Computing and information technology, along with the highly skilled individuals able to utilise and manage such systems, are vital for businesses of all sizes to succeed in today’s interconnected global economy. Studying our part-time MSc Computing and Information Technology programme will provide you with the most up-to-date computing knowledge required by employers whilst also preparing you for a vast range of roles within this exciting and dynamic industry.

Key facts

  • Part-time Masters degree based in Central London
  • Continue working while you study with lectures delivered on approximately 16 weekends spread throughout the 2 year course
  • Develop your knowledge of Computing and IT systems and gain industry relevant skills
  • Learn about Java, web development, computer networks, database modelling and build transferable skills in project management and research
  • Undergraduate degree not essential for entry
  • Also available as a full-time programme
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Course information

Level of study: Postgraduate
Fee: £7,650 (UK/EU)
Entry requirements: Minimum 2:2 (second class) honours degree or equivalent from a recognised university or a relevant professional qualification
Mode of study: Part-time Classroom
Duration: 2 years
Assessment methods: Coursework
Scholarship or bursaries: Not available
Student finance: Available
Payment plan: Available
Starts: January, June, September
Next application deadline: 19 January 2018
About this course

What will I study?

Our part-time MSc Computer and Information Technology course is taught at our London Campus by our experienced academics and expert practitioners.

The MSc Computing and Information Technology has been designed in consultation with partners including Accenture and Hewlett-Packard to ensure that you graduate with up-to-date and industry relevant skills and knowledge. Your modules will cover programming in Java, web development, database modelling, system analysis and design with UML, and computer networks, whilst also building transferable skills in project management and research.

How will I be taught and assessed?

This part-time programme is designed to allow you to fit your studies around your busy schedule and as such this work related award is delivered across a series of weekends spread over a two year period. The programme is assessed through modular assignments and a final dissertation, with no examinations.

Throughout the duration of your course, you will participate in group work to complete practical tasks that simulate real-life situations and experience standard professional practice. You will also have one-to-one support on your preparation for and the execution of your final dissertation or project. Your dissertation or major project will allow you to specialise in an area of interest.

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Applicants should have:

Standard entry requirements

  • 2:2 or above from a recognised university or
  • An equivalent professional qualification

Non-standard entry requirements

  • Mature applicants lacking standard academic qualifications may be considered for entry if s/he has demonstrable IT, software or development experience and is able to fulfil the objectives of the programme
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All modules on this course are core.

The module will provide students with the necessary understanding and practical skills to develop a website that interacts with a database. Students will learn the requirements for creating a website to industry web standards including web design principles and methods, and the technical and architectural components of the Internet.

This module is designed to introduce the students to the activities involved in a system development project, and to the information systems used in organisations. Students will learn how to specify system requirements and use systems analysis and design (SAD) techniques to develop workable solutions to business information system problems. The module follows an object-oriented approach to development, compatible with leading programming languages such as Java.

This module will enable students to develop a critical understanding of software architecture and computer networks, concepts and principles in the context of real-world applications, and an insightful awareness of the issues relevant to them. The lectures will be the main vehicle for exploring fundamental elements of computer systems. Students will be expected to prepare for lecture topics and deepen their understanding of module material by studying module texts, journals and technical literature. Practicals will be timed to support the lecture programme to provide students with the opportunity to use appropriate hardware and software.

The aim is for you to understand the conceptual basis for current database technology and to be able to apply such knowledge in implementing database applications. Topics include understanding data modelling and advanced models and their respective advantages and disadvantages. Discuss the development of distributed databases and emerging database models. Understanding the responsibilities of database designers with respect to professional, legal and ethical issues.

This module is designed to introduce students to object oriented programming and program design concepts. An object first approach will be used in the development of the material. Students will be given practical programming experience by solving small scale problems. Since the module is intended for graduates from disciplines other than Computing, no previous programming experience is assumed.

Throughout the world of science, engineering, technology and business, the ability to pursue research is seen as a requisite for continued career progression in the appropriate subject discipline. This module introduces students to the nature of research and the processes involved in carrying out research. General research approaches and methods for research will be introduced including literature searching, evaluation and reviewing. This general introduction will be followed by the inclusion of topics specifically designed to meet the requirements of the students’ programme of study. The prime outcome from this module is the construction of a project proposal which will be used in the execution of your final dissertation.

The aim of this module is to enable you to undertake a substantial academic research project at Masters level and present the results from this work in both written and oral forms. Your project itself will be a major piece of independent and original research centred at the forefront of your programme discipline within the wider sphere of the computer science and digital technologies field.

You will experience the full life cycle of a research project from initial conception and development of a research proposal, through a critical review of the literature, planning, design, implementation and analysis of your main research project, to final evaluation, reflection and dissemination. You will be expected to consider and address the professional, ethical, legal and social issues related to this academic research project. You will also be expected to apply your expertise, project management and practical skills within your particular domain of computer science and digital technologies and demonstrate critical and innovative thinking and problem solving within a research environment.

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Tuition fees 2017/18 and 2018/19: £7,650

This is the total fee for your 2 year programme including programme tuition, all course materials and assessments.

Payment plans

We offer an interest-free monthly payment plan available to all self-funded students after payment of your deposit.

Government Loan for Masters study

For the Academic Year 2017/18, the Government will be providing a Postgraduate Loan (PGL) up to the value of £10,280 for UK and EU students. If you enter either full-time or part-time postgraduate study after the 1st of August 2016, you could be eligible to receive this funding.

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How to find out more

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How to apply

Once you’re ready to apply, you can apply online to study the part-time MSc Computing and Information Technology programme. This method allows you to upload your supporting documents at the time of application and automatically receive your student application number.

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We strongly recommend that you submit your application as early as possible to allow you to complete all of the preparations needed to study your programme. Please refer to the Dates and Fees page.

Supporting documents

For us to assess your application in a timely manner, it is important that you provide us with the following documents:

  • Fully completed application form
  • Personal email address must be included on the application form
  • Transcripts and/or certificates (including a certified translation if not in English)
  • Passport – copy of personal details page
  • Proof of financial sponsorship if applicable
  • Details of two referees
  • Confirmation of immigration history including copies of previous and current visas if applicable
  • An attached CV is desirable

You can check more information on how to apply here, including guidelines for the application forms.

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