University of the West of Scotland - School of Computing

University of the West of Scotland
University of the West of Scotland
School of Computing
Student of MSc in Smart Networks at University of the West of Scotland
The School of Computing is one of the leading players in computing and IT, with extensive expertise in research and development and collaborative working relationships with multinational companies such as IBM.

The School offers a diverse range of career-focused undergraduate and postgraduate courses, which benefit from the School’s strong industrial links.

Our courses have a strong practical emphasis to ensure that students are ready for employment upon graduation.
School of Computing at the University of the West of Scotland
Study an MSc Degree for Free*
MSc in Smart Networks
This new, specialised Masters course in Smart Networks is unique in Scotland and is designed for meeting the increasing business requirements of modern enterprises. It builds upon your networking and computing expertise and focuses on the latest and emerging smart networking technologies including Cloud Computing, Virtual Networking, Data Centre Management, Internet of Things (IoT), 4G/5G Mobile Networks, Mobile App Development, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), and Data & Network Security which are creating new opportunities for business, education, research and many other aspects of our daily lives. 

The aim of this specialised Masters course is to provide you with the necessary skills which are demanded by industry.  

Course content

The course has been designed so that you will study and be able to understand the key concepts, latest standards, enabling technologies and applications in designing, deploying, operating, and evaluating the emerging smart networks. In addition to systematic theoretical understanding, though, this Masters is practically-focused and you will gain extensive hands-on laboratory experience in realistic smart networking scenarios.

Graduates who successfully complete the course will be equally employable in both research and industrial settings. But with the speed of change in the sector increasing, it is expected that graduates have the potential to become leaders as cloud architects, computer systems analysts, mobile App developers, data centre managers, and data security analysts.

Course Modules

Trimester 1:
Virtual Networking and Cloud Computing
Mobile Networks and Smartphone Applications
Advanced Wireless Networking Technologies

Trimester 2:
Internet of Things (IoT) 
Data and Network Security 
Research Design and Methods 
Emerging Topics in Smart Networks

Trimester 3:
Masters Project

Entry requirements

Bachelor’s Honours Degree (2.2 or above) in Networking or Computer Science or a closely related discipline from a UK academic institute or an equivalent international degree qualification. All applicants are expected to be a qualified networking professional and competent in networking technologies. Applicants may also be considered with other academic, vocational or professional qualifications deemed to be equivalent.

Career Opportunities

Graduates who successfully complete the course will be equipped with key know-how to contribute to creating a smarter modern society featured with smartbusiness/office, smart living/home, smart city and other smart systems.

It is expected that graduates will be highly employable in both research and industrial settings.

You will have the potential to become in a leading role as a cloud architect, data centre manager, wireless/mobile network analyst, mobile App developer, data security analyst, and researcher.

Available Scholarships for this Programme

*1. Free funded places from Scottish Funding Council to Scottish and EU students

This MSc Smart Networks programme has successfully secured a number of funded places awarded by the Scottish Funding Council (SFC). This award has been granted in recognition of the programme's significant relevance to meeting skills demands from the key sectors in Scottish economy. Available for entry in September 2014, these funded places will cover the full tuition fee and are open for applicants from Scotland and the European Union (EU), excluding the rest of UK (England, Wales, and Northern Ireland).

To meet the general residence conditions, you must have been ordinarily resident in Scotland or a EU country (or EU overseas territories, elsewhere in the EEA or Switzerland) for the three years immediately before 1 August 2014, as a UK or other EU national, or having 'settled status' in the UK. You must get an offer from this programme first before being considered for a funded place.

2. Carnegie Cameron Postgraduate Bursary Scheme (up to £4,000, closing date: 1st August 2014)

3. Merit-based Scholarship, 50% reduction of tuition fees

4. Postgraduate Fee Offer (for non-EU international students), 10% reduction of tuition fees

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