Smart Networks

Course contact

Professor Qi Wang
0800 027 1000 (44 141 849 4101 outwith UK)


  • School of Engineering and Computing

Qualifications and durations

MSc (full-time/part-time) 1 year*/2 years


Start date(s)

  • January and September

Tuition Fees

Tuition Fees
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Additional costs
Please note that for some programmes of study there may be additional costs involved which are not included in the tuition fee advertised. These could be, for example, for study materials, fields trips or equipment. Programme leaders will be able to provide detail of any additional costs.

This specialised Masters programme is unique in Scotland, designed for meeting the increasing business requirements of modern enterprises. In particular, this programme will help recent graduates and professionals to prepare for the emerging 5G (Fifth Generation) mobile networking era, where a fully smartly connected society is envisioned.
Bachelor’s Honours degree (2.2 or above) in networking, computer science, or a closely related discipline (e.g., telecommunications, software engineering, computer engineering, or information technologies) from a UK academic institute or an equivalent 4-year international degree qualification. Applicants may also be considered with other academic, vocational or professional qualifications deemed to be equivalent.

Overseas students must meet UWS English language requirements.
Building on your networking and computing expertise, the programme focuses on the latest and emerging smart networking technologies that are creating new opportunities for business, education, research and everyday life. These include cloud computing, virtual networking (network virtualisation), data centre management, software networking (network softwarisation), Internet of Things (IoT), 4G/5G mobile networks, mobile app development, machine-to-machine communications, and data and network security.

In light of the forthcoming 5G era, the programme uniquely contextualises each of the technical core modules with respect to not only the state of the art but also the migration path towards 2020 when 5G networks are expected to be launched globally. Such insightful visions are enabled by the experiences of the module delivery team members, who have been actively engaged in various 5G-related research and commercialisation projects. For instance, members of the team are leading the ongoing €6.8 million European Union Horizon 2020 5G-PPP project SELFNET, which is part of Europe’s leading initiative on developing 5G mobile networks. (Links to example news releases: 1, 2, 3, 4) The programme aims to produce graduates with the vision, knowledge and skills to apply the latest and emerging smart networking technologies to optimise the ICT networking infrastructure for businesses, to design innovative networking solutions, to develop smart networking enabled applications and services, and to research the next-generation networking technologies in the age of 5G.

Your learning

You will study the key concepts, latest standards, enabling technologies and applications in designing, deploying, operating, and evaluating existing and emerging smart networks. The programme is practically-focused and boasts a purposely-built specialised smart networking lab including the following facilities:

  • Private cloud platform,
  • Advanced wireless/mobile/IoT/UAV networking equipment,
  • Mobile app development platform, and additional supporting software
  • R&D testbeds associated with the Centre of Audio-Visual Communications and Networks.

You will thus gain extensive hands-on laboratory experience in realistic smart networking scenarios.

All the team members delivering this programme have a PhD degree and significant research/industry experiences in related areas. Modules studied include:

Graduates who successfully complete the course will be equipped with key know-how to contribute to creating a smarter modern society featured with smart business/office, smart living/home, smart city and other smart systems. It is expected that graduates will be employable in both research and industrial settings, especially in meeting the challenges in the forthcoming 5G era. You will have the potential to become in a leading role as a cloud architect, data centre manager, wireless/mobile network analyst, mobile App developer, data security analyst, or researcher.

Useful Information

  • Merit Scholarships available. Non-EU applicants with a minimum 2nd class upper honours degree or equivalent are invited to apply. Applicants who have succeeded despite unusual challenges are particularly encouraged to apply.

    We are delighted to announce that our Smart Networks programme has been awarded a number of Key Skills Funded places from the Scottish Funding Council. These funded places cover the cost of the tuition fees for this programme. Scholarships will be awarded on a first come, first served basis to applicants who are normally eligible for SAAS funding.
    Financial Support

    A limited number of scholarships are available in 2017: and

    Potential funding may come from the following schemes:

    • Carnegie Cameron Postgraduate Bursary Scheme
    • Merit-based Scholarship for reduction of tuition fees
    Further Learning
    Successful completion of the programme prepares you for advanced research studies in related technology areas. Graduates have the priority to be admitted to the MPhil/PhD degree programmes directed by individual teaching team members affiliated with AVCN.

    NB To obtain the MSc, students will usually take 9 months to gain the Postgraduate Diploma and then normally an additional 3 months of study to gain the MSc, from the date of commencement of the project