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Computer Communication Networks MSc

Course code

H640PCOMNET

Start date

September

Subject area

Electronic and Computer Engineering

Mode of study

1 year full-time

Fees

2020/21

UK / EU £9,370

International £19,280

Entry requirements

2:2

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Overview

Brunel’s MSc in Computer Communication Networks will deepen your knowledge and understanding of data communication systems.

You will learn how to develop and deploy specialist computer communication networks, including local area networks, wide area networks, communication systems, and associated infrastructure.

This specialist computer communication networks course has a particular emphasis on network security, as well as network design and management.

Access is available to modern technical facilities including computer, electronics, and power and control laboratories where you’ll work on your lab exercises. The latest industry standard engineering software packages are available for you to use in purpose-built computer laboratories.

During your studies, you will benefit from guest lectures delivered by industry professionals. You’ll participate in conferences and deliver poster presentations on your research work. This allows you to network and exchange ideas with experts in computer network systems.

Our MSc computer communication networks degree is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). This professional engineering institution ensures that your degree meets the academic requirement to qualify as a professional engineer. This accredited MSc degree in computer communication networks fully meets the educational requirement for progression to Chartered Engineer (CEng) status. It is studied full-time over one year.

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Course content

You will study the taught modules in the first two terms and then spend four months working on your dissertation. The dissertation is an advanced piece of research on a specific specialism of computer communication network systems.

This course can be studied 1 year full-time, starting in September.

Year 1

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Careers and your future

A computer communication networks degree from Brunel will equip you with the broad knowledge and skills relevant to the rapidly expanding and fast-moving data communications sector.

Brunel’s closeness to the highest concentration of the UK’s information engineering and telecommunications industry – in London and along the M4 corridor – means our careers network is second to none.

Our graduates have been recruited by a wide range of communications equipment manufacturers, vendors, service providers, and end users.

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UK entry requirements

  • A 2:2 (or above) UK Honours degree, or equivalent internationally recognised qualification, usually in Electrical or Electronic Engineering; Computer Science; Information Systems; Mathematics or Physics. Other qualifications and relevant experience will be assessed on an individual basis.
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EU and International entry requirements

If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must prove knowledge of the English language so that we can issue you a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS). To do this, you will need an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity SELT test pass gained from a test centre approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and on the Secure English Language Testing (SELT) list. This must have been taken and passed within two years from the date the CAS is made.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6 (min 5.5 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 51 (51 in all sub scores)
  • BrunELT: 60% (min 55% in all areas)
  • TOEFL: 79( min R18, L17, S20, W17)

You can find out more about the qualifications we accept on our English Language Requirements page.

Should you wish to take a pre-sessional English course to improve your English prior to starting your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider for the same reason. We offer our own BrunELT English test and have pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet requirements or who wish to improve their English. You can find out more information on English courses and test options through our Brunel Language Centre.

Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants. This information is for guidance only and each application is assessed on a case-by-case basis. Entry requirements are subject to review, and may change.

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Fees and funding

2020/21

UK / EU

£9,370 full-time

International

£19,280 full-time

More information on any additional course-related costs.

See our fees and funding page for full details of postgraduate scholarships available to Brunel applicants.

Fees quoted are per year and are subject to an annual increase. 

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Teaching and Learning

Our computer communication networks degree is delivered by a diverse team of academic staff. Many are world-renowned researchers and they feed their active research into the course. There will also be guest lectures from our industrial partners and networking at conferences with key industry specialists.

Study will combine lectures, seminars, workshop sessions, computer simulation, self-study, and individual and group project work.

Should you need any non-academic support during your time at Brunel, the Student Support and Welfare Team are here to help.

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Assessment and feedback

Your progress will be assessed via assignments, presentations, technical analytical reports, group reports, exams and your dissertation.

Read our guide on how to avoid plagiarism in your assessments at Brunel.