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This is a programme for practising writers who wish to improve their craft, learn about contemporary forms of writing and continue to reflect on their progress. Read more
This is a programme for practising writers who wish to improve their craft, learn about contemporary forms of writing and continue to reflect on their progress. This is in both terms of a distinctive philosophy of writing (to answer the question, ‘What kind of writer am I?’), and in terms of the practicalities of making creative work public.

You should have some experience of writing fiction, poetry or prose (although there is not a requirement for this work to have been published), or scriptwriting, and wish to further your skills within the academic context of creative writing as an academic discipline. You will work with a core team of professional writers and other professionals to develop your creative work and nurture an understanding about the nature of your continuing creativity, aiming towards producing a final manuscript for possible publication.

What will I study?

You will begin straight away to experience the benefits of the regular workshops that form an integral part of the programme. You will discuss the work of others on the MA as well as learning from their discussion of your work. You will also receive tutor feedback.

You will study a variety of contemporary literature which will feed into your writing where needed, along with a study of the poetics of contemporary writers (that is, the things writers have written about their own writing philosophies and practices). The aim is to influence your practical development, allowing you to develop your own poetics and philosophy of composition.

In the first weeks of the course you will research markets and outlets for your work and complete submissions of your writing. You will also compile a professional development audit of your activities so far (which may not be extensive, of course). You will be asked to keep a log throughout the programme to enable you to track your development.

How will I study?

The writing workshops are always taught in small groups, but the discussion groups involve seminars with a lecture component.

During the manuscript module (a dissertation) you will work one-to-one with your manuscript supervisor, bringing your months of study to a final creative fruition. All the modules you will take have been designed specifically for writers.

This is not the kind of ‘Creative Writing’ course that requires you to pick from already existing English Literature modules. The modules have been custom-designed for you.

How will I be assessed?

You will present your creative writing with a short example of poetics relating to the piece. You will write about works of contemporary literature and about the poetics of these writers, though you will approach these tasks from the perspective of a fellow-writer. All this work will help you develop towards the final piece of work, The Manuscript. The professional development audit and logs will be marked on a pass / fail basis.

Who will be teaching me?

A team of seven, with extensive experience in poetry, fiction, non-fiction, short stories and scriptwriting teach on the programme. The team will be complemented by visiting speakers and visiting writers.

What are my career prospects?

The thinking behind the professional development strand is that writers seldom exclusively work as writers, but need to learn to combine their principal involvement and passion for literary composition with other activities (whether they are of a literary nature or not).

Of course, as a Masters in a humanities subject you will find this qualification useful in a variety of professional contexts, such as in school teaching, which encourages staff to work at Masters level. It provides a sound basis for further study (e.g. PhD work in Creative Writing).

Previous graduates have gone on to publish with major publishers, win prizes, edit magazines and books, and are active in the pedagogy of Creative Writing as a robust academic discipline.

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The MSc Information Technology is an intensive, practically-oriented course. It provides an opportunity for graduates of non-computing subjects to develop key specialist skills for a career in Computing. Read more

Introduction

The MSc Information Technology is an intensive, practically-oriented course. It provides an opportunity for graduates of non-computing subjects to develop key specialist skills for a career in Computing. It is ideal for complementing your expertise with core computing skills.
Computing Science at Stirling has strong links with industry. Students can get a first-hand industrial experience through placements and internships with local enterprises and organisations. More specifically, we offer company-based MSc projects to our students where our students can work with an employer to gain valuable commercial experience. We usually place more than 50% of our students with a company for the MSc project duration. We also regularly invite industry experts to share their expertise with students through seminars and talks.
You will also get prepared for finding and securing a great job after completing this course through an integrated structured personal and professional development programme. This programme covers crucial topics such as self-image, body language, interview techniques, assessment centre strategies, conflict resolution as well as CV preparation and job targeting techniques.

Accreditation

The BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT, is the foremost professional and learned society in the field of computers and information systems in the UK. The Division of Computing Science and Mathematics is an Educational Affiliate of the BCS.
The MSc in Information Technology course is accredited by the BCS as partially meeting the educational requirements for Chartered Information Technology Professional (CITP) registration. CITP is the professional member level of the BCS ('partially meeting' is the normal level of accreditation for such MSc courses, and does not indicate a shortcoming! Additional training/experience is required for full registration.)

Key information

- Degree type: Postgraduate Diploma, MSc
- Study methods: Full-time, Part-time
- Start date: September
- Course Director: Dr Simon Jones

Course objectives

This is an intensive 12-month course which provides an opportunity for non-computing graduates to develop key specialist skills suitable for a career in Computing. It is ideal for those who wish to complement their knowledge and expertise with core computing skills in order to apply them to a new career. Our company sponsored MSc projects will provide an ideal pathway into the industry.
The MSc Information Technology is an intensive, practically-oriented course.
By studying this course students will study in depth key topics including:
- software development
- enterprise database systems
- web technologies
- benefit from research-led teaching
- demonstrate acquired research and development skills by undertaking a substantial piece of software project work
- prepare for positions in the IT industry

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:
- IELTS: 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill
- Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C
- Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade C
- Pearson Test of English (Academic): 54 with 51 in each component
- IBT TOEFL: 80 with no subtest less than 17

For more information go to English language requirements https://www.stir.ac.uk/study-in-the-uk/entry-requirements/english/

If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. View the range of pre-sessional courses http://www.intohigher.com/uk/en-gb/our-centres/into-university-of-stirling/studying/our-courses/course-list/pre-sessional-english.aspx .

