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This award is aimed at graduates of Computing-related degrees who want to develop the key skills needed to create applications for phones, tablets, and other mobile devices. Read more
This award is aimed at graduates of Computing-related degrees who want to develop the key skills needed to create applications for phones, tablets, and other mobile devices. As well as downloadable applications for the consumer market, you will learn to create mobile clients for larger computer systems.

This is a full-time, on campus award with a placement but you can also study Mobile Device Application Development part-time by distance learning.

Course content

You need to be an experienced programmer before you start. Core modules on the award will teach you the programming and software engineering skills needed to develop and publish applications on three of the most popular mobile platforms: Android (Java), iOS (Objective-C) and Windows Phone (C#).

You will also study the design aspects of mobile systems, from user interface design to the design of enterprise systems which incorporate mobility.

You will undertake 12 month industrial placement where the University will advise you and help you in finding a placement opportunity. There is also a non-sandwich version of this award, which does not include the placment.

You will undertake an MSc dissertation which will involve researching and demonstrating advanced techniques in mobile application development.

Our laboratories are equipped with high-spec PCs with development environments for Android (Android Studio) and Windows Phone. iPhone and iPad development is supported with a laboratory of iMacs equipped with the XCode developer toolset. There are a variety of mobile devices available for application deployment and testing.

Core modules
-Enterprise Mobility
-Android Application Development
-Advanced Android Application Development
-Location Aware Mobile Application Development
-Application Development for iOS Devices
-Professional Development
-Research Methods
-MSc Dissertation

Plus one option from a selection of Masters-level Computing modules.

Graduate destinations

On graduating from this award you will be well equipped to become an independent developer of mobile applications, as well to work in the computing industry developing mobile clients and systems. You will also have a good foundation to progress to further research study.

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This award is a Masters degree that is designed to broaden understanding and knowledge of computing science, and enhance the ability to apply this within industry or commerce. Read more
This award is a Masters degree that is designed to broaden understanding and knowledge of computing science, and enhance the ability to apply this within industry or commerce. Also in addition to gaining an in-depth knowledge of state-of-the-art technologies, it also develops further the competence and ability to apply them, particularly through the inclusion of an optional period in industry as an integral part of the course.

BCS accredited: CITP Further Learning and CEng/CSci (partial fulfilment). BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT, champions the global IT profession and accredits UK Computing courses.

Course content

The core modules will equip you with professional and research skills and will explore the social, legal and ethical aspects of computer science. The option modules will allow you to develop key skills in the different branches of computer science such as programming, multimedia, web, games, Android and mobile application development etc.

Core Modules
-Professional Development
-Research Methods

Option Modules, Subject to availability
-Programming for Web Applications
-Operational and Analytical Databases
-Cybercrime Forensic Analysis
-Digital Forensics Fundamentals
-Malware Analysis and Reverse Engineering
-Media Editing and Multimedia Applications
-Mobile Web and Multimedia
-Information System Management & Strategy
-IT Infrastructure
-Project & Change Management
-Location Aware Mobile Application Development
-Advanced Android Application Development
-Android Application Development
-Application Development for iOS Devices
-Enterprise Mobility
-Mobile Computing and Wireless
-Database Design and Development
-Engineering Internet Applications
-Enterprise Applications
-Information Systems Analysis Modelling & Design
-Knowledge Management

Final module
-MSc Dissertation

Graduate destinations

On completion of the course you will be a computing professional with a broad and deep knowledge of technical material and an ability to apply it. You will be adept at delivering IT solutions and systems appropriate for industry and commerce, fully prepared for a successful career in academia or industry.

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This award is aimed at graduates of Computing-related degrees who want to develop the key skills needed to create applications for phones, tablets, and other mobile devices. Read more
This award is aimed at graduates of Computing-related degrees who want to develop the key skills needed to create applications for phones, tablets, and other mobile devices. As well as downloadable applications for the consumer market, you will learn to create mobile clients for larger computer systems. This is a part-time, distance learning award - you can also study Mobile Device Application Development full-time on campus.

Course content

You need to be an experienced programmer before you start. Core modules on the award will teach you the programming and software engineering skills needed to develop and publish applications on three of the most popular mobile platforms: Android (Java), iOS (Objective-C) and Windows Phone (C#).

You will also study the design aspects of mobile systems, from user interface design to the design of enterprise systems which incorporate mobility. You will undertake an MSc dissertation which will involve researching and demonstrating advanced techniques in mobile application development.

Core modules
-Enterprise Mobility
-Android Application Development
-Advanced Android Application Development
-Location Aware Mobile Application Development
-Application Development for iOS Devices
-Professional Development
-Research Methods
-MSc Dissertation
-Plus one option from a selection of Masters-level Computing modules

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Our MSc Advanced Computer Systems Development course is ideal if you are an Honours degree student, or equivalent, in a relevant discipline and would like to upgrade your software development skills and qualifications in line with new technologies and trends. Read more

Our MSc Advanced Computer Systems Development course is ideal if you are an Honours degree student, or equivalent, in a relevant discipline and would like to upgrade your software development skills and qualifications in line with new technologies and trends.

