Internet-based networking has changed the way we approach communication, entertainment and business in recent years. Further growth is expected in the medium term, with traditional fixed and mobile telecommunication infrastructures migrating to Internet-based architectures and protocols. In the longer term, ubiquitous networking will support wireless handheld devices forming infrastructure-less multi-hop radio networks (mesh, ad hoc, and so on). The key aspect in this emerging Internet environment is the convergence of computing and communications, underpinned by software-based solutions.
The first semester provides a general understanding of communications and software, including digital communications, principles of communication and packet networks, and object-oriented design and C++. The second semester builds on this knowledge with more advanced modules, including data and Internet networking, and network and service management. Optional modules include multimedia system and component technology, mobile and personal communications, and operating systems for mobile devices. Some modules include software-based assignments.
Students graduating with this MSc can expect to find employment with network and service providers, networking equipment suppliers and corporations with advanced networking infrastructure.
Typical entry requirements
The programmes are intended for good honours graduates of mathematics, computing, physical sciences and engineering disciplines. Our normal entry level is a minimum of a Lower Second or equivalent; however, with industrial experience, we can be flexible in our entry requirements.
12 months full-time, up to 48 months part-time