We have designed this MSc course in consultation with industry partners.
Having this close understanding of what industry needs makes this course relatively unique and the very best suited to those looking for a career in helping businesses to make better decisions.
The course will be of specific interest to :
We have developed a number of modules to make up this MSc:
The 1 year full time MSc course will be stimulating and interactive, making use of lectures, self-learning, workshops and hands-on projects.
You will be assigned a Personal Tutor from the start of your course who will work with you throughout your studies to help you achieve your academic best.
The knowledge we provide you with in these areas will give you all of the essential know-how on methods, tools and techniques to deliver in your career in Business Intelligence.
The modules will be focused on the practical application of theoretical concepts using a range of contemporary enterprise management knowledge systems.
The project work we have imbedded within the course has been chosen and developed based on real-world scenarios across a range of industry and government sectors and is specifically designed to:
You will undertake your workshops in training rooms that are bang up-to-date with design features, touch screen electronic white boards and high speed wifi; housed across three stunning Georgian mansions.
All of our current students love the learning environment, the culture, camaraderie and the fact that tutors know them by name so they are more than just a ‘face in the crowd’.
You will have access to the very best IT facilities in order to support your studies.
These range from computer labs to access to cloud analytics from the leading providers.
We will use software from the academic programs of the major enterprise I.T. vendors such as IBM and SAP as well as commonly used open source programs and frameworks.
From September 2018, many of the teaching sessions will take place in the purpose-built Engineering and Digital Technology building in the Bognor Regis campus.
What's more, you have lots of other facilities on this dedicated university campus including latest books, journals and online data in a truly modern library, an IT centre, a student zone complete with Costa Coffee, a gym and much more.
The course has been designed to provide you with a very practical understanding of the issues associated with sourcing, curating, analysing and presenting data in business and other public sector and not-for-profit organisations. On completion of your MSc studies and successful graduation, you will have very transferable skills and can choose to move directly in to the workplace.
Our approach to supporting your learning, and how your learning is assessed, is designed to mirror the workplace environment. With this in mind, key features of our approach to learning and assessment include the following:
The Information management pathway addresses both the technical challenges of information capture and usage from big data, and the need for its effective and efficient management and analysis within business, scientific, educational, entertainment and organisational contexts. This MSc pathway will examine the entire information management life cycle, including data strategy, management, design and warehousing, data analytics and information governance. In addition to the need to work with huge volumes of data, the pathway will also address multi-modality, including un- and semi-structured data, image and video data, spatial and temporal data, etc.
The pathway consists of two (compulsory) units from the Data Engineering and IT governance ACS theme, three additional compulsory units on various aspects of information management, and one optional unit covering various application areas (such as decision support, text mining, optimisation).
The pathway is taught in collaboration with Manchester Business School (MBS). As such, the programme benefits from the offerings of both schools. MBS is the largest campus-based business and management school in the UK offering world-leading business education informed by leading edge theory and practice. Similarly, the School of Computer Science is renowned as a world-class centre of excellence in computing teaching and research.
IBM has announced that Prof. John Keane from the School of Computer Science at The University of Manchester is one of the winners of its2013 Big Data and Analytics Faculty Awards. He joins 13 other researchers from around the world who will bring together their innovative research for the benefit of curricular development. The award will support technical case studies investigating the design and implementation of big data problems to enhance the postgraduate module in Data Engineering which is central to the Information Management pathway of the Advanced Computer Science and IT management MSc at Manchester.
The (full time version of the) course lasts 12 months, and starts in September. The students take the following core course units:
- Data Engineering (COMP60711)
- Machine learning and Data Mining (COMP61011)
- Information and knowledge management (BMAN71652)
- IT Governance (COMP60721)
- IS Strategy and Enterprise Systems (BMAN60111)
and one course unit from the following three:
- Decision Behaviour, Analysis and Support (BMAN61102)
- Text mining (COMP61332)
- Optimization for learning, planning and problem-solving (COMP61143).
In addition, students follow Research Methods and Professional Skills (COMP60990), which includes academic and professional literacy, ethics, testing, usability, careers, etc. and work on their MSc project. The project is assessed in two parts, through the Project Progress Report (which counts for 85% of the 30 credits for COMP60990) and the Dissertation (60 credits). To continue towards the project for MSc award, students need to pass the taught component (90 credits).