You will develop practical skills relevant to modern technologies for software systems development and management with different devices, enabling you to make an immediate contribution to an organisation’s IT functions.

Our course has significant industrial input to represent the latest developments in computer systems analysis, design and implementation – the main areas of employment in the computing/IT sector.

It uses various development tools and environments such as UML, Oracle, IBM Websphere, MS BizTalk, MS ASP.NET, NetBeans, Java Multi-Platform and Android SDK, MongoDB, data management/BI software such as MS Business Intelligence Development Studio, MS Project, and Security Architecture.

Our Advanced Computer Systems Development course is recognised by the British Computer Society as meeting the educational requirements for Chartered IT Professional membership.

"This course was the perfect choice for me – I wanted to have a degree in a computing field to develop a strong understanding and knowledge of software systems but did not want to opt for programmes with mandatory programming courses. The programme covers a wide range of topics, like software architectures, enterprise systems, databases, mobile technologies, project management etc, which provide various career path choices."

Ayesha Ahmed, Advanced Computer Systems Development graduate, now working as a Software Quality Assurance Analyst

Course Details

Our course uses various development tools and environments such as:

  • UML
  • Oracle
  • IBM Websphere
  • MS BizTalk
  • MS ASP.NET
  • NetBeans
  • Java Multi-Platform
  • Android SDK
  • MongoDB

Data management/BI software used includes:

  • MS Business Intelligence Development Studio
  • MS Project
  • Security Architecture

You will develop practical skills relevant to modern technologies for various software systems development and management with different devices, enabling you to make an immediate contribution to an organisation’s IT functions.

Teaching & Assessment

If you are a full-time student you will undertake three or four modules. If you are a student on a part-time basis then you will study two or three modules in each trimester. 60 credits are required for a Postgraduate Certificate award and 120 credits for a Postgraduate Diploma award. You will complete an individual MSc project (60 credits) to obtain 180 credits for a Master award.

Core modules that you will study include:

  • Ethics for the IT Professional
  • Managing Projects and Security
  • Research Design and Methods
  • Service Oriented Development

Optional modules (offered subject to demand) include:

  • Data Governance and Analytics
  • Database Applications for Business
  • Decision Support Systems
  • Enterprise Systems Development
  • Intelligent Systems
  • Interactive Design for Smart Devices
  • Mobile Business Technology and Design
  • Mobile Networks and Smartphone Applications
  • NoSQL Database
  • Oracle Database Development

Your knowledge and understanding is assessed through a combination of:

  • written examinations
  • assessed coursework
  • or coursework assignments only

Coursework assignments are also used to assess practical skills.

Career Prospects

Jobs

Upon graduation you will be equipped to make an immediate contribution to IT functions within organisations. You may enjoy a career with high-profile companies such as:

  • IBM
  • Oracle
  • JP Morgan
  • Bank of Scotland

Potential roles within these companies include:

  • Website manager
  • Database developer
  • Software developer
  • Business analyst
  • Doctoral (PhD) researcher

Further Study

You may wish to continue studying for a MPhil or PhD.



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This innovative distance learning award is designed to give you a Masters degree from your home or workplace. Ideally studied two modules at a time, although you can take a break from study if your home or work commitments vary. Read more
This innovative distance learning award is designed to give you a Masters degree from your home or workplace. Ideally studied two modules at a time, although you can take a break from study if your home or work commitments vary. The course can be spread over up to 5 years. Payment is by installments based on number of modules studied per year.

Course content

The core modules will equip you with professional and research skills and will explore the social, legal and ethical aspects of computer science. The option modules will allow you to develop key skills in the different branches of computer science such as programming, multimedia, web, games, Android and mobile application development etc.

Core Modules
-Professional Development
-Research Methods

Option Modules (subject to availability)
-Media Editing and Multimedia Applications (Distance Learning)
-Android Application Development
-Database Design and Development (Distance Learning)
-Engineering Internet Applications (Distance Learning)
-IT Infrastructure (Distance Learning)
-Information System Management & Strategy (Distance Learning)

Final module
-MSc Dissertation (Distance Learning)

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Build cutting edge applications for phones, tablets and other mobile devices by studying a course developed by professionals for professionals. Read more
Build cutting edge applications for phones, tablets and other mobile devices by studying a course developed by professionals for professionals.

There is an overwhelming demand in the software and games industry for highly skilled application developers and we have launched this short course so you can create mobile application software and content for platforms such as iOS (iPhone) and Android.

The course is split into two key areas - Mobile Application Development and Mobile Games Prototyping - providing you with an opportunity practice your skills and develop professional standard mobile applications through project work.

If you are already working in the software development industry, this is excellent opportunity for professional development. You will look at the development of applications using two approaches - a WYSIWYG editor system and through the use of coding.

We'll enhance your understanding of the design and development of mobile device applications and, in addition to this, show you how applications can be used to benefit a range of business environments.

