University of Portsmouth

University of Portsmouth

Computer Network Administration and Management

Overview Businesses, big and small, are only as secure and efficient as their systems. If you're ready to take your existing technical and problem-solving skills to postgraduate level, then our MSc Computer Network Administration and Management degree course will help you reach your goals. On this course, you'll learn the principles and practice of systems administration and management - including system and network design, analysis, specification, efficiency and security. You'll plan and produce an individual project, and we'll provide the expertise and support so you can develop your professional practice. So once you graduate, you'll have all the tools you need for a career in computer network administration. You can start this course in September or January (full time only in January). What you'll experience On this course you'll: Get to use our multi-platform suites and computer labs Have access to over 250 servers in our £1 million network laboratory, featuring the latest computer networks and communication systems Get hands-on experience of configuring and optimising secure networks, and build client, server and middleware aspects of internet applications Study the key themes in the field, like Data Communications and Networking, Cloud Computing and Client Server Network Architecture Complete a personal project, applying what you've learned to a significant communications system or network planning problem Learn from academic staff with relevant experience in the field, including research and consultancy Work experience and career planning We'll help you to identify internships, voluntary roles and opportunities that will complement your studies. When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in computer network administration. After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career. Careers and opportunities You'll graduate from this course with the skills you need for a career as a senior IT practitioner. Because there's a need for qualified, skilled practitioners in the field, you can apply your knowledge to an in-house accounting and finance system, or in an SME or a corporate-wide data system in an international organisation. You can also choose an academic career and study for a PhD. Career opportunities include: systems administrator systems manager network designer IT manager system consultant university lecturer or researcher We'll provide you with as much support as possible in finding employment through close industrial contacts, careers events, recruitment fairs and individual advice. Professional accreditations This course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and meets the UK Engineering Council's Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC). So it's a step towards registration as an Incorporated (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng).

Entry requirements

MSc: A second-class honours degree in a relevant subject, or equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

Course modules

This course provides a broad understanding of client-facing management techniques within the context of computer network administration. You will study six core topics on this course, followed by an individual project. Here are the units you will study: ICT Configuration and Administration: This unit aims to conceptualize and evaluate the theory, methods, and issues involved in installing, configuring and effectively managing a Unix based operating system for networking, as well as a complete virtualized environment. Client Server Network Architecture: This unit covers client and server network architecture with strong emphasis on internet/web architecture. Unified Communications: This unit will provide you with an extensive knowledge of the area of Unified Communications (UC) technologies. The emphasis will be on the importance of UC in the business, the selection and deployment of UC and the problems which UC can bring if a correct strategy is not developed for UC. Data Communications and Networking: The unit provides you with the required foundation and depth of knowledge to comprehensively understand the core principles of data communications and computer network. Network Design and Management: This unit aims to introduce you to the issues, processes and tools of top-down network design and provide you with awareness of the issues and techniques involved in the management of large scale computer networks. Communications Security: This unit attempts to follow a systematic and rational engineering approach to help you master challenging topics such as cryptography. Individual Project: The course ends with a four-month individual project in which you apply your knowledge to a significant communications system or network planning problem. Projects are tailored to your individual interests and may take place in our own laboratories or, by agreement, in industry.

Assessment methods

Teaching and Assessment: You will be taught through a mixture of lectures, tutorials and laboratory sessions in conjunction with implementing your individual project, which can often be linked with industry. In addition, you will need to spend significant time in our electronic, communications and computer laboratories as well as in private study directed by lecturers. How are you assessed? Assessment is geared towards the subject matter in a way that encourages a deeper understanding and allows you to develop your skills. Here's how we assess your work: examinations, coursework assignments, a laboratory report, a dissertation.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2019 8,700 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 8,700 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 8,700 per Year 1 (EU) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 8,700 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 15,900 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 8,700 per Year 1 (England) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 8,700 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 Years
MSc Part-time September 2019 2,900 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 3 Years
MSc Part-time September 2019 2,900 per Year 1 (EU) 3 Years
MSc Part-time September 2019 2,900 per Year 1 (England) 3 Years
MSc Part-time September 2019 2,900 per Year 1 (Scotland) 3 Years
MSc Part-time September 2019 5,300 per Year 1 (International) 3 Years
MSc Part-time September 2019 2,900 per Year 1 (Wales) 3 Years
MSc Part-time September 2019 2,900 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 3 Years
MSc Full-time January 2020 8,700 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 16 Months
MSc Full-time January 2020 8,700 per Year 1 (England) 16 Months
MSc Full-time January 2020 8,700 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 16 Months
MSc Full-time January 2020 15,900 per Year 1 (International) 16 Months
MSc Full-time January 2020 8,700 per Year 1 (EU) 16 Months
MSc Full-time January 2020 8,700 per Year 1 (Scotland) 16 Months
MSc Full-time January 2020 8,700 per Year 1 (Wales) 16 Months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Main Site PO1 2UP South East

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