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Technology is one of the greatest agents of change in the modern world and it represents a significant opportunity and risk for businesses of all sizes. Read more

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

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

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

Key facts

-Part-time Masters degree based in Central London

-Flexible start dates in January, June and September

-Continue working while you study with lectures delivered on 15 weekends throughout the 2 year course

-Build a firm grounding in strategic web development skills and mobile development

-Learn how to manage and utilise the opportunities emerging technologies create

-Undergraduate degree not essential for entry

What will I study?

Northumbria University’s part-time MSc Web and Mobile Development Technologies provides a firm grounding in strategic web development skills, with a specific focus on mobile development. Blending training with academic rigour, our programme will enable you to develop the lifelong skills needed to rise to the challenge and opportunity of emerging technologies and engage in the ‘bleeding edge’ field. An area which is notoriously high risk and has an increased potential of unreliability.

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

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

How will I be taught and assessed?

The part-time programme is designed to enable working professionals to fit their study around their work and personal life. The programme is assessed through modular assignments and a final dissertation, with no exams.

All taught lectures are delivered on 15 weekends spread throughout the 2 year period, with approximately 24 hours of taught content per module. You will be expected to invest equal time on self-directed learning and reading.

Our MSc Web and Mobile Development Technologies is a truly blended learning programme, offering extensive student support in and outside of the classroom. We have a dedicated delegate support team based in London to assist you throughout your programme and arrange one-to-one sessions with our experienced faculty.

Modules

You will study a range of up-to-date and industry informed set of modules designed to develop your knowledge, skills and competency in a range of computing concepts and issues. You can expect modules such as Mobile App Development and Internet of Things. You will also complete a final Research Project, giving you the opportunity to investigate an area of particular interest and demonstrate academic excellence. 

Please visit the course page for more information on module content. 



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

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

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

Key facts
-Part-time Masters degree based in Central London
-Continue working while you study with lectures delivered on 15 weekends throughout the 2 year course
-Build a firm grounding in strategic web development skills and mobile development
-Learn how to manage and utilise the opportunities emerging technologies create
-Undergraduate degree not essential for entry

What will I study?

Northumbria University’s part-time MSc Web and Mobile Development Technologies provides a firm grounding in strategic web development skills, with a specific focus on mobile development. Blending training with academic rigour, our programme will enable you to develop the lifelong skills needed to rise to the challenge and opportunity of emerging technologies and engage in the ‘bleeding edge’ field. An area which is notoriously high risk and has an increased potential of unreliability.

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

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

How will I be taught and assessed?

The part-time programme is designed to enable working professionals to fit their study around their work and personal life. The programme is assessed through modular assignments and a final dissertation, with no exams.

All taught lectures are delivered on 15 weekends spread throughout the 2 year period, with approximately 24 hours of taught content per module. You will be expected to invest equal time on self-directed learning and reading.

Our MSc Web and Mobile Development Technologies is a truly blended learning programme, offering extensive student support in and outside of the classroom. We have a dedicated delegate support team based in London to assist you throughout your programme and arrange one-to-one sessions with our experienced faculty.

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Our MSc Mobile Web Development course is designed to meet the demands of the increasing use of mobile devices, which are being coupled with cloud computing to provide applications and services to users and enterprises. Read more

Our MSc Mobile Web Development course is designed to meet the demands of the increasing use of mobile devices, which are being coupled with cloud computing to provide applications and services to users and enterprises.

You will develop your design and development skills and position yourself to target employment opportunities in software development for the mobile web.

Many of the learning outcomes are practical and a large proportion of class time is spent in computing laboratories engaging with the appropriate tools and acquiring practical knowledge. Theoretical knowledge is provided through lectures, tutorials, seminars and individual study.

Active learning is promoted through practical assignments. Certain classes and assignments involve problem-solving through analysis, evaluation and the synthesis of a solution reflecting the practical emphasis of the programme.

Course Details

A number of prominent technology experts, including Apple CEO Tim Cook, have been proclaiming the focus of software innovation has nearly completely shifted from an emphasis on developing tools for use on full-size personal computers to developing for mobile devices.

