computing-msc

Computing MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert

Concentrates on the latest tools and techniques of modern computer science, so you can develop the relevant practical skills and specialist understanding needed for a career in the computer industry. 

Overview

Graduates from a range of subject areas, who wish to add this discipline to their portfolio, have the opportunity to master the skills and knowledge required for a career in computing and to become leading-edge professionals in business systems analysis and design.

You will develop business information systems development and management skills by studying modules such as Business Analysis and Modelling, Enterprise Architecture and Digital Commerce, while also learning to apply current IT techniques and to assess and adapt to new developments.

In your final semester, you will work on your individual project, with the support of an academic supervisor, giving you the opportunity to produce a substantial piece of work on a topic of your choice. 

You will be taught by experts from the Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility, which is internationally recognised for applied research expertise, ensuring exposure to the most recent developments in both the theory and practice of modern computing. 

You can apply even if you have no previous experience in computing, but you will need to demonstrate some aptitude for logical analysis.

Key features

  • Benefit from more than 50 years’ experience of teaching computing and our sector-leading knowledge of social media and mobile technologies, green ICT and privacy and security.
  • Access specialist computer science laboratories, including a dedicated postgraduate laboratory. We have more than 20 computing laboratories equipped with machines ranging from HP dual-boot and all-in-one computers to specialist machines.
  • Develop your professional skills by using our range of industry-standard, general purpose and specialist software, eg e-commerce packages.
  • Learn through a mixture of formal lectures, tutorials and laboratory sessions, ensuring a good balance between theory and practice.
  • Prepare for a career in computing. Past students are working in roles including systems analyst, programmer, software architect and research and development project leaders for companies such as Hewlett Packard and the NHS.
  • Meet like-minded people and develop your practical skills with our diverse computing-related societies, including DMU Hackers, an ethical hacking society who meet weekly to share cyber security skills and take part in events and competitions.

"The MSc Computing as a multidisciplinary programme covers a wide range of the field of study, including Information Systems discipline, Computer Engineering/Structure and eBusiness platforms at strategic, tactical and operational levels to equip MSc students with the necessary skills and knowledge to manage and analyse IS/IT system solutions by adopting the latest emerging technologies and techniques."

Dr Laleh Kasraian, Programme Leader

 

Student success

After completing his Media Production BSc, Dan Wildman went on to study Computing MSc and graduated with a Distinction. He now works full-time as a web developer at a Birmingham-based brand and digital design agency.

 

More courses like this:

Cyber Security MSc

Cyber Technology MSc

Information Systems Management MSc

Software Engineering MSc

 

  • UK
  • EU/International

Programme code: G40073

Duration: One year full time. Two years part time.

Start date: January, September

Fees and funding:

2022/23 full-time fees for UK students: £8,375 (January start)

2023/24 full-time fees for UK students: £9,000 per year

2023/24 part-time fees: £750 per 15 credits module

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Additional costs and optional extras associated with this course

 

Programme code: G40073

Duration: One year full time. Two years part time.

Start date: January, September

Fees and funding

2022/23 tuition full-time fees for EU and international students £16,600 per year (January start)

2023/24 full-time fees for international students: £17,100 per year

2023/24 part-time fees: £1,425 per 15 credits module

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Additional costs and optional extras associated with this course.

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.

 

English language requirements

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.0 overall with 5.5 in each band (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.

 

Structure and assessment

Education 2030

We want to ensure you have the best learning experience possible and a supportive and nurturing learning community. That’s why we’re introducing a new block model for delivering the majority of our courses, known as Education 2030. This means a more simplified timetable where you will study one subject at a time instead of several at once. You will have more time to engage with your learning and get to know the teaching team and course mates. You will receive faster feedback through more regular assessment, and have a better study-life balance to enjoy other important aspects of university life.

Read more about Education 2030
 

Course modules

Teaching and assessments

Academic expertise

 
  • Business Analysis & Modelling – 30 credits
  • Enterprise Architecture – 30 credits
  • Digital Commerce – 30 credits
  • Human Factors, Research and Skills – 30 credits
  • PGT Project – 60 credits

 


 

 

The course can be studied full-time either over 12 months beginning in September or over 18 months beginning in January.

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).

 

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.

Library and learning zones

On campus, the main Kimberlin Library offers a space where you can work, study and access a vast range of print materials, with computer stations, laptops, plasma screens and assistive technology also available. 

As well as providing a physical space in which to work, we offer online tools to support your studies, and our extensive online collection of resources accessible from our Library website, e-books, specialised databases and electronic journals and films which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose. 

We will support you to confidently use a huge range of learning technologies, including Blackboard, Collaborate Ultra, DMU Replay, MS Teams, Turnitin and more. Alongside this, you can access LinkedIn Learning and learn how to use Microsoft 365, and study support software such as mind mapping and note-taking through our new Digital Student Skills Hub. 

The library staff offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching, reference management and assistive technology. There is also a ‘Just Ask’ service for help and advice, live LibChat, online workshops, tutorials and drop-ins available from our Learning Services, and weekly library live chat sessions that give you the chance to ask the library teams for help.

More flexible ways to learn

We offer an equitable and inclusive approach to learning and teaching for all our students. Known as the Universal Design for Learning (UDL), our teaching approach has been recognised as sector leading. UDL means we offer a wide variety of support, facilities and technology to all students, including those with disabilities and specific learning differences.

Just one of the ways we do this is by using ‘DMU Replay’ – a technology providing all students with anytime access to audio and/or visual material of lectures. This means students can revise taught material in a way that suits them best, whether it's replaying a recording of a class or adapting written material shared in class using specialist software.

Opportunities and careers

Find the people who will open doors for you

DMU's award-winning careers service provides guaranteed work experience opportunities DMU Works
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Placements

Our students have the opportunity to secure a work placement during their studies*, an invaluable opportunity to put the skills developed during their degree into practice. This insight into the professional world will build on your knowledge in a real-world setting, preparing you to progress onto your chosen career.

Previous Computing MSc students have taken up placements with a variety of leading organisations including GE, IDR Solutions, Warehouse Control Solutions and 3T Logistics.

Our careers programme DMU Works can help to hone your professional skills with mock interviews and practice aptitude tests, and an assigned personal tutor will support you throughout your placement.

*Country restrictions apply

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DMU Global

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 DMU Global, 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

MSc Computing student, Sravani Jakkula, undertook a placement year at Warehouse Control Solutions Limited (WCS) organised through DMU Works and following graduation went on to secure an internship with Deloitte UK.

“It was a wonderful experience to be part of this placement and as I kept updating my LinkedIn profile, I would get job offers from LinkedIn. After my placement I started looking for a summer internship and I secured an internship at Deloitte. I think this shows how the placement has routed my career to the best possible options for me.”

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