employability prospects.

+ Tailor your learning with a wide range of engaging optional modules.

Course Modules

Individual Project for Year in Industry students, Interconnected Devices, Advanced Distributed Systems, Wireless, Sensor and Actuator Networks. A range of optional modules are also available

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
2 years
Full Time
MSc £10,400 Home Fees
2 years
Full Time
MSc £19,000 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • UK 2:1 (Honours) or equivalent in Computer Science, Economics, Mathematics, Physics, or other subjects that include a strong element of both mathematics and computing.
  • Relevant professional qualifications and relevant experience in an associated area will be considered.
  • English language requirements: IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in all other subscores.