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BEng Honours Computer Communications and Networks

BEng Honours Computer Communications and Networks

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3 years full time
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The field of computer communications is a multi-faceted one with exciting job opportunities. By choosing our course, you will become a competent networking and computer communications practitioner who is able to design and implement safe network and computer communication systems. The course prepares you for a career in the design, operation, management and implementation of a range of computer communication systems, abilities that are in demand the world over.

Why Study BEng Honours Computer Communications and Networks?

The BEng degree is a basis for a wide range of exciting computer networking areas and prepares students for entry into this dynamic field. The focus is on key operational and technical aspects of computer communication systems and relevant security issues, enabling you to appreciate emerging technologies.

The special features of this programme are:

  • Practical hands-on experiments in modern ESD protected labs to illustrate the application of theory and concepts.
  • Practical competencies in computer communication systems and computer networks.
  • Students have an edge as the University works with companies such as Microsoft, Dell EMC, IBM, Oracle and SAP in addition to being Cisco Net Academy – meaning the student will have access to the latest equipment, and can make use of specialist teaching materials and workshops.
  • Programme content is enriched by providing industry engagement opportunities to students through industry speakers and field trips.
  • Enrolment into the CISCO academy and opportunity to complete CCNA course.
  • Develop project management skills related to engineering and computer networks projects and opportunity to implement these skills in the final year project.
  • Develop transferable technical skills as well as a strong background in professional ethics.
  • Career coaching is available to all students through the Careers and Employability Service.
  • Option to transfer to London campus.

Students will study core modules such as computer networks, fundamentals of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), data communications, digital communications and systems, mobile systems and security. Students will learn how to adopt an engineering approach to the design, implementation and evaluation of communication systems in such a way that tested products can be delivered on time and within budget. In addition, students will have the opportunity to put what they’re learned to practical use and make valuable industry contacts.

Please refer to our Academic Calendar for further information:

Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Note: Both core and optional modules are constantly updated and under review. As with most academic programmes, please remember that it is possible that a module may not be offered in any particular year, for instance because too few students opt for it. Middlesex University reserves the right to vary or withdraw any course or module.

  • Year 1

    • Programming for Data Communication and Problem Solving (30 Credits) - Compulsory
      This module introduces fundamental computational concepts and programming constructs relevant to understanding and use of a range of widely used programming languages. The main aim is to provide you with the opportunity to learn to program effectively. This takes place in the context of learning to solve a range of problems arising in the context of the processing, storing and transmitting data. You will understand the role of a basic but important range of data structures and types, and their use. Several data structures of interest within CCE will be considered, for example those to represent RTP packets and associated operations on these in order that audiovisual data can be sent using transport protocols such as the UDP protocol. The concept of an algorithm is introduced early on together with the techniques for program implementation. You will be encouraged and supported in undertaking - both individually and within a small group setting - a variety of laboratory-based problem solving tasks.
    • Fundamentals of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (30 Credits) - Compulsory
      The overall aim of the module is to provide students with the knowledge and skills required for the theoretical understanding of inter-communicating computer systems. This is achieved through the study of relevant general mathematical and scientific principles. These principles are applied to illustrate the operation of hardware components such as logic gates, processors, controllers and data storage devices; communication channels and network concepts. The module ensures that students are suitably equipped with the theoretical underpinnings needed for the proper understanding of subsequent course modules.
    • Computer Systems Architecture and Operating Systems (30 Credits) - Compulsory
      The aim of this module is to provide students with fundamental concepts and principles of computer hardware and operating systems in order to explain the structure and operation of modern computers. By taking this module, students will gain an understanding of how the computer s hardware enables it to function as a networked, multi-media machine. The module will focus on the understanding of concepts, theory and associated terminology. Practical hands-on laboratory experiments will be used to illustrate the application of theory and concepts. Consideration will also be given to likely future developments in the area of computer architecture. The development of a range of transferable skills with respect to communicating and demonstrating relevant knowledge will be encouraged and supported throughout.
    • Computer Networks (30 Credits) - Compulsory
      This module provides students with the basic skills needed to succeed in networking-related degree programs and also helps students develop the skills necessary to fulfil the job responsibilities of network technicians, network administrators, and network engineers. It provides a theoreticallyrich, hands-on introduction to networking and the Internet. The primary focus of this module is on learning the fundamentals of networking and on routing and routing protocols. The student will learn both the practical and conceptual skills that build the foundation for understanding basic networking. The student will gain an understanding of the layered approach to networks and examine the OSI and TCP/IP layers in detail to understand their functions and services. The student will become familiar with the various network devices, network addressing schemes and the types of media used to carry data across the network. The student will develop an understanding of how a router learns about remote networks and determines the best path to those networks. This module includes both static routing and dynamic routing protocols. The student will gain a better understanding of each of the individual routing protocols and a better perspective of routing in general, learning the configuration of routing protocols, developing an understanding of the routing concepts, implementing, verifying, and troubleshooting routing operations.
  • Year 2

