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Course summary

Why study this course? Our Computer Networking and Cyber Security MSc postgraduate course includes Cisco accreditation and is designed for those wishing to pursue a career in computer networking and cyber security. During the course, you’ll develop the ability to design and manage robust networking and cyber security systems. Keeping computer systems secure is one of the most challenging tasks of our time. To help you rise to the challenge, this MSc provides knowledge in the very latest security principles, tools and techniques taught by specialist staff in a dedicated IT security laboratory. You'll also gain an understanding of the principles underpinning effective approaches to cyber defence in response to a cyber attack. Guest speakers from the industry will complement the teaching staff and enhance and challenge your knowledge of computer networking and cyber security. More about this course This master's course offers you a unique opportunity to combine knowledge of networking technologies with cyber security and gain Cisco accreditation. Such a combination is attractive to employers who increasingly seek graduates in this field. The growing international consensus is that increased cyber security skills are needed in order to respond to the number and sophistication of digital threats. Governments, corporations and large and small organisations recognise this as a priority, and so are on the lookout for graduates of a high calibre to work in this field. Our Communications Technology group was one of the first university groups in the UK to be awarded the Cisco Networking Academy accreditation in 1998. Since then, we have been running short and evening courses in Cisco CCNA and CCNP certification. These are two of the most prestigious vocational certifications valued in computer networking and its related industries. Several of the modules in both the CCNA and CCNP are currently embedded in the Computer Networking and Cyber Security MSc course, allowing you to learn the relevant Cisco certification. The ten practical sessions will be housed in specialist laboratories with up-to-date networking technology equipment, including our IT Security Laboratory. Guest speakers from the industry will complement London Met’s teaching staff and qualified Cisco instructors.

Modules

Example Core modules include: Network Routing Protocols; Network and System Security; Cyber Crime and Cyber Security; Switched Networks; MSc Project; Example Optional modules include: Network Troubleshooting; Digital Forensics; Hardening Network Infrastructure; Security Auditing and Penetration Testing

Assessment method

The method of assessment for each module is clearly described in the individual module guide which is made available to you at the start of the semester. Every module has a dedicated website providing you with comprehensive learning and teaching material including workshop exercises. Module leaders use this site regularly to communicate with you and provide 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 and individual vivas.


Entry requirements

You will be required to have: a lower second class (2:2) UK degree (or equivalent) in Computer Networking and Cyber Security, Computer Security, Computer Science, Computing, Electronics and Communications, or a closely related discipline applicants with relevant professional experience will also be considered Please note the networking modules are based on CISCO CCNP curriculum and are very practically assessed. You are strongly advised to either study CISCO CCNA or ensure that you are competent in configuring CISCO devices before you enrol to ensure success in this MSc program. London Metropolitan University has an established Cisco Academy and can provide advice on CISCO training and certifications. 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. The University's minimum language entry requirements to postgraduate taught courses require a pass in English language at GCSE at grade C or above, or IELTS test at band 6.0 or above with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component, or an equivalent English language qualification.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £1170 Module
Northern Ireland £1170 Module
Scotland £1170 Module
Wales £1170 Module
EU £2020 Module
International £2020 Module
Channel Islands £2020 Module
Republic of Ireland £2020 Module

Additional fee information

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees. Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.
Computer Networking and Cyber Security at London Metropolitan University - UCAS