MSc Mobile Web Development is a technical course covering web and mobile development and addresses the issue highlighted above. Its content will develop as technologies evolve and change, which is the nature of a specialist computing course.

Core modules you will study include:

  • Web Development
  • Ethics for the IT Professional
  • Dynamic Web Applications
  • Security for the Mobile Web
  • Research Design and Methods
  • Interactive Design for Smart Devices
  • Mobile Networks and Smartphone Applications
  • Mobile Business Technology and Design

Teaching & Assessment

Many of the learning outcomes are practical and a large proportion of class time is spent in computing laboratories engaging with the appropriate tools and acquiring practical knowledge. Theoretical knowledge is provided through:

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Seminars
  • Individual study

 Active learning is promoted through practical assignments.

Certain classes and assignments involve problem-solving through analysis, evaluation and the synthesis of a solution reflecting the practical emphasis of the course.

Your knowledge and understanding is assessed through class tests and also by the structure it gives to practical work assignments and by reflective practice exercises.

Career Prospects

Jobs

You are poised for employment opportunities in software development for the mobile web. In addition, you will also be able to undertake employment as a mobile and web application developer.

Further Study

Gaining a MSc Mobile Web Development degree will be equip you to undertake a PhD by research in the subject area.

Implementing Europe's 5G Mobile Network

Remote surgery, driverless cars and smooth mobile HD streaming could all become a reality thanks to pioneering research taking place at UWS.

UWS computing researchers Jose Alcaraz-Calero and Qi Wang are the technical leads on the SELFNET project, which is developing a ‘self-healing’ mobile network. The new network is 1,000 times faster than 4G, delivering dramatic improvements to quality of user experience, reliability and security – and unlocking a wealth of new online opportunities.

”SELFNET will allow 5G networks to make possible things that would have been considered science fiction just a few years ago.” Dr. Alcaraz-Calero

As part of this course, you will hear from PhD students who are working on the 5G mobile project, and the course content will be updated to reflect the findings of this work.



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Sustainable development, or development that balances economic, social, and environmental aspects, is one of the greatest challenges of our time, and Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) can be powerful tools in helping to achieve this. Read more
Sustainable development, or development that balances economic, social, and environmental aspects, is one of the greatest challenges of our time, and Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) can be powerful tools in helping to achieve this.

The ICT for Development (ICT4D) specialism is a strand within the established and highly successful MSc Practising Sustainable Development. It is offered jointly by the Politics, Development and Sustainability (PDS) Group and the UNESCO Chair/Centre in ICT4D at Royal Holloway, University of London.

This ICT4D Masters strand takes a global perspective on sustainable development and the role of ICTs; placed at the interface of research and practice, it is designed for those who want to launch or further their careers as development practitioners or scholars. It combines cutting-edge teaching on ICT4D with rigorous training in the broader field of sustainable development, to provide a well-rounded perspective on current and future development challenges. This degree extends knowledge, develops key skills and optimises career prospects.

The course is also offered at Postgraduate Diploma level for those who do not have the academic background necessary to begin an advanced Master’s degree. The structure of the Diploma is identical except that you will not write a dissertation. If you are successful on the Diploma you may transfer to the MSc, subject to academic approval.

See the website https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/geography/coursefinder/mscpgdippsdict4d.aspx

Why choose this course?

- This is an intellectually exciting and inspiring course, drawing on both physical and social sciences, which attracts a diverse, international group of students.

- Our teaching staff are leading international experts and have wide experience in different developing regions and economies in transition, including Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, South Asia, East Asia and South-East Asia.

- You will benefit from small group learning and an intense but friendly atmosphere, and will receive individual mentoring and career advice from our staff (both from your personal tutor and a dissertation supervisor).

- You will receive an internationally renowned University of London degree, giving you a solid foundation for a career in the field of development and/or environment.

- The course will provide you with training in the skills needed to research and assess ICT for development. These include research design, project development, geographic information systems, remote sensing, participatory methods, project analysis and evaluation.