Career opportunities

The MSc in Information Technology will greatly enhance the employment prospects of students. As a graduate of Information Technology, you will be in demand in a range of sectors including health, IT software organisations, service enterprises, engineering and construction firms as well as in the retail sector.
Previous students have been very successful in obtaining suitable employment in the Information Technology field in aconsiderable diversity of posts - some with small companies, others with major UK organisations, with Local Authority and Government bodies as well as in the field of Higher Education.
Here are some recent posts that IT students have taken up:
- IBM, Perth: Junior IT Specialist
- CAP-GEMINI, Glasgow
- AIT, Henley-on-Thames: Graduate Trainee Database Administrator
- Bank of Scotland, Edinburgh: MVS Team (Mainframe Support)
- British Airways, Hounslow: Programmer
- Ark Computing Solutions Ltd, Perth: Programmer/Developer
- Lancaster University, English Dept: Java programmer
- Rothes Infographics, Livingston: Trainee Software Developer

More generally, common job profiles of our graduates are:
- As a Systems Analyst, you will work on solving computer problems. This might involve adapting existing systems or using new technologies designing a new software solution In doing so, you will design software, write code, and test and fix software applications. You might also be involved in providing documentation for users. Typically, you would work as part of a larger team.

- IT Consultants closely work with clients (often at the clients premises) and advise them on how to use computer technology and applications to best meet their business needs. You will work with clients to improve their efficiency of using computer systems. This may involve the adaptation/customisation of software applications, or the development of custom applications for the specific needs of the customer. As well as technical duties, you may be involved in project management.

- Applications Developers translate software requirements into programming code, and will usually specialise in a specific area, such as computer games or web technology. Often developers work as part of a larger team. You may be in charge of developing a certain component or part of a larger application.

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Our LLM programme in European Law, taught entirely in English, will immerse you in this challenging and dynamic field. It provides a thorough grounding in European law. Read more

European Law

Our LLM programme in European Law, taught entirely in English, will immerse you in this challenging and dynamic field. It provides a thorough grounding in European law.

It provides a thorough grounding in European law, covering areas such as internal market law, competition law, social law, judicial protection, human rights law, criminal law, and public law. Our unique programme will help you build both substantive and institutional knowledge of European law while giving you an opportunity to analyse European law in relation to the legal systems of the Member States. The flexibility of this programme means that you will be able to focus on areas of personal interest. For example, you may choose to take a specialisation or courses from our other master's programmes to create a custom minor.

This programme is taught by a team of renowned scholars with extensive professional experience in the field of European law. It is also highly international and welcomes students from all over the world each year.

Two Tracks

You can choose from two distinctive tracks within the European Law programme:
-Criminal Law
-European Law

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The LLM in Public International law is designed for those candidates who seek the qualification of a general public international lawyer, but with a range of specialist interests (as in environmental protection, or world trade or humanitarian warfare or human rights). Read more
The LLM in Public International law is designed for those candidates who seek the qualification of a general public international lawyer, but with a range of specialist interests (as in environmental protection, or world trade or humanitarian warfare or human rights).

This degree School of Law not only allows candidates to develop an excellent grounding in the techniques of argument and interpretation of international law with special reference to its sources (such as treaties and custom) but also to acquire some expertise in how these elements are put to the test in very different contexts (compare for example, the notion of the international law of development, which enjoys a more recent history of legal intervention, with the international regulation of the sue of force, whose history is often traced back to the 1907 Hague Convention Respecting the Limitation of the Employment of Force for the Recovery of Contract Debts). We seek, therefore, to produce a well-rounded, or general, international lawyer who is sufficiently equipped in the basic methodologies of the discipline but who, at the same time, has a general awareness of the various sub-realms of public international law applies (and has been applied) therein.

Since its introduction in 1987, our LLM programme has continued to grow in popularity and prestige. Offering a wide and diverse range of over 50 options, the programme now attracts some 150 to 180 candidates each year, from more than 50 countries, confirming its status as one of the leading and most exciting LLM programmes available

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Designed for those with 2 or more years' work experience who wish to gain a postgraduate degree which integrates the business areas of strategic leadership, corporate strategy, strategic marketing, corporate finance, supply chain management, human resource management, globalization and knowledge economy and sustainability. Read more

About this course

Designed for those with 2 or more years' work experience who wish to gain a postgraduate degree which integrates the business areas of strategic leadership, corporate strategy, strategic marketing, corporate finance, supply chain management, human resource management, globalization and knowledge economy and sustainability.

See the website https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/study-at-northumbria/courses/mba-ft-dtfmbu6/

Induction and Academic Skills Development

Alongside a welcome to Newcastle and the North East of England, with a range of cultural visits, we will begin your programme of study with us with a one week induction where you will learn about the university, the programme, meet the team, meet your fellow learners and learn more about the modules and assessments and gain a detailed introduction to the learning resources and support available. The Induction Programme will cover:
- Introduction about Northumbria University, Newcastle Business School and Corporate Executive Department (CED)

- MBA Programme Overview

- Teaching and Leaning at CED Meeting with MBA teaching team

- Academic Skills

Teaching and Learning Process

To support you in your studies, the programme uses a combination of teaching and learning approaches, including:
- Full time study at Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University within the Corporate and Executive Development suite.

