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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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What is special about this course?. In the past twenty years, the web has had a major impact on the way in which we work, live and learn. Read more

What is special about this course?

In the past twenty years, the web has had a major impact on the way in which we work, live and learn. As the sector continues to grow there is a constant need for individuals and organisations to keep abreast of new developments in the field. This programme has been designed to meet the needs of the global IT industry and will give you the advanced skills and expertise to excel in this fast-paced and competitive marketplace.

This fully online programme offers two specialised exit awards; the pathway you choose will depend on your own specific background and interests:

MSc Web Technologies

If your knowledge and experience of computing are already beyond that of an end-user and you wish to gain enhanced web technologies skills, then this pathway is for you. You will explore cutting-edge technologies and gain a solid grounding in programming and software development.

MSc Web Technologies with Management

This pathway, while primarily having a technological focus, will explore key aspects of business and management particularly relevant in an international environment. You will receive a thorough grounding in core management principles, practices and techniques strongly contextualised to web-based applications.

Both pathways will help you develop and build on your specific technical expertise, and gain practical, analytical, and highly transferable skills sought after by employers.

Special features

  • Gain a master's degree at a pace that suits you through online study
  • Fully online study allows you the flexibility to fit your study around work and personal commitments
  • Study individual modules for your own professional development or work towards the PgCert, Pg Diploma and ultimately a Masters award

How will I study my course?

  • You will study through supported online learning using the university's virtual learning environment (VLE)

How long will my course last?

  • Part-time (structured): Pg Cert 1 year, Pg Diploma 2 years, it will nornally take 3 years to complete the MSc. 
  • Part-time (unstructured): Individual modules chosen as CPD will normally take approximately 12 weeks to complete.

Where can I study my course?

  • Perth College UHI - You will be enrolled at Perth College UHI but can study this course from anywhere in the UK

Start date

  • September
  • January (subject to module availability)

Course Content

MSc Web Technologies:

  • Choose three subjects from the list below to achieve the PgCert Web Technologies (60 credits)
  • Successful completion of another three modules and you will have the PgDip Web Technologies (120 credits)
  • For the full Masters you will be required to complete a dissertation (180 credits).

Modules include:

  • Web services
  • Web technologies: cyber security
  • Mobile applications development
  • Web application development
  • Advanced web programming
  • Data modelling on the web
  • Data analytics on the web

MSc Web Technologies with Management:

  • Choose three subjects from module list 1 below and one from module list 2 to achieve the PgCert Web Technologies (60 credits)
  • Successful completion of another two modules from list 1 and one from list 2 and you will have the PgDip Web Technologies (120 credits)
  • For the full Masters you will be required to complete a dissertation (180 credits).

Module list 1:

  • Web services
  • Web technologies: cyber security
  • Mobile applications development
  • Web application development
  • Advanced web programming
  • Data modelling on the web
  • Data analytics on the web

Module list 2:

  • Corporate and competitive strategy
  • Understanding social media
  • Strategic marketing

What can I do on completion of my course?

On successful completion of the programme you will have improved your skills, confidence and knowledge levels, leading to enhanced career opportunities in different sectors of the IT industry. Alternatively, you may be interested in roles in the public sector, in academia, or through business start-up and growth.

Funding

From 2017, eligible Scotland domiciled students studying part-time who meet the residency eligibility can apply for a for a tuition fee loan up to £2,750 per year from the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS).

Full details can be found on the SAAS website. Applications for loans open in April.

Students from the rest of the UK who meet the eligibility requirements may be able to apply for a loan from the Student Loan Company

You may also be able to apply for a government Professional and Career Development Loan



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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. Read more

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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The MSc in Human-Centred Interactive Technologies is a full-time, one-year taught course that is intended for students seeking a professional career related to human-computer interaction, user experience, usability or related fields or those wishing to pursue research in the area. Read more
The MSc in Human-Centred Interactive Technologies is a full-time, one-year taught course that is intended for students seeking a professional career related to human-computer interaction, user experience, usability or related fields or those wishing to pursue research in the area. The course is intended for students who already have a good first degree in a computer science or an appropriate discipline related to human-computer interaction or have equivalent industrial experience. The course covers a range of topics associated with designing interactive systems for good usability and enhancing the user experience. The course has been specifically designed for students wishing to specialise in the design and evaluation of interactive technologies.

