Middlesex University

Course Introduction

This course provides both intensive practical training and a profound theoretical education, extending beyond the technicalities of network security to cover strategic and organisational issues. During your studies, you will work with our LTE test bed and Blade Server, and you will learn how to access and configure cloud-based networks. The course is designed for those students who have previously studied computing at university level or who are currently working in the sector, and are looking to develop an advanced mastery of the subject. You'll have the chance to work towards a Cisco CCNA professional certification. As part of this course, you can do an optional three month or one year industry placement. Programmes with integral placements give you the opportunity to apply the skills you have learned throughout your studies in a practical environment. From national security to the privacy of personal communications, the smooth running of societies and economies depends on the security of computer networks. With a security breach potentially costing a company millions, highly skilled experts who can provide protection are sought-after across the globe. Technology is constantly developing and security issues are too, making this a challenging and rapidly evolving specialism.

This Masters degree gives you an in-depth understanding of network design and construction, programming and operating systems, and the legal, ethical and professional issues which surround this sector. You will also study online security risks, installing the relevant procedures to ensure data is transmitted and stored securely, and developing measures that can be taken not only to prevent breaches but to minimise damage if they do occur. This masters degree will leave you ideally placed for a role as training specialist, systems dispenser, business analysis manager or university lecturer. The majority of our graduates are in roles directly related to their studies and working in programming, telecommunications engineering, network management, and computer and network security. You could even start your own business or you may wish to pursue a career in academia.

Start Date:

3 months placement.. 12 months placement..

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
2 years
Full Time
MSc £10,000 Home Fees
2 years
Full Time
MSc £10,000 European Fees
2 years
Full Time
MSc £14,400 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Students need to have a second class honours degree 2:2 or above in computer science, science or engineering. Students with other degrees but with relevant work experience will also be considered. We also normally require Grade C GCSE or an equivalent qualification.
  • International entry requirements: Students need to have: an IELTS score of 6.5 (with minimum 6.0 in all components); 58 (with 51 in all components) in Pearson Test of English; 87 (with at least 21 in listening & writing, 22 in speaking and 23 in reading) in TOEFL (IBT); 176 overall (no less than 169 in any component) in Cambridge First, Advanced, Proficiency - taken post January 2015.