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PMCONECS - MSc Computer Networking and Cyber Security

Course Specification

Validation status Validated
Highest award Master of Science Level Masters
Possible interim awards Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate
Total credits for course 180
Awarding institution London Metropolitan University
Teaching institutions London Metropolitan University
School School of Computing and Digital Media
Subject Area Communications Technology and Mathematics
Attendance options
Option Minimum duration Maximum duration
Full-time 1 YEARS 6 YEARS
Part-time Day 2 YEARS 6 YEARS
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About the course and its strategy towards teaching and learning and towards blended learning/e-learning

The course is designed to equip its graduates to work at a professional level in areas of Computer Networking and Cyber Security or for entering MPhil/PhD research program.

The course has been designed to have a well-balanced coverage of Computer Networking and Cyber Security. There are 4 core modules; two in Networking and two in Cyber Security. There are a further 4 optional modules; two of which are related to Networking and two are in Cyber security. Students must select one from each of the options in each semester.

The course is supported by a number of specialised laboratories in general electronics, Microwave and Satellite communications, Advanced Networking and Cyber Security. Students in each of the specialized modules spend a considerable part of the module in these laboratories providing an opportunity to practice what they learn in the formal lecture/seminar session to investigate, design and implement, evaluate and test and document a variety of real-world examples inNetworking and Cyber Security. These sessions are performed individually or as part of a group.

In addition, the University was one of the first Cisco Academy in UK. It is equipped with four up-to-date Cisco laboratories supporting CCNA, CCNP, Security and Wireless laboratories.

Tutorial exercises and short phase tests are used to provide candidates with feedback on their progress. Summative assessment of students’ knowledge base and their understanding is incorporated into formal in-course tests/exercises/case studies and a final unseen examination.

Students have access to the innovative Graduate centre to meet and discuss their courses. The campus library has recently undergone a successful refurbishment offering specialised group study areas as well as access to a comprehensive range of textbooks, journals and online learning resources. There are also open areas on the ground floor of the Tower building and the green lounge at Benwell Road offering open study areas. These areas all have access to IT facilities with several terminals at each one.

All students joining the programme will be encouraged to become Student Member of the Institute of Engineering & Technology (the IET). The membership provides students access to one of the largest on-site and on-line library in the world as well as automatic invitation to seminars/conferences in the areas of their course. Students have access to number of professional on-line lectures in specialized areas of Networking and Cyber Security. The membership also enables students to be automatically transferred to the class of Member of the IET, once they are graduated from the course. Being a member of the IET has significant merits both in academia and in the industry. It provides students with the opportunity to become eligible for the Charted Engineering (CEng) Status after a few years of work experience.

Course aims

Main educational aims of the course:

  1. to provide students with an in-depth understanding and knowledge of the principles of and developments in computer networking and Cyber Security.
  2. to integrate and work effectively in a real enterprise environment undertaking business roles and working on specific projects related to design and management of Computer Networking and Cyber Security.
  3. to provide students with knowledge of analytical and practical techniques for evaluating, planning, designing and implementing a variety of secured computer networks in different applications.
  4. to provide students with an in-depth knowledge and appreciation of the importance and the necessity of network and Cyber Security.
  5. to develop the practical and theoretical skills essential for professional secured network designed to adapt to a rapidly changing technology.
  6. to enable students to research, design and critically appraise specific systems.
  7. to provide an awareness of the newly developing opportunities in computer networking and Cyber Security.
  8. to allow students to acquire knowledge appropriate to their interests and career, complimenting and enhancing the knowledge, skills and professional perspectives from their previous education and work related experience.
  9. to understand the strategic process for deployment and implementation of Cyber Security within a small to large scale organization.
  10. to understand and critically discuss the professional, legal and ethical, economical and global environmental issues and their impact relevant to computer networking and Cyber Security.

Course learning outcomes

knowledge and understanding:

  1. Comprehensive knowledge of selecting the most appropriate devices to provide industry standard solutions to practical networking and security issues.
  2. Critically evaluate the performance of a current Networking and Security systems and design high performance secure networks with consideration to the future needs of business.
  3. Apply advanced tools and techniques that may be used when developing and managing computer networks and Cyber Security systems, and apply these in real world situations.
  4. Critical awareness of current issues in networking technology and new and future developments.
  5. Discuss the professional, legal and ethical, economical and global environmental issues through the development of Networks, Security and their impact.

cognitive intellectual skills:

  1. Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of current and future techniques/technology used to increase the capabilities of computer networks.
  2. Select appropriate analysis and design procedures to solve problems in creative and innovative manner and apply those solutions in a real world situations.
  3. Deal with Cyber Security issues both systematically and creatively.
  4. Analyse, specify, design, implement and evaluate the performance behaviour of various computer network scenarios and apply these in real world situations.
  5. Assess critically published academic papers and produce original work of a standard and in a form suitable for publication.

transferable skills including those of employability and professional practice:

  1. Critically and systematically apply knowledge and skills to real applications in the workplace thereby enhancing employability and career prospects.
  2. Use initiative and take responsibility to plan, organise and implement a programme of work.
  3. Communicate effectively orally and in writing to specialists and non-specialist audiences.
  4. Think critically in respect of their own and others’ work.
  5. Ability to work and study independently and/or as member of a team.

subject-specific practical skills:

  1. Select and use appropriate computer based tools for analysis and synthesis.
  2. Select, configure and use appropriate test equipment.
  3. Locate and retrieve appropriate information from electronic sources.