- Engagement in a range of employer led Management Investigation Project and internships enabling you to work on real organisational issues with a range of employers.

- Tutorials delivered by highly qualified teaching professionals with real world experience.

- An on-line study portal that provides access to a range of e-books, over 300 electronic databases and 30,000 electronic journals.

- A reading pack for each module with custom text books

- A leadership and management development programme designed to develop your personal and professional competences and employability skills, supported by a two-day residential experience.

- Regular networking opportunities via our MBA forum allowing you to learn from leading practitioners.

- A supportive learning environment with weekly academic skills and language development sessions and one to one guidance.

Core Features

- A research and practiceinformed curriculum designed to provide you with the skills and knowledge to lead organisations, develop strategy and build key sustainable strategic marketing, human resource, operations and financial plans.

- Enhance knowledge and understanding of current organisational trends and key business issues.

- Develop critical thinking, experiential learning and business practice.

- Engage in an individualised leadership and career development programme to enhance your career potential.

- Access coaching and mentoring opportunities.

- Apply your learning to real life situations through business clinic projects.

Who Should Apply

The Newcastle Business School MBA will challenge you, develop your ability to change and enhance your existing working practices. It offers the opportunity to interact in a highly engaging manner so you can take your leadership capability to new heights.

Our MBA is an innovative postgraduate work-related degree programme delivered over one year, providing an excellent learning platform for aspiring or existing leaders.

The programme is specifically designed for those with two or more years’, work experience usually in a supervisory or management role and wishing to gain a postgraduate degree that integrates the key aspects of business such as leadership, management, sustainability, marketing, management accounting, supply chain management, human resource management, the knowledge economy, globalisation, strategic analysis and strategic planning.

The full-time MBA also provides an opportunity for you to specialise further and choose a pathway in the areas of Design and Innovation Strategy, Entrepreneurship, Culture Strategy and Legal Management.

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This MSc allows you to conduct an independent psychological study in a vibrant research culture. The School of Psychology, Early Years and Therapeutic Studies at the University of South Wales is home to internationally-recognised academics with diverse research interests. Read more
This MSc allows you to conduct an independent psychological study in a vibrant research culture. The School of Psychology, Early Years and Therapeutic Studies at the University of South Wales is home to internationally-recognised academics with diverse research interests. We offer a comprehensive range of equipment and laboratory space, and a supportive atmosphere in which to conduct your research.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/228-msc-psychology-by-research

What you will study

You can choose an area of psychology that interests you most and pursue a relevant research project in that area. Research topics include, but are not restricted to:
- Parent-Child Relationships
- Older Citizens and Community Participation
- Online Romantic Relationships
- Cyber Bullying
- Sport Psychology
- Psychology of Spelling
- Psychology of Deception

You will also receive training in research methodology, covering both qualitative and quantitative approaches. A prior knowledge of statistics is preferable, although you will get formal training in statistics and relevant computer applications.

Learning and teaching methods

You will work independently for the most part, but you will be supported by close supervision from academic members of staff, with whom you will meet on a regular basis to assess your progress. The compulsory Research Methodology module involves class attendance for three hours each week and the completion of written assignments.

To share and develop your ideas, you will be encouraged to present your research to colleagues at regular seminars throughout the year, and to interact and discuss your work with other research students.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects

This qualification will provide a good basis for anyone who wants to pursue a career in research. It is also ideal for those who wish to improve their research skills to a professional level to support applications for a PhD, or for a clinical or educational professional training programme.

Assessment methods

This course involves completing your Research Methodology training and submitting a dissertation of your own research of around 25,000 words, at the end of which you will receive an oral examination by an external assessor.

Facilities

You’lll have access to the latest learning technologies, facilities and equipment, including excellent designated facilities.

These include observation and interview rooms equipped with two-way mirror, CCTV and audio and allow research and interview practice sessions to be conducted and recorded onto DVD. We also have a custom-built air-conditioned PC laboratory which provides access to specialist software for running psychology experiments. More specialist equipment is also available in our cognitive suite and more details about this are given below.

The cognitive psychology suite houses specialist psychology equipment. This includes eye tracking equipment which is capable of studying the eye movements of individuals whilst they complete cognitive tasks. The suite includes EEG (electroencephalogram) and ECG (electrocardiogram) facilities for recording electrical activity in the heart and scalp. There is also a driving simulator which is currently being used by postgraduate students to complete a study which examines the effects of stressors on driving performance.

As well as our excellent dedicated teaching facilities, the School of Psychology offers a wide range of psychological services to the general public. These are offered through our new PAWB Wales clinic facility and include play therapy, behaviour analysis, health and sport psychology interventions. The clinic activities support our wide range of postgraduate opportunities and undergraduate students can also get involved in some of the clinic’s work.

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Health psychology is an exciting and growing branch of psychology that applies psychological theory and research to behaviours and beliefs related to health and illness. Read more
Health psychology is an exciting and growing branch of psychology that applies psychological theory and research to behaviours and beliefs related to health and illness.

Health psychologists’ interests are firmly in line with government health agendas, and include the promotion of positive health behaviours in adults and children; reducing obesity, binge drinking, smoking and stress; and increasing psychological wellbeing.

The route to Chartered Psychologist status is through the attainment of an accredited MSc Health Psychology (stage 1 training), followed by supervised professional practice (stage 2 training).

