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. 

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Overview

Graduates from a range of subject areas, who wish to add this discipline to their portfolio, have the opportunity to master the technical skills and knowledge required for a career in computing on this course. 

You will develop your programming and systems analysis know-how by studying modules such as Object-Oriented Programming and Systems Analysis and Design, while also growing a robust skillset in practical areas including E-Commerce Software and Database Systems and Design.  

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. 

“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

International Scholarships

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

 

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  • 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 2020/21 full-time fees will be £7,920 per year.

Part-time fees will be £660 per 15 credits.

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Additional costs and optional extras associated with this course

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

Apply for the DMU Sports Scholarship, worth up to £6,000.

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 2020/21 tuition full-time fees will be £15,600 per year.

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.

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
  • Database Systems and Design
  • Computer Systems and Networks
  • Systems Analysis and Design

 

 

 

 

 

 

Second semester (February to May)

  • Research Methods, Professionalism and Ethics
  • E-Commerce Software
  • E-Commerce Systems
  • Human Factors in Systems Design 

Third semester (June to September)

  • Project/dissertation

 

 

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).

 

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 Learning Zones and The Greenhouse also provide space for group or individual work and study.

There are 1,600 study places across all library locations, more than 700 computer stations, laptops to borrow, free wi-fi and desktop power outlets.

You can also book rooms with plasma screens, laptops and DVD facilities for group work and presentations, secure an individual study room with adjustable lighting or make use of our assistive technology.

Library services

The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (other than in exceptional circumstances) and offers a huge range of online resources, all of which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose.

The library is run by dedicated staff who offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching and reference management and assistive technology, and mathematical skills for non-maths students. There is also a Just Ask service for help and advice, available via email or telephone.

Opportunities and careers

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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

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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