Birmingham City University Offers a postgraduate MSc degree in Data Networks and Security with a Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) curriculum. Students in this programme have exclusive access to an intensive three month course to gain their certificate with Cisco. The Faculty of Technology, Engineering & Environment also houses Cisco Academy Training Center, through which this certification programme is provided.

Student who are interested in a programme that has been designed in concert with the industry leader CISCO should considered this programme. Students who are also interested in a programme that is recognised both nationally and internationally for the excellent caliber of instruction and research intensive provision should consider this programme. In this programme students will enjoy the strong links that have been forged with industry leaders such as SAS, Apple, SAP, Xbox, Intel, NEC, and Samsung. Upon graduation students will have the opportunity to become employed with some of these employers, and the programmed staff and faculty consider this to be one of the main outcomes of a students’ programme in Data and Networks Security with Birmingham City University.


Modules in this postgraduate porgramme of of study include a combination of the following:

  • Professional Skills and Research Methods (15 Credits)
  • Network Technology (15 Credits)
  • Design of Scalable Networking Systems (Double Module) (30 Credits)
  • Network Security (15 Credits)
  • Advanced Firewall Systems (15 Credits)
  • Management and Optimisation of Network Systems (Double Module) (30 Credits)
  • Master’s Project (60 Credits)


Entry Requirements

 Entry into this program normally requires a Second Class Honours degree or its equal in a field that is relevant to the Data Networks and Security programme. However, prospective student candidates may also be reviewed for the programme if they can prove that they have the adequate combination of skills, experience and education to be successful in the programme of study.


Course Fees

Home and EU students – £8,500 / academic year
International students –  £14,600 / academic year


Contact Information

Home and EU Students: +44 (0)121 331 5595

Non-EU Countries: +44 (0)121 331 6714

To enrol for this course please apply through UCAS (see link under ‘IT Course providers’)