Visit the website http://courses.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/mobileappdevelopment_apd

Mature Applicants

Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website (http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/recognition-of-prior-learning.htm).

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Careers

As the mobile device application industry continues to expand, the demand for highly-skilled professionals also increases. You will be able to offer employers expertise in creative content design alongside technical software development skills that can be applied to industries around the world.

A more entrepreneurial route is also available to you, setting up your own business and bringing apps to market. Our teaching team can provide support and advice if this is something you wish to pursue.

- Application Developer
- Software Developer
- Web Developer
- Applications Designer

Careers advice: The dedicated Jobs and Careers team offers expert advice and a host of resources to help you choose and gain employment. Whether you're in your first or final year, you can speak to members of staff from our Careers Office who can offer you advice from writing a CV to searching for jobs.

Visit the careers site - https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/employability/jobs-careers-support.htm

Course Benefits

You will be taught by experts in the field - software developers, creative designers, games designers and technologists - staff who will give you help and advice with your career or with setting up your own entrepreneurial activities.

You will also benefit from our strong links with industry, with access to our guest speakers programme and industry led seminars, developing your knowledge through the experience of respected professionals in the sector.

We have excellent equipment and resources including state-of-the-art laboratories supporting software development, 2D and 3D content design, audio content production and high level content creation tools.

Modules

Mobile Games Prototyping
Develop advanced skills and a systematic understanding of the key aspects in mobile games prototyping.

Mobile Application Development
Investigate the architectures, platforms and techniques available to build applications for mobile devices.

Meg Soosay

Senior Lecturer

"Recent years have seen a massive growth in the development of apps for mobile devices. We’ll provide you with the opportunity to design and develop quality mobile applications for the growing market, teaching you the problems at the forefront of app development and how to overcome them."

Meg has extensive background in designing and evaluating positive user experiences using computing devices. She applies e-learning methods in her teaching, having worked on a number of JISC and EU-funded projects such as PC3 and EuroPlot. Your teaching team also includes Patrick Ingham, who has been working with android development since the first handsets arrived in the UK. Patrick is a great believer in mobile offering new ways of doing things and crafting better user experiences.

Facilities

- Library
Our libraries are two of the only university libraries in the UK open 24/7 every day of the year. However you like to study, the libraries have got you covered with group study, silent study, extensive e-learning resources and PC suites.

- Broadcasting Place
Broadcasting Place provides students with creative and contemporary learning environments, is packed with the latest technology and is a focal point for new and innovative thinking in the city.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/postgraduate/how-to-apply/

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Are you a keen problem-solver looking to learn new skills in computer engineering? Southampton Solent’s computer engineering postgraduate conversion degree is well-suited to students from non-computing backgrounds, helping you to learn new skills and develop advanced theoretical and practical proficiencies for a range of computing careers. Read more

Are you a keen problem-solver looking to learn new skills in computer engineering? Southampton Solent’s computer engineering postgraduate conversion degree is well-suited to students from non-computing backgrounds, helping you to learn new skills and develop advanced theoretical and practical proficiencies for a range of computing careers.

Southampton Solent University’s computer engineering master’s conversion degree exposes students to a wide range of both existing and emerging technologies and covers areas such as coding, software development, problem solving, computing, digital technologies and engineering.

Working with the latest technology, students on this course will also have the opportunity to learn to program robotic devices, and can learn to develop apps for Android devices. To test these apps, students have access to the University’s new device laboratory which is a special test area consisting of a range of mobile devices, allowing students to assess their website designs and apps on real equipment.

The course curriculum is developed with input from a variety of sources, including an industrial liaison panel, to ensure students are studying the latest technology and working practices employed by industry experts.

With a strong focus on employability, and to complement studies, this course offers students the opportunity to work on live briefs, events and projects with real-world companies. Regular industry speakers and events by the BCS can help students to build their professional network.

What does this course lead to?

The UK’s IT industry is worth over £58 billion annually. With employment of IT professionals expected to grow nearly twice as fast as the UK average between now and 2020 (e-skills UK), it looks like demand for well-qualified information technology graduates is set to remain strong.

A postgraduate qualification can put you at the forefront of this demand, demonstrating your commitment to the industry and your ability to carry out in-depth computing research.

There is currently a very high demand for those with technical skills in software development, SQL databases, web scripting and Agile development. Careers in these areas often carry higher than average salaries. 

Who is this course for?

This conversion master’s course is ideally suited to students from a number of academic backgrounds who have a strong interest in problem-solving and existing/emerging technologies

The course is also suited to those with extensive industry experience in this area who wish to gain an academic qualification.

What you will study

Core units and CATS points:

  • Research Methods (15)
  • Professional Issues and Practice (15)
  • Pilot Project (15)
  • Research Project (45)
  • Computer Fundamentals (15)
  • Cyber Security (15)
  • Software Design & Development (15)
  • Networking (15)
  • Databases (15)
  • Web Technologies (15)

Facilities

We have up-to-date IT laboratories and a usability lab with eye-tracking facilities, used to test and refine interfaces. Students also have the opportunity to learn to program robotic devices, and can develop apps for android devices. You will also have access to modern computer labs set up for various programming languages and using the latest design and development software, including Adobe Creative Cloud and GNS3. 

