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Computing MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert

Computing MSc is a broad-ranging course that concentrates on the latest tools and techniques of modern computer science, ensuring graduates are highly employable in a diverse range of careers.

Overview

Reasons to study Computing at De Montfort University:

This course covers object-oriented programming, computer systems and networking, database analysis and design, systems analysis and design and more. You will be exposed to the most recent developments in both theory and practice of modern computing.

You can apply for this course even if you have no previous experience in computing or IT, but you will need to demonstrate some aptitude for logical analysis. It is ideally suited to graduates of other subjects who wish to add this discipline to their portfolio.

  • Benefit from our Research Expertise
    our internationally recognised Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility will have input into the course and will explore and allow you to understand the current research issues
  • Dedicated Computer Science Laboratories
    you will have accesstoour industry standard software used in e-commerce so that you develop relevant skills
  • Industry placement opportunity
    you can chose to undertake a year-long work placement, gaining valuable experience and skill giving you a head start in your career once you have finished the course
  • More than 50 years of history in research and teaching in computing technology
    benefit from our well established academic expertise and advance your skills in, and knowledge of, developing computing solutions to business problems
  • Excellent graduate prospects
    You will develop the skills you need to progress to roles such as systems analyst, programmer, software architect and research development project leader in global organisations like Hewlett Packard and Marks and Spencer 

“This course has helped me gain valuable insight into contemporary web development technologies and various human elements that come into play.” 

Ahmed Kalsekar, graduate

 

Scholarships

Tuition fee discount of up to 50 per cent available when studying this course
The Vice-Chancellor's 2020 scholarship is available to DMU graduates studying a range of full-time and part-time postgraduate courses

International Scholarships

Find out about available scholarships and country specific fee discounts for international students.

 

More courses like this:

Cyber Security MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert

Cyber Technology MSc

Information Systems Management MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert

Software Engineering MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert

 

  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Duration: One year full-time (with optional one year placement available), 18 months for January starts, a minimum of two years part-time

Fees and funding: 

For 2017/2018 entry - £5,350

For 2018/2019 entry - £6,300

EU Students: Find out about student loan information and scholarships for 2017.

Apply for the Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship, worth up to £6,000.

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Additional costs and optional extras associated with this course

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Key facts for international students

Duration: One year full-time (with optional one year placement available), 18 months for January starts, two to six years part-time

Fees and funding: 

For 2017/2018 entry - £13,100

For 2018/2019 entry - £14,100

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Additional costs and optional extras associated with this course

How to apply: International students can apply to study at DMU directly using our online portal or direct application form

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Entry criteria

You should have the equivalent of a British Honours degree (2:2 minimum) in a relevant subject.

We are happy to consider equivalent qualifications from anywhere in the world.

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English Language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning, is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.

If you have no formal academic qualifications but do have extensive industry experience we will consider your application on an individual basis.

 

 

Whilst the University tries to ensure that all of its programmes run as advertised it is sometimes necessary to make significant changes to the structure of the programmes or to discontinue a programme entirely if for instance there are insufficient student numbers or staff changes. This will sometimes happen between an offer being made and enrolment.

Where changes are made the University will endeavour to inform applicants as early as possible to minimise the potential disruption to the application process. Where possible an alternative programme will be offered in a similar subject area.

In cases where programmes are changed or discontinued the University will send a communication to you electronically and/or by hard copy outlining your options.

Structure and assessment

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessments

Academic expertise

 

 

First semester (October to January)

  • Object-Oriented Programming – covers the theory and practice of modern programming, enabling you to design, develop and implement object-oriented programmes
  • Database Systems and Design – addresses the analysis of data storage requirements and the design of complex relational databases to meet those requirements. The module makes extensive use of commercial and industrial case studies
  • Computer Systems and Networks – explains the technical infrastructure upon which modern computer systems and networks are run. It provides a sufficient level of understanding of hardware, operating systems, systems software, network protocols and topologies to enable you to appreciate the use of computer systems and networks in commerce and industry, to be able to construct a technical specification for a computer system, and to select an appropriate system
  • Systems Analysis and Design – covers the theory and practice of systems analysis and design and introduces the internationally-recognised UML modelling language. Extensive use of case studies allows the application of selected UML techniques, and Computer Assisted Software Engineering (CASE) tools are used to support the development of complex UML models

