Overview

The Master of Science (Network Systems) aims to give students advanced theoretical knowledge and practical skills related to network design, and the security and protection of networked computer systems. There is a particular focus on practical aspects of design and deployment of a range of networking technologies. Course graduates will have the skills to take on advanced work in the field of Information and Communication Technologies, and have the option for further learning and research.

View Master of Science (Network Systems) course handbook

Upgrade your skills

  • Critically analyse new networking scenarios
  • Understand current network systems
  • Conceptual understanding
  • Practical understanding of networks
  • Critical reasoning about networks
  • Innovate solutions

Stretch your career further

Students can enhance their career opportunities by gaining additional leadership and management skills – an important asset in a today’s complex and changing business environment. The below examples demonstrate the types of roles graduates can attain.

  • Telecommunications Manager
  • Data Communication Manager
  • Computer Support Manager
  • ICT Researcher

Key codes

CRICOS course code
054543M
International student visa

International students in Australia who hold student visas are required to study full-time and on campus. Courses that are taught entirely online are only available to international students studying outside Australia or those in Australia who are not on a student visa. Online courses are not available to international students in Australia who hold a student visa.

Professional accreditations

Why Swinburne?

Top 10 Australian university for Computer Science and Electronics

85.1% of students found employment within 4 months of graduating

The median income for PG graduates nine years out is $105.5K

Ranked top 100 in the world for Computer Science and Engineering

Qualifications

Successful completion of an undergraduate degree in the engineering, science, or information technology disciplines equivalent to an Australian Bachelor degree.

Successful completion of an undergraduate degree in the engineering, science, or information technology disciplines equivalent to an Australian Bachelor degree.

Admission requirements

Meeting the minimum entry requirements for the course does not guarantee an offer of a place. See admission requirements for general information about the admission process.

English language requirements

Satisfactory completion of one of the following:

Need to undertake an English assessment for entry?

A prerequisite for many courses, the Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic) can now be done at our Hawthorn campus.

Credit transfer

Credit is granted in recognition of previous study and/or experience and allows students to gain advanced standing towards their course. Applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis.

The maximum level of credit that can be granted for the Master of Science (Network Systems) is 50 credit points (normally four units)

Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) allows students to gain credit (advanced standing) towards their course in recognition of skills and knowledge gained through work experience, life experience and/or formal training. Applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Finding your fit

At Swinburne, we recognise that not one size fits all. If this course doesn’t meet all your study criteria, check out these alternatives.

How credit points work

To qualify for the award of Master of Science (Network Systems), students must complete 10 core units of study (150 credit points) including 2 x 25 credit point units.

10
Core units
=
Masters

Speed up your course progression

Subject to approval, this course may be taken in accelerated format and completed in 1.5 years. This will involve the same number of credit points taken over a shorter time period.

This course may be taken in accelerated format and completed in 1.5 years, This will involve the same number of credit points taken over a shorter time period. In this case, students pay higher course fees per semester.

Accelerated pace
=
1.5
years
Standard pace
=
2
years

Your units

Units of study Unit code
Core units
Creating Web Applications
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
COS60004
Technology Inquiry Project
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
COS60010
Technology Design Project
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
COS60011
Technology Innovation Project
Core unit, 25.0 credit points
COS70008
Technology Application Project
Core unit, 25.0 credit points
COS80029
Network Administration
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
TNE60002
Networks and Switching
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
TNE60006
Network Routing Principles
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
TNE70003
Advanced Switching
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
TNE80010
Software Managed Networks
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
TNE80013

2024 fees

Yearly fee* ($AUD)

$35,500

Total fee* ($AUD)

$53,250

2024 fees

Yearly fee* ($AUD)

$30,180.00

Fees are estimates only

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. These fees apply for units studied in 2024 only and may change for units studied in future years. If part-time study is permitted, annual fees will be proportionally lower based on the number of units taken per semester.

Fees are estimates only

The indicative course fees shown apply to international students for the relevant year only. They are based on a standard study load per year. However, please note that fees are assessed according to a student's study load in each semester, and variation to study load will result in an adjustment to tuition fees. International tuition fees are generally inclusive of Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF). All fees are subject to annual review and may be adjusted.

How do I pay my fees?

FEE-HELP is a loan given to eligible full-fee paying higher education students to help pay part or all of their tuition fees. The Commonwealth Government pays the amount of the loan directly to Swinburne.

International students need to pay tuition fees up-front by the relevant due date. You can find the due dates on your Statement of Account.

To pay your fees:

  • log in to My Finances
  • check your Australian bank account details are correct 
  • check your Statement of Account to see how much you owe 
  • pay using your preferred payment method.

Eligibility for FEE-HELP

You’re eligible for a FEE-HELP loan if you are studying an undergraduate or postgraduate degree, or UniLink or OUA course at Swinburne, and you:

  • are an Australian citizen doing at least one unit of your course in Australia; or
  • hold a permanent humanitarian visa and will be living in Australia for the duration of your course; or
  • hold a New Zealand Special Category visa and meet the special eligibility requirements for New Zealand citizens
  • are undertaking bridging study for overseas trained professionals and will be living in Australia for the duration of this study
  • have not exceeded the new combined Help Loan limit.
     

The HELP limit is the maximum amount you can borrow from the government in your lifetime towards your education costs. It is fixed and cannot be topped up.

Student services and amenities fee

This funding serves to improve the student experience at Swinburne. You may use many or just some of the services and amenities that the fee provides.

The fee shown in the capped amount for 2024.

This funding serves to improve the student experience at Swinburne. You may use many or just some of the services and amenities that the fee provides.

This amenities fee is included within your annual tuition fee listed above. The fee shown in the capped amount for 2024.

Please refer to the Student Services Amenities Fee page for more information.

SSAF fee* ($AUD)

$351.00

SSAF fee* ($AUD)

$351.00

Scholarships

Scholarship applications for 2023 are open. Scholarships at Swinburne are about providing opportunity, promoting equity and recognising excellence and achievement. We want you to reach your potential and achieve your life and career goals. 

Our handy guide will assist you to gather documents for your application.

When you apply for a Swinburne course, we automatically consider you for an international scholarship of up to 20 per cent off your course fees – no separate application required! Just apply for your Swinburne course of choice and when we review your course application, we will also assess you for an international scholarship.

Apply through an agent

Most international students use an education agent to help them through the application process. Swinburne has agents all over the world that can help you with your application to study. Search for a Swinburne representative in your country. If your country is not listed, please contact us.

Representatives and agents
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Apply directly

Ready to take on a new challenge and reach your academic goals? If you already know which course you want to study and understand the entry requirements, what are you waiting for? Apply online! 

Course code
MA-SNS
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Course code
MA-SNS
CRICOS code
054543M
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Start dates
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Last date to apply
Start dates
Semester 2
Location
Hawthorn
Last date to apply
24-July-2024
Start dates
29-July-2024
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Semester 2
Location
Hawthorn
Start dates
29-July-2024
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