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This course is suitable for numerate graduates across many disciplines. Non-computing graduates are eligible. You will learn how to use state-of-the-art computer science methods to process a range of data, including (but not limited to) big data. Read more
This course is suitable for numerate graduates across many disciplines. Non-computing graduates are eligible.

You will learn how to use state-of-the-art computer science methods to process a range of data, including (but not limited to) big data. You will develop technical, statistical, analytical and data mining skills. The course incorporates methods of statistical analysis and data mining to extract understanding from data, formulate high-quality data models and interpret them to ‘tell a story’. You will learn how to communicate these effectively to stakeholders, bearing in mind ethical, legal and societal implications.

You will be introduced to data science concepts, techniques and algorithms for processing and visualising datasets so as to infer useful, actionable knowledge.

Features and benefits of the course

-The School has an extensive range of equipment in our own specialist laboratories which is supported by a dedicated team of technical staff.
-Research in the School was rated 'internationally excellent' with some rated 'world-leading' in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF).
-Our online virtual learning platform Moodle, provides access to lectures, course materials and assessment information.
-Classes are concentrated on certain days of the week to facilitate part-time students’ attendance and allow full-time students to undertake part-time employment if necessary.
-The School of Computing, Mathematics and Digital Technology is a member of the Oracle Academy.
-We are an academic partner of the Institute of Information Security Professionals (IISP). This partner status recognises our expertise in the field of information and cyber security.
-We are also an Academy of the Computer Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) and deliver their partner programme which provides a pathway for students towards a rewarding, high-growth IT career.

Placement options

Some students undertake practical work for their projects while working in organisations which have offered placement opportunities.

About the Course

The School has an extensive range of equipment in our own specialist laboratories which are supported by a dedicated team of technical staff, including GPU clusters to support big data processing.

Classes are concentrated on certain days of the week to facilitate part-time students’ attendance and allow full-time students to undertake part-time employment if necessary.

Your individual project will investigate a challenging but constrained data science problem. The project will involve performing an end-to-end science task pipeline including data collection, formulation of one or more questions to be asked about the data, typical preprocessing steps, for example, cleaning, transforming and exploring, analysis, applicable learning methods, modelling, visualisation, interpretation and assessment of models.

Assessment details

Assessment will be through coursework, examination and dissertation.

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This course is suitable for numerate graduates across many disciplines. Non-computing graduates are eligible. This course provides students with the ability to solve business problems and obtain actionable business insight using analytics. Read more
This course is suitable for numerate graduates across many disciplines. Non-computing graduates are eligible.

This course provides students with the ability to solve business problems and obtain actionable business insight using analytics. The focus of data analytics is on the movement, analysis and interpretation of data and how derived advanced information can inform business strategy. The programme will firstly, prepare students to work with a variety of complex, structured and unstructured data in the business environment, using appropriate statistical and computational skills and technologies. Secondly, it will enable them to articulate insights confidently when presenting reports and visualizations.

Driven by market demands Data Analytics focuses on the movement and interpretation of data, typically with a focus on the past and present in the business context, Data analytics graduates will develop skills to apply qualitative and quantitative techniques and processes used to enhance productivity and business gain.

Features and benefits of the course

-The School has an extensive range of equipment in our own specialist laboratories which is supported by a dedicated team of technical staff.
-Research in the School was rated 'internationally excellent' with some rated 'world-leading' in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF).
-Our online virtual learning platform Moodle, provides access to lectures, course materials and assessment information.
-Classes are concentrated on certain days of the week to facilitate part-time students’ attendance and allow full-time students to undertake part-time employment if necessary.
-The School of Computing, Mathematics and Digital Technology is a member of the Oracle Academy.
-We are an academic partner of the Institute of Information Security Professionals (IISP). This partner status recognises our expertise in the field of information and cyber security.
-We are also an Academy of the Computer Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) and deliver their partner programme which provides a pathway for students towards a rewarding, high-growth IT career.

Placement options

Some students undertake practical work for their projects while working in organisations which have offered placement opportunities.

About the Course

Business intelligence plays a key role in the strategic planning process and overall success of an organisation. You will learn how to use commercial statistical software to analyse and interpret real-life business data.

Classes are concentrated on certain days of the week to facilitate part-time students’ attendance and allow full-time students to undertake part-time employment if necessary.

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This course is designed for non-computing graduates who need to apply information technology to their current career, or want to change career direction. Read more
This course is designed for non-computing graduates who need to apply information technology to their current career, or want to change career direction.

It covers a wide range of topics including programming, databases, security, project management and computer networking, giving you both the underpinning theory and the ability to apply it to complex real-world problems, as well as an awareness of emerging technologies and developments.