We also have specialist networking labs with a wide variety of real-world networking equipment from Cisco, Fluke and HP, plus high-fidelity simulation systems, including the market-leading Opnet.

You’ll use Alienware computers, and test your applications in our new device laboratory. This is a special test area integrated within one of our existing software development spaces. It consists of a range of mobile devices mounted on flexible tethers. This arrangement allows you to test your website designs and apps on real equipment, ensuring they perform as expected on the target platforms.

Your future

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • IT project management
  • software development
  • web and mobile development
  • software architecture
  • project management.

Industry links

Course content is developed with input from a variety of sources, including an industrial liaison panel, making sure that your studies include the latest technology and working practice from industry experts.

You’ll also have the chance to work directly with real-world companies on live briefs, events and projects, while regular BCS meetings hosted at the University are your chance to build professional connections and secure valuable work experience opportunities.



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MSc Software Engineering has been designed to provide the skills, knowledge and rigour associated with the internationally recognised discipline of software engineering as defined by amongst others, the IEEE as. Read more
MSc Software Engineering has been designed to provide the skills, knowledge and rigour associated with the internationally recognised discipline of software engineering as defined by amongst others, the IEEE as: the systematic design and development of software products and the management of the software process.

The course is designed to concentrate on the core software engineering skills of a methodical, rigorous quality driven, managed approach to software development: whether it is through a practical understanding of Agile Software Development, to a certifiable standard; or working with the industry leading SAP software to engineer large scale system design or integration. Throughout the award the emphasis is on real-world skills blended with research driven teaching.

In addition to the core activities you will have the option to specialise further by selecting from a range of optional modules tailored to give you exposure to web, mobile or database systems development, enhancing the vocational value of this award.

Equally of significance is the programme’s emphasis on scholastic development. You will be guided through best research practices to develop your ability to investigate, analyse and communicate research at a master’s level; as well as encouraging you to consider future trends and technologies that will shape the world of tomorrow.

An optional placement provides an opportunity to embellish your portfolio and prove your newly acquired skills in the workplace as part of your master’s study.

The award culminates in the dissertation, which is your opportunity to develop your specialism to become a subject-matter-expert through research and application of advanced theories and principles, ideally placing you to take advantage of vocational opportunities or progress to further postgraduate study.

You can study this course in a number of study modes:
-Full-time on-campus
-Full-time on-campus with a placement
-Full-time on-campus following an preliminary semester (Extended International Masters Programme) with or without a placement.
-Part-time distance-learning

The Extended International Programme offers extra modules on employability, computing and study skills including writing in English. This mode is designed to accommodate the needs of international students who require additional support in these areas.

The School of Computing at Staffordshire University has an international reputation for outstanding teaching and development of computing professionals with long established relationships with leading companies in the computing industry. You will acquire skills allowing you to manipulate mission critical systems that provide service to every aspect of enterprise activity. You will be encouraged to contribute to research activities within the School and wider academic community, often working with actual real-world organisations on real-world problems.

We are one of the largest, oldest and best resourced computing schools in the UK. Our work is supported by extensive networked computer facilities, software aids and most importantly expertise all of which you will need to harness and exploit technology to develop systems as diverse as mobile apps to mission critical expert systems, augmented reality to automation, including exposure to other industry hot topics such as the internet of things, cloud computing and Big Data.

Course content

You will study the following modules:
Core modules
-Managing Emerging Technologies
-Agile Software Development
-Business Application Programming with SAP
-Research Methods
-Enterprise Applications
-Advanced Business Application Programming using SAP
-Dissertation

Options – two of:
-Engineering Internet Applications
-Android Application Development
-Database Design and Development
-Advanced Android Application Development
-Location Aware Mobile Application Development
-Operational and Analytical Databases

The award specific options are subject to change and availability.

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This MSc Software Engineering has been designed to provide the skills, knowledge and rigour associated with the internationally recognised discipline of software engineering as defined by amongst others, the IEEE as. Read more
This MSc Software Engineering has been designed to provide the skills, knowledge and rigour associated with the internationally recognised discipline of software engineering as defined by amongst others, the IEEE as: the systematic design and development of software products and the management of the software process.

The course is designed to concentrate on the core software engineering skills of a methodical, rigorous quality driven, managed approach to software development: whether it is through a practical understanding of Agile Software Development, to a certifiable standard; or working with the industry leading SAP software to engineer large scale system design or integration. Throughout the award the emphasis is on real-world skills blended with research driven teaching.

In addition to the core activities you will have the option to specialise further by selecting from a range of optional modules tailored to give you exposure to web, mobile or database systems development, enhancing the vocational value of this award.

Equally of significance is the programme’s emphasis on scholastic development. You will be guided through best research practices to develop your ability to investigate, analyse and communicate research at a master’s level; as well as encouraging you to consider future trends and technologies that will shape the world of tomorrow.