 

 

 

 

 

 

Second semester (February to May)

  • Research Methods, Professionalism and Ethics – links the teaching of social, ethical, legal and professional issues with an overview of research approaches and methodologies. This module is important for your professional development and is also a central preparation for the master’s project/dissertation. Such an introduction to research paves the way for you to pursue a research degree and thereby contributes to your continued employability.
  • E-Commerce Software – a highly practical module that addresses topics ranging from core internet standards and technologies, through to the design, development and construction of transactional e-commerce applications. Specific topics typically change each year to reflect developments and innovations in this fast-moving field, but in recent years have included JSP, Java Beans and JDBC.
  • E-Commerce Systems – develops a conceptual understanding of the management and support of e-commerce systems within an organisation. This module provides a critical awareness of strategy issues, the provision of information and the support of such systems and examines the process of e-commerce systems development. There is a detailed study of the strategy process and the benefits of e-commerce are explored with reference to current research.
  • Human Factors in Systems Design – introduces and explores the human factors that need to be considered when designing interactive systems. You will develop skills that will enable you to design effective and usable interactive systems. You will also learn how to evaluate the usability and appropriateness of competing designs

Third semester (June to September)

During the final semester you will work on your project/dissertation, chosen by you and agreed with your project supervisor. Part-time students normally choose to work on their project over an entire academic year.

 

 

The course can be studied either full-time over one year or part-time for two to six years, beginning in September each year (a January start date may also be available).

There will be two- or three-week vacations at Christmas and New Year (December/January) and Easter (March/April), and some students also take a brief break in June or July before completing their dissertation.

Teaching includes formal lectures, tutorials and labs. You will also be expected to undertake independent study and research to support your assignments and your dissertation. Assessment will be by various group and individual methods including exams, projects, presentations, written essays and reports.

 

 

 

You will normally be expected to attend a two-week induction to ensure that you are well prepared for the modules taught in the first semester. This course offers a degree of flexibility, and you may have the option to switch over to our Information Systems Management MSc after the first term (subject to approval).

Contact and learning hours

Full-time students will normally attend around 12 hours of timetabled taught sessions per week, and can expect to undertake around 24 further hours of self-directed independent study and research to support your assignments and dissertation.

 

The Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility is internationally recognised for its applied research expertise. In a world where individuals, businesses and governments increasingly depend on information and communication technologies, this acclaimed research centre is looked to for authoritative advice on their social, organisational and ethical impacts. Our experts collaborate with a range of worldwide partners assessing implications and shaping codes of practice.

 

You will benefit from our history of more than 50 years of research and teaching in computing and technology, and the expertise of our academic staff. 

Facilities and features

Facilities

We have over 20 computing laboratories equipped with machines ranging from HP dual-boot, all-in-one computers in the Computer Science laboratories to specialist machines. Student work is stored and backed up on dedicated high performance network file servers.

A wide range of industry-standard, general purpose and specialist software is available to support teaching. Many software packages are freely available to students via open source and similar licensing (for example Linux and Java) and all students have access to Microsoft Office.

Learning zones

Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.

Originally set up in our main Kimberlin Library, the learning zones proved so popular that more were created in the Eric Wood Building and Greenhouse. These flexible spaces are ideal whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.

They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with interactive whiteboards and DVD players. Eduroam wi-fi is available across all campus locations.

Library services

We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus. These give access to more than half a million publications, an extensive range of DVDs, e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. 

The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year (other than in exceptional circumstances).

Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks. We offer a range of workshops, drop-in and one-to-one sessions, and our Just Ask service provides email and telephone support.

Opportunities and careers

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#DMUglobal

This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.

Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.

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Graduate Careers

Past students are now working in a wide variety of organisations all over the world, from small consultancies to large, multinational companies.

Typical roles include systems analysts, analysts/programmers, software architects and research and development project leaders.

Upon the successful completion of this course, you will be equipped with the necessary skills to enhance your employability further and progress your career.

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