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Computer networks degrees abroad

Computer networks have transformed the way we communicate, socialize, work, and trade. By studying a degree in computer networks, you’ll develop the technical knowledge and skills needed to launch a career in this exciting field.

You’ll build a solid understanding of various computer networks, including their structures, functions, and performances. As well as learning about the concepts and theories behind networking, you’ll master your practical skills in areas like programming, routing, and security.

By studying abroad, you’ll learn more about the networking technologies and systems that communities across the globe rely on. You’ll also meet new friends, make professional connections, and give your employability a huge boost.

Computer networks program structure

Bachelor’s degrees in computer networks last at least three years, but they can take up to four years to finish if you complete a placement year. Placements are a fantastic way to gain hands-on industry experience, and many internships result in graduate job offers.

If you decide to study in the US, you’ll take two years of liberal arts classes before declaring a major in computer networks at the end of your second year. Your total course length will be four years.

If you’re still keen to learn more about computer networks, you can pursue a postgraduate qualification. Some institutions offer integrated bachelor’s and master’s courses lasting four or five years, but most MSc degrees are studied independently over one or two years.

Following this, you might consider enrolling in a research-based PhD course. Doctorate degrees usually take between four and six years to finish.

You’ll be taught through a mixture of lectures, tutorials, seminars, practical workshops, and computer labs. Although module offerings vary between institutions, here are some of the core courses delivered at most universities:

  • Introduction to computers and network systems
  • Networking essentials
  • Principles of network technologies
  • Networking and security
  • Routing and switching
  • System administration and internetworking
  • Web applications
  • Network servers and services

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Computer networks undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in computer networks

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    Computer Networks & Cloud Infrastructure - BSc (Hons) (with foundation) Institute of Technology Sligo, Ireland

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    5 years
    Annual tuition fee
    12,685 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,500 EUR

    Start date
    September
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    Information Technology: Networking and Information Technology Security - BIT Ontario Tech University, Canada
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    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    19,946 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 25,400 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Computer Science (Networking) - BSc (Hons) University of Greenwich, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    19,034 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,000 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Computer Networking and Cyber Security - BSc (Hons) (with foundation) London Metropolitan University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    17,266 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,700 GBP

    Start date
    January, September
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    Computer Science: Distributed Systems and Networking - BSc Louisiana State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    28,700 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 28,700 USD

    Start date
    January, May, August
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Associate in computer networks

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    Networking - AASc St. Charles Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    5,520 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 5,520 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    CIS General Networking - ASc San Jose City College, USA
    • Blended learning

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    8,138 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 8,138 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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Diploma in computer networks

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    Computer and Network Support Technician - UGDip Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    12,982 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,532 CAD

    Start date
    January
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    Computer Systems Technology – Networking - OCADip Centennial College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    12,981 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,531 CAD

    Start date
    January, September
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Certificate in computer networks

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    Computer Network Administrator - Cert Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    13,899 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,700 CAD

    Start date
    January, September
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Computer networks graduate programs

Master's in computer networks

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    Computing: Computer Networks Engineering with Placement Year - MSc University of Northampton, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,694 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,750 GBP

    Start date
    January, September
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    Computer Networking and Cyber Security - MSc London Metropolitan University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    18,014 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,250 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Information Technology with Computer Networking - MIT Charles Sturt University, Melbourne, Australia

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    19,207 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 24,912 AUD

    Start date
    March, July, November
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    Advanced Computer Networking - MSc Edge Hill University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    18,014 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,250 GBP

    Start date
    January, September
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Diploma in computer networks

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    Computer Systems Technician – Networking - OCDip Centennial College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    12,981 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,531 CAD

    Start date
    January, September
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Certificate in computer networks

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    Information Systems Security – Computers and Networking - PGCert Durham College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    10,461 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,322 CAD

    Start date
    January
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Future computer networks careers

IT is a booming global industry that shows no signs of slowing down. So many businesses and organizations around the world depend on computer networks for their everyday operations, so you’ll graduate with an unlimited array of international career prospects.

You could apply your advanced technical expertise to sectors including IT, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, banking, and security. Below are just some of the roles open to you:

  • Network architect
  • Network developer
  • Network engineer
  • IT consultant
  • Systems administrator
  • Network analyst
  • Applications developer
  • IT manager

If you’re unsure of what your dream job is, or how to land it, most universities have a careers office that can help. The advisors offer free and professional advice tailored to your interests and ambitions.