An optional placement provides an opportunity to embellish your portfolio and prove your newly acquired skills in the workplace as part of your master’s study.

The award culminates in the dissertation, which is your opportunity to develop your specialism to become a subject-matter-expert through research and application of advanced theories and principles, ideally placing you to take advantage of vocational opportunities or progress to further postgraduate study.

You can study this course in a number of study modes:
-Full-time on-campus
-Full-time on-campus with a placement
-Full-time on-campus following an preliminary semester (Extended International Masters Programme) with or without a placement.
-Part-time distance-learning

The Extended International Programme offers extra modules on employability, computing and study skills including writing in English.

This mode is designed to accommodate the needs of international students who require additional support in these areas.

The School of Computing at Staffordshire University has an international reputation for outstanding teaching and development of computing professionals with long established relationships with leading companies in the computing industry. You will acquire skills allowing you to manipulate mission critical systems that provide service to every aspect of enterprise activity. You will be encouraged to contribute to research activities within the School and wider academic community, often working with actual real-world organisations on real-world problems.

We are one of the largest and best resourced computing schools in the UK. Our work is supported by extensive networked computer facilities, software aids and most importantly expertise all of which you will need to harness and exploit technology to develop systems as diverse as mobile apps to mission critical expert systems, augmented reality to automation, including exposure to other industry hot topics such as the internet of things, cloud computing and Big Data.

Course content

You will study the following modules:
Core modules:
-Managing Emerging Technologies D/L
-Agile Software Development D/L
-Business Application Programming with SAP D/L
-Research Methods D/L
-Enterprise Applications D/L
-Advanced Business Application Programming using SAP D/L
-Dissertation D/L

Options – two of:
-Engineering Internet Applications D/L
-Android Application Development D/L
-Database Design and Development D/L
-Advanced Android Application Development D/L
-Location Aware Mobile Application Development D/L
-Operational and Analytical Databases D/L

The award specific options are subject to change and availability.

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The Mobile Applications Development program ensures you develop the necessary skills to enter the fast-growing mobile software applications ("apps") development market. Read more
The Mobile Applications Development program ensures you develop the necessary skills to enter the fast-growing mobile software applications ("apps") development market.

In the graduate certificate Mobile Application Development courses, you learn to develop mobile apps for Google Android and Apple iOS devices. In addition to core fundamental courses, the offering covers advanced topics in mobile app development, web and enterprise technologies, user interface (UI) and user experience (UX), emerging technologies and more.

The knowledge you gain is applied in a capstone project to develop mobile apps for business, gaming, health care, social networks, internet of things, and other areas of interest to which your imaginations takes you.

Career Opportunities

Program Highlights
-You learn app development on Google Android and Apple iOS platforms, two of the most popular platforms today.
-The program offers you experience in industry-standard technology.
-Mobile Applications Development courses employ project based learning (capstone project).
-Knowledgeable and approachable faculty members with diverse business experience and academic credentials teach the courses.

Accreditation
Accreditation will be pursued through the Canadian Information Processing Society (CIPS) and the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board (CTAB).

Career Outlook
-Mobile application developer
-Software developer
-Software tester

Areas of Employment
-Software companies
-Government
-Public institutions
-Banks
-Small and medium businesses

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This is a technically oriented course for programmers interested in the technology of games. It is suitable for people seeking employment in programming roles within the games industry. Read more

This is a technically oriented course for programmers interested in the technology of games. It is suitable for people seeking employment in programming roles within the games industry.

The course focuses on the implementation of real-time 3D applications using the C++ programming language in order to develop your understanding of 3D rendering and shader programming techniques.

You also study low-level hardware architectures for optimisation, including the novel architectures of games consoles and how to exploit them. We teach you project management techniques, including the stages of game production and the structure and operation of the games industry.

This course benefits from strong industry links with companies like Sony Computer Entertainment and Sumo Digital and industry accreditation from Creative Skillset and PlayStation®First. The lecturers have many decades of commercial games industry experience between them and share a passion for developing the next generation of talent.

PlayStation®First

This course is part of the PlayStation®First Academic Partnership Programme offered by Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) and has been awarded PlayStation®First status by fostering best practise in game related development skills across PlayStation® platforms. The programme provides unique access to PlayStation® professional development hardware (dev kits) and software (SDK) to equip students with industry relevant game development skills across PlayStation®4, PlayStation®3, PlayStation®Vita and PlayStation®Portable.

The Steel Minions

Sheffield Hallam University has its own commercially-licensed game studio which provides workplace simulation to students on the University's games degrees. It was the first university studio in the UK to release its own PlayStation® title and has a range of PlayStation, iOS and Android games in development.

Professional recognition

This course is accredited by Creative Skillset (the Creative Industries' Sector Skills Council) and TIGA (The Independent Game Developers Association).