USW’s MSc Health Psychology is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) as providing students with the knowledge and skills required for Stage 1 of your training in qualifying as a Chartered Psychologist and practitioner health psychologist.

The MSc Health Psychology is taught by registered practitioner health psychologists (who are also BPS Chartered) with many years of specialist teaching, research and clinical experience in a range of areas of health psychology. Specialist practitioners contribute a contemporary perspective as guest lecturers.

We have ongoing research collaborations with NHS clinicians that provide opportunities for students to have access to clinical populations for dissertation research projects and work experience placements. These currently include psychiatry liaison, pain management, eating disorders and cardiac rehabilitation.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/300-msc-health-psychology

Five BPS Commendations

The course recently received five commendations from the British Psychological Society who praised the relationships we have with external health and clinical practitioners, and the opportunities these provide to students; the programme’s development in relation to the health needs of the local and wider population in response to the priorities of the Welsh Government Department of Health; the high level of student support; the emphasis on Continuing Professional Development (CPD) to prepare students for the reflective skills they will need in practice; and the opportunities provided to students by Psychology Plus (employability scheme).

Work Experience Opportunities

We have ongoing research collaborations with four Welsh Health Boards and NHS clinicians that provide opportunities for students to have access to clinical populations for dissertation research projects and work experience placements.

Pawb, our on-campus clinic offers a wide range of psychological services to the public. Students will be able to benefit from supervised voluntary experience and in-house research opportunities.

What you will study

You will study the following modules:
- Contexts and Perspectives in Health Psychology
- Research Methods in Health Psychology: Measurement & Professional Issues* Applications of Health Psychology
- Health-related Cognitions and Behaviour
- Stress, Health and Illness
- A Lifespan Perspective on Health, Illness & Disability
- Independent Research Dissertation
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Learning and teaching methods

Teaching includes lectures, seminars and workshops, some of which will be student-led. There will be a variety of assessment activities such as examinations, essays, case study analysis, poster presentations and the design of a health promotion campaign.

The MSc Health Psychology provides students with opportunities for work experience in the School of Psychology’s own Psychology and Well-Being Clinic (PAWB Wales), in addition to research projects with our NHS partners on issues such as pain management, eating disorders and cardiac rehabilitation.

As well as our excellent dedicated teaching facilities, the University has recently invested in a new clinic facility that offers a wide range of psychological services to the public. The Psychology and Well-Being Clinic Wales (PAWB Wales) services include play therapy, health psychology, sport psychology, occupational psychology and behaviour analysis. Through the clinic, MSc Health Psychology students and trainee practitioners can gain access to real life training opportunities.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects

The Sc Health Psychology provides current, up-to-date theory, knowledge and skills related to therapeutic play and enables graduates to work as therapeutic play specialists in educational, healthcare or social care settings.

In addition, an understanding of play is key to current government education initiatives and course content addresses the Welsh Government’s Foundation Phase and other early years educational curricula. Hence this award offers excellent career development in the field of play, whether as a teacher or education specialist, play worker or play development officer, nursery manager, or work in health or social services.

Assessment methods

Assessment uses a variety of methods, including essays, diaries, research reports, presentations, portfolios of observations and clinical notes. There are opportunities for work placements.

Facilities

As an MSc Health Psychology student, you’lll have access to the latest learning technologies, facilities and equipment, including excellent designated facilities.

These include observation and interview rooms equipped with two-way mirror, CCTV and audio and allow research and interview practice sessions to be conducted and recorded onto DVD. We also have a custom-built air-conditioned PC laboratory which provides access to specialist software for running psychology experiments and conducting careers guidance interviews. More specialist equipment is also available in our cognitive suite and more details about this are given below.

The cognitive psychology suite houses specialist psychology equipment. This includes eye tracking equipment which is capable of studying the eye movements of individuals whilst they complete cognitive tasks. The suite includes EEG (electroencephalogram) and ECG (electrocardiogram) facilities for recording electrical activity in the heart and scalp. There is also a driving simulator which is currently being used by postgraduate students to complete a study which examines the effects of stressors on driving performance.

As well as our excellent dedicated teaching facilities, the School of Psychology offers a wide range of psychological services to the general public. These are offered through our new PAWB Wales clinic facility and include play therapy, behaviour analysis, health and sport psychology interventions. The clinic activities support our wide range of postgraduate opportunities and undergraduate students can also get involved in some of the clinic’s work.

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During this Masters degree, you will develop a critical understanding of the psychological, educational and ethical foundations of play and their application in educational settings and therapy. Read more
During this Masters degree, you will develop a critical understanding of the psychological, educational and ethical foundations of play and their application in educational settings and therapy. This course integrates different areas of play to explore its role in cognitive and social development, as well as the play needs of different age groups. You will also develop your understanding and competence in basic therapeutic skills.

The course combines theory, research and practical applications of play with developments in how play is used in a broader therapeutic context. You will be introduced to play interventions with children, which can be used in various settings.

By graduation, you will have a theoretical and practical understanding of the role of play in development and be able to use play to structure an individual’s development.

The course team is actively engaged with practitioner work and related research. This is a demanding course and all acceptable applicants will be interviewed to assess their suitability for training.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/305-msc-play-and-therapeutic-play

What you will study

You will study the following modules:
- Child Development
- Play Therapy Skills
- Research Methods
- Working with Children and their Families
- Play into Practice
- Dissertation: this is a piece of original research where you have the opportunity to investigate a topic, with support from your academic supervisor

Learning and teaching methods

The full-time option is an intensive course, with study on one day per week (9am- 6pm) for one year.

