About the course

The MSc Distributed Systems and Networks gives you strong technical expertise and practical skills in designing, managing and evaluating computer networks, distributed systems and system security, helping you develop a highly successful specialism. 

For more information about how online study works, fees, funding and how to apply, please visit UH Online.

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Fact sheets 2019 Course fact sheet 1 MSc Distributed Systems and Networks (Online)
Programme specifications 2019 Programme specification 1 MSc Computer Science (Modular)- On-Line/Tutored E-Learning

Why choose this course?

  • Gain a specialised master's degree in one year full-time or at a pace that suits you through online study
  • Flexible online learning allows you to fit study around your other commitments, without travel and accommodation costs.
  • Gain an internationally-recognised master's degree from the UK's University of Hertfordshire.
  • Benefit from the same academic standards and quality control procedures as our equivalent on campus course
  • We have an excellent track record in research, with half of our outputs rated at world-leading or internationally excellent in REF 2014, the most recent national assessment.


The online courses offered by the School of Computer Science have a different (non-standard) fee.

Course details


Our online masters programme is designed to give graduates the up-to-date skills and knowledge sought after by employers, whether in business, industry, government or research.

These courses will prepare you for a career in many areas including research, IT or software development.

Teaching methods

Our online degree programmes are taught 100% online when studied independently, or supplemented by tutorial support when studied at a local study centre run by one of our online partners. Find out more about Tutored eLearning. Assessment is by coursework and online tests.

You will participate in the learning experience through the University's on-line learning environment, StudyNet. You will receive learning materials, take part in discussions and submit your assignments online. Additionally, you will receive study resources such as key textbooks and any specialist software. You will have access to the University's extensive online library facilities, or be able to visit in person if you so choose.

The amount of study time required is no different from that needed for an on campus programme. You should expect to spend at least 30 hours per week if studying full-time, and in proportion if part-time.

Course length

  • Full-time, 1 year - 1.5 years (depending on intake)
  • Part-time, 2-5 years 

For more details about online distance learning please visit: UH Online.


  • Level 7
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Contemporary Practices in Information Technology 15 Credits Compulsory
    Distributed Systems and Networks MSc Project 60 Credits Compulsory
    Distributed Systems Security 30 Credits Compulsory
    Multicast and Multimedia Networking 15 Credits Compulsory
    Wireless, Mobile and Ad-hoc Networking 15 Credits Compulsory
    Advanced Database 30 Credits Optional
    E-Learning Applications Development 30 Credits Optional
    Interaction Design 15 Credits Optional
    Learner Centred Design 30 Credits Optional
    Measures and Models for Software Engineering 30 Credits Optional
    Mobile Standards, Interfaces and Applications 15 Credits Optional
    Secure Systems Programming 15 Credits Optional
    Software Engineering Practice and Experience 30 Credits Optional
    Web Scripting and Application Development 30 Credits Optional
  • Fees & funding

    Fees 2019

    UK/EU Students

    Full time
    • £8650 for the 2019/2020 academic year
    Part time
    • £720 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

    International Students

    Full time
    • £8650 for the 2019/2020 academic year
    Part time
    • £720 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

    For more details about fees and funding visit UH Online's fees page

    Other financial support

    Find out more about other financial support available to UK and EU students

    Entry requirements

    For admission to the MSc Distributed Systems and Networks, MSc Software Engineering or MSc E-Learning Technology:

    • a recent good Honours Degree (or equivalent) in Computer Science or cognate discipline;
    • Applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate sufficient competence in English to benefit from the Programme. This is normally demonstrated by recognised awards equivalent to an overall IELTS score of 6.0 Candidates who do not satisfy these requirements will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
    • Access to computer equipment with the following minimum specification.

    Find out more about International entry requirements.

    Entrants with a recent Honours Degree in Computer Science (or equivalent) may be registered for any one of the awards provided by the Programme.

    Supporting documents required

    • Copies of the front and back of your undergraduate degree transcript and certificate
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • English Language qualification certificate (you should have a score of 6.0 overall if presenting an IELTS test)
    • A substantial personal statement about why you want to study this programme, what you hope to gain from the course and where you see your future development taking your career.
    • A copy of the photo page of your passport
    • 1 academic or professional reference

    View our simple steps to a successful application

    How to apply

    Course length
    • Online - Full Time, 16 Months
    • Online - Full Time, 1 Years
    • Online - Part Time, 5 Years
    • University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield


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