    • Research Methodology and Professional Project Management (30 Credits) - Compulsory
      The aim of this module is to enable the students to gain knowledge of professional project management in the context of their degree and likely future profession. It will enable them to use this knowledge by participating in a real world group project which is relevant for their level of study. It will focus on all aspects of professional practise including project management. In addition the students will study ethical, legal, regulatory, organisational and business issues in order to further the student s employability within the computer and communications fields.
    • Protocols and Network Performance Modelling (30 Credits) - Compulsory
    • Digital Systems Design (30 Credits) - Compulsory
      Digital Systems is an exciting field within Engineering and offers the scope for developing innovative and high-performance applications in a variety of application contexts. The broad aim of this module is to provide the analytical tools, the underlying engineering and physical principles, design, test and implementation skills and understanding to allow you to construct a range of digital systems in practical applications in which such play a significant role. A specific aim is to enable you to assume an effective role as a team player in digital systems development
    • Data Communications (30 Credits) - Compulsory
      This module addresses the fundamental principles of electronic communication, particularly as applied to digital data. A key development in the last decade has been the seamless integration of many different data types Documents, images, speech etc on to common communications platforms. These communications platforms legacy hardwired telephone systems, wired and wireless computer networks, broadcast television, mobile phone systems, to mention a few have themselves spawned new functionality so that we are well on the way to being able to access any data/function on any device, anywhere. The main aim of the module is to provide you with an operational understanding of how current communications systems work, and specifically how we can communicate information over any distance with a high degree of accuracy and reliability. As part of this, issues of encoding data, capacity, data compression, bandwidth, security and cryptography are covered.
  • Year 3

    • Advanced Network and Security (30 Credits) - Compulsory
    • Wireless LANs and Mobile Computing (30 Credits) - Compulsory
      This module aims to develops a critical understanding of the principal ways in which a mobile computer, or device, can access a network through theoretical discussions and practical laboratory work. Specifically, it aims to develop an appreciation of the design, characteristics, operation, and Quality of Service issues of a WLANs and Cellular networks supporting mobility. The course focuses upon Wireless Local Area networks in the home, hotspots and business, wide area wireless communication and cellular networks as well as mobile computing. A central theme is the associated protocols including use of the Internet Protocol in mobile scenarios. The use of cellular networks e.g. 1G to 4G and beyond to interconnect mobile computing devices is explained. The module covers the theory of radio propagation and antennas related to wireless networking and mobile communications. It also addresses the application of mobile technologies to business.
    • Individual Project (30 Credits) - Compulsory
      Aims This module provides you with the opportunity of choosing and working on a project that reflects your interests and aims and outcomes of your programme. It should constitute a practical problem-solving project relevant to current network or communication technology. The primary aim of the module is to consolidate and deepen your understanding of material taught on your programme, to exercise professional judgement, to undertake individual research and to conduct an investigation and/or develop a product, process or application relevant to the focus of your programme. It provides you with the opportunity of engaging in significant system development, the typical output of which represents the solution of a problem akin to those that you as a fledgling professional practitioner are likely to encounter in future employment. The module intends that your choice of individual project will provide you with a significant opportunity to reflect on your learning progress and to develop your learning for life-long and career development.
    • Digital Communications (30 Credits) - Compulsory
      The aim of this module is to provide students with a comprehensive and advanced understanding of digital communication techniques for data and voice within communication systems. With the discussion of modern technological advances, students will be provided with detailed coverage of source coding, channel coding, baseband and bandpass digital modulation and demodulation techniques, detection theory and error analysis, spread spectrum signals and multiuser communications, wireless fading channels, and channel equalization techniques. These topics will equip students with the knowledge, skills and ability to understand, compare and critically evaluate the advantages and limitations of modern digital techniques within communication systems and wireless technologies.

Classes are held at our Dubai Knowledge Park campus Sunday to Thursday between 8:30am and 6:30pm. Additional sessions may be scheduled over the weekend or holiday periods and you should expect to receive notice of these in advance.

You will be actively involved in a range of learning, teaching and assessment approaches as part of your programme. These approaches ensure that you are involved and engaged by placing you at the centre of your own learning. You will be required to actively participate in learning activities and engagement with your fellow students, both individually and collaboratively. Faculty increasingly use existing and emerging technologies and your programme will be facilitated using a variety of media and online tools (My Learning on UniHub, podcasts, wikis, etc.) which will allow you access to a diverse range of online resources and learning materials. By engaging in e-learning you will also be developing skills of which are essential for your learning and highly valued by employers. Such skills including flexibility, communication, IT skills and team work.