Course structure

Postgraduate certificate modules

  • C++ boot camp
  • Graphics and animation
  • Hardware-oriented software engineering
  • Software studio planning

Postgraduate diploma modules

  • Special techniques for graphics and animation
  • Game development practice
  • Multi-processing and parallel technologies

MSc modules

  • Research methods
  • Individual project

Assessment

  • PgCert – continuous assessment
  • PgDip – continuous assessment involving a large group-based industrial project
  • MSc – 25% continuous assessment and 75% individual research project

Employability

Good games software graduates are in high demand, and our course has been developed to meet the needs of the booming entertainment software industry.

We actively support your collaboration with external companies on your practical software development projects. This gives you real experience while learning and could lead directly to you gaining a job with one of these companies.



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There are excellent prospects for roles within global IT Service Management as it is an expanding sector with a skills shortage. Read more

There are excellent prospects for roles within global IT Service Management as it is an expanding sector with a skills shortage. Professional bodies in this area (i.e. itSMF and the SFIA Council) recognise the need for quality and standards in the provision of IT Services underpinning IT Service Management and the quality and skills of staff employed in this profession.

This course has been designed to meet the need for competent and qualified staff that can enable organisations to maximise the value of Information Communications Technology (ICT) and IT Services. It is suitable for any student wishing to move into IT Service Management, and is particularly relevant to business strategic planning, service delivery and support, continuity planning, application and infrastructure management, quality management, project and change management.

Our online learning programmes are flexible and designed so you can balance study with your commitments at work and home. The programme structure and learning materials enable you to study at your own convenience and develop your own study schedule while offering opportunities for you to engage with your peers.

Northampton Integrated Learning Environment (NILE) is a dedicated online university learning space for students. Your tutors will use NILE to engage with you, and you will use NILE to access course materials, assessment information, virtual classrooms and discussion boards. Your assessed work will be submitted and graded online, so you will be able to see your grades and feedback wherever you are in the world. The system that underpins NILE is Blackboard and access to this system is through nile.northampton.ac.uk. We also have a mobile app so you can stay connected to the University of Northampton wherever you are; iNorthampton is available for Android and Apple mobile devices.

Course content

The rationale for the course is based on the recognition that the effectiveness of all IT Services is a vital aspect to the prosperity of any organisation. The course embraces best practice from leading service providers, and by continual reassessment, ensures all material is relevant to today’s computing and management expectations.

The course encompasses IT Service Management through a series of progressive units developing the student’s knowledge from fundamental concepts, through to units addressing IS strategy. Subjects covered include: management information, quality management, application development, infrastructure, service support and delivery, continuity planning, people and operational issues of implementing IT Service Management Best Practice. The course addresses current standards for IT Service Management, such as ISO20000 and ITIL®.

Core learning will be delivered electronically and you will be encouraged to engage with your fellow students and tutors online. Studying online will give you the flexibility to study at your convenience* without the need to travel or physically attend classes, whilst enhancing your employment opportunities. You will be supported throughout the process by our great teaching staff that are professionally qualified and have industry and academic experience to share with you.

Studying this programme will give you an opportunity to undertake PRINCE2 qualifications.

*Modules are delivered within trimester periods so you will need to complete them in specified times.

What you will study

This programme is 30 months in duration. The academic year is split into trimesters. For a September start you will study as follows;

-Trimester one – September to December

-Trimester two – January to April

-Trimester three – May to July

Year One

Trimester one – September to December

You will study one module; Quality and IT Management.

Trimester two – January to April

You will study two modules; Change Management and Project Management.

Trimester three – May to July

You will study one module; Service Improvement.

Year Two

Trimester four – September to December

You will study two modules; Service Transition and Service Operations.

Trimester five – January to April

You will study two modules; Strategic Management of IS and Research Methods and Dissertation. You will commence work on your Dissertation.

Trimester six – May to July

You will study one module; Information Systems Methods and commence work on your Dissertation.

Trimester seven – September to December

You will complete your Dissertation.

February start information available soon.

For further information on course content and modules please refer to the NILE site: https://nile.northampton.ac.uk/webapps/blackboard/content/listContent.jsp?course_id=_27700_1&content_id=_1027153_1&mode=reset%E2%80%8B

Course modules (17/18)

-Quality and IT Management

-Information Systems Methods

-Service Improvement

-Service Transition Management

-Service Operation Management

-Strategic Management of IS

-Change Management

-Project Management

-Dissertation and Research Methods

Assessments

The course has a mixture of assessment involving reports, case studies, portfolios, oral presentations as well as examinations. The emphasis is on assessment by coursework and in the final year an applied research project is a key element of the course.



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The Computer Science MSc provides a balance between computer science theory and practical software engineering skills, including teamwork for industrial or research clients. Read more

The Computer Science MSc provides a balance between computer science theory and practical software engineering skills, including teamwork for industrial or research clients. Graduates find employment in the IT industry, or complement their first degree subject with computer science knowledge, leading to interdisciplinary industrial positions and PhD research.

About this degree

You will learn fundamental aspects of how computers work by taking modules in computer architecture, operating systems, compilers, data structures and algorithms. You will also gain practical knowledge in areas such as human-computer interaction, App design, databases and software engineering. You will develop programming skills in modern languages, such as object-oriented Java for Android development. 

