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Master of Science (Network Systems)

Postgraduate course

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The Master of Science (Network Systems) is a 12 unit masters program concerned with the design, management, maintenance and service provision of private and public networks.
Duration2 years full-time or equivalent part-time. Subject to approval, this course may be taken in accelerated format and completed in 1.5 years.
Campus and intakes  Calendar
Hawthorn - Semester 1, Semester 2
Study modeFull-time
Part-time
Swinburne course codeMA-SNS (formerly S069)
Fees
The total tuition fee is dependent upon the combination of units of study selected by the student. Fees are reviewed each year.
For information about Swinburne's fees visit: www.swinburne.edu.au/fees
 

Career opportunities

Industry-certified skills are highly valued, and there is a need for professionals with a solid understanding of the design, management and maintenance of modern networks. Graduates will be well-equipped with the practical and theoretical skills to gain access to a career as a network specialist, internet applications engineer, manager of internal corporate networks and security engineer.

On this page: course description, course structure and units of study.

Course description

The Master of Science (Network Systems) is intended for new graduates or experienced graduates who wish to update their skills or change their area of specialisation. The convergence of computing and telecommunications is creating a new kind of networking technology based on IP networks and multimedia applications. IP networking is expected to be everywhere and to offer multimedia services of all types. There is an increasing demand for mobility and seamless access to global networks. Within corporations, intranets support the interaction of people and the linking of people to information systems.
Please note that many course codes have changed from 2014.

Course structure

The Master of Science (Network Systems) is part of a nested suite of programs, which also includes the Graduate Certificate of Science (Network Systems) (GC-SNS), the Graduate Diploma of Science (Network Systems) (GD-SNS) and the Master of Engineering Science (Network Systems and Telecommunications). There are a number of entry points depending on previous academic studies and work experience.
The Master of Network Science (Networks Systems) degree consists of 12 units of study (150 credit points) to be completed over a two year period of full-time study, or eqivalent part-time. Students may complete the program over one and a half years of full-time study, with the permission of the Program Coordinator. The program comprises seven core units (87.5 credit points), one Project option (12.5 credit points) and four elective units (50 credit points). A maximum of four exemptions (50 credit points) is available in this program.
The program is available in both full-time and part-time* modes, with evening classes (5.30pm to 9.30pm) available in most units of study. Part-time mode includes the possibility of studying one unit of study at a time. Entry is possible in both Semester 1 and Semester 2.
Please note that some units of study are subject to quotas and minimum enrolment requirements. Not all units of study are available every semester, and changes in program structure occur from time to time.
*International student visa holders are required to study full-time.

Units of study

Please note that unit codes have changed from 2014. Please ensure that you check the unit entry for the correct 2014 unit code.
Elective units that require approval:
HIT9010 Research Methods **
HET724 Research Paper **
HET725 Research Report **
Note: Not all elective units are available in every semester.
 * Prepares students for CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate) qualification.
# Prepares students partly for MCSA certification.
^ Prepares students partly for CCNP (Cisco Certified Network Professional) qualification - each subject covers one quarter of CCNP.
** Research units ( HIT9010, HET724, HET725) are available only for approved project proposals. Approval is decided on a case-by-case basis by the Program Coordinator.
Students who successfully completed the CCNA certificate with the Cisco Networking Academy can substitue the CCNA units (HET706, HET708) with two of the CCNP units (HET713, HET714,HET753 and CCNP4) or other approved elective units.
Recommended Study Sequences
Note: Recommended study sequences may vary depending on unit availability in alternative teaching periods.

On this page: aims and objectives, career opportunities, professional recognition and graduate attributes.

Aims and objectives

The aim of this program is to provide excellent career opportunities by offering high-level coverage of networking principles and an appreciation of the emerging issues and technologies in networks, together with specific competencies (industry certification material such as Cisco CCNA* and CCNP* and Microsoft MCSA*).
* Certification examinations are not part of this program, and in some cases only part of the requirements are covered. 

Career opportunities

Industry-certified skills are highly valued, and there is a need for professionals with a solid understanding of the design, management and maintenance of modern networks. Graduates will be well-equipped with the practical and theoretical skills to gain access to a career as a network specialist, internet applications engineer, manager of internal corporate networks and security engineer.

Professional recognition

This course has been accredited by the Australian Computer Society (ACS) at Professional Level (the highest level).

Graduate attributes

The graduate attributes that relate to this program help to produce graduates who:
  • Are capable in their chosen professional areas
  • Are adaptable and manage change
  • Operate effectively in work and community situations
  • Are aware of environments
  • Are entrepreneurial in contributing to innovation and development within their business or community

On this page: entry requirements and recognition of prior learning

Entry requirements

Admission to the Master of Science (Network Systems) program normally requires a recognised bachelor degree in engineering, science, information technology, or in business or commerce with an emphasis on information technology. Applicants not holding a relevant tertiary qualification, but with substantial relevant network industry experience may be admitted to the Graduate Certificate of Science (Network Systems) (GC-SNS).

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process where a student may be granted credit or partial credit towards a qualification in recognition of skills and knowledge gained through work experience, life experience and/or formal training. For further details for students considering higher education courses visit the RPL website.

On this page: how to apply, course fees, scholarships and find out more.

How to apply

Apply direct to Swinburne by following the step-by-step process on the How to Apply website.

Course fees

The total tuition fee is dependent upon the combination of units of study selected by the student. Fees are reviewed each year.
For information about Swinburne's fees visit: www.swinburne.edu.au/fees
 

Scholarships

For information about scholarships, visit the Scholarships website.