We accept students with a diverse range of entry qualifications and from varying backgrounds. The following international qualifications are normally considered for admission:

Successful completion of the Middlesex University International Foundation Programme (IFP)*** (equivalent programmes from other Universities/Colleges/Institutes will be considered).
Indian Secondary School Certificates issued by the CBSE/ISC boards/NIOS/All State Boards may be considered: minimum grade of 55% + Maths 70%
Minimum two, maximum three subjects, with grades of B,C,C (three subjects) or with A*, A (two subjects)
You must have passed the full IB Diploma. In some cases applicants will also need to have studied certain subjects at Standard or Higher Level. If you are unsure about the suitability of your qualifications or would like help with your application, please contact for support.

Students who have completed their GCSEs are eligible to join our International Foundation Programme – a one year programme to prepare students for entry onto our Undergraduate Programmes. Please note that students must meet the British AS and A Level entry requirements in order to gain entry into the First Year of any one of our Undergraduate Programmes.

UAE’s General Secondary Education Certificate Examination Grade 12 (Tawjihiya) plus successful completion of the Middlesex University International Foundation Programme (IFP)*** or equivalent programmes
Completion of Year 1 at a recognised post-secondary institution (university / college). Candidates that have successfully completed FSC/HSC are admitted to the Middlesex University’s International Foundation Programme (IFP)***
Minimum overall grade of 12. Students completing the High School Diploma are admitted to the International Foundation Programme (IFP)***
Candidates are admitted to the International Foundation Programme (IFP)***
National Curriculum of the countries of Russia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan: Candidates are admitted to the International Foundation Programme (IFP)***
Candidates are admitted to the International Foundation Programme (IFP)***
Students with American High School Diploma are eligible to join our Foundation programme. However, if you have passed the American High School Diploma with the university required GPA and SAT or ACT or AP Scores you may be eligible for direct entry into Year 1 of the undergraduate programme. If you are unsure about the suitability of your qualifications or would like help with your application, please contact for support.
BTEC Level 3 qualifications***** (suite of qualifications known as Nationals) may be considered for direct entry into an undergraduate programme

***** BTEC qualifications (QCF) (suite of qualifications known as Nationals) are acceptable both on their own and in combination with other qualifications. Applicants are expected to have studied for the Diploma or Extended Diploma. The Certificate, Subsidiary Diploma and 90 Credit Diploma are expected to be studied in combination to equal that of at least the Diploma (for example, the Subsidiary Diploma would need to be offered in combination with either a Diploma or two GCE A levels).

Note: *** International Foundation Programme (IFP) is a one year programme to prepare students for entry to Undergraduate programmes

This list shows only a selection of qualifications. If your high school system does not appear here, please contact our Admissions Office and we will be able to advise you further.

English Language Requirements (Undergraduate)

All programmes at Middlesex University Dubai are taught in English and applicants with previous education outside of English-speaking countries (such as the UK, the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand), must demonstrate English language proficiency as follows:

English Language Test

Entry Requirement

IELTS Academic

6.0 (minimum 5.5 in each band)

TOEFL Internet-based

72 (17 in listening & writing, 20 in speaking and 18 in reading)

PearsonPTE Academic


PearsonPTE General

Level 3

Additionally, students with the following qualifications may be considered as having met the English language requirements:

English Language

Entry Requirement

GCSE/IGCSE/O-Level English

(as a first or second language)

Grade C or Higher

CBSE/ISC boards/NIOS/All state boards

Minimum grade of 70% in English

International Baccalaureate

Minimum grade 4 in English A1 (Standard or Higher Level) in IB OR a minimum of grade 5 in English B (Higher Level)

West African/Nigerian Curriculum


Minimum grade “C6“

For admissions related enquiries, kindly contact our admissions team on 0097143678100 / 0097143751212 alternatively you can email on

The degree prepares you for a wide range of careers. Graduates will have excellent career prospects and the range of potential employers will be vast across the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. There is also the potential to develop their entrepreneurship skills and establish their own business. This course opens the door to a career in computing wherever digital, mobile or network systems are involved. Recent graduates have progressed onto masters courses or have secured jobs with global companies in wireless and digital design, network design and implementation, network planning, mobile internet applications and services development. Careers include key roles as an Application Developer, ICT Manager, Network Engineer, Software Engineer, Systems Developer and IT Project Manager. Links with the employment market is established through visiting speakers from relevant sections of the industry. Our industry partners offer internships, deliver visiting lectures, assist with field trips and recruit at the University’s Careers Day each year.

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