University of St Andrews

University of St Andrews

Networks and Distributed Systems

The MSc in Networks and Distributed Systems is an advanced research-led course in the study of networks and distributed systems, developing students' knowledge and skills in network protocols and technologies, mobile systems, multimedia and distributed systems.

Entry requirements

A minimum of a UK 2.2 Honours degree, in computer science, from a UK university, or equivalent. All applicants whose 1st language is not English require IELTS 7.0, or equivalent; IELTS 6.0, or 6.5, or equivalent, is accepted with conditions.

Course modules

The modules in this programme have varying methods of delivery and assessment. For more details of each module, including weekly contact hours, teaching methods and assessment, please see the latest module catalogue which is for the 2016-2017 academic year; some elements may be subject to change for 2017 entry.

Compulsory modules: 1. Masters Core Skills: equips students with essential skills in a range of topics including technical writing for computer science and information technology, presentation skills, research skills and project planning, all reinforced by practical assignments.
2. Object-Oriented Modelling, Design and Programming: introduces and reinforces object-oriented modelling, design and implementation to provide a common basis of skills, allowing students to complete programming assignments within other MSc modules.
3. Advanced Networks: covers new concepts and topics in networking as well as key abstractions; and one or both of:

4. Distributed Systems: covers the fundamentals of distributed systems, with reference to system models, programming languages, algorithmic techniques, concurrency and correctness;
5. Mobile and Wireless Networks: examines how computing and communication are used to allow mobile systems to function in heterogeneous environments.

Assessment methods

MSc: 9 months of ongoing coursework and a supervised dissertation/project of up to 15,000 words.

Sponsorship information

Carnegie-Cameron bursaries; entrant accommodation bursary; Formula Santander postgraduate scholarship; recent graduate discount; Thomas and Margaret Roddan Trust bursary; SAAS postgraduate funding.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2017 GBP 19,400 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2017 GBP 6,800 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2017 GBP 6,800 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2017 GBP 6,800 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2017 GBP 6,800 per Year 1 (EU) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2017 GBP 6,800 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MSc Part-time September 2017 GBP 3,400 per Year 1 (EU) 2 years
MSc Part-time September 2017 GBP 3,400 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
MSc Part-time September 2017 GBP 3,400 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MSc Part-time September 2017 GBP 3,400 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
MSc Part-time September 2017 GBP 3,400 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of St Andrews St Andrews KY16 9AX Scotland

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Key information

Contact: 
Postgraduate Secretary for Computer Science
Telephone number: 
01334 463251