Response to Covid-19: Our focus is on providing a safe and welcoming learning environment and ensuring continued access to learning.

As a result of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic and resulting social distancing requirements, we are intending to teach this course using a mix of on-campus and online learning activities. We continue to be guided by the Government to ensure our campus is Covid-secure. More information about our response to Covid-19 and FAQs are available here.

All information is accurate at the time of sharing. Courses starting in 2021 are offered as a mix of face to face and online learning. We continue to monitor government and local authority guidance in relation to Covid-19 and we are ready and able to flex accordingly to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff. Contact time is subject to increase or decrease in line with additional restrictions imposed by the government or the University in the interest of maintaining the health and safety and wellbeing of students, staff, and visitors, potentially to a full online offer, should further restrictions be deemed necessary in future. Our online activity will be delivered through Blackboard Ultra, enabling collaboration, connection and engagement with materials and people.


Technology is one of the greatest agents of change in the modern world and it represents a significant opportunity and risk for businesses of all sizes. Developers play a central role in how we interact with the online world and employment in the IT industry is expected to grow at nearly 5 times the UK average over the next decade (CIO, 2015).

The demands of our global, data-intensive, knowledge-based economy are creating a skills gap and making now the perfect time to gain the skills necessary to meet demand.

Northumbria University’s part-time MSc Web and Mobile Development Technologies is taught by industry experts around leading-edge content and is designed to give you the knowledge and expertise to fill this gap.

Key facts

  • Part-time Masters degree based in Central London
  • Continue working while you study with lectures delivered on 16.5 weekends throughout the 2-year course
  • Blended delivery pattern, with 50% of teaching delivered in-person and 50% online
  • Build a firm grounding in strategic web development skills and mobile development
  • Learn how to manage and utilise the opportunities emerging technologies create
  • Undergraduate degree not essential for entry

What will I study?

Northumbria University’s part-time MSc Web and Mobile Development Technologies provides a firm grounding in strategic web development skills, with a specific focus on mobile development. This programme also includes a module on the Internet of Things providing students with the required skills to help them join any industry investing in this multi-billion dollar sector.

Blending hands-on training with academic rigour, our programme will enable you to develop the lifelong skills needed to rise to the challenge and opportunity of emerging technologies and engage in the ‘bleeding edge’ field. An area that is notoriously high risk and has an increased potential of unreliability.

Alongside the Internet of Things, you will study the core skills required to gain a deep understanding of contemporary web development, industry practice and analysis which forms the basis of next-generation technologies. This programme also focuses on mobile development and web development skills you need to engage and succeed in the cutting edge of technology.

During the programme, you will also develop independent research skills to manage risk and identify, recommend and deploy relevant technologies both now and in the future. Throughout the course, you will study with a diverse group of like-minded IT professionals, share ideas, and build upon your professional network.

How will I be taught and assessed?

  • Fit your studies around your work and personal life, with a blended delivery pattern, where you will have 50% of teaching delivered in-person and 50% online
  • Assessments include modular assignments and a final dissertation, with no exams.
  • All taught lectures are delivered on 16.5 weekends spread throughout the 2 year period, with approximately 24 hours of taught content per module.
  • You will also be expected to engage in self-directed learning and reading, around 160-170 hours per module.
  • Extensive student support in and outside of the classroom. We have a dedicated delegate support team based in London to assist you throughout your programme and arrange one-to-one sessions with our experienced faculty.

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Standard entry requirements

  • Minimum 2:2 undergraduate degree from a recognised university in a relevant field (IT/Computer Science/related field)
  • Ideally some relevant IT/Developer experience

Non-standard entry requirements

  • 3 years’ demonstrable IT, software or development experience and/or a professional qualification

Please visit our entry requirements page for country-specific qualifications.

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All modules on this course are core and 20 credits unless otherwise stated.

This module enables you to understand, learn and develop with emerging web engineering techniques and standards. By the end of the module you will be able to:

  • demonstrate an understanding of specific technologies, methods, skills and concepts in developing and deploying systems relating to web design and authoring
  • identify user requirements in multi-platform, multi-device web development;
  • analyse the requirements, compare and formulate solutions to address them in design and test implemented solutions against test scenarios.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of web standards, system frameworks and protocols.
  • Specify and critically evaluate their practice and implement reliable, optimised, and future-proof web applications using industrial-strength platforms.
  • Critically evaluate and apply ethical, accessibility and usability issues relating to data-driven web authoring.

Learn how to succeed in front-end engineering through the application of User Experience. By the end of the module you will be able to:

  • demonstrate knowledge of UX/UI theories
  • design principles and technologies and have a deep appreciation of the benefits and problems associated with UX/UI and the development of interactive systems.
  • demonstrate knowledge of legislation and standards relevant to UX/UI, and recognise and be able to apply UX/UI standards and guidelines to the development of responsive/interactive systems.
  • explain usability criteria and how it can be effectively measured.
  • use UX/UI design principles to design/model a solution to a problem.
  • apply knowledge of cognitive and socio-psychological theories to the design, implementation and evaluation of UX/UI.
  • select and apply appropriate UX/UI evaluation techniques.