The MSc Human-Centred Interactive Technologies course was updated for October 2016 entry. The course had been running successfully for eight years, but in that time the landscape of interactive systems has changed considerably, with the growth of iPhones and apps and the introduction of tablet computers. We have also responded to feedback from students who have asked for more integrated modules and more opportunities to practice interaction design.

Course Aims
The aims of the course are:
-To provide a specialist education in the theories of and methods for designing and evaluating interactive technologies
-To provide an opportunity to engage in a rigorous and scholarly manner with a range of current research topics around designing and evaluating interactive technologies
-To provide practical experience of designing and evaluating interactive technologies
-To develop the skills necessary to conduct research, particularly with users, into the design, engineering or science of interactive technologies
-To provide experience of undertaking a sizeable individual project, on a subject related to research in human-centred interactive technologies
-To prepare students for entry into research degrees or industry-based projects

Learning Outcomes
A fundamental objective of the course is to provide students with a sound theoretical knowledge and practical experience of the skills essential to the design and evaluation of interactive technologies. Having completed the course, students will be able to understand theories of the design of interactive technologies and critique individual technologies from a theoretical viewpoint. In particular they will be able to:
(a) choose appropriate methods for empirical investigations for the design, prototyping and evaluation of interactive technologies, including both quantitative and qualitative methods

(b) plan and undertake a range of empirical investigations of existing or proposed interactive technologies at all stages of the development lifecycle

(c) analyse, draw conclusions from and present the results of such investigations, and

(d) conduct a range of expert and theoretical analyses of interactive technologies to investigate their usability, accessibility and appropriateness for different user groups.

Graduates completing the course will be equipped to play leading and professional roles related to the designed and evaluation of interactive technologies in industry, commerce, academia and public service. The MSc in Human-Centred Interactive Technologies is also intended to provide a route into a PhD or research in this rapidly expanding field.

Project

The dissertation project undertaken by students over the summer is carried out individually, which might involve collaboration with another organisation. A collaborative project is still supervised by a member of the Department.

Projects are worth 50% of the total mark for the MSc. Examples of previous projects include:
-A Gesture Language for Interaction with Art and Cultural Artefacts in Museums
-Analysis of WCAG 2.0 Techniques and Remote Evaluation by People with Visual Disabilities
-Cultural issues in design of online banking websites: a Chinese case study
-Evaluating Human Error through Video Games
-Have the Same Image in Mind? Investigation of Personas in Web Design
-Inattention and Immersion in Video Games
-Measuring User Experience of Mobile Phones: a Study with Retrospective Protocol and Emotion Word Prompt List
-The Application of Game Mechanics to a Virtual Learning Environment
-The Design and Evaluation of NHS Pharmacy Dispensing Computer Software
-Using User-Generated Content as Discourses on the Gaming Experience

Careers

Here at York, we're really proud of the fact that more than 97% of our postgraduate students go on to employment or further study within six months of graduating from York. We think the reason for this is that our courses prepare our students for life in the workplace through our collaboration with industry to ensure that what we are teaching is useful for employers.

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This programme 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
This programme 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.

About the programme

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.

The MSc Mobile Web Development programme intends to develop these skills and produce graduates who are in a position to target employment opportunities in software development for the mobile web.

Your learning

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.

To achieve a Postgraduate Diploma you must successfully complete the core modules including:
• Web Development
• Mobile and Web Design
• Computing for the Mobile Web
• Ethics for the IT Professional
• Dynamic Web Applications
• Mobile Development
• Security for the Mobile Web
• Research Design and Methods

Msc

The Masters research project and dissertation is necessary for those students seeking an MSc in Mobile Web Development. Part-time students may exit the course with a Postgraduate Certificate in Web Development (as opposed to Mobile Web Development) after completing one of the following module combinations successfully: Web Development and Computing for the Mobile Web with; Dynamic Web Applications or Mobile and Web Design; and Ethics for the IT Professional or Security for the Mobile Web.