IBM is supportive of the Information Management pathway. The programme fits with some of IBM's core business objectives and also that of some of our clients. (Martyn Spink, University of Manchester Relationship Manager, IBM UK Limited).
We maintain close relationships with potential employers and run various activities throughout the year, including career fairs, guest lectures, and projects run jointly with partners from industry. This is managed by our Employability Tutor; see the School of Computer Science's employability pages for more information.
This is a conversion course aimed at graduates with a first degree in a non-computing discipline who want to gain employment in the lucrative IT industry.
You begin by studying key computing topics including
These modules provide the background knowledge you need to develop more advanced skills later in the course. They allow you to become familiar with the major technologies and concepts that underpin the modern computing industry.
Your learning at this stage has a practical focus and you are encouraged to take part in technical development work.
You go on to study a specialist topic in more depth with the choice of • databases • big data • web and cloud technologies. These areas are very current within the computing industry and in high demand of qualified IT personnel.
You then take an industrial expertise module where you have the opportunity to engage in live projects for real clients. This gives you experience working in a team to identify client needs, plan projects and produce working solutions.
You may be able to study abroad as part of the Erasmus programme.
During the final part of the course you complete an individual project which is the equivalent of a dissertation. To prepare you for this project, you first take a module on research skills and principles. You gain an understanding of research methods and learn how to manage a project of this kind.
As well as submitting project materials, you also deliver an assessed presentation describing your work to an audience.
You choose one from
This covers • logical database design • data warehousing • big data and distributed systems.
Web and cloud technologies
This covers • cloud technologies • cloud applications • mobile applications.
This covers • big data and distributed systems • data quality • business intelligence in action.
This course prepares you for a career in the software industry. You graduate with the skills and knowledge to work in areas such as • database development • web application development • big data • software consultancy. The course offers flexibility by being able to adopt the latest technologies and standards to reflect what is being used in industry.
Our computing graduates have found employment in companies such as Sky, PlusNet and Sumo Digital in roles ranging from software tester to senior architect.
This course is your opportunity to specialise in the development of web-based software systems that use databases. During your time with us, you will gain a critical awareness of the methodologies, tools and techniques used for the development of web-based computer systems and an advanced understanding of the techniques used for the development, evaluation and testing of databases.
The course also develops an awareness of the latest developments in the field of advanced databases, data mining and data warehousing. You will also gain substantial knowledge and skills in the deployment of SAS business intelligence software leading towards SAS data miner accreditation, and learn what the Semantic Web and Linked Data are, together with what these technologies enable.
This course covers a very comprehensive range of topics split in to four large modules worth 30 credits each plus the MSc Project. External speakers from blue-chip and local companies will give seminars to complement your learning, that will be real-world case studies related to the subjects you are studying in your modules. These are designed to improve the breadth of your learning and often lead to ideas that you can develop for your MSc Project.
Teaching on this course takes the form of lectures, individual and group class work, topical class discussions and critical case study evaluation.
You will gain hands-on lab experience of using and setting up databases and web-based systems. What’s more, tutorials will give you practice in solving the theoretical and design problems associated with these systems.
With this qualification, you’ll be equipped as web/database designer and programmer, data analytics and miner among other roles. Your experience will be in high demand across all industrial and commercial sectors.
Previous students have gone on to work with companies including British Airways, Google, Hewlett-Packard, Oracle and other IT firms.
Our links with industry include large companies (BT, Oracle, Microsoft) and local companies.
These companies engage with the University by giving guest seminars and often our students will work with them on their MSc Project.
Many of our graduates will go on to further study in our Computer Networks and Telecommunications Research Centre (CNTR)
The CNTR undertakes both pure and applied research in the general field of telecommunications and computer networking including computer networking technologies, wireless systems, networked multimedia applications, quality of service, mobile networking, intelligent buildings, context driven information systems and communication protocols. Much of this work is funded through research grants and supported by industry. In addition, members of the group are actively involved in a range of public engagement courses which aim to raise the awareness of these subjects for the general public and in schools.
Research themes in this Centre include: