To gain the MSc you must first obtain the Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Networking (E51).
Your spoken and written English must be of an adequate standard for postgraduate study. If English is not your first language, we recommend that you will need a minimum overall score of 6 and minimum score of 5.5 in each of the four components: reading, writing, speaking and listening under the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Please see the IELTS website for details.
This MSc offers you the choice of a research or professional route.
If you prefer a rigorous research route you can carry out research and study in a specialist topic by taking the 60-credit research module, where the production of a dissertation will develop your academic research skills.
If you are interested in a more discipline-oriented qualification, you can take the 30-credit professional project combined with a 30-credit module in digital forensics. You will need to select a topic for investigation in your project that is in the area of advanced networking.
Time limit – you must complete your MSc within seven years of starting the first module for the diploma.
You should note that the University’s unique study rule applies to this qualification. This means that you must include at least 60 credits from OU modules that have not been counted in any other OU qualification that has previously been awarded to you. Note, in particular, you can only count the credit from one of the following modules towards a single qualification: Research project (T802) or MSc professional project (T847).