Department research and industry highlights

The UNESCO Chair/Centre in ICT4D at Royal Holloway is an interdisciplinary centre involving staff in Geography, Management, Computer Science and Earth Sciences. One of the world leaders in its field, with 17 affiliated staff and 18 PhD students, it is a vibrant research community embedded in both the College and the international ICT4D Collective of ICT4D practitioners. It has excellent links with NGOs, businesses and international organisations. Friendly and diverse, it is an exciting place to study and network with other ICT4D experts.

The Politics, Development and Sustainability (PDS) group consists of over 20 research-active staff, 35 PhD students and 50 Master’s students on four MSc programmes. We are committed to conducting collaborative research which seeks to understand and contribute to addressing problems of social inequality, environmental destruction and injustice. The breadth of its members’ research places it in an ideal position to contribute to theoretical and policy debates on key challenges facing Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean today.

Course content and structure

The course is divided into three compulsory elements; theory, policy and practice; research training; and a dissertation. Students studying for the Postgraduate Diploma do not undertake the dissertation.

Core course units:
Sustainability, Development and Governance
This course will equip students with a detailed understanding of the development of sustainable development as a discourse. Students will explore key sustainability issues such as climate change, globalisation, and human responses with an emphasis on the emergence of environmental governance as a means to pursue sustainability.

Technology and Development
This course provides you with an introduction to the role of technology in development, focusing particularly on mobile phone and computer technologies. The course combines an understanding of key theoretical debates and how technologies have been applied in diverse sectors such as health and education. The course also includes training in the use of GIS (geographical information systems) within a development context.

ICT4D
This course gives you the opportunity to develop deeper understandings of cutting-edge applications of ICT4D research and practice. Topics covered include environmental change and Green ICT, open development and subversive forms of technology use, and logics of inclusion and exclusion in ICT programmes. You will also examine project planning, monitoring and evaluation in the field of ICT4D.

Participatory Research
This course combines detailed understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of participatory research and methods with practical experience of using different participatory research techniques. These include participatory diagramming, participatory video and participatory environmental monitoring.

Research Training
You will be provided with training in a range of methods to enable you to plan, carry out and complete a piece of research. There are three modules in this element:
- Social Research Methods Training - provides a range of social science methods for field research and analysis.
- Quantitative Methods for Graduates - provides basic statistical concepts and procedures used in empirical research.
- Development and Environment Research Training - provides guidance for planning, developing and undertaking research in a development and environment context.

Dissertation (MSc only)
The dissertation is of between 12,000 and 15,000 words, on a topic of your choice which has been approved by the supervisor. It requires both secondary and primary research, and the demonstration of originality in integrating theoretical and practical research methods in tackling a particular problem. You will be encouraged to carry out your dissertation in collaboration with an organisation in the field of development and environment.

Community Volunteer Project
You will undertake an independent volunteer project which will give you practical experience in gaining sustainability related work experience in a non-for profit organisation. The project will enhance your employability whilst and provide an opportunity to gain practical experience of third sector organisational objectives, cultures and practices.

Elective course units:
Sustainability, Development and Society
You will develop a detailed understanding of key social / environmental relationships incorporating contemporary issues in the geographies of sustainability. These will include 'risk society', sustainable cities, and the impacts of corporate sector activities on the environment. You will also understand the challenges to sustainable development at household and community levels, with a focus on community-based approaches to sustainable development.

Business Ethics and Enterprise
The aim of the course is to equip students with the moral frameworks and critical abilities necessary to understand the role of business in society from an ethical perspective. The course will cover different types of business including large publicly traded multinationals, small and medium sized enterprises, social enterprises and family firms. Students will be expected to understand the different issues in these organizational types and to articulate moral arguments from a range of different perspectives.

International Sustainability Management
This course provides participants with an understanding of how Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) informs sustainability management issues in large, transnational organisations. It will focus on issues such as consumption and sustainability as dichotomised between the apparently incompatible tensions of economic and environmental interests.

Other courses Geopolitics and Security / PIR / Management / Computer Science

On completion of the course graduates will have:
- an understanding at an advanced level of the relationships between, and complexities of, social, economic, political and environmental aspects of sustainable development and ICT4D

- an understanding at an advanced level of how the key issues in sustainable development theory and ICT4D influence policy and impact on practice

- the ability to critically analyse complex or contradictory areas of knowledge in aspects of sustainable development.