The part-time option involves study on half a day per week, over two years (9am- 1pm in year one, and 2pm-6pm in year two).

Teaching is through lectures, seminars, workshops, reflective diaries, research project work and specialist guest speakers.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects

This course provides current, up-to-date theory, knowledge and skills related to therapeutic play and enables graduates to work as therapeutic play specialists in educational, healthcare or social care settings.

In addition, an understanding of play is key to current government education initiatives and course content addresses the Welsh Government’s Foundation Phase and other early years educational curricula. Hence this award offers excellent career development in the field of play, whether as a teacher or education specialist, play worker or play development officer, nursery manager, or work in health or social services

Assessment methods

Assessment uses a variety of methods, including essays, diaries, research reports, presentations, portfolios of observations and clinical notes. There are opportunities for work placements.

Facilities

As a student in the School of Psychology, you’ll have access to the latest learning technologies, facilities and equipment, including excellent designated facilities.

These include observation and interview rooms equipped with two-way mirror, CCTV and audio and allow research and interview practice sessions to be conducted and recorded onto DVD. We also have a custom-built air-conditioned PC laboratory which provides access to specialist software for running psychology experiments and conducting careers guidance interviews. More specialist equipment is also available in our cognitive suite and more details about this are given below.

- Cognitive suite
The cognitive psychology suite houses specialist psychology equipment. This includes eye tracking equipment which is capable of studying the eye movements of individuals whilst they complete cognitive tasks. The suite includes EEG (electroencephalogram) and ECG (electrocardiogram) facilities for recording electrical activity in the heart and scalp. There is also a driving simulator which is currently being used by postgraduate students to complete a study which examines the effects of stressors on driving performance.

- Psychology clinic facility (PAWB Wales)
As well as our excellent dedicated teaching facilities, the School of Psychology offers a wide range of psychological services to the general public. These are offered through our new PAWB Wales clinic facility and include play therapy, behaviour analysis, health and sport psychology interventions. The clinic activities support our wide range of postgraduate opportunities and undergraduate students can also get involved in some of the clinic’s work.

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This course covers the application and development of computer technologies as used in banking and financial systems, as well as financial and economic principles. Read more

Introduction

This course covers the application and development of computer technologies as used in banking and financial systems, as well as financial and economic principles.
This course provides knowledge in key areas involving three subjects: Computing, Economics, and Finance. Together they offer a unique combination of expertise required for a successful career in the financial sector. This MSc offers a choice of computing modules so that the student can adapt the course to their previous computing experience.
The course has a distinct international dimension as financial markets today are international in scope: trading in equities, bonds, derivatives and other securities occurs across borders and on a global scale. It emphasises the key characteristics of today's globalised financial world.
Computing Science at Stirling has strong links with industry. Students can get a first-hand industrial experience through placements and internships with local enterprises and organisations. More specifically, we offer company-based MSc projects to our students where our students can work with an employer to gain valuable commercial experience. We also regularly invite industry experts to share their expertise with students through seminars and talks.
You will also get prepared to find and secure a great job after completing this course through an integrated structured personal and professional development programme called ‘Lift-Off’. This course covers crucial topics such as self-image, body language, interview techniques, assessment centre startegies, conflict resolution as well as CV preparation and job targeting techniques.

Key information

- Degree type: Postgraduate Diploma, MSc
- Study methods: Full-time, Part-time
- Start date: September
- Course Director: Dr Mario Kolberg

Course objectives

The course is aimed at students from a variety of backgrounds, especially those that do not have any previous training in computing, economics or finance. The course is designed to complement and extend a student’s previous education, training and experience. Appropriate module choices facilitate adjusting the course of study according to a student’s preferences and prior expertise.
The MSc in Computing for Financial Markets will greatly enhance the employment prospects of students. On completion of this course, you will be ideally placed to embark on an IT career in the financial sector. Our company sponsored MSc projects will provide an ideal pathway into the industry.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:
- IELTS: 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill
- Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C
- Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade C
- Pearson Test of English (Academic): 54 with 51 in each component
- IBT TOEFL: 80 with no subtest less than 17

For more information go to English language requirements https://www.stir.ac.uk/study-in-the-uk/entry-requirements/english/

If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. View the range of pre-sessional courses http://www.intohigher.com/uk/en-gb/our-centres/into-university-of-stirling/studying/our-courses/course-list/pre-sessional-english.aspx .

Structure and content

This course comprises two 15-week semesters of taught modules, a winter programming assignment over three weeks in January, and the MSc project over three months at the end. Semester 1 concentrates on fundamental techniques. Semester 2 integrates, develops and applies these skills.
Practical work is a key component in this course. It builds from self contained tasks in the first semester, over the larger Winter programming assignment, to a group project in Semester 2. Finally, the dissertation project (possibly with a company) is the largest piece of work leading to your MSc dissertation. We usually place more than 50% of our students with a company for the MSc project duration.

Why Stirling?

REF2014
In REF2014 Stirling was placed 6th in Scotland and 45th in the UK with almost three quarters of research activity rated either world-leading or internationally excellent.

