Masters in Networking at La Trobe University

La Trobe University

Times Higher Education Ranking: N/A
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Intake: Feb, July, Oct
  • Location: Melbourne
  • Times Higher Education World University Ranking - Engineering & Technology: -
  • Tuition fee per year: AUD $27,350 (Total tuition cost: AUD $54,700)
  • Accredited by the Australian Computer Society (ACS)

Admission requirements and eligibility criteria:

Students need a recognised Bachelor's degree from Australia or an approved international equivalent which is of 3 years duration or longer. The Bachelors degree can be in any discipline. However, prior knowledge of C programming will be an advantage.

English language requirement: IELTS / TOEFL / PTE scores:

IELTS (Academic): A minimum score of 6.5 with at least 6.0 in each individual band or

TOEFL PBT (Paper-based Test): An overall score of 575 with at least 5 in the Test of Written English or

TOEFL iBT (Internet-based Test): An overall score of 80 with at least 18 in Speaking, Listening and Reading and 22 in Writing.

PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English): At least 64 overall with a minimum of 59 in each communicative skill.

Course structure / Subjects that will be covered:

Students need to complete 240 credit points as per the following in order to successfully complete the program:

  • Specialisation (Computer Networks) subjects (Choose 75 credit points from these units)
  • Communication Protocol Engineering
  • Intermediate Network Engineering
  • Network Engineering
  • Pervasive Network Design
  • Wireless Network Engineering
  • Advanced Network Engineering
  • Mobile and Pervasive Computing
  • Networks Systems and Web Security
  • Performance Analysis of Computer Systems
  • Real-time and Fault-tolerant Systems
  • Core units (135 credit points from these units)
  • Object-oriented Programming Fundamentals
  • Intermediate Object-oriented Programming
  • Algorithms and Data Structures
  • Discrete Mathematics
  • System Design and Methodologies
  • System Design Engineering Fundamentals
  • Professional Environment
  • Industry Project A
  • Industry Project B
  • Elective subjects ( Choose 30 credit points from these units)
  • There are a number of elective subjects offered including an option to do a thesis ('Thesis A', 15 credit points or 'Thesis B', 30 credit points) and 'Industry Based Learning' (30 credit points).
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To sum up, in order to successfully graduate from the program, students need to complete a total of 240 credit points including 9 core subjects which amount to 135 credit points (listed above), 5 subjects from their chosen specialisation ('Computer Networks' in this case) which amounts to 75 credit points and an additional 30 credit points from the elective subjects. All students also need to complete the 'Academic Integrity Module' at the beginning of their first semester. Although the subject has no credits it covers important topics such as ethics and academic integrity and consequences of academic misconduct.

Do note that students who plan on taking up the research option (that is, the thesis option) need to discuss it with the coordinator of the course when they start the course. They also need an average mark of at least 70% in their first year of study (only the top ninety credit points of subjects will be considered while computing the average mark).

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