Team working, project planning and communication skills are developed by working in small groups developing software for real industrial and research clients. Optional modules allow specialisation in subjects such as functional programming, computer music, entrepreneurship and artificial intelligence.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of five core modules (75 credits), three optional modules (45 credits) and a research project (60 credits).

Core modules

  • Algorithmics (15 credits)
  • Architecture and Hardware (15 credits)
  • Design (15 credits)
  • Programming (15 credits)
  • Systems Infrastructure (15 credits)

Optional modules

Students must choose a minimum of 15 and a maximum of 45 credits from Group One options. For the remaining credits, students can choose up to 30 credits from Group Two options and up to 15 credits from Electives.

Group One Options (15 to 45 credits)

  • Database Systems (15 credits)
  • Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice (15 credits)
  • Functional Programming (15 credits)
  • Interaction Design (15 credits)
  • Software Engineering (15 credits)

Group Two Options (up to 30 credits)

  • Affective Interaction (15 credits)
  • Artificial Intelligence and Neural Computing (15 credits)
  • Project Management (15 credits)

Please note: the availability and delivery of optional modules may vary, depending on your selection.

A list of acceptable elective modules is available on the Departmental page.

Dissertation/report

All students undertake an independent computer-based science project which culminates in a dissertation in the form of a project report.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures and tutorials. Lectures are often supported by laboratory work with help from demonstrators. Student performance is assessed by unseen written examinations, coursework and a substantial individual project.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Computer Science MSc

Careers

Graduates from UCL are keenly sought after by the world's leading organisations, and many progress in their careers to secure senior and influential positions. UCL Computer Science graduates are particularly valued as a result of the department's strong international reputation, strong links with industry, and ideal location close to the City of London. Our graduates secure careers in a wide variety of organisations; for example with global IT consultancies, as IT analysts with City banks, or as IT specialists within manufacturing industries.

Recent career destinations for this degree

  • Analyst and IT Consultant, KPMG
  • Associate Quantity Developer, Moody's
  • Clinical Systems Manager, Whittington Hospital (NHS)
  • Cyber Security Analyst / Developer, BAE Systems
  • PhD in System Engineering, City University of Hong Kong

Employability

This degree opens up many different career paths. Recent graduates have been employed by some of the world's leading IT companies such as Accenture, Barclays Capital and Credit Suisse. The entrepreneurial spirit is ignited in other students and they may either start their own companies or join dynamic start-ups. Other graduates have gone on to PhD study to conduct cutting-edge research in areas that interest them.

Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL Computer Science is recognised as a world leader in teaching and research.

UCL received the highest percentage (96%) for quality of research in Computer Science and Informatics in the UK's most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF2014).

Our Master's programmes have some of the highest employment rates and starting salaries, with graduates entering a wide variety of industries from entertainment to finance.

We take an experimental approach to our subject, enjoy the challenge and opportunity of entrepreneurial partnerships and place a high value on our extensive range of industrial collaborations.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Computer Science

96% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.



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MA/MSc Interactive Digital Media is a vibrant, interdisciplinary, collaborative and challenging postgraduate pathway focusing on the practical and theoretical study of interactivity in digital media production; and strives to create designers with the potential to innovate and influence interaction design practice who can realise relevant and elegant design proposals with commercial potential. Read more
MA/MSc Interactive Digital Media is a vibrant, interdisciplinary, collaborative and challenging postgraduate pathway focusing on the practical and theoretical study of interactivity in digital media production; and strives to create designers with the potential to innovate and influence interaction design practice who can realise relevant and elegant design proposals with commercial potential.

This MA/MSc Interactive Digital Media is of particular relevance to you as a practitioner or designer who wishes to develop and refine your practice in interaction design, installation, projection mapping, digital games and user-centred product design.

You will be encouraged to work with technology experimentally, creatively and collaboratively, and to apply emerging and existing technology in new and novel ways through personal fabrication, research and the experimental application. You will also have hands-on experience creating for Android, BlackBerry, iPad, iPhone, iPod, Playstation 3, Xbox, and websites. The course will provide skills in the relevant multimedia software, 3D graphics software, game engines/modelling packages such as Unity, UdK, 3D Studio Max and Maya. You will understand code, create electronic and physical interfaces and the course encourages the use of low level C# and C++, JavaScript, HTML or Python.

We have a dedicated facility for analysing and evaluating console games, containing PS3, XBox 360, and Wii consoles, new games titles and 3D LCD screens.

The course focuses on interaction design and its application to objects, spaces and communication. The emphasis is on technology-mediated communication between humans and objects or spaces, both real and virtual. You will be able to experiment and innovate along side exploring how theory underpins multimedia practice allowing you to ultimately challenge and test theories of interactivity. Interaction can take many forms and you will be encouraged to use a range of tools and approaches, and because of the developing nature of the discipline, you will be experimenting with the latest forms of technology.