Our Careers Adviser says

Graduates are poised for employment opportunities in software development for the mobile web and are well-equipped to undertake employment as mobile and web application developers.

Professional recognition

Accreditation is being sought from the British Computer Society.

Financial support

A limited number of scholarships were available in 2015 – check our website for updates on 2016 information.

Cutting-edge facilities

As you would expect, we offer access to high-quality computing and state-of-the-art software systems as well as tried and tested in demand technologies such as Oracle, CIW, Adobe, CISCO, SAP and Microsoft.

Research and collaboration

We have a proven track record in knowledge and technology transfer in the form of applied research, training and consultancy. More than 65% of our research outputs were rated as world-leading and internationally excellent in the Research Excellence Framework 2014. We are proud that our research expertise informs teaching and our students are taught by academic staff who are at the forefront of their profession.

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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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MSc Internet, Mobile Systems and Applications is a future-oriented Masters course. You’ll develop technical knowledge of advance topics such as wireless mobile networking, open-based networking, cloud computing and next-generation media networking technologies. Read more
MSc Internet, Mobile Systems and Applications is a future-oriented Masters course.

You’ll develop technical knowledge of advance topics such as wireless mobile networking, open-based networking, cloud computing and next-generation media networking technologies. This focus on emerging and near-future technologies will prepare you for a career in the dynamic business and ICT industries.

All taught modules contain both theoretical knowledge and practical skills, and guest lecturers from industry will provide critical insight into the IT and technology sectors. You’ll have the chance to work in in our R&D lab, which is equipped with latest tools and technologies to allow to develop your hands-on skills.

Modules

Research methods and professional issues
Future internet technologies
Statistical analysis and modelling
Systems and cyber threats: vulnerabilities and countermeasures
Wireless and mobile networking
Media (VoIP/Video) technologies
MSc thesis

All modules are assessed by a mix of coursework and examinations.

Teaching and learning

You'll make use of our e-learning suite and learn in a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and private study.

Our R&D lab equipped with latest tools and technologies, providing you with opportunities to develop hands-on skills and practice latest technologies in the area of wireless-mobile networking, open-based networking, cloud computing and next-generation media networking technologies.

Placements

You are encouraged to actively seek placements, work experience and voluntary work during your studies to improve your CV and to give you the opportunity to put theory into practice. Many opportunities are offered through the University's central Employability team, who can support you in finding a placement.

Professional links

In order to ensure the course runs in accordance with industry recognised standards we are seeking accreditation for both Chartered Engineer (CEng) status as well as Chartered IT Professional (CITP) accreditation by the British Computer Society, the Chartered Institute for Information Technology.

We are also seeking Chartered Engineer (CEng) status with both the Institute of Engineering and Technology and the Engineering Council.

Employability

The course will prepare graduates for variety of roles including:

• Cloud architecture: responsible for developing, designing and implementing scalable, secure and reliable multimedia cloud-based infrastructure and platforms.
• Mobile software engineer: responsible for designing and developing software modules for mobile distributed systems and applications that integrate with cloud service providers.
• Data centre manager: responsible for the implementation and maintenance of enterprise-shared virtualised infrastructure and platforms services.
• Multimedia application developer: responsible for designing and developing software solutions requiring skills in the areas of VoIP and video technologies, systems and applications that integrate with cloud service providers.

LSBU Employability Services

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search. Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or an internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the job you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

• Direct engagement from employers who come in to interview and talk to students
• Job Shop and on-campus recruitment agencies to help your job search
• Mentoring and work shadowing schemes.

