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The field of computer networks is a multi-faceted one with exciting job prospects. By choosing our course, you will be driven to achieve excellence in the design and implementation of network systems, and be able to gain industry recognised certifications such as Cisco's CCNA and CCNP.
Why study BSc Computer Networks at Middlesex University?
Our diverse Computer Networks degree prepares you for entry into this exciting field. The focus is on the steps and strategies that can be adopted to mitigate security threats to networks, and internet or network applications. You will be taught by experts in the field in a high-tech labs and have access to specialist equipment.
Practical hands-on sessions in our modern labs will be used to illustrate the application of theory and concepts
Specialised modules will provide in-depth understanding of the design, development, implementation and management of computer networks for a variety of domains
Experienced network engineers and analysts will assist you in gaining comprehensive insight into the solutions and services sought after in industry
We have excellent graduate employment rates with 100% of graduates in further study or employment six months after graduating.
What will you study on the BSc Computer Networks degree at Middlesex University?
The course explores the principles of up-to-date network systems and focuses on key operational and technical aspects. You will gain the practical competencies in network design and the development of mobile internet applications and services. You will have the opportunity to put what you've learned to practical use and make valuable industry contacts.
Year 2 modules
This module addresses the fundamental principles of electronic communication, particularly as applied to digital data. A key development in the last decade has been the seamless integration of many different data types (documents, images, speech etc) on to common communications platforms. These communications platforms have themselves spawned new functionality, so that we are well on the way to being able to access any data/function on any device, anywhere.
The main aim of the module is to provide you with an operational understanding of how current communications systems work, and specifically how we can communicate information over any distance with a high degree of accuracy and reliability. As part of this, issues of encoding data, capacity, data compression, bandwidth, security and cryptography are covered.
Advanced Connection of Network Devices
This module provides students with the skills needed to succeed in networking-related degree programs and also helps students develop the skills necessary to fulfil the job responsibilities of network technicians, network administrators, and network engineers.
The primary focus of this module is on LAN switching, wireless LANs and accessing wide area networks (WAN). The goal is to develop an understanding of how a switch communicates with other switches and routers in a small- or medium-sized business network to implement VLAN segmentation.
Protocols and Network Performance Simulation
There are three main aims in this module. Firstly, to develop skills in implementing basic standard-compliant network applications, and design simple protocols meeting the requirements of various network environments.
Secondly, to introduce network performance and analysis. A systems approach is adopted with a focus on performance issues, including analysis, specification of bottlenecks, trade-offs and optimisation. Ongoing challenges such as scalable connectivity, cost-effective resource sharing, support for common services and manageability are addressed as appropriate.
And thirdly, to introduce the Linux operating system – its structure, function and purpose, and to provide the opportunity of practical use of system-level operations.
Research Methodology and Professional Project Development
The aim of this module is to enable the students to gain knowledge of professional project management in general, as well as in the context of their degree and likely future profession.
Students use this knowledge by participating in a 'real world' group project which is relevant for their level of study. In addition you will study ethical, legal, regulatory, organisational and business issues in order to further your employability prospects as a network professional.
Year 3 modules
Network Management: Design and Support
This module concentrates on the knowledge and skills needed to consolidate many computer networking concepts.
Elements of network design, equipment selection and configuration, and LAN and WAN addressing are considered. An integrated case study is used to present critical thinking scenarios. This helps students develop skills such as analysing business objectives, determining technical requirements and constraints, planning timelines and resources, and preparing and delivering customer presentations.
The module reflects the job skills and responsibilities that are associated with entry-level career opportunities in networking.
Wireless LANs and Mobile Computing
This module develops an understanding of the principal ways in which a mobile device can access a network. Specifically, it aims to develop an appreciation of the design, characteristics, operation, and Quality of Service issues of WLANs and Cellular networks supporting mobility.
The course focuses on Wireless Local Area networks in the home, hotspots and business, wide area wireless communication and cellular networks, as well as mobile computing. A central theme is the use of the Internet Protocol in mobile scenarios. The operation of cellular networks (e.g. 2G to 5G and beyond) to interconnect mobile computing devices is explained. It also addresses the application of mobile technologies to business.
Advanced Networks Design and Security
This module is designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills needed to plan, implement, secure, maintain, and troubleshoot converged enterprise networks.
Students learn how to implement complex enterprise LAN and WAN routing and switching solutions. Comprehensive labs emphasize hands-on learning and practice to reinforce configuration skills using a range of routing protocols, and the secure integration of VLANs, WLANs, voice, and video into local area networks. The course also covers the configuration of secure routing solutions to support branch offices and mobile workers.
The module enhances the job skills and responsibilities that are associated with professional-level job roles such as network engineer, systems engineer, network support engineer, network administrator, and network consultant.
This module provides you with the opportunity of choosing and working on a project that reflects your interests.
The project should constitute a practical problem-solving activity relevant to current network or communication technology.
The primary aim of the module is to consolidate and deepen your understanding of material taught on your programme and to conduct an investigation and/or develop a product, process or application relevant to the focus of your programme.
Students in possession of NCC level 4 Diploma in Computing / BTEC HND / / Advanced Progression Diplomas/ MCAST Advanced diploma are eligible for direct entry to year 2 or year 3.
We also accept students who have achieved a level 4 in Computing Science or Networking, with possession of level 4 modules in programming and networking. An acceptable equivalent to a networking module would be a pass in Cisco CCNA parts 1 and 2.
English language requirements
We normally require Grade C GCSE or an equivalent qualification such as SEC O'level at grade 5 or better.
The most common English Language requirements for international students are IELTS 6.0 (with minimum 5.5 in all four components) or equivalent. If you are unsure about whether you meet the minimum requirements, please contact the Malta campus admissions office.
This course opens the door to a career in the rapidly growing network industry – network design and implementation, network consultancy, internet software applications development and network security. Recent graduates have progressed onto masters courses or have secured jobs with global companies.
Below are just a few examples of the types of careers that you could pursue after graduating with us:
Network Engineer - A network engineer is responsible for installing,maintaining and supporting computer communication networks within an organisation or between organisations. Your role will be to ensure the smooth operation of communication networks in order to provide maximum performance and availability for their users (staff, clients, customers and suppliers).
Network Administrator - A network administrator will be responsible for analysis, installation and configuration of company networks. The role usually includes the monitoring network performance, troubleshooting problems and maintaining network security. Other activities include assisting customers with operating systems and network adapters, configuring routers, switches, and firewalls, and evaluating third-party tools.
Network Analyst - Network analysts generally write software programs or scripts that aid in network analysis, such as diagnostics or monitoring utilities. They also specialize in evaluating third-party products and integrating new software technologies into an existing network environment or to build a new environment.
Network Manager - Managers supervise the work of administrators,engineers, technicians, and/or programmers. Network and Information Systems Managers also focus on longer-range planning and strategy considerations.
IT Consultant - An IT consultant works in partnership with clients to overcome their business challenges through the application of technology. A consultant's work will often be based on the need to improve efficiency and the way a company functions, with IT used as a means to achieve this.