What will I study?
This Masters programme 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.
You will study modules that cover programming in Java, web development, database modelling, systems analysis and design with UML, and computer networks, whilst also building transferable skills in project management and research.
Advanced Practice stage
The Advanced Practice version of this course offers you a valuable opportunity to secure a 12-15 week internship or complete a research project, giving you experience of the workplace environment or live computing issues, and an excellent way to put your learning into practice.
This stage of the programme will take place between your second and final semester, and is a semester long (15 weeks) in duration.
The full duration of your programme will depend on your start date:
- September start dates: your programme will last up to 21 months. You will have a summer break after Semester 2, and commence your Advanced Practice stage in September.
- January start dates: your programme will run for 16-18 months. There is no summer break included in this programme for those starting in January. Your Advanced Practice stage will commence in September.
The programmes are structured as below:
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Students completing the Advanced Practice Masters programme can choose to complete a 12-15 week internship, worth 60 credits. This internship can be sourced by the student or by the university. It may be paid or unpaid. Most internships are unpaid.
Students will be supported in the process of applying for an internship during their first year of study and equipped with the necessary internship application and selection skills, e.g. CV writing, interview technique. All internships will be approved by the university to ensure they are providing an appropriate learning experience and working environment. Students will be allocated an internship tutor who will work with them throughout the internship period. This will include visits and support in completing the internship assessment.
The module is assessed by a reflective portfolio. This is focused on your development from the perspective of gaining particular skills relating to employability and being employment prepared, engagement in further self-development from the perspective of employment, potentially in a new or international context, and further demonstration of cultural and ethical awareness through broader experience of working in culturally diverse groups and teams via this employment opportunity.
The alternative research module allows you to work with an academic or applied research team within the university on a range of research topics. Whether you choose the internship or the research project you will successfully develop your business or research skills and further enhance your employability.
How will I be taught and assessed?
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 be expected to engage in independent study involving directed and self-directed learning.
You will also have one-to-one support on your preparation for and the execution of your final project, where you will be able to specialise in an area of interest.
Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) is embedded throughout the course with tools such as the ‘Blackboard’ eLearning Portal and electronic reading lists that will guide your preparation for seminars and independent research.
Significant emphasis is placed on developing your ability to complete a Masters degree. As part of induction you will be made fully familiar with the learning resources and support available to you. There will also be weekly academic support sessions designed to build your confidence and ability as a postgraduate learner. You will also be allocated an individual guidance tutor at induction. You will meet this tutor at regular intervals across your period of study.
Careers and further study
Graduates from this course will have opportunities in a range of exciting careers in the IT industry. You may go on to use your technical skills to develop software applications, or your strategic knowledge to build and deploy applications in a business environment or lead projects as project managers.
Upon successfully completing your course, you may undertake professional training from one of the UK’s leading corporate training providers, QA, through Professional Pathways. These are offered to our graduates for free and provides an excellent opportunity to develop your skills. Find out more about Professional Pathways and your eligibility.