Smart Networks

Course contact

Prof. Xinheng Wang/Dr. 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 2017

Tuition Fees

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.
Bachelor’s Honours degree (2.2 or above) in networking, computer science, or a closely related discipline 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, data centre management, Internet of Things (IoT), 4G/5G mobile networks, mobile app development, machine-to-machine communications, and data and network security.

The programme aims to produce graduates with the vision, knowledge and skills to apply these latest 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.

Your learning

You will study the key concepts, latest standards, enabling technologies and applications in designing, deploying, operating, and evaluating the emerging smart networks. The programme is practically-focused and boasts a purposely-built specialised smart networking lab including a private cloud platform, advanced wireless/mobile/IoT/UAV networking equipment, a mobile app development platform and 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.

Modules studied include:

  • Virtual Networking and Cloud Computing
  • Mobile Networks and Smartphone Applications
  • Advanced Wireless Networking Technologies
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Data and Network Security
  • Research Design and Methods
  • Emerging Topics in Smart Networks
  • Masters Project
This programme equips graduates with the knowledge and skills demanded by industry (and academia) for smart and smarter networking solutions. Graduates possess the potential to secure leading roles as cloud architects, wireless/mobile network consultants or analysts, mobile app developers and researchers.

Useful Information

  • 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.

    Financial support
    A limited number of scholarships were available in 2015 – check our website for updates on 2016 information.