Intermediate qualifications available:

• Postgraduate certificate – 60 credits at Masters level
• Postgraduate diploma – 120 credits at Masters level

There are six entry points through the year. This allows you to start when it is most suitable. The entry points are:

• September
• November
• January
• March
• June
• July

Visit the website: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/courses/postgraduate/next-year/applied-computing-and-information-technology#about

Course detail

• Study key areas of information technology including applications of web technologies, information systems strategy and emerging technologies
• Explore creative and innovative applications of technology to real-world problems
• Develop your analytical, evaluative and problem-solving skills in relation to IT-based solutions
• Gain a thorough understanding of the social and legal aspects of the Information Technology field (e.g. British Computer Society Code of Conduct and Data Protection)
• Benefit from valuable experience of working on projects for real business, opening up new career opportunities in management, supervision or as a practitioner (eg database/IT developer or system designer/analyst) in industries which make substantial use of computers and information technology.

Modules

• Programming for Applications
• Computer Networks and Security
• Data Modelling, Management and Governance
• Research Methodologies and Project Management
• MSc Project – Applied Computing and Information Technology

Assessment

The majority of units are assessed through coursework, group and individual projects, portfolios, essays, presentations or exams. Presentations are usually given and assessed in a group seminar. You will also produce artefacts in the area of your specialism.

Constant feedback and advice from a supervisory or unit team will be provided to support you in your work.

You will progress from well-defined briefs to more open-ended and challenging assessments, which culminate in your major project – the MSc Project – where you will be given freedom to choose your area of work.

Careers

You will gain valuable skills for a career within computing and IT in particular but is also relevant for a much wider range of applications such as computer science or wider system engineering.

The unit 'Research Methodologies and Project Management' requires you to work in a team so as to apply a current project management methodology that embraces all of these knowledge areas in an integrated way while going through the stages of planning, execution and project control. You will work as part of a team, take responsibility and make autonomous decisions that impact on the project team performance.

Funding

For information on available funding, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/money/scholarships/pg

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/course/applicationform

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The course is designed for computing and non-computing graduates wanting to develop skills and experience in managing data securely in business environments. Read more
The course is designed for computing and non-computing graduates wanting to develop skills and experience in managing data securely in business environments.

It offers a broad overview of information management and security, as well as technical knowledge of networking and security.

It is ideal for those keen on a governance/compliance role, or for roles requiring you to take charge of data management.

Intermediate qualifications available:

• Postgraduate certificate – 60 credits at Masters level
• Postgraduate diploma – 120 credits at Masters level

Visit the website: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/courses/postgraduate/next-year/information-management-and-security#about

Course detail

• Study areas including: computer security, data modelling and management, emerging technologies, advanced security countermeasures, professional project management, networking administration and management, information security management and data governance and compliance
• Explore the career opportunities presented by the growth area of information security
• Develop your technical and managerial skills, with valuable experience of managing systems security strategy
• Gain valuable experience and industry links by working on projects for real businesses through our Academic into Business Computing (ABC) centre
• Benefit from a course which qualifies you roles including Information Architect, Data Modeller, Information Business Consultant, in Information Security and Network Management or go on to further study on an MSc by Research, MPhil or PhD.

Why choose this course?

The course is designed for those who want a broad overview of information management and security as well as technical knowledge of networking and security. The course is ideal for those who are looking to take up a governance/compliance role within an organisation, or for those who are looking to take charge of data management.

During the course you will gain skills in programming, computer security, data governance and compliance.

Modules

• Emerging Technologies
• Data Modelling and Management
• Professional Project Management
• Managing Information Systems Strategy and Security Risks
• Networking Administration and Management
• Data Governance and Compliance
• Computer and Network Security
• Ethical Hacking Tools and Techniques
• MSc project – Information Management and Security

Assessment

Throughout your course you will be exposed to a wide variety of assessment techniques including: written examinations, case studies, practical coursework assignments, problem worksheets, presentations and viva- voce (voice) examinations.

This will allow you to apply the knowledge and understanding you have gained during the learning phase, to a variety of challenging and complex practical situations.

Careers

You will gain valuable skills for a career within Information Management and Security as well as those relevant for the wider world of IT and business.

The unit ‘Professional Project Management’ requires you to work in a team to apply a current project management methodology that embraces all of these knowledge areas in an integrated way while going through the stages of planning, execution and project control. You will work as part of a team, take responsibility and make autonomous decisions that impact on the project team performance.

The final project fosters independent and autonomous study. You learn to take up the responsibility of conducting your project, typically derived from your own ideas, in collaboration with a dedicated member of the teaching staff as project supervisor.

