Data Networks and Security MSc

Birmingham City University

Our MSc Data Networks and Security course will provide opportunities for you to engage in the design and implementation of secured and optimized communication network solutions, including SDN (Software Defined Networks and wireless technologies.

This will be achieved by industry-led, research-informed, practice-based teaching and learning.  Using industry-standard resources, you will apply the skills and knowledge gained to real-life project scenarios across industry, commerce and public sector. 

The programme of study will include areas such as requirements capture, network design, evaluation, securing and optimisation, ranging from hardware configuration to protocol analysis and software definition. The programme will include research and scholarly activity in order to incorporate the latest thinking into the proposed solution.

What's covered in the course?

On this course, you will learn to:

Critically evaluate and apply knowledge of advanced routing principles.

Evaluate and apply advanced routing protocols for specific networking solutions.

Evaluate a variety of routing techniques for a given network environment.

Critically evaluate routing policy requirements for a network.

Design and implement ethernet-based LANs. Ensuring security within the given environment.

Apply mathematical analysis to use VLSM efficiently.

Apply security considerations to the design and management of networks.

Design/plan and implement LAN/WAN solutions which require switched hybrid.

Critically assess SDN solutions in both the industry and research domains.

Design an SDN-based network for a given system, identifying appropriate components and network structure.

Implement an appropriate SDN controller to manage device configuration, and any other relevant network policies within an SDN network.

Select, plan and implement an appropriate testing strategy to validate security requirements against a threat model.

Critically evaluate the requirements for penetration testing, ethical hacking and effectively communicate security audit results to a variety of audiences.

Design and conduct security assessment experiments to expose security vulnerabilities and to interpret, analyse and critically evaluate the resulting data to recommend remedial actions.

Critically appraise the role of security testing within the wider context of continuous security improvements to the information assurance processes within the organisation.

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Birmingham , United Kingdom

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