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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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Visit our website for more information on fees, scholarships, postgraduate loans and other funding options to study Computing and Future Interaction Technologies at Swansea University - 'Welsh University of the Year 2017' (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017). Read more

Visit our website for more information on fees, scholarships, postgraduate loans and other funding options to study Computing and Future Interaction Technologies at Swansea University - 'Welsh University of the Year 2017' (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017).

This Research Masters in Future Interaction Technologies and Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) teaches graduate students to go beyond simply building new software and hardware, to evaluating how they would be used, and how they can be improved.

The MRes is taught by the Future Interaction Technology (FIT) Lab, within the Computer Science. The FIT Lab’s mission is to explore and apply Advanced Computer Science to make interaction technologies dependable, enjoyable and effective. Interaction technologies include mobile devices, the Web, Web 2.0, implants, home TVs, microwave cookers, ticket machines, navigational aids, etc. Furthermore, we aim to work on grand challenges, like improving safety in healthcare, or developing technology to reach the millions and help us live more effective and sustainable lives.

Our Research Masters programme in Future Interaction Technologies mainly concludes of a large individual research project worth 120 credits. Inclusive of this 120 credits is training and experience provided by our Lab & Field Research Methods module. You will spend around 8 months preparing for and working on this extensive project, which provides key experience in performing research-oriented projects. As the MRes has a research focus, you will spend more independent research time building a strong knowledge of research literature and striving to make a novel contribution to the HCI community.

Taught Component

In addition to the research project, you can choose from a range of modules that provide skills and development training in different areas during your studies on the Computing and Future Interaction Technologies MRes.

Modules available currently include:

Human Computer Interaction Project

Development (compulsory)

Interaction Technologies: Lab & Field Work (compulsory)

Interaction Technologies: Seminars & Readings (compulsory)

Research Methodology (compulsory)

Mobile Interaction Design

Interactive Systems Design

Interaction Technologies: Information Retrieval

Interaction Technologies: Hardware & Devices

The MRes in Computing & Future Interaction Technologies is ideally suited for continued academic research, but also provides the necessary skills and key experience to apply research methods in HCI practitioner positions in industry.



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Computing and communications technologies are having a truly disruptive effect on societies and business worldwide. Mobile payments, wireless communications and the ‘Internet of Things’ are transforming the way we approach key challenges in development, security, healthcare and the environment. Read more

Computing and communications technologies are having a truly disruptive effect on societies and business worldwide. Mobile payments, wireless communications and the ‘Internet of Things’ are transforming the way we approach key challenges in development, security, healthcare and the environment.

Taught jointly by the School of Computing and the School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, this course will give you a grasp of all layers needed for mobile communication and computation, from the physical network layer through to the applications that run on mobile devices.

You’ll gain a full understanding of the web and cloud computing infrastructure, as core modules give you a foundation in key topics like systems programming and data communications. A range of optional modules will then allow you to focus on topics that suit your interests and career plans, from cloud computing to embedded systems design and high speed web architecture.

Specialist facilities

You’ll benefit from world-class facilities to support your learning. State-of-the-art visualisation labs including a powerwall, a benchtop display with tracking system, WorldViz PPT optical tracking system and Intersense InertiaCube orientation tracker are all among the specialist facilities we have within the School of Computing.

We also have Ascension Flock of Birds tracking systems, three DOF and 6DOF Phantom force feedback devices, Twin Immersion Corp CyberGloves, a cloud computing testbed, rendering cluster and labs containing both Microsoft and Linux platforms among others. It’s an exciting environment in which to gain a range of skills and experience cutting-edge technology.

Course content

You’ll take two core modules in Semester 1 that introduce you to fundamental topics like systems programming and network security. With this foundation, you’ll be able to gain high-level specialist knowledge through your choice of optional modules taught by the School of Computing and the School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering.

The optional modules you choose will enable you to direct your studies towards topics that suit your personal interests and career ambitions such as mobile app development, digital media engineering, big data, cloud computing and embedded systems design, among others.

Over the summer months you’ll also work on your research project. This gives you the chance to work as an integral part of one of our active research groups, focusing on a specialist topic in computer science and selecting the appropriate research methods.

