Skip to content

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. 

Winner: Best University Careers and Employability Service
NUE Awards, 2021
Learn more

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. 

 

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/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

Programme code: G40073

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

Start date: January and September

Fees and funding:

2021/22 full-time fees for UK students: £8,170 per year.

For 2021/22 entry, part-time fees will be £680 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.

 

Programme code: G40073

Duration: One year full-time (with optional one-year placement available) or 18 months for January starts.

Start date: January and September

Fees and funding

2021/22 tuition full-time fees for EU and international students £16,100 per year.

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.

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.

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

Winner: Best University Careers and Employability Service
NUE Awards, 2021
Learn more
placements-img-01

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

dmu-global-img-01

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.

While overseas DMU Global opportunities are not currently possible, DMU will continue to review government advice and if travel is permitted, we hope to offer a small number of extra-curricular opportunities in the summer of 2021. 

graduate-careers-img-01

Graduate careers

MSc Computing student, Sravani Jakkula recently underwent her work placement year at Warehouse Control Solutions Limited (WCS) organised through DMUworks between 2018-19 and following graduation went on to successfully secure an internship to work for 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.”

Postgraduate Events

Our postgraduate open events are your opportunity to speak to academics and current student about your course, Leicester, funding and more.

Find out more

Order a prospectus

Our prospectus will give you a clearer idea of what it's like to live and study at DMU and a snapshot of the courses we offer.

Order your copy

How to apply

We welcome applications from UK and international students with a wide range of qualifications and experience.

Find out more

More about your DMU

Case study
Accommodation
De Montfort Students' Union (DSU) 
Postgraduate Alumni Scholarship
graduate-case-studies-img

Case study

David Sampah chose to study at DMU because of its teaching standards and cultural diversity. After earning a Distinction, he now works for a software company in his home country, Ghana.

He said: "At DMU, I found the teaching style is as practical as it can get. The skills I learned and the work and research I undertook have definitely led to me getting the job I have. I strongly recommend DMU's  MSc Computing  to anyone who is passionate about using technology to transform society. This course will give you the necessary skills to jump start your career or company in the field of computing."  

Image of DMU student accommodation

Accommodation

We offer a range of high-standard accommodation for our students, with 13 halls of residence and around 4,100 rooms, all of which are a short distance from our campus. There is a choice of mixed or same-gender flats, shared kitchen and laundry facilities, furnished bedrooms (some with en suite facilities) and internet access. Find out more.

dsu-img-01

De Montfort Students' Union (DSU) 

Run by students for students, DSU offers more than 150 societies and almost 40 different sports clubs. You can also get involved in the award-winning Demon Media group, volunteer to help in the community, become a course or faculty rep, and take part in DSU’s annual elections. Find out more.

cem-pg-870-img

Postgraduate Alumni Scholarship

Our dedicated Postgraduate Alumni Scholarship provides DMU graduates with a tuition fee discount of up to 30 per cent. The discount is available on selected full-time and part-time postgraduate taught courses running across multiple start dates in the 2021/22 academic session, with the first intake in September 2021.

The scholarship, based on academic achievement and merit, applies automatically to all DMU UK, EU and international students who are graduating in 2021.