Programme Specification for MSc Internet Systems Engineering

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Date specification last up-dated

June 2012


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Programme content

The aim of the programme is to provide you with high-quality education, at postgraduate level, in Internet Systems Engineering to enable you to develop a balance of theoretical knowledge, practical skills and experience to enhance your professional development and future employment in industry or academia.

As part of this programme you will study distributed objects engineering, internet applications and web services, secure software systems development and either multimedia design or data mining. You will then be able to specialise your study by selecting a dissertation topic that suits your needs.

MSc in Internet Systems Engineering at UEL

The Internet plays a major role in almost every part of human activity. As a result, Internet Systems Engineering is an area that is growing exponentially and the demand for internet systems engineers is rapidly increasing. The MSc Internet Systems Engineering at UEL is a unique programme that:

- is focused on the engineering of internet systems rather than just development;

- provides a distinctive knowledge of the integration of security and software engineering for the development of internet systems;

Admission requirements

The entry requirement for the programme is satisfied by possession of one of the following:

  • An honours degree in Computing, or an appropriate and related subject with a substantial computing element, with a British award classification of no less than a lower second class honours (2:2)
  • A degree qualification of a standard equivalent to (i) obtained after a programme of study in a recognised university outside the UK.

Applicants having appropriate professional experience will be considered if they are able to provide a satisfactory outcome based on the process of Assessment of Experiential Learning (AEL). This assessment will be carried out with the School’s AEL committee and a standard fee will be payable dependent upon the time involved in establishing the AEL claim.

Applicants, whose first language is not English and their first degree is not from an English-teaching university, will also be required to meet the University standard for competence in English language and therefore need to supply evidence of proficiency in English equivalent to IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL 250/600.

Programme structure

The programme is offered in full-time mode and part-time day mode, commencing September or February. The full time mode consists of two 15-weeks semesters plus a 14 weeks period for a dissertation project. The part time mode consists of four 15-weeks semesters plus a 28 weeks period for a dissertation project. A full time student will study two 30-credit modules per semester whereas a part time student will study one 30-credit module per semester. For part time study this typically means that you will need to be at university for one whole day. For both modes of study the dissertation project may occur during the summer period. It is possible to move from full-time to part-time study and vice-versa to accommodate any external factors such as financial constraints or domestic commitments. However, this may impact on the overall duration of the study period.

Learning environment

This programme utilises a mixture of learning methods that focus on and maximises the student learning experience through:

  • A series of lectures and seminars that promote your active participation
  • A number of tutorial and practical sessions that enforce your learning
  • A number of problem solving, individual and group, activities that enhance your understanding and skills
  • A series of student based activities such as presentations
  • A web-based learning system that supports you in various aspects of your studies


To reflect the programme objectives and learning outcomes each taught module is usually assessed through a combination of appropriate assessment techniques. These typically include group and individual work, written reports, examinations, and essays. The dissertation module is assessed in terms of a proposal and the dissertation.

Relevance to work/profession


Thesis/Dissertation/project work

The programme will provide you with opportunities to be engaged in a number of project related activities:

  • Group –based projects as part of some of your taught modules
  • Individual projects as part of your MSc dissertation and some of your taught modules.

Such projects will enable you to put into practice the theoretical knowledge obtained during the postgraduate programme and enhance your understanding of Internet Systems Engineering.

Added value

The programme will provide you with the appropriate knowledge and skills to pursue a successful career in Internet Systems Engineering. You will learn about the latest technologies and become familiar with all the Engineering issues involved in Internet Systems Engineering. The programme is also in line with the latest research findings in the areas of internet, software and security engineering and it will provide you with an in depth understanding of how to engineer a secure Internet based system. With all the security related issues faced by most of the internet-based systems, this is an important aspect for a successful career in Internet Systems Engineering.

Your future career

The proposed programme enables successful candidates to pursue a career in a wide range of internet related industrial jobs including Internet Service Providers, web design companies, web services providers, and IT departments. Moreover, the programme provides the necessary knowledge for graduates who wish to engage in further study for a PhD degree and possibly follow a career in academia.

