Computing with placement (MSc)
2 years (full-time) / n/a (part-time) / n/a (distance / e-Learning)
MSc Computing is designed for graduates who want to move into computing from another discipline
Designed for graduates who want to move into computing from another discipline, this one-year programme attracts students from diverse career and subject areas who wish to be introduced to the skills required for a career in Software Development. The MSc Computing programme provides students with an appropriate balance of the software engineering skills and technical abilities needed to develop effective software and systems.
- A conversion course as well as an accredited course.
- The opportunity to complement the discipline in which you graduated with the discipline of Computing.
- The facility to tailor the course to your interests by the selection of advanced option modules.
- Flexible choice of project topic, for example: associated with the research activity of the School; fulfilling a business need; reflecting your own interest.
- Recognised by BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT.
- 7-10 month experience as an IT Professional for students who successfully find a suitable placement.
Through this programme you will get a first-hand understanding of the vital problem-solving role of software, the interdisciplinary opportunities available, and what computational systems can achieve. You will learn, practice and demonstrate the professional skills required by software engineers, individually or as a part of a team, when developing a software solution.
Through a gentle introduction and intensive support, you will be introduced to programming skills using important languages such as Java and Python. Emphasis is placed on handling data and you will develop essential skills in SQL (Structured Query Language) for advanced database functionality using industry standard products such as Oracle™.
A choice of taught optional modules allows you to further develop skills in areas of your choice.
Full-time students may choose to apply for a paid 7-10 month professional work placement to be undertaken on completion of Spring semester and before completing the MSc programme with a 60-credit dissertation. Whilst students are responsible for finding their own placements, the School works alongside professional placement consultants to give advice on applying for placements, to keep you informed of a variety of opportunities, and to ensure that you receive constant support and guidance throughout the whole process.
Students take five core modules and an additional option module in the taught phase of the programme. Students will then go on placement for 7-10 months if they have successfully completed the taught phase and have found a suitable placement. Students will then return to the School to complete their dissertation.
The following modules run across both semesters:
- Core modules: Software Engineering
During the Autumn semester, students will undertake the following core modules:
- Information Processing in Python
- Web Application Development
During the Spring Semester, students undertake the following core modules:
- Object Oriented Development with Java
The following modules run across both semesters:
- Computational Systems
- E-Commerce and Innovation
During the spring semester, students can choose from the following optional modules:
- Distributed and Cloud Computing
- Human Centric Computing
- Information Modelling and Database Systems
- Visual Communication and Information Design
- Web and Social Computing
Graduates will have been provided with several opportunities to develop team working, project, and time management skills. Whilst working towards their dissertation, skills in independent thinking and working will have been enhanced.
Recent graduates have gained employment in roles such as software developers, systems analysts, business analysts, IT consultants, and support engineers.
MSc Computing graduates are employed by organisations of all sizes locally, nationally, and internationally. For example, recent graduates have taken up positions with local NHS Trusts, Logica, Sun Microsystems, BT, and the National Library of Medicine in the USA, as well as undertaking further doctoral study.
"The School of Computer Science and Informatics were really supportive of me as a part time student whilst working full-time in industry."
Alistair Nottle, MSc Computing, currently Research Engineer at Airbus Group Innovations
Read Alistair's full testimonial
"My MSc in Computing has solidified and enhanced my knowledge as well as coupling it with practical applications. Studying part-time allowed me to maintain my career whilst studying. The School of Computer Science and Informatics were really supportive of me as a part time student whilst working full time in industry."
Applicants will possess minimum of a 2:2 honours degree in or equivalent professional qualification in a subject other than computing.
Non-graduates whose relative lack of formal qualifications is compensated for by their relevant work experience will also be considered.
Applicants whose first language is not English are normally expected to meet the minimum University requirements (e.g. 6.5 IELTS, with at least 5.5 in each area).
Applicants holding international qualifications are welcomed.
Note: International students pursuing part-time programmes of study are not eligible for Tier 4 (General Student) visas and must have alternative leave to remain in the UK if they intend to study at the University in person.
Tuition Fees 2016/17
Fees quoted are for the academic session 2016/17. For programmes lasting more than one year, tuition fees for subsequent years of study are subject to an increase of no more than 4.5% per year.
|UK & EU||International|
|Deposit||n/a||Includes a £1,000 deposit. More information about our deposit policy.|
|Notes||All students pay a further £1,550 for the placement year (subject to the same annual increase as outlined above).|
Next intake: September each year
Name: Dr Leigh Hodge
Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 9342
Name: Ms Tracey Lavis (Administrative Contact)
Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 6906
Name: Mike Daley
Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 6879