Overview

Businesses rely on computing to succeed, and on knowledgeable, skilled and passionate individuals to manage such vital technology within their organisation. Studying the MSc Computing and Information Technology programme offers you an excellent opportunity to learn the most up-to-date computing knowledge required by employers whilst also preparing you for a vast range of management roles.

Key facts

  • Study a programme designed in consultation with partners including Accenture and Hewlett-Packard
  • Prepare yourself for a vast range of management opportunities in the field
  • Also available at our Newcastle Campus
  • Also available as a part-time programme and as MSc Computing and Information Technology with Advanced Practice at our London Campus
  • Upon graduating, opt to further develop your skills and employability with Professional Pathways programmes through one of the UK’s leading IT and project management training providers, QA
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Course information

Level of study: Postgraduate
Fee: £8,000 (UK/EU) £13,500 (International)
Entry requirements: Minimum 2:2 (second class) honours degree or equivalent
English language requirements: IELTS 6.5 with no component less than 5.5
Mode of study: Full-time classroom
Duration: 1 year
Assessment methods: Coursework includes reports, code, presentation, etc.
Scholarship or bursaries: Available
Student finance: Available
Payment plan: Available
Starts: January, September
Next application deadline: 18 September 2017
About this course

What will I study?

Businesses rely on computing to succeed, and on knowledgeable, skilled and passionate individuals to manage such vital technology within their organisation. Studying the MSc Computing and Information Technology programme offers you an excellent opportunity to learn the most up-to-date computing knowledge required by employers whilst also preparing you for a vast range of management roles.

The MSc Computing and Information Technology 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.

Your modules will 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.

This programme is also available as MSc Computing and Information Technology with Advanced Practice which includes either an internship or project.

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.

Upon successfully completing your course, you may undertake further professional development and training through Professional Pathways programmes. These are offered to our graduates for free, from our partner, QA. Find out more about Professional Pathways and your eligibility.

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Applicants should have the following:

Academic requirements

  • Minimum 2:2 (second class) honours degree from a UK university of equivalent
  • Professional qualifications with equivalent standing which had a significant requirement for academic study, may also be considered

If you don’t meet the academic requirements

Applicants who do not meet the academic requirements but who do have substantial experience of working in a business organisation and/or possess a relevant professional qualification will also be considered. If you are unsure if you meet the entry criteria, please contact us and our team will be able to advise you.

Alternatively, you may also be eligible for our Pre-Masters courses. These are pathway programmes designed specifically for students who are looking to progress on to a Masters degree.

English language requirements

Students require IELTS 6.5 (or above) with no single element below 5.5 or equivalent.

If you have IELTS 5.5 – 6.0, you may be eligible to join our Pre-Sessional English before starting this programme.

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All modules are core.

On this module you will learn the requirements for developing web applications to industry web standards, including web design principles and methods, and the technical and architectural components of the web, considering security issues. You will learn how to apply the tools and techniques required for web site design and development and develop practical skills to build a web application that interacts with a database. Issues associated with the deployment of a web application will be discussed, including how to audit and correct security deficiencies by following leading industrial practice.

In this module you will learn about methods of analysing and designing computer systems using object-oriented methods. You will gain an understanding of the general IT system development lifecycle and the activities and personnel roles applicable at each lifecycle stage, and of the concepts of professional standards and codes for systems analysis and design projects. This will include learning how to specify system requirements and use systems analysis and design techniques to develop workable solutions to business information system problems. You will learn and apply an object-oriented approach to development, that is compatible with leading programming languages, using the techniques of the Unified Modelling Language (UML) – the leading notation used for specifying systems. This will include advanced modelling concepts and techniques that are used to build complex object models.

This module provides you with a critical appreciation of computer networks and operating systems. You will learn about the organisation and operation of computing systems, relevant concepts and technologies at a technical level, and the demands placed upon computer systems and the computer networks and operating systems technologies required for them to successfully support current and emerging applications.

You will understand the conceptual basis for current database technology and will be able to apply such knowledge in implementing database applications.

You will be able to understand data modelling through the example of the relational model; be able to design and manipulate relational databases with relational algebra and SQL; normalise relational data structures. You will appreciate limitations of data models and the need for database programming to achieve complete solutions, write transactions and procedures for relational databases, specify security for operations, and apply business rules.

You will gain knowledge of advanced object models, their rationale, advantages and disadvantages, construct object-relational databases with nested capability, write user-defined types as ADTs and subtypes for inheritance, use object features in Oracle database system.

You will be able to learn and employ data warehousing techniques to integrate and consolidate data from different sources, which can then be used for business reporting and exploratory data analysis. In addition, you will realise the responsibilities of database designers with respect to professional, legal, security and ethical issues.

On this module you will learn about object oriented programming and program design concepts, using an object first approach. You will learn how to design, implement, test and document programs and will gain practical programming experience by solving small scale problems. In addition, you will cover the need for standards and the principles of quality.

Since the module is intended for graduates from disciplines other than Computing, no previous programming experience is assumed.

In this module you will learn about research and the processes involved in carrying out research and project management, and you will apply them to develop a master’s project proposal. This will include research approaches and methods of research, including literature searching, evaluation and review and project management tools and techniques. You will also consider relevant legal, ethical and social issues and good professional practice.

By the end of this module you will have constructed a project proposal which can be executed in a master’s project. This will contain a brief literature review justifying a research question, establish aims and objectives, and provide a plan of execution, using tools and techniques in project management, including an outline of deliverables (both artefacts and products).

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.

Your research proposal will normally have been produced as part of an earlier module on research and project planning but should be reviewed again at the start of the project phase to ensure it is still valid and appropriate.

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Tuition fees

  • UK/EU students: £8,000
  • International students: £13,500

Scholarships and bursaries for international students

Depending on the country you are from, you may be eligible for a country bursary and/or scholarship when studying the MSc Computing and Information Technology programme.

All of our scholarships and bursaries are automatically applied when we process your application and one of our team will be able to confirm your eligibility.

Scholarships and bursaries

Payment plans for self-funded students

If you need support to spread the cost of your tuition, you may be eligible for our payment plan.

Payment plans

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 1 August 2016, you could be eligible to receive this funding.

Postgraduate Loan

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 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. After receiving an offer it can take time to arrange your finances and apply for your visa (if required) and it is important that you arrive in good time to enrol onto your course. Please refer to the Dates and Fees page.

If you are unable to apply online, then you can download a PDF application form and email it to london.admissions@northumbria.ac.uk.

International students application form UK/EU students application form

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
  • Reference
  • Confirmation of immigration history including copies of previous and current visas if applicable

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

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We run multiple start dates throughout the year depending on your chosen course. Check our application deadlines, tuition fees and details of the payment plans we offer here.

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