How we support you

UEL and the School of Computing, Information Technology and Engineering have in place a number of mechanisms to support you throughout your studies. A personal tutor is allocated to each student at the start of the programme. The personal tutor is available to help you in your academic progress as well as in any general issues that you might face during your studies. An appropriate project supervisor is also allocated to every student who takes the dissertation project to provide support and knowledge throughout the project duration. For each module there is a module leader who can help with any issues around that module. There is also a programme leader to help you with any issues you might have with the programme. Last but not least, counsellors are available for consultation through the student services.

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Programme aims and learning outcomes

What is this programme designed to achieve?

This programme is designed to give you the opportunity to:

  • Acquire, at an advance level, knowledge and understanding of internet systems engineering related subjects;
  • Acquire analytical, creative and problem-solving skills;
  • Develop expertise in current internet systems engineering technologies;
  • Develop appropriate research skills and familiarity with latest research findings in the area of internet systems engineering.

What will you learn?


  • An in depth understanding of advanced concepts, principles and practices in the area of internet systems engineering;
  • An in depth understanding of the importance of security in the engineering of internet systems;
  • An in depth understanding of the latest technologies employed for the engineering of internet systems;
  • An in depth understanding of tools and techniques employed for the engineering of internet systems;
  • An understanding of the latest research findings in the area of internet systems engineering;
  • An understanding of the legal and ethical issues related to the engineering of internet systems.

Thinking skills

  • The ability to specify, design and construct Internet-based software systems, using appropriate tools, and to document all stages of this process;
  • The ability to apply appropriate research methods to conduct internet systems engineering related research;
  • The ability to evaluate current methods, tools and techniques employed for the engineering of internet systems.

Subject-Based Practical skills

  • Apply relevant theories to the engineering of Internet Systems;
  • Critically analyse and design a secure internet-based system using appropriate methodologies and engineering principles;
  • Ability to build distributed applications.

Skills for life and work (general skills)

  • The ability to document and explain in a professional manner their work;
  • The ability to plan and successfully deliver an internet systems engineering related project;
  • The ability to work on their own initiative as well as part of a team;
  • The ability to perform research and information retrieval skills;
  • The ability to review work of colleagues in their subject area;
  • Manage learning, their own development and time.


The programme structure


All programmes are credit-rated to help you to understand the amount and level of study that is needed.

One credit is equal to 10 hours of directed study time (this includes everything you do e.g. lecture, seminar and private study).

Credits are assigned to one of 5 levels:

  • 0 - equivalent in standard to GCE 'A' level and is intended to prepare students for year one of an undergraduate degree programme
  • 1 - equivalent in standard to the first year of a full-time undergraduate degree programme
  • 2 - equivalent in standard to the second year of a full-time undergraduate degree programme
  • 3 - equivalent in standard to the third year of a full-time undergraduate degree programme
  • M - equivalent in standard to a Masters degree

Credit rating

The overall credit-rating of this programme is 180 for Masters, 120 for PGDip, 60 for PGCert.

Typical duration

The minimum duration for the completion of MSc is, for full time, 2 semesters of 15-weeks each plus a 14 weeks dissertation period and for part time 4 semesters of 15-weeks each plus a 28 weeks dissertation period. It is possible to move from full-time to part-time study and vice-versa to accommodate any external factors such as financial constraints or domestic commitments. However, this may impact on the overall duration of the study period.

How the teaching year is divided

The full time programme will be delivered across two semesters, commencing September and February. A full time student will study two 30-credit modules per semester and complete a dissertation project during a 14 weeks period. A part time student will study one 30-credit module per semester and complete a dissertation project during a 28 weeks period. The dissertation project may occur during the summer period.

What you will study when

The programme is modular in construction and modules are either Core (must be taken) or Option (selected by the student from a range offered by the programme).

Students are required to complete 120 credits before they can proceed to the dissertation stage.


Module Code

Module title





Distributed Object Engineering



A  IMM031

Internet Applications and Web Services



B  SDM032

Secure Software Systems Engineering



B  IMM020

Multimedia Design



B  SDM033

Data Mining







A,B,C  CNM015




Requirements for gaining an award

  • In order to gain a Postgraduate Certificate, you will need to obtain 60 credits at Level M.
  • In order to gain a Postgraduate Diploma, you will need to obtain 120 credits at Level M
  • In order to obtain a Masters, you will need to obtain 180 credits at
    Level M. These credits will include a 60 credit level M core module of advanced independent research.