Course structure

Compulsory modules

  • MSc Project 60 credits
  • Data Communications and Network Security 15 credits

Optional modules

  • Distributed Systems 10 credits
  • Mobile Application Development 10 credits
  • Combinatorial Optimisation 10 credits
  • Secure Computing 10 credits
  • Graph Algorithms and Complexity Theory 10 credits
  • Functional Programming 10 credits
  • Big Data Systems 15 credits
  • Mobile Applications Development 15 credits
  • Algorithms 15 credits
  • Parallel and Concurrent Programming 15 credits
  • Cloud Computing 15 credits
  • Graph Theory: Structure and Algorithms 15 credits
  • Communication Network Design 15 credits
  • Optical Communications Networks 15 credits
  • High Speed Internet Architecture 15 credits
  • Digital Media Engineering 15 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Mobile Computing and Communication Networks MSc in the course catalogue

Learning and teaching

Our groundbreaking research feeds directly into teaching, and you’ll have regular contact with staff who are at the forefront of their disciplines. You’ll have regular contact with them through lectures, seminars, tutorials, small group work and project meetings.

Independent study is also important to the programme, as you develop your problem-solving and research skills as well as your subject knowledge.

Assessment

You’ll be assessed using a range of techniques including case studies, technical reports, presentations, in-class tests, assignments and exams. Optional modules may also use alternative assessment methods.

Projects

The professional project is one of the most satisfying elements of this course. It allows you to apply what you’ve learned to a piece of research focusing on a real-world problem, and it can be used to explore and develop your specific interests.Most projects are experimentally based and linked with companies within the oil and gas industry to ensure the topic of research is relevant to the field whilst also addressing a real-world problem.

A proportion of projects are formally linked to industry, and can include spending time at the collaborator’s site over the summer.

Career opportunities

Career opportunities are extremely broad, covering jobs in the design of embedded software running on multi-core devices through to jobs involving the design and implementation of new mobile-applications centric systems for business. In the application of mobile computing skills, job opportunities span every area, from the automotive sector through to retail and banking.

You could launch a career in fields such as mobile app development, mobile systems architecture, project management, network consultancy. You could also work as an engineer in embedded mobile communications, network security or research and development among many others – and you’ll even be well-prepared for PhD study.

Careers support

You’ll have access to the wide range of engineering and computing careers resources held by our Employability team in our dedicated Employability Suite. You’ll have the chance to attend industry presentations book appointments with qualified careers consultants and take part in employability workshops. Our annual Engineering and Computing Careers Fairs provide further opportunities to explore your career options with some of the UK’s leading employers.

The University's Careers Centre also provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.



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The MSc Future Intelligent Technologies aims to equip students and engineering professionals, through a diverse range of research informed learning, with the skills to maintain a future-thinking career. Read more
The MSc Future Intelligent Technologies aims to equip students and engineering professionals, through a diverse range of research informed learning, with the skills to maintain a future-thinking career. The programme goes beyond current technology, looking at predicting future innovation by equipping learners with the tools to see through media hype and effectively analyse the evolution of future technologies and engage with these technologies as they emerge. The programme provides the opportunity to explore: future technologies; robotics; cybernetics and intelligent systems; distributed systems; advanced design and ergonomics; securing future technologies; and future business thinking, all set within a forward thinking context. This programme offers the opportunity to participate in a highly motivated intellectual environment with research active tutors and like-minded peers, whilst exploring and engaging with cutting edge future technologies.

Whether you're looking to deepen and diversify your industrial experience, or continue your education through an innovative master's degree, this programme provides an ideal opportunity to develop your technical and intellectual skills, staying one step ahead. The Faculty of Engineering and Science accredits its computer, electronics and communications engineering programmes with the Institute of Engineering Technology, with postgraduate programmes contributing towards the further learning requirements of Chartered Engineer status.