This module will enable you to model, design and implement native mobile applications. The module learning outcomes that are addressed by the assignments are:

  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of fundamentals and theories of mobile communication technologies.
  • ability to make correct choices for the key tools, platforms and techniques enabling the development of mobile apps for specific business requirements. For example, use Eclipse IDE with the Android emulator as a productive development environment to write and run Android applications – and show understanding of Android features and able to exploit the Android developer’s SDK.
  • exploit hardware features available on a variety of devices to support mobile application development and deployment.
  • effectively evaluate and use external services and resources to support mobile application development and deployment.
  • Demonstrate understanding of quality assurance procedures and techniques in the context of mobile application development and deployment.

Please note there is an additional cost to this module of $25* to host an application on Google Play as part of an assignment.

*subject to change

This module will provide you with in-depth coverage and understanding of fundamental concepts, principles and technologies in Cloud Computing through the use of industry-leading technologies together with an appropriate distributed processing environment. The module will cover a number of topics including distributed computing, hardware infrastructures, software infrastructures, data centre facilities and virtualization. The module will also enable you to critically analyse the emerging cloud computing techniques and their ability to meet the rapidly developing demands of cloud infrastructure. The concepts introduced in lectures will be reinforced with the help of extensive hands-on use of commercial cloud provider technologies e.g. Amazon (AWS), Microsoft (Azure), Google.

The aim of this module is to provide you with the understanding and skills needed to identify security risks in web applications and mitigate those risks by writing secure code. The module will enable you to develop understanding and analytical skills for the most critical/up-to-date web application security risks using professional security techniques e.g OWASP.

You will also learn the practical skills and mitigation strategies to secure the risks. Define and discuss common website/mobile security risks. Be able to remotely identify vulnerabilities in web applications. Demonstrate and employ practical skills/practices to secure discrete units of code and explain native web browsers security defences. Apply the principles of information security in a practical setting. Undertake appropriate automated scanning and detection of risks. Design and model security models and be able to systematically evaluate the implications in specific context.

This module will give you the opportunity to understand the technologies behind the Internet of Things, e.g. embedded systems, distributed computing, operating systems, network protocols, programming frameworks and cloud computing. The module covers technologies and modern business trends of the IoT utilizing Amazon cloud, typical IoT applications, architectures, network protocols, application programming and data analytics. A key point of the course is an understanding of IoT through hands-on activities including practical demonstrations and lab sessions. Students will also have the opportunity to design and implement applications for the Internet of Things applications using Raspberry Pi on Amazon Web Services IoT platform.

Please note: An additional cost of £50-100 for IoT Kits may also apply for this module.

The aim of this unit is to provide learners with the experience of undertaking a substantial piece of research related to the modules studied. It will require you to develop, consolidate and apply your independent research, academic study and research project management skills to the investigation of a topic of your own choice that is relevant to your programme of study, your workplace or your future career aspirations.

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 2021/22:

  • £7,350

Tuition fee 2022/23:

  • £7,950

Please note that your tuition fees do not include the cost of course books that you may choose to purchase, stationery, printing and photocopying, accommodation, living expenses, travel or any other extracurricular activities. As a Northumbria University London Campus student, you will have full access to our online digital library with over 400,000 e-books and 50,000 electronic journals.

The modules you will study do not require you to purchase additional textbooks although we recommend you allow an additional £200-250 for the duration of your studies should you choose to purchase any additional reading materials.

Please note there is an additional cost to host an application on the Google Play store of $25 (subject to change) as part of the compulsory Module 3: Mobile App Development.

An additional cost of £50-100 for IoT Kits may also apply for the “Internet of Things” module.

Your tuition fees cover far more than your time in class with our expert academics, it covers the cost of providing you with excellent services and student experience.

  • Contact time in class – typically in lectures, seminars and tutorials
  • Access to facilities, including computers, on-campus Wi-Fi, printers, vending machines, quiet study spaces
  • The support of our Careers & Employment Service who help you to become more employable, secure placements and run workshops
  • Academic support – our ACE Team run multiple sessions on academic writing, presenting, exam techniques throughout the semester, as well as 1-2-1 appointments and drop-in sessions
  • Student support services such as our Ask4Help Service. Find out more about the services available to you on our Student Support page
  • Access to online resources, including 24/ 7 Library with over 400,000 e-books and 50,000 electronic journals.

Payment plans

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

Please note that self-funded students are required to pay a deposit of £2,450.


For more information on scholarship opportunities, please contact us today.

Government Loan for Masters study

If you are a UK/Home student, you may be eligible for a postgraduate loan of up to £10,000+ from the UK Government. Click here to find out more about the loan and whether you are eligible to receive it.

Payment plans and PGL

Early Application Discounts

Our Early Application Discount is awarded to you when you submit your application and holding deposit, before the deadlines specified on our dates and fees page. The discount is applied to your remaining fees after you pay your full deposit. This discount cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer – please contact us for more details on eligibility.

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How to find out more

Enquire now to find out out more information about the course, studying with us, the application process, and to ask any other questions you may have.

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How to apply

Once you’re ready to apply, you can apply online to study the part-time MSc Web and Mobile Development Technologies. 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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Course information

Level of study:


2021/22 Tuition fee:

UK/Home Fee: £7,350

Entry requirements:

a minimum  2:2 undergraduate degree from a recognised university in a relevant field, ideally with work experience

Mode of study:

Part-time classroom


2 years (16.5 weekends)

Assessment methods:


Scholarship or bursaries:

Not available

Student finance:


Payment plan:



January, October, April 2022, July 2022

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