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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.
(Students holding an international student visa are required to study full-time and on campus.) 
Information sessions
For further information and registration details, visit the Swinburne Information Evening website.
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) focuses on developing mastery of theoretical knowledge and practical skills related to network design, deployment of large scale networks, and the security and protection of networked and computer systems.
There is a particular focus on practical aspects of network design and deployment of a range of networking technologies. The course is also strongly focused in aspects of network and computer security using both theoretical studies and practical examples. Aspects of the course cover the content of various professional certifications.
In addition to the specialist networking and security skills, this course is also focused on the development of research skills needed to assess the effectiveness of a networking technology or solution. The acquired skills and knowledge are consolidated in a major project in the final year.
This course provides graduates with knowledge and skills allowing them to undertake professional work at an advanced level in field of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), and as a pathway for research and further learning.
Please note that many course codes have changed from 2014.

Course structure

To qualify for the award of Master of Science (Network Systems), students must complete 12 units of study (150 credit points) as follows:
  • 8 x Network Systems core units (100 credit points)
  • 3 x Specialisation-specific core units (37.5 credit points)
  • 1 x Network Systems elective (12.5 credit points)

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.
 # Outcome units
Matched exemptions are generally not granted for higher education outcome units.

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

Aims and objectives

Upon completion of their course, students will be capable graduate ICT professionals, and able to:
1. Demonstrate a broad and coherent understanding of the concepts within the field of Information and Communication Technology systems, and to apply this as an effective member of diverse teams in an ICT professional context.
2. Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the underlying principles and concepts within the networking methodologies, network design and network implementation that facilitates independent lifelong learning in their professional practice.
3. Evaluate new and emerging networking technologies and practices, and their integration with existing networking systems.
4. Critically analyse new networking and/or security scenarios, evaluate the existing knowledge base, and propose and critique viable solutions.
5. Formulate a research question in the context of networking/security, and to use accepted research methodologies to explore innovative approaches.
6. Plan and execute a substantial research-based project and/or capstone experience.

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.

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

Successful completion of an undergraduate degree in the engineering, science, or information technology disciplines equivalent to an Australian Bachelor degree.

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.