Funding

For information on available funding, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/money/scholarships/pg

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/course/applicationform

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

Introduction

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

Accreditation

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

Key information

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

Course objectives

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

English language requirements

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

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

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

Career opportunities

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

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

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

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

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Improve your employment prospects and accelerate your career with our cutting-edge postgraduate qualification aimed specifically at non-computing graduates and experienced professionals. Read more
Improve your employment prospects and accelerate your career with our cutting-edge postgraduate qualification aimed specifically at non-computing graduates and experienced professionals. Equip yourself with the computational tools and skills required to address strategic problems in your area of expertise and make your move into the growing, international, high-value IT industry.

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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Study the IT masters at Glasgow Caledonian University and transfer your non-computing undergraduate degree into a career in IT and computing. Read more
Study the IT masters at Glasgow Caledonian University and transfer your non-computing undergraduate degree into a career in IT and computing.

The programme equips engineering and other non-computing graduates with the skills necessary to understand and develop solutions to a wide range of IT problems.

This course has several available start dates (including this one) and study methods - for more information, please view the relevant web-page:

JANUARY 2017 (Part Time) - http://www.gcu.ac.uk/ebe/study/courses/details/index.php/P02504-1PTAB-1617/Information_Technology_(January)?utm_source=ZZZZ&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=courselisting

JANUARY 2018 (Full Time) - http://www.gcu.ac.uk/ebe/study/courses/details/index.php/P02499-1FTAB-1718/Information_Technology?utm_source=ZZZZ&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=courselisting

JANUARY 2018 (Part Time) - http://www.gcu.ac.uk/ebe/study/courses/details/index.php/P02504-1PTAB-1718/Information_Technology_(Part-time)?utm_source=ZZZZ&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=courselisting

Programme description

If a nation is to obtain the maximum benefit from its investments in information technology (IT), a labour pool capable of using IT appropriately is necessary. Individuals who want to realise the potential value of IT in their everyday lives need to be computer fluent able to use IT effectively today. IT is the use of computers and software to manage information.

The MSc Information Technology programme is typically aimed at students with an Honours degree in a non-computing or non-computer engineering discipline. The programme equips graduates with the skills necessary to understand and develop solutions to a wide range of IT problems.

The modules on this programme are paired to provide opportunities to investigate and critically appraise networking and computer technology, software development and database systems, web systems development and user interaction design. Project management, software processes and ethics, security issues and IT life cycle management are also covered.

The MSc is concluded by a three month individual project and is underpinned by the research and consultancy work carried out by the Software Engineering, MUCOM, Multimodal Interaction and Networking and Distributed Systems groups in the School of Engineering and Built Environment.

Career opportunities

Graduates are likely to gain employment developing web and database applications, work in IT project management or return to their original subject specialism enhanced with a thorough grounding in IT.

Assessment

Assessment methods used to demonstrate achievement of learning outcomes include unseen written examinations, Coursework Assignments (Individual and Group-based) and written Class Tests and/or Reports. For the MSc, the Project, the Dissertation and Presentation are all expected as deliverables.

HM Forces

In partnership with HM Forces, GCU has identified this programme is being particularly suited to military and ex-military men and women.

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This postgraduate Masters course is uniquely designed for both computing and non-computing graduates wishing to pursue a career in data science community. Read more
This postgraduate Masters course is uniquely designed for both computing and non-computing graduates wishing to pursue a career in data science community.

Data science is at the intersection of the fields of computer science, statistics, and design. In a rapidly evolving world, new types of big data are emerging from mobile devices, sensors, instruments, transactional systems, web logs, social media, the cloud and other sources. Businesses are accumulating big data at a rate that often exceeds their capacity to extract value from it.

MSc Data Science is ideally placed to provide you with technical knowledge and employer-focused skills required in a data scientist role. The course will develop your specialist knowledge of data acquisition, data cleansing, data analysis, information extraction, prediction, visualization, story-telling and explanation.

You'll gain hands-on experience using industry standard tools for data science, business intelligence and analytics including SAS, Tableau MS SQL Server, Oracle Database, and R Programming.

Modules

Research methods and professional issues
Future internet technologies
Statistical analysis and modelling
Business intelligence
Data management
Machine learning
Data mining and analysis
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. You'll have access to specialist software including Microsoft SQL Server 2012, Netbeans 7.x with Java 7, Oracle, Python, SAS and Visual Paradigm.

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.

Accreditation

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

Career opportunities range from IT services to business consultancy, and this course will prepare you for a career in the business intelligence community working actively with a range of resources including tools from major commercial vendors such as Microsoft and SAS.

As a graduate of this course you should to be able to work within the areas of business intelligence or business and data analytics, in roles such as a business intelligence specialist, data or business analyst or business intelligence developer.

