Networking and Internet Systems MSc
- Taught Masters
- Computer Science
- Cyber Security
- Communication Systems
- Networking and Internet Systems
Why study Networking and Internet Systems?
Suitable for students with or without a Computer Science background, this industry facing MSc equips its graduates with the skills to succeed as a networking specialist. The key to this innovative course is the focus on the specific fields of networking and Internet systems that are crucial to today’s and tomorrow’s ICT industry.
Study the fundamental principles and system architectures that will ensure an understanding of existing and emerging network technologies.
Gain first hand experience of designing and developing network applications, protocols and systems (suitable for students with no prior knowledge of the topic).
Choose topics from a range of advanced level courses closely aligned to our areas of research expertise.
Be taught by internationally renowned researchers, leading experts in their field.
Enjoy unique state of the art interactive learning including novel methods of teaching.
Benefit from significant individual research or industrial led projects with one-to-one supervision.
- Introduction to Networking
- Introduction to Computer Systems
- Network and Distributed Systems Programming
- Network and Systems Architecture
- Advanced Networking and the Internet
- Network and System Security
- Mobile Computing
- System Dependability
- A substantial piece of individual project work in any aspect of Networking supervised by one of the internationally recognized members of staff.
This MSc is delivered as a full time 12 month programme at Lancaster's main campus.
The programme is delivered in three terms. Taught courses are delivered in the first two terms through a combination of block mode and dedicated daily sessions. Block mode courses allow you to focus upon a single subject a week at a time, immersing you in the essential theory of a subject through lectures and interactive workshops, whilst daily sessions develop both your knowledge and practical skills. The third term and summer following the taught courses is dedicated to an MSc dissertation, where you will undertake a challenging project with individual academic supervision.
The following diagrams illustrate the conceptual structure of this MSc:
Students wishing to study part time may choose to study a term at a time, and complete their studies within two or three years. Dissertation projects are normally undertaken in the final year of study. We aim to provide flexibility for part-time students wherever possible, so if you have any queries please contact our admissions office.
University Term Dates 2013/14
Michaelmas : 4th October 2013 to 13th December 2013
Lent : 10th January 2014 to 21st March 2014
Summer: 24th March 2014 to 27 June 2014
Due to the late Easter in 2014, Summer Term begins immediately after Lent Term, then the student Easter vacation lies between Weeks 1 and 2.
- Week 1 of Summer Term: 24 March 2014
- Week 2 of Summer Term: 25 April 2014
At least a second class honours degree, or its equivalent. Applicants who do not meet this criterion but who have significant industrial experience will also be considered subject to individual circumstances.
For students whose first language is not English, there may be an additional requirement to demonstrate fluency in English. The school requires one of the following: a minimum of IELTS 6.5; TOEFL 93; or Pearson PTE Academic 62.
You will require a visa to be able to study with us in the UK (you do not also need an ATAS certificate).
- For UK and EU students: £6,500(full time)
- For overseas students: £16,200(full time)
Fees are revised annually; the above information is for guidance and relates to the 2013/14 academic year. Fees are normally payable on Registration Day. Alternatively, you may opt to pay the fees in three instalments with the first instalment being due on Registration Day in October, then January and April.
Course fees do not cover residential accommodation or living expenses. However, as a campus based University, Lancaster is a relatively inexpensive place to study. As a guide, a reasonable estimate of living expenses is about £8,500 for 12 months including rent. Being in the North West, you will also find that the cost of accommodation, food and entertainment are all cheaper than more major cities like London and Birmingham.
Additional information is available on the University website.
Many students choose to work during their studies to help make their studies here more affordable. Normally visa's permit part-time work of up to 20 hours per week and full time over the vacations. More information about this can be found on the University website. The Knowledge Business Centre, based in InfoLab21, can help you find full and part-time work using their ICT JobShop.
We recognise that it will not always be possible to visit us before considering whether to apply to Lancaster. So we are always happy to receive your questions via email, the phone, or through the postgraduate applications portal.
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Applying for a Masters
You will need to apply online via the Postgraduate Admissions Portal. Once you have created an account you will be able to fill in your personal details, background and upload supporting documentation. If you are experiencing any technical problems when trying to apply please feel free to contact Faculty Admissions