Assessment

Assessment is carried out by a variety of methods including coursework and a dissertation.

Employability & career opportunities

Past students of the MSc Practising Sustainable Development are now employed by international development and/or environment agencies, national government in their countries, national programmes and implementing agencies, higher education institutions, consultancies, private sector businesses, social enterprises and NGOs; as environmental and development policy-makers, managers, workers, activists, teachers and researchers. Many of our alumni are also currently undertaking doctoral programmes in the UK and abroad.

How to apply

Applications for entry to all our full-time postgraduate degrees can be made online https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/studyhere/postgraduate/applying/howtoapply.aspx .

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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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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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The degree has been developed to meet the needs of people working, or hoping to work, in international agencies, humanitarian organisations, and NGOs and students intending to go on to carry out PhD research.The programme attracts applicants with a variety of academic and working backgrounds. Read more

Who is this programme for?:

The degree has been developed to meet the needs of people working, or hoping to work, in international agencies, humanitarian organisations, and NGOs and students intending to go on to carry out PhD research.The programme attracts applicants with a variety of academic and working backgrounds. We welcome those who have worked in the field of migration and / or development, but we also welcome applications from students without relevant work experience who can demonstrate a strong interest in the major themes of the programme and a strong first degree, preferably in a social science.

This innovative new programme in the Department of Development Studies offers students the opportunity to combine study and analysis of critical perspectives on development and the increasingly important and related field of migration studies.

The MSc in Migration, Mobility and Development will focus attention on the political economy of migration from a historical perspective, major trends in migration theories, and different forms of and approaches to the study of migration and displacement. The programme draws on the expertise of staff in development, migration and forced migration contexts from the Development Studies department, and encourages inter-disciplinary dialogue with other relevant departments and centres within SOAS.

The programme’s 20-week core modules will focus on the migration–development nexus, broadly conceived and defined. It will also expose students to a range of interlocking theoretical approaches which set out to account for constructions of and responses to migration and migrants, as well as to the scope and scale of migratory processes. Broadly, Term 1 provides analysis of the institutional, political, social and economic contexts where migration takes place and considers differentiated/mitigated effects. Term 2 builds on this to discuss types of migration via case study and other material, placing more emphasis on migrants’ perspectives and how these are mitigated by ‘contexts’.

Topics and themes include:

Sedentarism and the study of migration
Polities & economies of migration
Colonialism
Nations, states and territory
Globalisation
(Illegal) workers in the global economy
Place and emplacement
Assimilation/acculturation/discrimination
Transnational migrants & mobile lives
Trafficking
Development and migration
Diasporas and development
Refugees and internally displaced persons
Development-induced displacement
Environment and refugees/displacement
Climate change-related migration
Policy responses to migration
Transformations North and South

The MSc in Migration, Mobility and Development will provide a thorough analytical grounding in international migration including different types of forced and voluntary migration, facilitating the development of specialized knowledge of particular case studies, as well as overall trends and theoretical frameworks. A rigorous academic programme, it will also give students the confidence to think in policy relevant terms and will be equally valuable to those proceeding to professional employment in the sector with international organizations, NGOs and government bodies, and for students intending to go on to carry out PhD research.

Visit the website http://www.soas.ac.uk/development/programmes/prog/

Structure

- Overview
There are four main components to this degree: three taught modules and a 10,000 word dissertation. All students take a core module, Migration, Mobility and Development. A distinctive feature of the core module is that students work together in small groups to produce a migration related research report. They then select one of two further modules: Political Economy of Development or Theory, Policy and Practice of Development. Through these modules students build their analytical skills and knowledge of the main issues and debates in Development Studies.

- Specialisation
Students also take optional modules (one full module or two half modules), allowing them to specialise in particular areas of development and possibly use them to develop a dissertation in a related theme. By tying these to their individual dissertation topic, students design their degree to suit their own interests and career development goals.

Students should be aware that not all optional modules may run in a given year. Modules at other institutions are not part of the approved programme structure.

