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    On this course you acquire the theoretical knowledge and practical skills for the design and implementation of distributed systems and networks.

    You will study advanced topics including multicast delivery to multiple recipients, mobile wireless communications techniques, and multimedia quality of service. You will also study network security: how networks can be attacked and how to protect them. Practical work to reinforce the theory includes network programming in Java and use of a leading network simulator.


    Our masters programme is designed to give Computer Science graduates the specialist, up-to-date skills and knowledge sought after by employers, whether in business, industry, government or research.

    This particular course will prepare you to take up a challenging job such as network system architect or security consultant or to start a career in research.

    University of Hertfordshire online degree programmes are taught 100% online. This means you can study in your home country plus fit study around your existing work and family commitments.

    About distance learning with the University of Hertfordshire:

    * Study using the University´s online learning environment, StudyNet
    * All assessment is based on coursework and online tests
    * You will receive study resources such as key eBooks and any specialist software (if applicable)
    * You will have access to the University´s extensive online library facilities

    There are four Computer Science routes that can be taken at MSc level.

    Dont have a Computer Science undergraduate degree? Did you know that two of these courses can be taken by students who do not have a bachelors degree or equivalent in Computer Science.

    MSs Degree for Non Computer Science graduates

    * MSc Computer Science for non Computer Science graduates
    * MSc E-Learning Technology for non Computer Science graduates

    MSc Degree for Computer Science graduates

    * MSc Distributed Systems and Networks
    * MSc Software Engineering
    * MSc Computer Science
    * MSc E-Learning Technology

    Distributed Systems and Networks

    Core modules

    * Wireless, Mobile and Ad-hoc Networking (15 credits)
    * Multicast and Multimedia Networking (15 credits)
    * Distributed Systems Security (30 credits)
    * Contemporary Practices in Information Technology (15 credits)
    * Distributed Systems and Networks Masters Project (60 credits)

    Choose 45 credits from:

    Optional modules

    * Software Engineering Practice and Experience (30 credits)
    * Measures and Models for Software Engineering (30 credits)
    * Learner Centred Design (30 credits)
    * E-Learning Applications Development (30 credits)
    * Advanced Database (30 credits)
    * Web Services (30 credits)
    * Multimedia Specification and Design (30 credits)
    * Mobile Standards, Interfaces and Applications (15 credits)
    * Web Scripting and Application Development (30 credits)
    * Interaction Design (15 credits)
    * Secure Systems Programming (15 credits)

    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.


    A recent, good bachelors degree (e.g. honours degree from the UK) or equivalent in Computer Science or closely-related subject. Applicants who do not wholly meet these requirements, but who are considered to have the professional experience, motivation or potential to succeed at the programme, may also be accepted. English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6 CAE score: (read more) Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IETLS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever. 60 (Grade C) TOEFL paper-based test score : 550 IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.


    Climbing the rankings

    Out of all the universities in the world founded after 1964, the University is ranked at number 60, climbing 15 places from last year and above renowned institutions such as Aston and the University of Kent. The rankings, compiled by the Times Higher Education magazine, a global authority on higher education are based on excellence across teaching, research, citations, industry income and international outlook.


    The University scored highly for the citing of its academic research on a global scale and for its international outlook and mix.

    In commenting on the University's success, Professor Quintin McKellar, Vice-Chancellor, University of Hertfordshire, said: "We are delighted to have been placed so highly in the THE 100 under 50 ranking. I am particularly proud since this reflects the global successes of our graduates and the impact of our research. It is a testament to the dedication and energy of all staff at the University."

    Top nine in UK

    Out of the fourteen UK institutions that are mentioned in the rankings, Hertfordshire ranks in the top nine.

    The 2014 Times Higher Education 100 under 50 is part of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings portfolio which is an annual ranking for universities across the globe.

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