Career opportunities

The MSc in Computing for Financial Markets will greatly enhance the employment prospects of students. As a graduate of Computing for Financial Markets, you will be in demand in a range of sectors including banks, insurance business, IT software organisations, and service enterprises.
Previous postgraduate students have been very successful in obtaining suitable employment in the computing field in a considerable diversity of posts - some with small companies, others with major organisations such as HBOS, Prudential and RBS, with Local Authority and Government bodies. A number of graduates of the MSc Computing for Financial Markets have continued their studies towards a PhD.
Common job profiles of our graduates are:
- As a Systems Analyst, you will work on solving computer problems. This might involve adapting existing systems or using new technologies designing a new software solution In doing so, you will design software, write code, and test and fix software applications. You might also be involved in providing documentation for users. Typically you would work as part of a larger team.

- IT Consultants closely work with clients (often at the clients premises) and advise them on how to use computer technology and applications to best meet their business needs. You will work with clients to improve their efficiency of using computer systems. This may involve the adaptation/customisation of software applications, or the development of custom applications for the specific needs of the customer. As well as technical duties, you may be involved in project management.

- Applications Developers translate software requirements into programming code, and will usually specialise in a specific area, such as computer games or web technology. Often developers work as part of a larger team. You may be in charge of developing a certain component or part of a larger application.

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The postgraduate taught programmes in International Human Rights Law are advanced courses of study which provide students with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the far-reaching impact of international law on international relations, with a special emphasis on human rights issues and their relevance to domestic law. Read more
The postgraduate taught programmes in International Human Rights Law are advanced courses of study which provide students with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the far-reaching impact of international law on international relations, with a special emphasis on human rights issues and their relevance to domestic law.

Active research interests of staff ensure specifically tailored and distinctive modules, and delivery sometimes takes place with visiting speakers invited to give seminars on the programme.

Please note that the programme code for the Postgraduate Certificate programme is LWHC, and the Postgraduate Diploma is LWHD.

Key Facts

REF 2014
We came 16th out of 67 submissions at 4* and 3* (world leading and internationally excellent), 88% 3* environment and 100% 3* impact.

Resources
The School houses an impressive custom built Moot Room, the setting for mock trials, lectures and visiting speakers. The Law Library (housed in the Sydney Jones Library) includes the main English, European and International Law reports, law journals, legal works and textbooks.

Flexibility
All our postgraduate taught programmes can be studied flexibly and you are able to change from one programme to another. To change programmes, you must have studied the required number of taught specialist modules from the programme you wish to move to.

Progression Routes
All our programmes are available to be studied at Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and LLM levels. Students can progress through these levels on successful completion of each stage.

Why School of Law?

Solid academic pedigree

We combine over a hundred years’ teaching experience with modern approaches to learning. Alumni include judges of the House of Lords, Court of Appeal, High Court and County Court, members of Parliament and legal practitioners, as well as accountants, social workers and bankers, who continue to make an important contribution to the learning experience and career prospects of our students. The first female High Court judge in the country was a Liverpool Law graduate.

Developing professionalism

Our students have the opportunity to develop their professional skills through the activities of the School’s Pro-bono Law Clinic. The Clinic is operated by the Law School in association with members of the local legal community and enables students to enjoy the professional experience of dispensing legal advice to real clients, under the guidance and supervision of Law School staff and practising members of the profession.

Mentoring

We also offer a Law School Mentoring Scheme, whereby students are assigned to a local barrister or solicitor who will act as their mentor. The mentor will provide careers advice and assistance to their mentees on a personal and individual basis. This is in addition to the wider careers advisory programme run by the Law School and the University.

Leading experts

Academic staff are leading experts in their fields and research feeds into teaching at a postgraduate level, keeping students informed of the latest developments.

Supportive environment

Pastoral care is very important in the School, and it aims to provide a supportive environment in which students can flourish.

Career prospects

The School of Law includes amongst its alumni Judges of the Court of Appeal, the High Court and the County Courts, as well as distinguished figures in branches of the legal profession. Legal study provides a mark of excellence in any qualification profile. Apart from judicial appointment or working within the legal profession, past graduates have gone on to undertake Government service, to work within International Humanitarian Organisations, the UN, institutions of the European Union, to pursue careers in commerce, management, banking, marketing, public relations and a whole host of other challenging and rewarding career opportunities.

Any of the Law postgraduate taught programmes offered additionally provide an ideal opportunity to gain advanced specialist knowledge in preparation for further postgraduate research. All programmes of study are designed to enhance academic profiles and to ensure that graduates leave us with highly marketable skills, whatever they decide that market to be.

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The majority of students interested in medical law and related issues use our postgraduate taught programmes in Law, Medicine and Healthcare as an opportunity to gain advanced specialist knowledge in preparation for medical legal practice. Read more
The majority of students interested in medical law and related issues use our postgraduate taught programmes in Law, Medicine and Healthcare as an opportunity to gain advanced specialist knowledge in preparation for medical legal practice.

The programme is also often of interest to medical practitioners and health service workers. Modules are designed to draw on the experience and research excellence of the teaching staff.

Please note that the programme code for the Postgraduate Certificate programme is LWMC, and the Postgraduate Diploma is LWMD.

Key Facts

REF 2014
We came 16th out of 67 submissions at 4* and 3* (world leading and internationally excellent), 88% 3* environment and 100% 3* impact.

Resources
The School houses an impressive custom built Moot Room, the setting for mock trials, lectures and visiting speakers. The Law Library (housed in the Sydney Jones Library) includes the main English, European and International Law reports, law journals, legal works and textbooks.