The aims of the programme are:

- To show you how to analyse, design, implement and manage intelligent and future focused technologies and systems in the context of engineering-related issues facing global societies

- To provide you with the skills to further your career in these areas

- To support you in understanding the innovative and pioneering approaches in this field and to be able to apply them to the solution of present, near future and future real-world problems in developing novel industrial and commercially-relevant solutions.

Visit the website http://www2.gre.ac.uk/study/courses/pg/enggen/fut-int

What you'll study

Future Technologies
Robotics
Cybernetics and Intelligent Systems
Distributed Systems
Research, Planning and Communication
Future Business Thinking
Securing Future Technologies
Individual Research Project

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

Assessment

Assessments include examinations, coursework, group work and an individual project.

Specialist equipment/facilities

Online resources: Students will require access to existing online resources such as Moodle, e-mails, library online resources, databases, Web of Knowledge, Scopus, Internet of Things, Internet of Everything.

Hardware: Computers, laboratory equipment to include but not limited to: experimental and laboratory equipment to support practical based learning (hardware and software development systems, robotic hardware, mobile robots, cybernetics hardware and software, Internet of Things, Sensors and Systems, WiFi development, 3D printers, laser cutters, 3D scanners, cutting edge single board computers)

Software: Matlab, Simulink, C/C++ compilers, development systems, networking and communication protocol monitoring and development.

Robotics: A specialist robotics laboratory has been developed containing a Robothespian industrial robotic arm, mobile robots and other robotic actuators and systems.

Professional recognition

Accreditation will be sought for the programme, initially from the Institute of Engineering Technology (IET) – contributing towards the further learning requirements of Chartered Engineer status.

Career options

Postgraduate students from this programme will find employment opportunities as futurologists, engineers, scientists and technical managers in the private sector (engineering design firms, engineering consultancy, communications companies, social media companies and similar), in the public sector (local government, town and country planning), as entrepreneur or they may wish to pursue further qualifications such as a PhD within the Faculty of Engineering and Science at the University of Greenwich to become even more specialised. City banks, currency and stocks trading companies, consultancies, government agencies and NGOs will also be interested in employing the type of future orientated intelligent systems engineers that will graduate from this MSc.

Careers and employability

FACULTY OF ENGINEERING & SCIENCE
We work with employers to ensure our degrees provide students with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in the world of work. They also provide a range of work experience opportunities for undergraduates in areas such as civil engineering, manufacturing and business information technology.

Find out how to apply here - http://www2.gre.ac.uk/study/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. 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 Mobile Applications Development program ensures you develop the necessary skills to enter the fast-growing mobile software applications ("apps") development market. Read more
The Mobile Applications Development program ensures you develop the necessary skills to enter the fast-growing mobile software applications ("apps") development market.

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

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

Career Opportunities

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

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

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

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

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This is a specialised programme of study of advanced computing technologies, data science and data analytics focusing on areas of expertise and research specialisation within the Department of Computer Science and Information Systems. Read more
This is a specialised programme of study of advanced computing technologies, data science and data analytics focusing on areas of expertise and research specialisation within the Department of Computer Science and Information Systems. Modules cover state-of-the-art techniques in areas including the management and analysis of 'big data', software development of information systems in cloud, mobile and web-based architectures, and computational methods for intelligent information management and analysis.

You will gain specialist knowledge of the above areas, which you can then employ in analysis of problems arising in the use of advanced computing technologies, evaluation and application of technologies, and research into, and development of, new technologies.

Why study this course at Birkbeck?

Designed for students wishing to advance their knowledge of advanced computing technologies, data science and data analytics.
You may be working in the IT sector already and wish to update your skills, or may intend to pursue a career in IT or a research degree.
Significant coverage of emerging technologies and research developments in areas of growing importance in the IT industry.
You may choose modules in specialised areas leading to the award of an MSc Data Analytics, MSc Information and Web Technologies or MSc Intelligent Technologies.
You will have 24-hour access to several laboratories of networked PCs with a range of language compilers, database and other application software. We are connected, via the SuperJANET network, to the computers of other academic institutions in London, elsewhere in the UK and abroad.

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