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Study type
Full-time: 1 year
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About the course

Course content

The Internet forms a paradigm shift in the way the world operates and communicates. This has huge significance for the future, and a solid understanding of Internet technology is almost a guarantee for a successful career. 

This programme aims to give students a broad, comprehensive and detailed knowledge about all aspects of computer networks. 

Focusing on all aspects of what is relevant to future network experts, the programme provides a view on network architecture, protocols, security, performance and programming as well as wireless networks. 

Programme modules

Taught Modules: 
- Network Modelling and Performance 
- Internet Systems 
- Internet Protocol Design 
- Building Secure Networks 
- Cryptography and Secure Systems 
- Wireless Networks 
- Project Preparation 
- Research Methods 
- Individual Project

Module delivery

Full-time MSc programmes are of 12 months duration. Modules are based over two 15 week semesters with the rest of the 12 months spent on a guided personal research project. Many of our students undertake industry-oriented projects. 

The intensive 2-3 week module teaching structure may appeal to those in employment who wish to study on a part-time basis. To maintain the relevance of previous study, part-time students are recommended to complete the programme in as short a time as possible, although up to seven years is permitted for the MSc. 

Modules listed are correct at the time of publication, however, we continually review content, so modules may change.


Taught modules, with a total modular weight of 120 credits, assessed by coursework and in-class tests. Project: 60 credits.

Careers and further study

Graduates achieve the necessary qualification to seek employment in industry immediately and gain a solid basis from which to pursue a career in industry or academia.

Sponsorships, Scholarships and Bursaries

The Department awards University Scholarships and Department Bursaries to a number of highly qualified students. External funding may also be available.

Why choose computer science at Loughborough?

We form a lively community within a stimulating learning and working environment, and regularly welcome visiting lecturers and researchers who contribute to the intellectual and social life of the Department, now housed in the multi-million pound refurbished Haslegrave Building. 

The Quality Assurance Agency has given the Department the highest available commendation for the standard of its teaching provision. 

- Facilities 
Our departmental facilities and student support services offer the best all-round experience for learning, enhancing employability and expanding skills desirable outside University life. 
Students have 24-hour exclusive access to computer laboratories, including a dedicated MSc laboratory, supported by a team of systems specialists, and our virtual learning environment provides online access to lectures and other material. 

- Research 
Our research not only helps to keep the curriculum up to date, but also gives students the opportunity to work on collaborative projects with industry partners. 

- Career Prospects 
Our graduates have gone on to enjoy careers within a diverse range of organisations, including Google, Credit Suisse, Ocado, Rolls-Royce, Winton Capital and AVG Technologies. 

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