Programme Specification

Programme Specification 2015/16 (pdf; 78kb) - http://www.soas.ac.uk/development/programmes/prog/file101784.pdf

Materials

SOAS Library is one of the world's most important academic libraries for the study of Africa, Asia and the Middle East, attracting scholars from all over the world. The Library houses over 1.2 million volumes, together with significant archival holdings, special collections and a growing network of electronic resources.

Teaching & Learning

The MSc programme consists of three taught modules (corresponding to three examination papers) and a dissertation. Courses are taught by a combination of methods, principally lectures, tutorial classes, seminars, collaborative research projects and supervised individual study projects.

- Lectures

Most modules involve a two hour lecture as a key component with linked tutorial classes.

- Seminars

At Masters level there is particular emphasis on seminar work. Students make full-scale presentations for each unit that they take, and are expected to write papers that often require significant independent work.

- Dissertation

A quarter of the work for the degree is given over to the writing of an adequately researched 10,000-word dissertation. Dissertation work requires students to make use of theoretical and empirical material and relate this to a migration related topic.

Employment

A postgraduate degree in Migration, Mobility and Development from SOAS provides graduates with a portfolio of widely transferable skills sought by employers, including analytical skills, the ability to think laterally and employ critical reasoning, and knowing how to present materials and ideas effectively both orally and in writing. Equally graduates are able to continue in the field of research, continuing their studies either at SOAS or other institutions.

An MSc in Migration, Mobility and Development is a valuable experience that provides students with a body of work and a diverse range of skills that they can use to market themselves with when they graduate.

For more information about Graduate Destinations from this department, please visit the Careers Service website (http://www.soas.ac.uk/careers/graduate-destinations/).

Find out how to apply here - http://www.soas.ac.uk/admissions/pg/howtoapply/

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Mobile devices are now used worldwide – due mainly to the vast range of software that makes portable devices essential accessories in the information age. Read more
Mobile devices are now used worldwide – due mainly to the vast range of software that makes portable devices essential accessories in the information age.

It’s a trend which has seen a growing demand for professionals who not only understand the design and development of mobile software apps, but also appreciate how they can be integrated into business environments to achieve competitive advantage and operational efficiency.

To meet this demand, our MSc delivers in-depth knowledge of techniques; technologies and tools; latest standards of mobile software development; and interface design and integration. It also focuses on the exploitation of mobile devices in corporate and commercial networks and in particular their role in emerging network architectures.

You’ll cover iOS and Android development, interface design principles, emerging computer network architectures, and security. You’ll also have the opportunity to research exciting areas of mobile technologies, tools and techniques and to disseminate your own findings and developments.

The course culminates in a development project incorporating what you have learned during your studies. Focusing on your chosen specialisation of mobile software design, development, entrepreneurship or distribution, the project will give you a challenging opportunity to produce innovative software.

Having decided on the theme, you will produce a masters level project with the support of your supervisor who will provide you with all the academic advice you need. You will study in our computing suite which is equipped with both Apple MacBook Pros and PCs to industry standard.

You’ll study modules such as:

Studying at Masters Level and Research Methods
Emerging Architectures and Security
Entrepreneurial Management
Mobile and Client-Side User Experience
Mobile Software Design and Architecture
Mobile Software Development
Independent Scholarship

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We have a wide range of testbeds available for projects, including wireless networking, wireless sensors, satellite networking, and security testbeds, future internet testbed and cloud infrastructure. Read more

We have a wide range of testbeds available for projects, including wireless networking, wireless sensors, satellite networking, and security testbeds, future internet testbed and cloud infrastructure.

We also have a wide range of software tools for assignments and project work, including OPNET, NS2/3, Matlab, C, C++ and various system simulators. Some projects can offer the opportunity to work with industry.

Read about the experience of a previous student on this course, Paulo Valente Klaine.

Programme structure

This programme is studied full-time over one academic year and part-time students must study at least two taught technical modules per academic year, until a total of eight is reached. It consists of eight taught modules and a standard project.

Example module listing

The following modules are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

Educational aims of the programme

The taught postgraduate Degree Programmes of the Department are intended both to assist with professional career development within the relevant industry and, for a small number of students, to serve as a precursor to academic research.