Flexibility
All our postgraduate taught programmes can be studied flexibly and you are able to change from one programme to another. To change programmes, you must have studied the required number of taught specialist modules from the programme you wish to move to.

Progression Routes
All our programmes are available to be studied at Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and LLM levels. Students can progress through these levels on successful completion of each stage.

Why School of Law?

Solid academic pedigree

We combine over a hundred years’ teaching experience with modern approaches to learning. Alumni include judges of the House of Lords, Court of Appeal, High Court and County Court, members of Parliament and legal practitioners, as well as accountants, social workers and bankers, who continue to make an important contribution to the learning experience and career prospects of our students. The first female High Court judge in the country was a Liverpool Law graduate.

Developing professionalism

Our students have the opportunity to develop their professional skills through the activities of the School’s Pro-bono Law Clinic. The Clinic is operated by the Law School in association with members of the local legal community and enables students to enjoy the professional experience of dispensing legal advice to real clients, under the guidance and supervision of Law School staff and practising members of the profession.

Mentoring

We also offer a Law School Mentoring Scheme, whereby students are assigned to a local barrister or solicitor who will act as their mentor. The mentor will provide careers advice and assistance to their mentees on a personal and individual basis. This is in addition to the wider careers advisory programme run by the Law School and the University.

Leading experts

Academic staff are leading experts in their fields and research feeds into teaching at a postgraduate level, keeping students informed of the latest developments.

Supportive environment

Pastoral care is very important in the School, and it aims to provide a supportive environment in which students can flourish.

Career prospects

The School of Law includes amongst its alumni Judges of the Court of Appeal, the High Court and the County Courts, as well as distinguished figures in branches of the legal profession. Legal study provides a mark of excellence in any qualification profile. Apart from judicial appointment or working within the legal profession, past graduates have gone on to undertake Government service, to work within International Humanitarian Organisations, the UN, institutions of the European Union, to pursue careers in commerce, management, banking, marketing, public relations and a whole host of other challenging and rewarding career opportunities.

Any of the Law postgraduate taught programmes offered additionally provide an ideal opportunity to gain advanced specialist knowledge in preparation for further postgraduate research. All programmes of study are designed to enhance academic profiles and to ensure that graduates leave us with highly marketable skills, whatever they decide that market to be.

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On this programme, you will graduate with a Masters, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate in Law with no named specialism, allowing you to mix different subjects without restriction, according to your interests. Read more
On this programme, you will graduate with a Masters, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate in Law with no named specialism, allowing you to mix different subjects without restriction, according to your interests.

Please note that the programme code for the Postgraduate Certificate programme is LWLC, and the Postgraduate Diploma is LWLD.

There is therefore no requirement for any minimum number of credits to be studied in any particular specialist area or as a dissertation topic. All Staff and Research units of the School of Law and Social Justice collaborate in the delivery of this programme.

Key Facts

REF 2014
We came 16th out of 67 submissions at 4* and 3* (world leading and internationally excellent), 88% 3* environment and 100% 3* impact.

Resources
The School houses an impressive custom built Moot Room, the setting for mock trials, lectures and visiting speakers. The Law Library (housed in the Sydney Jones Library) includes the main English, European and International Law reports, law journals, legal works and textbooks.

Flexibility
All our postgraduate taught programmes can be studied flexibly and you are able to change from one programme to another. To change programmes, you must have studied the required number of taught specialist modules from the programme you wish to move to.

Progression Routes
All our programmes are available to be studied at Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and LLM levels. Students can progress through these levels on successful completion of each stage.

Why School of Law?

Solid academic pedigree

We combine over a hundred years’ teaching experience with modern approaches to learning. Alumni include judges of the House of Lords, Court of Appeal, High Court and County Court, members of Parliament and legal practitioners, as well as accountants, social workers and bankers, who continue to make an important contribution to the learning experience and career prospects of our students. The first female High Court judge in the country was a Liverpool Law graduate.

Developing professionalism

Our students have the opportunity to develop their professional skills through the activities of the School’s Pro-bono Law Clinic. The Clinic is operated by the Law School in association with members of the local legal community and enables students to enjoy the professional experience of dispensing legal advice to real clients, under the guidance and supervision of Law School staff and practising members of the profession.

Mentoring

We also offer a Law School Mentoring Scheme, whereby students are assigned to a local barrister or solicitor who will act as their mentor. The mentor will provide careers advice and assistance to their mentees on a personal and individual basis. This is in addition to the wider careers advisory programme run by the Law School and the University.

Leading experts

Academic staff are leading experts in their fields and research feeds into teaching at a postgraduate level, keeping students informed of the latest developments.

Supportive environment

Pastoral care is very important in the School, and it aims to provide a supportive environment in which students can flourish.

Career prospects

The School of Law includes amongst its alumni Judges of the Court of Appeal, the High Court and the County Courts, as well as distinguished figures in branches of the legal profession. Legal study provides a mark of excellence in any qualification profile. Apart from judicial appointment or working within the legal profession, past graduates have gone on to undertake Government service, to work within International Humanitarian Organisations, the UN, institutions of the European Union, to pursue careers in commerce, management, banking, marketing, public relations and a whole host of other challenging and rewarding career opportunities.