Study units

- Technology Issues
- Business and Innovation
- Research Process
- Concept and Prototyping
- Major project

In the Business and Innovation unit you will gain an overview of the industry and new approaches to innovation.

Through the Technology Issues unit, you will explore the potential of digital technology and its application in new services or products or to enhance the functions, usability and aesthetics of existing ones through both group and cross-disciplinary work.

In the Research Process unit you will explore and challenge contemporary themes through theory and practice. There is a strong engagement with game theories (how games are made and what makes a good game), play, multimodality, artificial intelligence, and transmedia storytelling, user experience and computational design.

The Concept and Prototyping unit allows you to conduct a more involved 15-week project to develop and build a prototype, test an emerging technology or generate a concept.

Hypotheses, concepts or project ideas emerging from previous units will provide starting points for the Major Project, which is the final culmination of your investigations and is a substantial piece of self-managed work that embodies the integration of theory and practice, is underpinned by advanced practice-based methodologies and processes.

Programme Aims

All postgraduate courses at Ravensbourne provide students with the opportunity to develop advanced skills in the conceptualisation and practical realisation of innovative creative projects in their discipline area and provide them with the entrepreneurial skills to realise their commercial potential. These courses share the following common aims:

- to develop advanced creative practitioners with the potential to originate, innovate or influence practice in their discipline area;

- to equip students with a comprehensive understanding of the core principles and technology underpinning their creative project and the theoretical frameworks within which to locate it;

- to underpin students’ creative practice with the entrepreneurial skills and business awareness necessary to turn concepts into commercially viable realities;

- to develop students’ skills in independent learning, self-reflection and research skills necessary to sustain advanced creative practice and scholarship;

- to offer a stimulating environment for postgraduate students which is both supportive and flexible in relation to their learning needs and a creative space in which to incubate their ideas.

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We're passionate about web development - an industry which continues to boom. Our course will enable you to keep pace with this constantly changing sector, giving you the expertise to specialise in the design and development of online applications. Read more
We're passionate about web development - an industry which continues to boom. Our course will enable you to keep pace with this constantly changing sector, giving you the expertise to specialise in the design and development of online applications.

In recent years there has been a strong demand for software engineering skills in building websites, requiring a high standard of programming knowledge. We'll provide you with a thorough grounding in web development programming techniques.

You'll already have professional experience in web or software development, or you could be a graduate from one of our computing courses. We'll give you the ability to develop applications that can easily be displayed across different platforms.

You'll study e-marketing, security, e-commerce solutions, payment systems, web standards, web application architecture and web page design. We'll also improve your understanding of website development technologies and content management systems.

- Research Excellence Framework 2014: our University demonstrated strength in five emerging areas of research which it entered into the assessment for the first time, including computer science.

Visit the website http://courses.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/webappdevelopment_APD

Mature Applicants

Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website (http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/recognition-of-prior-learning.htm).

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Careers

The web development industry is thriving - we know this because it's one of the biggest recruiters of computing graduates from our university. Web-based applications are now essential to support business and major organisations around the world, and your skills will be much sought after.

- Web Developer
- Web Designer
- Web Master
- User Interface Designer

Careers advice: The dedicated Jobs and Careers team offers expert advice and a host of resources to help you choose and gain employment. Whether you're in your first or final year, you can speak to members of staff from our Careers Office who can offer you advice from writing a CV to searching for jobs.

Visit the careers site - https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/employability/jobs-careers-support.htm

Course Benefits

If you're a busy professional already working in computing, our course enables you to benefit from learning the latest theories and techniques in web applications development in the space of just a few months.

Experts currently working in web applications development are invited to give lecturers and you'll also meet like-minded students from different industries, allowing you to debate current issues, share ideas and benefit from alternative insights.

Modules

Responsive Web Development
Responsive websites aim at providing optimal viewing experiences across a wide range of devices. You will study the tools and best practice to design, develop and publish data-driven responsive websites.

Design Pattern for Web Application Development
An opportunity to look at the principles behind web application development. You will examine alternative design patterns and frameworks, evaluate and apply them to a case study.

Meg Soosay

Senior Lecturer

"You'll study e-marketing, security, e-commerce solutions, payment systems, web standards, web application architecture and web page design. We'll also improve your understanding of website development technologies and content management systems."

Meg has extensive background in designing and evaluating positive user experiences using computing devices. She applies e-learning methods in her teaching, having worked on a number of JISC and EU-funded projects such as PC3 and EuroPlot. Your teaching team also includes Patrick Ingham, who has been working with android development since the first handsets arrived in the UK. Patrick is a great believer in mobile offering new ways of doing things and crafting better user experiences.

Facilities

- Library
Our libraries are two of the only university libraries in the UK open 24/7 every day of the year. However you like to study, the libraries have got you covered with group study, silent study, extensive e-learning resources and PC suites.

- Broadcasting Place
Broadcasting Place provides students with creative and contemporary learning environments, is packed with the latest technology and is a focal point for new and innovative thinking in the city.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/postgraduate/how-to-apply/

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