Our philosophy is to integrate the acquisition of core engineering and scientific knowledge with the development of key practical skills (where relevant).

To fulfil these objectives, the programme aims to:

  • Attract well-qualified entrants, with a background in Electronic Engineering, Physical Sciences, Mathematics, Computing & Communications, from the UK, Europe and overseas
  • Provide participants with advanced knowledge, practical skills and understanding applicable to the MSc degree
  • Develop participants' understanding of the underlying science, engineering, and technology, and enhance their ability to relate this to industrial practice
  • Develop participants' critical and analytical powers so that they can effectively plan and execute individual research/design/development projects
  • Provide a high level of flexibility in programme pattern and exit point
  • Provide students with an extensive choice of taught modules, in subjects for which the Department has an international and UK research reputation

Intended capabilities for MSc graduates:

  • Underpinning learning– know, understand and be able to apply the fundamental mathematical, scientific and engineering facts and principles that underpin mobile and satellite communications
  • Engineering problem solving - be able to analyse problems within the field of mobile and satellite communications and more broadly in electronic engineering and find solutions
  • Engineering tools - be able to use relevant workshop and laboratory tools and equipment, and have experience of using relevant task-specific software packages to perform engineering tasks
  • Technical expertise - know, understand and be able to use the basic mathematical, scientific and engineering facts and principles associated with the topics within mobile and satellite communications
  • Societal and environmental context - be aware of the societal and environmental context of his/her engineering activities
  • Employment context - be aware of commercial, industrial and employment-related practices and issues likely to affect his/her engineering activities
  • Research & development investigations - be able to carry out research-and- development investigations
  • Design - where relevant, be able to design electronic circuits and electronic/software products and systems

Technical characteristics of the pathway

This programme in Mobile Communication Systems reflects the importance and ubiquity of mobile telephony and mobile data communications throughout the world.

Students will gain a detailed knowledge of the fundamentals and advanced concepts involved in communications and 3G/4G/5G mobile technology together with the principles, algorithms and protocols that underpin Internet-based mobile backbone networks.

This material is complemented by study in areas such as mobile applications and web services, mobile app software development, the Internet of Things, network management, and satellite communications.

The teaching material and projects are closely related to the research being carried out in the EE Department's Institute for Communications Research.

Global opportunities

We often give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities.

In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.



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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. 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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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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There has been a huge year on year growth in the IT sector and in particular in the area of the web and mobile devices. This has led to a corresponding rise in demand for skilled IT professionals in this area. This area because of its small initial investment costs also enables appropriately skilled professionals to start and grow their own companies

This technology based course is ideal for students who have a degree in Computer Science or a related field. The focus is on the process from design of software through to deployment and a full understanding of the technologies that enable this. As a student you will experience a combination of structured learning with problem-based scenarios and research that will develop your capabilities for critical thinking, argument, creativity and encourage your innovation all of which are brought into the practical decision making processes encountered in this fast moving area.

Emphasis in this course is on obtaining real world professional practice skills, with a large amount of the course being undertaken in workshops utilising real world tools. Theoretical knowledge will be underpinned through case studies, lectures and seminars. Learning will be encouraged through the use of practical assignments and the underlying aim is to turn you into a professional who not only understands the theory of this technical area, but has real life and up to date practical skills and experience.

What happens on the course?

The course has a main thrust in the areas of Web design and technologies, Mobile technologies and App development. Alongside these subjects you will study topics that develop the high level academic skills required at postgraduate level, and there is an opportunity to work with an industrial partner on a mini project.

At the end of this course you, the student, will be able to:

Conduct research into advanced areas of Mobile and Web technologies; apply and extend an understanding of the nature of research and development; demonstrate the professional skills required to produce a high-quality deliverable and communicate results clearly through appropriate media.

Demonstrate expertise in development of mobile apps; apply well-chosen techniques and methodologies to generate sophisticated solutions through team work;

Apply appropriate tools and advanced techniques to develop sophisticated web sites and Internet applications;

Demonstrate a critical understanding of the concepts and technologies underpinning modern web and mobile platforms, and have the ability to supply flexible solutions to the changing technological landscape.

