University of Portsmouth - MSc Computer Network Administration and Management

University of Portsmouth

MSc Computer Network Administration and Management

Secure and streamline the computer systems that underpin businesses big and small with this practical MSc in Computer Network Administration and Management. 

You'll study the principles and practice of systems administration and management, analysing and designing networks in our high-performance computing labs. You'll use our cloud server and virtualised machines as you explore the efficiency and security of your systems, and get insights into the practices of industry partners like Cisco with guest lectures and field trips to data centres. 

When you graduate, you'll have the technical and problem-solving skills for a career keeping business running. Your study will help prepare you for industry qualifications, with module outcomes that get you ready for VMWare certification. 

Entry Requirements

  • An upper 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 (or equivalent) with no component score below 5.5.
  • CGPA 3.20/4.00

Career Prospects

This Master's program prepares students for senior roles in the computer networking sector, which is increasingly crucial in the interconnected business world. Graduates with this program will have demonstrable expertise in the sector's systems and processes, industry-standard hardware, and access to professional certification. They can work in in-house accounting and finance systems, small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), or corporate-wide data systems in international organizations. Graduates can also pursue an academic career by studying for a PhD.
Graduates of this course can pursue roles such as Systems Administrator, Systems Manager, Network Designer, IT Manager, System Consultant, or University Lecturer or Researcher. The program offers expert careers advice from the Careers and Employability Centre, tutors, and Student Placements and Employability Centre, with support available for up to five years after graduation.
Female students can benefit from networking events, applied projects with companies like IBM, Boeing, and Hampshire County Council, 1-to-1 appointments, CV and cover letter advice, interview preparation and practice, workshops to enhance employability skills, recruitment events, and support starting their own business.

Course Details

The Master's degree program is designed to accommodate students with various responsibilities, including work and family responsibilities. The course structure includes three years of part-time study, 12 months of full-time study, and 16 months of full-time study. The final three months are dedicated to the research project. Full-time study involves 10 hours of teaching time and 20 hours of independent study, with the majority of teaching time being in-person and face-to-face. Part-time study involves 3-4 hours of teaching time and 6-8 hours of independent study, with the remaining time for work experience or self-guided study.
The Master's study is more specialized than an undergraduate degree, allowing students to focus on a specific topic and work closely with academics committed to the subject. Assessments include examinations, coursework assignments, and laboratory reports. Students will also plan and deliver a project or dissertation exploring a subject of interest. In-formal assessments will be conducted, and students can receive feedback on practice and formal assessments to improve in the future.

Course Modules

Cloud Computing - 30 credits
Enterprise Network Design and Management - 30 credits
ICT Configuration and Administration - 30 credits
Network Services and Cyber Security - 30 credits
Master's Project - 60 credits

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