Qualification level
Study type
12 months full-time; 24 months part-time
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About the course

Course content

The Masters in Information Technology is an intensive, practically oriented taught postgraduate programme which will equip you with advanced IT skills. This is a conversion degree programme intended for students without a computing science background. You will apply your knowledge and skills by conducting a development project.

Why this programme

  • The School of Computing Science is consistently highly ranked achieving 2nd in Scotland and 10th in the UK (Complete University Guide 2017)
  • The School is a member of the Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance: SICSA. This collaboration of Scottish universities aims to develop Scotland's place as a world leader in Informatics and Computer Science research and education.
  • You will have opportunities to meet employers who come to make recruitment presentations, and often seek to recruit our graduates during the programme.
  • You will benefit from having 24-hour access to a computer laboratory equipped with state-of-the-art hardware and software.

Programme structure

Modes of delivery of the MSc in Information Technology include lectures, seminars and tutorials and allow students the opportunity to take part in lab, project and team work.

Core courses

  • Database theory and applications
  • Enterprise cyber security
  • Programming
  • Software engineering
  • Software project management
  • Systems and networks
  • Group project

Optional courses

  • Advanced programming
  • Algorithms and data structures
  • Cryptography and secure development
  • Cyber security fundamentals
  • Cyber security forensics
  • Digitisation
  • Human computer interaction: design and evaluation
  • Internet technology
  • Safety critical systems

Depending on staff availability, the optional courses listed here may change.

If you wish to engage in part-time study, please be aware that dependent upon your optional taught courses, you may still be expected to be on campus on most week days.

Career Prospects

Former students are now employed in the chemical, electronics, travel, food, and oil industries, in banking and insurance, in software houses, in retailing, in education, in the health service, in management consultancy, in civil engineering, and in other sectors. Some graduates apply their newly-acquired IT skills within their existing careers, or move into research or teaching.

Graduates of this programme have gone on to positions such as:

  • Programmer at Ciber
  • IT Software Developer at Lockheed Martin (Amor Group Ltd)
  • Web Developer at Emerald Design
  • Web and Mobile Developer at SwarmOnline Ltd
  • Technical Consultant at Kana Verint
  • Project Manager at Equator
  • IT Consultant at Agile Solutions
  • Business Analyst at Reply Ltd
  • Analyst at Agile Solutions (GB) Ltd
  • Developer at SwarmOnline
  • Associate Software Engineer at Moody’s
  • Technical Analyst at QueryClick
  • Graduate Applications Developer at Baillie Gifford
  • Junior Software Developer at TBR Global
  • Junior Developer at OLM Group
  • Graduate Digital Developer at Tesco Bank
  • Process Development Trainee at Elaine’s Vehicles
  • Associate Software Engineering at KANA Software
  • Graduate Developer at V.Ships Crewing
  • Software Developer at SEEMiS Group LLP
  • Application Developer at JP Morgan
  • Technical Graduate Trainee at Fujitsu.

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