Internet Computing and Network Security MSc

Entry requirements:
2:2 +
1 year
not available
Start date:
October 2018
UK/EU fees:
International fees:
Study area:
Computer Science



in the UK for Computer Science and Information Systems

Guardian University Guide 2018

Top 20

In the UK for Computer Science

The Times Good University Guide 2017


Focusing on all aspects of what is relevant to future network experts, our Internet Security and Network Computing MSc provides a view on network architecture, protocols, security, performance, modeling, simulation and programming, as well as wireless networks

The internet forms a paradigm shift in the way the world operates and communicates. This has huge significance for the future, and a solid understanding of internet technology can lead on to an ever-increasing variety of stimulating careers.

At Loughborough University, our department of Computer Science has a reputation for innovative research and industry engagement, with leading UK and international companies providing regular input to curriculum development, career advice and additional teaching resources - ensuring what we teach is geared to meet the challenges of this rapidly evolving science. The department has a dynamic, active and internationally renowned research culture with academic staff and researchers currently researching all aspects of networking and communications from mathematical theory to the creation and operation of networked systems.

This expertise informs our cutting edge MSc in Internet Security and Network Computing, which is taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, presentations, tutorials, industrial guest lectures and computer-based self-managed materials in conjunction with laboratory exercises as applicable.

Throughout our Internet Computing and Network Security programme you will learn in the excellent study environment the department is able to provide. You will have access to six computer laboratories that boast triple boot (Windows/Linux/MacOs) computers. In addition, you will have access to the labs which offer 24-hour access, as well as support from a team of systems specialists. The building also provides modern study rooms, seminar rooms, specialist labs and breakout spaces for group work and collaboration.

Part of the Internet Computing and Network Security programme is an individual project, completed under supervision, that enables you to apply the latest research and developments in the field to the solution of a complex, practical problem.

What makes this programme different?

  • 4th in the UK for Computer Science and Information Systems (Guardian University Guide 2018)

Who should study this programme?

Our Internet Computing and Network Security MSc is designed for students who are looking to gain the knowledge and skills needed to become effective specialist professionals within the computing industries.

Entry requirements

An honours degree (2:2 or above) or equivalent overseas qualification in Computer Science or an allied discipline which includes programming and networking.

English Language Requirements

All applicants for admission to Loughborough University must have a qualification in English Language before they can be admitted to any course or programme, whether their first language is English or not.

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IELTS: overall 6.5 with minimum 6.0 in each component.

What you'll study

Our Internet Computing and Network Security MSc is designed to provide you with specialised areas of study so that you can understand and apply the theory and practice of internet computing and network security.


Internet Computing and Network Security MSc covers a wide range of topics; to give you a taster we have expanded on some of the core modules affiliated with this programme and the specific assessment methods associated with each module.

Compulsory modules

Network Modelling and Performance

This module will provide you with knowledge of the principles of network modelling, performance analysis and Quality of Service (QoS) related networking techniques. It also builds understanding of the fundamental theories of the mathematical basis of performance modelling, such as queuing theory and Markov chains.

Internet Systems

Aiming to develop the competencies required to be productive in a networked environment, this module covers the underlying structure of Internet applications and equips you with the abilities to build distributed applications and implement programmed solutions to Internet-related problems.

Internet Protocol Design

The module aims to equip you with new skills in the fields of Internet Architectures and Network Protocol Design using the Internet as an exemplar.

Building Secure Networks

The aims of this module are to understand Internet Protocols and design through configuring networks.

Cryptography and Secure Systems

Designed to highlight the problems of network security, and to equip you with the current best defence strategies, with an emphasis on cryptographic techniques and protocols.

Wireless Networks

This module provides an introduction to wireless network protocols and standards currently in use and explores general wireless networking technologies, particularly in general wireless networks, wireless mobile ad hoc networks (MANET), wireless sensor networks, and Internet of Things (IoT).

Project Preparation

In this module you will prepare a suitable project plan, analyse project requirements and constraints, and perform a literature review with critical analysis for your project.

Research Methods

The aims of this module are to enhance awareness and critical appreciation of high-quality research-based publications, develop ability to communicate research-findings to others in an independent minded manner, and develop skills in research methods.

Individual Project

Your project enables you to demonstrate your analysis, design and programming skills, acquired in previous modules of the MSc, by applying what you have learned to a substantial problem in Internet Computing and Network Security.

How you'll be assessed

You will be assessed by a combination of coursework and in-class tests.

How you'll study

Independent study
Group work
Practical sessions

Your personal and professional development

The Department of Computer Science is committed to helping you develop the skills and attributes you need to progress successfully in your chosen career.

Graduate destinations

Recent graduate destinations include:

  • Network Engineer, A10 Networks
  • Planner, Bradgate Bakery
  • Engineer, Guangdong Fuan Science & Technology Develop Co Ltd – China
  • IT Technician, Heart Internet
  • Systems Engineer, ICON Plc
  • Software Developer, Oracle
  • Software Developer, SAPLINK – Cyprus; Web Developer Thankq Ltd
  • IS Technical Analyst, United Biscuits
  • Programmer, Winton Capital
  • PhD/research assistant, Loughborough University

Your personal development

Once you've completed this programme you should gain the ability to:

  • Effectively employ research and information-retrieval skills
  • Employ numeracy in understanding cases involving a quantitative dimension
  • Make effective use of general IT facilities
  • Manage their own learning and development, including time management and organisational skills
  • Work effectively on their own or as part of a team
  • Plan and manage a project to complete within schedule and resource availability

Fees and funding


Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Special arrangements are made for payments by part-time students.

Our students

Abrar Mohamed

Internet Computing and Network Security

I loved the way the course was structured. It was a new way of learning for me and I personally think it is a very interesting way of teaching.