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Course details

Year of entry



1 YR (FT) 2 YRS (PT)



Course Highlights


specialist skills required to progress to higher technical and managerial positions.


networking focus, centred around real-world network problem solving. 


to complete external Cisco Certification Qualifications.


Why choose? this course?

As the demand for specialists in the computer networking industry continues to grow, this course will support you to develop the specialist technical and consultative skills required to progress to higher technical and managerial positions within businesses, or work towards doctoral study.

  • Concentrate on practical networking rather than abstract concepts or theories in data communications
  • The programme is centred around real-world network problem-solving, the planning, design and development of network services and infrastructures, plus the use and application of current and emerging hardware and protocols.
  • Investigate cutting-edge technologies, implement and test novel networking solutions, or develop or analyse original network applications.

Key course features

  • Opportunity to study computer networking in-depth.
  • Lectures/tutorials and practical sessions are enhanced with additional, resource-rich online materials allowing you to continue independent learning through a variety of approaches.
  • Taught by staff leading research into the areas of the internet and computer networks.
  • Research activities are associated with the university’s research centre.
  • Learning progresses from design and building small networks to the techniques required for large public networks.
  • Options to complete external Cisco Certification qualifications.

What you will study

Students will study 6 core modules worth 20 credits each, followed by a 60 credit dissertation. 


  • Postgraduate Study & Research Methods
  • Networking Hardware and Software
  • Networking Techniques & Technologies
  • Remote Access & Security
  • Network Protocols & Algorithms
  • Technological Horizon-Scanning
  • Dissertation

The information listed in this section is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal academic framework review, so may be subject to change.

Entry requirements & applying

The standard entry requirement for these programmes is an honours degree of at least 2:2 classification in a Computer Science related subject area, or equivalent in any science-based degree with a strong computing and/or engineering element. In some cases applicants with substantial commercial or industrial experience can be accepted, subject to interview and references.

Teaching & Assessment


Postgraduate Study & Research Methods

  • Coursework - 40% - 1500 words
  • Coursework - 60% - 2000 words

Networking Hardware and Software

  • Coursework - 50% - 2000 words
  • In-class Test - 20%
  • Practical – 30%

Networking Techniques & Technologies

  • Coursework - 50% - 2000 words
  • In-class Test - 20%
  • Practical – 30%

Remote Access & Security

  • Case Study - 100%

Network Protocols & Algorithms

  • Coursework - 65% - 3000 words
  • In-class Test - 15%
  • Practical – 20%

Technological Horizon-Scanning

  • Coursework - 70% - 3000 words
  • Presentation - 30%


  • Research Proposal - 10% - 2,000 words
  • Dissertation - 90% - 15,000 to 20,000 words

Teaching and Learning

We offer workshops and support sessions in areas such as academic writing, effective note-making and preparing for assignments. Students can book appointments with academic skills tutors dedicated to helping you deal with the practicalities of university work. Our student support section has more information on the help available.

Career prospects

Our Careers and employability service is there to help you make decisions and plan the next steps towards a bright future. From finding work or further study to working out your interests, skills and aspirations, they can provide you with the expert information, advice and guidance you need.

Successful completion of the course enables you to put greater focus on your future career in the field of computer networking. You will have the knowledge and competence necessary to continue to develop professionally in the workplace, or you might also decide to progress onto higher-level academic investigation.

Previous students have found employment as:

  • Computing Consultants
  • Network Engineer / Management in Large Internet Companies
  • Continued Research to PhD Level
  • Teaching in 6th Form Colleges

Fees & funding

You do not have to pay your tuition fees upfront.

Wrexham University’s tuition fees for 2024/25 for MSc Computer Networking are £5,940.

The fees you pay and the support available will depend on a number of different factors. Full information can be found on our fees & finance pages

Programme specification

You can see the full programme specification here.



If you are applying as an European / International Student, and live outside of the UK, you should make your application through our online application system, Centurus.

For information about the university’s entry requirements for EU/international students, please visit our international section