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Data Telecommunication Networks


School - School of Computing, Science & Engineering

Subject area - Computer Science

Start Dates(s): September; January


September intake

MSc (one year full-time or two years part-time)
PgDip (nine months full-time or one year and six months part-time)

January intake

MSc (one year and four months full-time)
PgDip (one year full-time)


Part-time - £1,230 per 30 credit module

UK - £7,380

International - £13,500, part-time £6,750

In Brief:

  • Great employment prospects in a large and growing industry for  good graduates
  • Your will be based at MediaCityUK
  • The teaching and topics of this course are closely aligned to a top research centre at the University
  • Part-time study option
  • International students can apply

Course Summary

This course is for students who want to become professionals in computer networks and modern telecommunications fields.

You will gain a comprehensive understanding of techniques used to transmit digital information, modern computer network design and operation, communication protocols and the importance of standards and regulatory issues

These subjects are supplemented by modules in technical and administration management techniques and by an industry-sponsored seminar course.

MSc students also undertake an individual project.

Course Details

This course covers a comprehensive range of topics split in to four large modules worth 30 credits each plus the MSc Project.

External speakers from blue-chip and local companies will give seminars to complement your learning, that will be real-world case studies related to the subjects you are studying in your modules.  These are designed to improve the breadth of your learning and often lead to ideas that you can develop for your MSc Project.

The aim of this module is to provide the you with a knowledge and understanding of the fundamental operation of computer networks and their associated communication protocols which can then be applied to the design of network architectures and provision of network services. This will involve a detailed study of networking and internetworking technologies and the design techniques applied to both local and larger scale networks to produce operational networks. This will be complemented by the critical understanding of different communications protocols, with particular reference to their impact on the provision of a network service.
You will study the principles and practices of effective project management and their application within technology based business environments. The module will involve the study of business and management issues and problems faced by data communication practitioners. You will enhance your ability to engage in independent or team project activities within development and/or research environments. You cover the required skills to develop and undertake research projects, and prepares students for their MSc Project and Dissertation.
The aim of this module is to provide you with a knowledge and understanding of the principles and concepts of design and implementation of telecommunication systems  using various techniques related to programming and simulation. This will involve a study of the design and implementation of networked software systems in C++ and various techniques for evaluating data telecommunication systems using analysis, operational analysis, test beds and simulation. You will cover the process of developing the evaluation model including defining the problem, planning the experiments, building the simulation, collecting data and analysing results. The module also incorporates various modelling tools and simulation software and utilises them in the analysis and evaluation of practical case studies and scenarios.
The aim of this module is to provide you with advanced knowledge and critical understanding of wireless and mobile communication systems and associated technologies. The module concentrates on both infrastructure and ad-hoc wireless networks from a local and large area perspective, with a focus on existing systems and underlying technologies and protocols.
The project to complete your MSc gives you the opportunity to integrate learning from the course modules, working under the direction of an academic supervisor to carry out high-level coordinated academic and practical work.  

The aim of the project task is to identify a suitable 'data networking' problem and to design, develop and evaluate a solution, critically assessing it against engineering planning and design principles.  

You will also be required to reflect on the process followed and the choices made.

Entry Requirements

  • An honours degree (second-class or above) in an appropriate subject, such as electronic or electrical engineering, computer science or physics.
  • Other subjects with a high technical content will be considered individually.

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

We welcome applications from students with alternative qualifications and/or significant relevant experience, subject to approval through a process of Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL). For further details, contact the School.

English Language Requirements

International students must provide evidence of proficiency in English- IELTS 6.0 band score (with no element below 5.5) or above are proof of this.

Suitable For

This course is for students who want to become trained professionals in computer network and modern telecommunications fields.

You will usually have a first degree in computer science, electronic or electrical engineering, telecommunications or physics.  You must also have recent programming experience, either as part of your final year of study, as part of your degree project or during work experience.

We may also accept you if you have significant industry experience in telecommunications and networking such as working on the design and implementation of networks and data in a telecommunications organisation.

Fees 2017-18

Type of StudyFee
Part-time£1,230 per 30 credit module
Full-time International£13,500, part-time £6,750

Additional costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

Scholarships and Bursaries

For more information please see our funding section


Teaching will be in the form of lectures, individual and group class work, plus topical and relevant participative class discussions and critical evaluation using case studies

Laboratories will be used to provide you with hand-on experience of using and setting up network systems. Tutorials will be used to give you practice in solving theoretical and design problems associated with network technologies and network systems.


Over the programme, the assessment of the taught modules is as follows:

  • Examinations - 50%
  • Coursework and Assignments - 50%

Postgraduate Staff Profile

Professor Nigel Linge

Professor Linge obtained a PhD in the development of Local Area Network bridges in 1987 and since then has been actively involved in computer networking and multimedia applications research. This has included EPSRC, European and industrially funded research investigating high speed networking, the development of new traffic routing mechanisms and the integration of networks using ATM over satellite.

He is the current Director of the Centre for Networking and Telecommunications Research and has been a member of academic staff at the University of Salford since October 1986. 

As a Chartered Engineer and a Member of the Institution of Electrical Engineers (IEE) he has been an active committee member since the mid-1980s and has held a number of positions at both a national and regional level. Professor Linge is presently the Junior Vice Chairman of the IEE Manchester Branch. 

Professor Linge has a broad range of research interests and he is currently supervising PhD research investigating new traffic routing algorithms, the application of active network techniques to network traffic management and firewall access security, networking aware multimedia applications and next generation mobile services.


Career Prospects

Graduates with experience of computer network systems and digital communications are in demand in all industrial and commercial sectors. 

The employment record for the MSc is good, with students obtaining jobs in traditional telecommunication companies, software development companies and companies in the service and commercial sectors.

Typical jobs range from network design engineers, network maintenance, software development, systems design and integration, marketing, after-sales support and technical support.

Links with Industry

We have links with companies such as large companies such as BT, Talk Talk, Motorolla, BBC, CICSO and local companies like i-wimax.

These companies engage with the University by giving guest seminars and often our students will work with them on their MSc Project.

Further Study

Many of our graduates will go on to further study in our Computer Networks and Telecommunications Research Centre (CNTR)

The CNTR undertakes both pure and applied research in the general field of telecommunications and computer networking including computer networking technologies, wireless systems, networked multimedia applications, quality of service, mobile networking, intelligent buildings, context driven information systems, smart environments and communication protocols. Much of this work is funded through research grants and supported by industry. In addition, members of the group are actively involved in a range of public engagement programmes which aim to raise the awareness of these subjects for the general public and in schools.

Research themes in this Centre include:

  • Wireless technologies and sensor networks
  • Context and location based information systems
  • Intelligent buildings and energy monitoring
  • Communication protocols, traffic routing and quality of service
  • Network planning, traffic modelling and optimisation
  • Ubiquitous and ambient technology
  • Information security and computer forensics
  • Distributed Systems
  • Green ICT Public Awareness

94% of our postgraduates go on to employment and/or further study within six months of graduating.DLHE 2009 and 2010


You will have access to a dedicated computer networks lab which is equipped with industry standard equipment. In addition to PC equipment, the lab contains a set of switches, routers, servers, wireless equipment, testing tools and analysers which help you in building various data networks.  

Various software tools and simulation packages are also available in the school's labs for you to use in your assignment and final projects. Such tools enable you to design and test data networks in simulated environments allowing you to experiment with your design before implementing the real network. The course is also supported by other facilities including PC suites, library, programming and office packages and a virtual learning environment.

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