Any of the Law postgraduate taught programmes offered additionally provide an ideal opportunity to gain advanced specialist knowledge in preparation for further postgraduate research. All programmes of study are designed to enhance academic profiles and to ensure that graduates leave us with highly marketable skills, whatever they decide that market to be.

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This programme establishes the foundation for experienced dentists to develop their knowledge and clinical skills in endodontics, the branch of dentistry that deals with prevention of pathology and treatment of the dental pulp and surrounding tissues. Read more
This programme establishes the foundation for experienced dentists to develop their knowledge and clinical skills in endodontics, the branch of dentistry that deals with prevention of pathology and treatment of the dental pulp and surrounding tissues.

In addition, a custom designed communication course introduces students to Health Services Culture and Governance.

Students will be given the unique opportunity to:
- Develop their skills and interests in this subject by interacting with national and international experts
- Observe endodontics carried out to standards of excellence
- Promote their personal development and management skills, enabling them to work independently as proficient clinicians with enhanced leadership skills at the end of the course

Treatment of complex endodontic cases, which may be integral to more comprehensive restorative treatment plans, will involve working with consultants/specialists in other disciplines, which will facilitate eligibility to sit Membership in Endodontics, RCS Edinburgh.

Students will also have the opportunity to interact with, and be taught by, national and international experts in their field, make visits to specialist endodontic practices in the UK and attend recognised national courses.

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This taught postgraduate course is aimed at students who may not have studied computing exclusively but who have studied a considerable amount of computing already. Read more
This taught postgraduate course is aimed at students who may not have studied computing exclusively but who have studied a considerable amount of computing already.

If you want to become a specialist in a particular area of computing, this course will provide a first crucial step towards that goal.

This course specialises in the application of engineering to the design, development, and maintenance of software.

Study areas include computational finance; computer networks and distributed systems; computer vision; computing for optimal decisions; custom computing; databases; distributed algorithms; distributed systems; graphics; intelligent data and probabilistic inference; and an introduction to bioinformatics.

We also offer specialisms in:

Artificial Intelligence
Computational Management Science
Machine Learning
Software Engineering
Secure Software Systems
Visual Information Processing

Each specialism has a flexible mix of breadth and depth, consisting of two or three compulsory modules as well as choices from a selection of core and optional modules.

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This Masters course is accredited by the British Association of Play Therapists (BAPT) and provides professional training in play therapy. Read more
This Masters course is accredited by the British Association of Play Therapists (BAPT) and provides professional training in play therapy. Successful graduates of this course will have completed the formal elements of the training required to practise as a play therapist.

As well as meeting core requirements for play therapy training, the course introduces you to therapeutic interventions with different client groups including children and young people with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. The course offers placement opportunities in a variety of settings, including schools, children’s centres, charitable organisations and multidisciplinary agencies. You will develop the skills needed to practise as a professional in a responsible and demanding clinical environment.

The course provides theoretical and practical knowledge relating to play therapy, drawing on the experience and skills of qualified psychologists and play therapists, as well as other creative therapists and counselling staff. The course team is actively engaged with practitioner work and related research.

This is a demanding course and acceptable applicants will be interviewed to assess suitability for training. Students are also required to undertake their own personal therapy (60 hours) and clinical supervision (50 hours) as part of the professional requirement for registration as a Play Therapist. Students are expected to meet these costs in addition to the course fees.

There are also opportunities for suitable students to undertake part of their clinical practice hours in the PAWB Wales clinic.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/639-msc-play-therapy

What you will study

You will study the following modules:
- Child Development
- Play Therapy Skills
- Advanced Play Therapy Skills
- Research Methods
- Working with Children and their Families
- Clinical Practice & Personal Therapy 1
- Clinical Practice & Personal Therapy 2

Learning and teaching methods

Full-time study is delivered intensively on one day per week over two years (9am- 6pm in year one).

Teaching is through lectures, seminars, workshops, reflective diaries, research project work and specialist guest speakers.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects

Career opportunities for play therapists exist in many stimulating areas, such as community groups, social services, education services, the National Health Service and private clients.

Assessment methods

Assessment uses a variety of methods, including essays, diaries, research reports, presentations, portfolios of observations and clinical notes. Clinical work placements are available as part of this course.

Facilities

Students in Psychology have access to the latest learning technologies, facilities and equipment, including excellent designated facilities.

These include observation and interview rooms equipped with two-way mirror, CCTV and audio and allow research and interview practice sessions to be conducted and recorded onto DVD. We also have a custom-built air-conditioned PC laboratory which provides access to specialist software for running psychology experiments and conducting careers guidance interviews. More specialist equipment is also available in our cognitive suite and more details about this are given below.

- Cognitive suite
The cognitive psychology suite houses specialist psychology equipment. This includes eye tracking equipment which is capable of studying the eye movements of individuals whilst they complete cognitive tasks. The suite includes EEG (electroencephalogram) and ECG (electrocardiogram) facilities for recording electrical activity in the heart and scalp. There is also a driving simulator which is currently being used by postgraduate students to complete a study which examines the effects of stressors on driving performance.

- Psychology clinic facility (PAWB Wales)
As well as our excellent dedicated teaching facilities, the School of Psychology offers a wide range of psychological services to the general public. These are offered through our PAWB Wales clinic facility and include play therapy, behaviour analysis, health and sport psychology interventions. The clinic activities support our wide range of postgraduate opportunities and undergraduate students can also get involved in some of the clinic’s work.

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