Masters Award Classification

Where a student is eligible for an Masters award then the award classification is determined by calculating the arithmetic mean of all marks and applying the mark obtained as a percentage, with all decimals points rounded up to the nearest whole number, to the following classification

70% - 100%


60% - 69%


50% - 59%


0% - 49%

Not Passed


Teaching, learning and assessment

Teaching and learning

Knowledge is developed through

  • Taught-based activities, such as lectures and seminars;
  • Student-driven based activities, such as tutorial and laboratory sessions;
  • Lecturer-driven based activities, such as feedback and guidance;
  • Student independent study.

Thinking skills are developed through

  • Tutorial group and individual discussion;
  • Laboratory group work;
  • Coursework and projects;
  • Problem-solving activities.

Practical skills are developed through

  • Laboratory work;
  • Coursework and projects;
  • Case studies.

Skills for life and work (general skills) are developed through

  • Coursework;
  • Team-based problem-solving activities;
  • Individual problem-solving activities;
  • Tutorial and laboratory sessions;
  • Presentations and Reports.


Knowledge is assessed by

  • Coursework reports;
  • Written examinations;
  • Individual dissertation project;
  • Presentations.

Thinking skills are assessed by

  • Laboratory and tutorial sessions;
  • Written examinations;
  • Problem-solving activities;
  • Research-based activities.

Practical skills are assessed by

  • Case studies;
  • Problem-solving activities;
  • Laboratory exercises;
  • Individual dissertation project.

Skills for life and work (general skills) are assessed by

  • Coursework reports;
  • Presentations;
  • Individual dissertation project;
  • Written examinations;
  • Individual and team-based activities.


How we assure the quality of this programme

Before this programme started

Before this programme started, the following was checked:

  • there would be enough qualified staff to teach the programme;
  • adequate resources would be in place;
  • the overall aims and objectives were appropriate;
  • the content of the programme met national benchmark requirements;
  • the programme met any professional/statutory body requirements;
  • the proposal met other internal quality criteria covering a range of issues such as admissions policy, teaching, learning and assessment strategy and student support mechanisms.

This is done through a process of programme approval which involves consulting academic experts including some subject specialists from other institutions.

How we monitor the quality of this programme

The quality of this programme is monitored each year through evaluating:

  • external examiner reports (considering quality and standards);
  • statistical information (considering issues such as the pass rate);
  • student feedback.

Drawing on this and other information, programme teams undertake the annual Review and Enhancement Process which is co-ordinated at School level and includes student participation. The process is monitored by the Quality and Standards Committee.

Once every six years an in-depth review of the whole field is undertaken by a panel that includes at least two external subject specialists. The panel considers documents, looks at student work, speaks to current and former students and speaks to staff before drawing its conclusions. The result is a report highlighting good practice and identifying areas where action is needed.

The role of the programme committee

This programme has a programme committee comprising all relevant teaching staff, student representatives and others who make a contribution towards the effective operation of the programme (e.g. library/technician staff). The committee has responsibilities for the quality of the programme. It provides input into the operation of the Review and Enhancement Process and proposes changes to improve quality. The programme committee plays a critical role in the quality assurance procedures.

The role of external examiners

The standard of this programme is monitored by at least one external examiner. External examiners have two primary responsibilities:

  • To ensure the standard of the programme;
  • To ensure that justice is done to individual students.

External examiners fulfil these responsibilities in a variety of ways including:

  • Approving exam papers/assignments;
  • Attending assessment boards;
  • Reviewing samples of student work and moderating marks;
  • Ensuring that regulations are followed;
  • Providing feedback through an annual report that enables us to make improvements for the future.

Listening to the views of students

The following methods for gaining student feedback are used on this programme:

  • Module evaluations
  • Student representation on programme committees (meeting 2 times per year)
  • Programme evaluations

Students are notified of the action taken through:

  • circulating the minutes of the programme committee
  • providing details on the programme noticeboard

Listening to the views of others

The following methods are used for gaining the views of other interested parties:

  • Questionnaires to former students
  • Annual student satisfaction questionnaire
  • Industrial liaison committee

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