This is a long-established conversion course aimed at graduates from a non-computing discipline. It is designed to enable a career change to computing or update and broaden knowledge and skills if already working in the field. Key areas of study include Object Oriented and Web Programming, Information Systems and Digital Media Systems. A wide-range of optional units allow you to tailor your course to specialise in areas of your choice. A third of your MSc will consist of a solo project with individual supervision. This is supported by a series of seminars/workshops, but the emphasis is on student-centred learning and recognises expectations about student autonomy, typical of postgraduate level and also is part of the strategy to enhance your employability through the development of confidence, self-awareness and self-sufficiency.
It is possible to switch between MSc Information Systems and MSc Computing as you develop your areas of specialism and own interests in this exciting field.
We have excellent facilities and are a member of the Oracle Academy and highly rated in terms of research. Non means-tested loans of up to a maximum of £10,000 will be available to postgraduate master’s students.
Features and benefits of the course
-The School has an extensive range of equipment in our own specialist laboratories which is supported by a dedicated team of technical staff.
-Research in the School was rated 'internationally excellent' with some rated 'world-leading' in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF).
-Our online virtual learning platform Moodle, provides access to lectures, course materials and assessment information.
-The School of Computing, Mathematics and Digital Technology is a member of the Oracle Academy.
-We are an academic partner of the Institute of Information Security Professionals (IISP). This partner status recognises our expertise in the field of information and cyber security.
-We are also an Academy of the Computer Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) and deliver their partner programme which provides a pathway for students towards a rewarding, high-growth IT career.
Some students undertake practical project work while attending work placements.
About the Course
-Develop computer programmes using object-oriented development techniques
-Use object-oriented techniques for systems analysis and design
-Have an understanding of database technology and its exploitation
-Understand the underlying technical concepts of network technology, internet and multimedia technology or the delivery of applications
-Understand concepts and be able to apply appropriate techniques across a small number of specialist computing subjects
-Carry out a research-informed practical project involving system construction or experimental work.
The units on offer are regularly updated to reflect new developments in IT and may vary. It is possible to switch between MSc Information Systems and MSc Computing as you develop your areas of specialism and own interests in IT. A major independent practical project completes the MSc.
With flexibility a priority, students can choose their study workload to suit their changing circumstances. Part-time courses usually take three years but can take longer as required. Classes are on certain days of the week to facilitate part timers’ attendance and to allow those studying full-time to undertake some part-time employment if necessary. Some students undertake practical project work while attending work placements. Extensive use of a specialist virtual learning environment is available.
Assessment will be through coursework, examination and dissertation.