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This highly-practical course is suited for those wishing to pursue a career in computer networking and cybersecurity. You will learn how to build and design complex networks and will examine the network security issues facing modern businesses and service providers. You will learn how to configure, test and secure a range of networking devices including routers, switches wireless LAN controllers, firewall appliances and standalone and cloud based servers.
You will be taught via a mix of lectures, tutorials, seminars, and group discussions. Assessment is primarily by coursework. You will also have the opportunity to undertake a project to solve a real-world networking problem during the final stage of the course, potentially with an external client or a research-active member of staff.
Study a range of governance and management topics which will enable you to determine, establish and maintain appropriate governance, delivery and creation of cybersecurity solutions for information security, systems security and network security. Learn how to select the appropriate tools and techniques to address and manage concepts of risk, threats, vulnerabilities and potential attacks.
Examining the role of the networking devices that would be found in a large multi-site network, and the core protocols and services that they use, this is a highly practical module so you will be expected to set up a number of prototype networks during the course of your studies. You will be configuring routers and both layer 2 and layer 3 switches, as well as wireless LAN devices. You will also learn about network addressing and the routing protocols and core services that large networks and service providers use to optimise traffic flow.
Looking at current network design strategies that aim to optimise network performance and provide ease of management and scalability, it will focus primarily on larger networks and will cover many design issues that larger networks have to face, such as wireless LAN integration and server farm deployment. It will also examine a number of network management protocols and network support protocols that enable key design features to function. There is a significant practical element to this module. You will be expected to build prototype networks that follow good design practices and make use of the management and support protocols that are covered in the lectures.
Critically examine the advanced network services that organisations are now using to support their business goals. Focus on converged voice and video communication strategies that are supported by cloud and virtualisation solutions. Learn how to design, deploy and evaluate a range of network services and will examine the benefits, challenges and security issues surrounding these services. Analyse the range of trade-offs in balancing the security properties of confidentiality, integrity and availability (CIA) with the speed and flexibility of such information systems to meet the needs of a dynamic organisation. Select the appropriate tools and techniques to address the needs of a range of such organisations while maintaining security and service availability.
Undertake a real-world project which includes both a research and a practical element through the support of a sponsor.
Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.
We usually require applicants to hold at least a 2:2 honours degree in a computing or related discipline (mathematics, statistics, engineering). Alternatively, students who have five years’ relevant industry experience will also be considered.
If English is not your first language, please see our English language requirements.
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Sunderland graduates have gone on to work with Sage, British Airways and the NHS.
Progress in some of the most attractive fields and industries such as Internet Service Providers, network design, telecommunications, and large multi-site companies that manage their own networks.
This course gives you the opportunity to develop advanced skills and knowledge which can be applied to a range of employment situations. Potential roles include:
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