Principle QAA benchmark statements

Course design is informed by the

QAA: Benchmark Statement for Engineering

“Subject Benchmark Statement Master’s Degrees in Computing” 2011.

Assessment strategy

A range of assessment methods is employed throughout the course. The method of assessment for each module is clearly described in the individual ‘Module Guide’ which is made available to the students at the start of the semester. Every module has dedicated Web site providing students with comprehensive learning/teaching material including Workshops exercises. Module leaders use this site regularly to communicate with their students including providing general feedback, guidelines on how to write technical report/ effective presentations and keeping logbooks. Modules employ a combination of the following forms of assessments:

  • Case study reports and presentations
  • Laboratory workbooks/logbooks
  • Unseen examinations
  • Part seen examinations
  • Individual viva

External speakers from relevant industries/professional Institutes (such as IET) are invited when possible to deliver lectures. The Communications Technology is a member of University Academy of a number of companies (such as Xilinx, ARM, Texas Instruments, Digilent and Cisco) and therefore the workshops and hands-on elements of the modules apply some of the most up to date technologies to enhance the relevant topics covered during the lecture/seminar sessions.
The details of the workshops and the way each module is assessed are described in the individual module specification.

The student report on work experience will enable students to reflect on the knowledge and skills gained in the course in preparation for the MSc Project which is a significant artefact (requirement and detailed specification)

Arrangements for promoting reflective learning and personal development

Research and Development Skills will be embedded in all core modules. It is during these core modules that students are expected to select their project. Students are also assigned to their project supervisor(s) and together with the MSc project module leader, students undergo a process of evaluating their knowledge, managing, leading, evaluating, reasoning, and reflecting upon their learning, and ethically undertaking their project work. Candidates will be required to develop a personal development portfolio.

Arrangements on the course for careers education, information and guidance

The resources of the Careers Service are available to all Students, who, as Postgraduates, may already be pursuing defined career goals. Students are also made aware of the advantages of IET membership (special membership seminars are organized by IET early at the start of the semester), its careers information and the employment opportunities advertised in its publications.

The faculty ’s World of Work (WOW) Agency offers opportunities to enhance employability skills, gain real experience and 'earn while you learn' through placements into real client-driven projects - working with business and industry.

Other external links providing expertise and experience

The followings external links provide experience and support:

  • Cisco Academy: A number of modules in the course are linked to the Cisco CCNA certification as shown in the course structure. Students follow the same curriculum and final examinations offered by Cisco. The specific learning outcome of the course/modules are also covered and assessed by in-house practical work shop examinations and forms part of the assessment for each of the modules.
  • ILG (Industrial Liaison Group) and the Communications Technology Research Group: Changes and modification to the course is also discussed with the relevant members in ILG and the research group to ensure the appropriateness of the course contents.

Professional Statutory and Regulatory Body (PSRB) accreditations & exemptions

Successfully pass this course and you will receive Cisco accreditation.

Career opportunities

There is an abundance of sectors and industries that require the skills and knowledge you'll develop on this course. Your skills in networking, network security and cyber security, IT security and computer forensics will be highly valuable. You could become a network engineer, network manager, cyber security consultant, crime and computer forensic and network security professional.

Entry requirements

You will be required to have:

  • a 2:2 UK degree (or equivalent) in electronics and communications, computer science, computing or a closely related discipline (applicants with relevant professional experience will also be considered)

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

Official use and codes

Approved to run from 2015/16 Specification version 1 Specification status Validated
Original validation date 11 Jan 2016 Last validation date 30 Jan 2023  
Sources of funding
JACS codes I120 (Networks and Communications): 100%
Route code CONECS

Course Structure

Stage 1 Level 07 September start Offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
CC7177 Cybercrime and Cyber Security Core 20 NORTH AUT TUE PM
CC7178 Cyber Security Management Core 20 NORTH SPR TUE PM
CT7154 Network Routing Protocols Core 20 NORTH AUT THU AM
CT7155 Switched Networks Core 20 NORTH SPR FRI AM
          NORTH SUM MON AM
          NORTH SUM WED PM
FC7P01 MSc Project Core 60        
CC7179 Digital Forensics Option 20        
CC7180 Security Auditing and Penetration Testing Option 20        
CT7156 Network Troubleshooting Option 20 NORTH AUT THU PM
CT7157 Hardening Network Infrastructure Option 20 NORTH SPR FRI PM
          NORTH SUM FRI AM
          NORTH SUM FRI PM

Stage 1 Level 07 January start Offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
CC7177 Cybercrime and Cyber Security Core 20        
CC7178 Cyber Security Management Core 20 NORTH SPR TUE PM
CT7154 Network Routing Protocols Core 20        
CT7155 Switched Networks Core 20 NORTH SPR FRI AM
          NORTH SUM MON AM
          NORTH SUM WED PM
FC7P01 MSc Project Core 60        
CC7179 Digital Forensics Option 20        
CC7180 Security Auditing and Penetration Testing Option 20        
CT7156 Network Troubleshooting Option 20        
CT7157 Hardening Network Infrastructure Option 20 NORTH SPR FRI PM
          NORTH SUM FRI AM
          NORTH SUM FRI PM