Computer networks form the underlying infrastructure for the information
society of the twenty-first century, and there is a continual need for
well-qualified engineers with the appropriate background and expertise to
work in this area. The MSc in Computer and Information Networks provides a
well-rounded and in-depth education on computer networks and the
applications that use them. It provides a thorough understanding of computer
networking technologies and infrastructure, both existing and emerging; it
examines services and applications that operate over computer networks; and
it provides experience of the practicalities of setting up and operating
This MSc in Computer and Information Networks is designed for people with a
Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Electronic Engineering or a related
discipline who wish to follow a career in computer networking. The degree
encompasses lectures, where you learn the principles of different types of
networking technology and you explore their operation and configuration;
supervised laboratory sessions, where you put the principles learnt in lectures
into practice on laboratory networking equipment; and a significant individual
project, where you explore a networking topic in depth.
The course consists of eight taught modules plus an individual project and
associated dissertation. It is taught over 12 months (full-time) or 24 months
Further Course Details
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With the School's approval, a student may take the MSc Industry-based Project
and Dissertation (CE911-7-SU
) as an alternative to
CE901-7-SU. This is designed to cater for students who are either taking the
MSc whilst in employment, or who have secured industrial sponsorship in
connection with their studies.
A basic knowledge of computer networking will greatly facilitate your
study on this MSc course. A good
introductory book on the subject is:
Andrew S. Tanenbaum, Computer Networks, 4th Edition, Pearson
When you come to study at the University of Essex, you will be taught by
internationally respected experts, who are carrying out high-quality research
related to the topics they are teaching. The
Future Networks Research Group
in the School is known worldwide for its leading-edge research in the subject
area of this MSc.
wrote this profile during summer 2008 while working on is MSc project: I
obtained my Bachelor's Degree from Kuwait University, then worked for the Kuwait
Oil Company before starting an MSc in Computer and Information Networks here in
October 2007. The course was recommended to me by a friend who had already
graduated here with an MSc, and I was attracted by the reputation of the School
and the high quality of student supervision.
When I finish my MSc, I intend to go back to Kuwait to
teach, but I hope to return to Essex after that to do a PHD.
In my project, supervised by
Dr David Hunter,
I am studying resilience mechanisms in packet switched networks through computer
simulation and mathematical analysis. My project has provided me with a strong
background in MPLS ( Multiprotocol Label Switching) and Carrier Class Ethernet.
The picture shows me working with the OPNET simulator, which is widely used in
wrote this profile during summer 2008 while carrying out research in the School:
"I obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Electronics and Communication before coming
here to study for an MSc in Telecommunication and Information Systems, the
sister MSc course to Computer and Information Networks.
I chose Essex because I wanted to study in a School with a
strong research profile.
My MSc project was supervised by
Dr Ken Guild
and comprised an investigation of Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) when used
to carry large files over long-distance, high-capacity networks. I compared
several version of TCP by using a network emulator to mimic the operation of
such a network.
I obtained my MSc with Distinction in 2007, and since then
have been employed on a project in the School. My work involves planning and
deploying a WiMax radio network, studying long distance network emulation and
evaluating TCP performance over long distance high-speed networks. The picture
shows me working with a with a prototyping Field Programmable Gate Arrays
(FPGA), with an Ethernet switch I am configuring in the background."
wrote this profile in summer 2008 while he was working on his MSc project: "I
graduated with a Bachelor's degree from Enugu State University of Science and
Technology in Nigeria. I worked in Nigeria for three years before starting an
MSc in Computer and Information Networks here in October 2007. Although I
received offers from elsewhere in the UK, I decided to come to Essex because the
course exactly fitted my requirements. I was aware of the reputation that Essex
has in electronics and computer studies, an impression which has now been
confirmed by the lecturing staff and lab facilities. Also, I was attracted to
Colchester rather than a busy city such as London, where the cost of living is
When I finish my MSc, I would like to study for a PhD,
although I am considering working for a few years beforehand.
My MSc project is supervised by
Dr Ken Guild
and is an investigation of how flexibility, maximum throughput and quality of
service can be achieved with heterogeneous networks consisting of Wifi, WiMax,
GPON and Ethernet. My work involves modelling via the OPNET simulator, and
implementation of a video conference through the Essex heterogeneous network via
a dark fibre link to Cambridge University. The picture shows me setting up some
of the networking equipment that I am using in my implementation."