Career path

In 2014 the EU released a report entitled "Sizing the EU App Economy" stating that currently the app market employs 1 million developers and grosses 17.5 Billion Euros and will rise in 2018 to 2.7 million and 63 Billion respectively. The EU developers raise 43% of the global revenue for consumer apps, and a challenge to this is the serious skills shortage. Indeed.com identified that the top UK IT job shortage was HTML5 programmers, and Mobile app developers come in at number 5.

What skills will you gain?

Conduct research into advanced areas of Mobile and Web technologies; apply and extend an understanding of the nature of research and development; demonstrate the professional skills required to produce a high-quality deliverable and communicate results clearly through appropriate media.

Demonstrate expertise in development of mobile apps; apply well-chosen techniques and methodologies to generate sophisticated solutions through team work;

Apply appropriate tools and advanced techniques to develop sophisticated web sites and Internet applications;

Demonstrate a critical understanding of the concepts and technologies underpinning modern web and mobile platforms, and have the ability to supply flexible solutions to the changing technological landscape;

Demonstrate the ability to deliver an artefact in a given time scale and to a high level of expertise.

Who accredits this course?

This is a new course and accreditation is being sought from the British Computer Society.



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Key features

-Structure: This programme will give you knowledge of computational problem solving, computer technology and software development with a focus on human-computer-interaction and usability as competitive factors. The programme includes a CS workshop module that guarantees that you will collaborate with experts from our world-leading research centres.
-Resources: Benefit from easy access to cutting-edge specialist labs and next-generation software and hardware on a single-campus. You will benefit directly from facilities such as our NVIDIA sponsored GPU Research Centre and our High-Performance Computing Centre. You will be provided with a personal (free) iPad mini enabling you to fully take part of our electronically enhanced teaching.
Financial support: Plymouth University offers a range of general and merit-based postgraduate scholarships for local and international students including GREAT scholarships for students of Indian nationality. To be considered for one of these scholarships you must first hold a conditional offer of a place on a postgraduate taught (PGT) degree programme.
-Careers: A post-graduate qualification in computer science combined with a background in a non-computing field opens the door to a wide range of careers including Systems Analyst (start £20-25K, senior £40K+), Information Security or Multimedia Specialist (start £20-25K, senior £35-60K), Operational Researcher (start £20-28K, senior £40-100K+) and IT consultant (starting salary £20-30K, senior salary £40-80K) . With the recognised skill gap in the IT sector, currently, 85 per cent of computer science students find employment within six months of finishing their programme.
-Lifestyle: Work hard and play hard in Britain’s Ocean City with its beautiful moors and beaches and its historical naval links. The City of Plymouth is located in the county of Devon, repeatedly selected as the best place to live in the UK. Find out more about life in Plymouth and the South West.
-Quality: As one of UK’s ten largest universities, Plymouth combines the best of modern and traditional higher education, with friendly and approachable professors and a world-leading research profile in future-focused areas such as medicine, cognitive science, environmental science and robotics.

Course details

Semester 1 modules
-Computational Problem Solving and Computer Systems
-Software Development and Databases
-Computer Networks and Cybersecurity

Semester 2 modules
-HCI, Web and Mobile Development
-Software Project Management (including group project)
-Computer Science Workshops

Individual project
-The taught element of the programme is followed by an individual project.

Core modules
-ISAD515 Computational Problem Solving and Computer Systems
-NET505 Computer Networks and Cybersecurity
-PROJ516 MSc Project
-SOFT562 Software Development and Databases
-SOFT549 HCI, Web and Mobile Development
-AINT514 Computer Science Workshop
-ISAD516 Software Project Management

Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

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Course outline

The programme will give you the skills and experience to become an industry-accredited professionals.
-Be prepared to respond to the computing challenges of the business world
-Gain the theoretical underpinning needed to support sound analysis, design and delivery of technology solutions
-Develop a systematic understanding of the software development process; as well as practical software and information systems engineering capabilities based on well-founded principles
-Be able to communicate in an IT context and gain graduate-level transferable skills
-Get professional experience and a wide perspective on IT and business through employment at collaborating host companies, or the Aston student-run software company
-Prepare yourself for an effective career in IT with the potential to reach leadership roles

All students will benefit from an intensive on-campus ‘boot camp’ concentrating on providing a solid grounding in the fundamentals of programming and information systems at the beginning of the course.

Subject guide and modules

Core Modules
-Java Programming and Databases
-Professional Practice
-Software Engineering
-Dissertation
-Data Structures and Algorithms

Optional Modules
-Software Project Management
-Interaction Design
-Information Security
-Testing and Reliable Software Engineering
-Advanced Database Systems
-Web Application Development
-Mobile Development
-Data Mining

Learning, teaching & assessment

Taught modules may involve lectures, tutorials, case studies, laboratories and seminars. Assessment methods are chosen in relation to the particular requirements of a module. These modules vary from 100% examination to 100% continuous assessment. The major project accounts for 80 of the 180 credits required for successful completion of the degree. Students who do not wish to continue to the full MSc qualification may decide to undertake a smaller 20 credit diploma project, leading to a Postgraduate Diploma.

Career prospects

The course has been specifically designed to prepare comprehensively trained Computing professionals, at the same time as addressing the skill gaps identified by the Digital Economy Unit and our own market research on demand for skills in the UK. For this reason the degree has a strong focus on all aspects of Software Engineering and includes modules such as Data Mining, Mobile Development and Information Security – topics in which a skills shortage has been identified.

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Mobile communications provide terrestrial coverage in densely populated areas, while satellite communications enable wireless communication in regions where mobile networking is not cost-effective. The programme gives you an in-depth understanding of the engineering aspects of these important current and future technologies.

Read about the experience of a previous student on this course, Gideon Ewa.

Programme structure

This programme is studied full-time over one academic year and part-time students must study at least two taught technical modules per academic year, until a total of eight is reached. It consists of eight taught modules and a project.

Example module listing

The following modules are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

Educational aims of the programme

The programme aims to:

  • Attract well-qualified entrants, with a background in Electronic Engineering, Physical Sciences, Mathematics, Computing & Communications, from the UK, Europe and overseas
  • Provide participants with advanced knowledge, practical skills and understanding applicable to the MSc degree
  • Develop participants' understanding of the underlying science, engineering, and technology, and enhance their ability to relate this to industrial practice
  • Develop participants' critical and analytical powers so that they can effectively plan and execute individual research/design/development projects
  • Provide a high level of flexibility in programme pattern and exit point
  • Provide students with an extensive choice of taught modules, in subjects for which the Department has an international and UK research reputation

Intended capabilities for MSc graduates:

  • Underpinning learning– know, understand and be able to apply the fundamental mathematical, scientific and engineering facts and principles that underpin mobile and satellite communications
  • Engineering problem solving - be able to analyse problems within the field of mobile and satellite communications and more broadly in electronic engineering and find solutions
  • Engineering tools - be able to use relevant workshop and laboratory tools and equipment, and have experience of using relevant task-specific software packages to perform engineering tasks
  • Technical expertise - know, understand and be able to use the basic mathematical, scientific and engineering facts and principles associated with the topics within mobile and satellite communications
  • Societal and environmental context - be aware of the societal and environmental context of his/her engineering activities
  • Employment context - be aware of commercial, industrial and employment-related practices and issues likely to affect his/her engineering activities
  • Research & development investigations - be able to carry out research-and- development investigations
  • Design - where relevant, be able to design electronic circuits and electronic/software products and systems

Technical characteristics of the pathway

This Programme in Mobile and Satellite Communications reflects the importance of mobile telephony, mobile data communications and satellite-based communications as complementary technologies.

Students will gain a detailed knowledge of the fundamentals and advanced concepts involved in communications and 3G/4G/5G mobile technology, and satellite-based communications and networking.

This material is complemented by study in areas such as mobile applications and web services, mobile app software development, RF design, the Internet of Things, and network management.

The teaching material and projects are closely related to the research being carried out in the EE Department's Institute for Communications Systems.

Global opportunities

We often give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities.

In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.



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