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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With no specific subject qualification required, this course offers an opportunity for non-computing graduates to pursue a career in computing. Read more
With no specific subject qualification required, this course offers an opportunity for non-computing graduates to pursue a career in computing. Boost your career and access roles in a rapidly growing industry with an MSc qualification in a highly in demand skill set.

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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This course is designed for non-computing graduates who need to apply information technology to their current career, or want to change career direction. Read more
This course is designed for non-computing graduates who need to apply information technology to their current career, or want to change career direction.

It covers a wide range of topics including programming, databases, security, project management and computer networking, giving you both the underpinning theory and the ability to apply it to complex real-world problems, as well as an awareness of emerging technologies and developments.

• Postgraduate certificate – 60 credits at Masters level
• Postgraduate diploma – 120 credits at Masters level

This course is offered via block delivery. There are two entry points (October and November). This allows you to start when it is most suitable.

Visit the website: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/courses/postgraduate/next-year/applied-computing-and-information-technology-15-m

Course detail

• Study key areas of information technology including applications of web technologies, information systems strategy and emerging technologies
• Explore creative and innovative applications of technology to real-world problems
• Develop your analytical, evaluative and problem-solving skills in relation to IT-based solutions
• Gain a thorough understanding of the social and legal aspects of the Information Technology field (e.g. British Computer Society Code of Conduct and Data Protection)
• Benefit from valuable experience of working on projects for real business, opening up new career opportunities in management, supervision or as a practitioner (eg database/IT developer or system designer/analyst) in industries which make substantial use of computers and information technology.

Modules

• Programming for Applications
• Computer Networks and Security
• Data Modelling, Management and Governance
• Research Methodologies and Project Management
• MSc Project – Applied Computing and Information Technology

Assessment

You are assessed in a variety of ways. The majority of units are assessed through coursework, group and individual projects, portfolios, essays, presentations or exams. Presentations are usually given and assessed in the context of a group seminar. You will also produce artefacts in the area of your specialism. Constant feedback and advice from a supervisory or unit team will be provided to support you in your work.

You will progress from well-defined briefs to more open-ended and challenging assessments, which culminate in your major project the MSc Project where you will be given freedom to choose your area of work.

Careers

You will gain valuable skills for a career within computing and IT in particular but is also relevant for a much wider range of applications such as computer science or wider system engineering.

The unit Research Methodologies and Project Management requires you to work in a team so as to apply a current project management methodology that embraces all of these knowledge areas in an integrated way while going through the stages of planning, execution and project control. You will work as part of a team, take responsibility and make autonomous decisions that impact on the project team performance.

Funding

For information on available funding, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/money/scholarships/pg

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/course/applicationform

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This course provides an opportunity for graduates of non-computing disciplines to develop the specialist skills suitable for a career in Computing with a focus on software development. Read more
This course provides an opportunity for graduates of non-computing disciplines to develop the specialist skills suitable for a career in Computing with a focus on software development.

It allows those who wish to apply their knowledge and expertise in a technical environment to develop the computing skills needed to match software solutions to the needs of business. The course is suitable for graduates wishing to transition into an IT career from other disciplines, as well as for candidates wishing to extend their existing IT experience with a formal Computing qualification.

You will develop skills in software development, database systems, and web programming, as well as the research and development skills required to undertake a sustained piece of software project work. The Information Technology course is designed to provide the core knowledge and skills required to work within the IT industry, using software development tools and techniques to extend and enhance the knowledge and skills of non-computing graduates.

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The course provides an opportunity to develop the skills suitable for a career in Computing with specialist subjects in software development and business intelligence (data science/data analysis). Read more
The course provides an opportunity to develop the skills suitable for a career in Computing with specialist subjects in software development and business intelligence (data science/data analysis).

It allows those who wish to apply their knowledge and expertise in a technical environment to develop the computing and business intelligence skills needed to match software solutions to the needs of business. The course is suitable for graduates wishing to transition into an IT career from other disciplines, as well as for candidates wishing to extend their existing IT experience with a formal Computing qualification.

You will develop skills in business intelligence/data science, software development, database systems, and web programming, as well as the research and development skills required to undertake a sustained piece of data science or software development project work. The course is designed to provide the core computing and business intelligence knowledge and skills required to work within the IT industry, using software development and business intelligence tools and techniques to extend and enhance the knowledge and skills of non-computing graduates.

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Develop a different set of skills with this new one year conversion masters course. Read more
Develop a different set of skills with this new one year conversion masters course.

Are you a keen problem-solver looking to learn new skills that can change and influence processes? Southampton Solent’s computer engineering master’s conversion degree is well-suited to students from a wide range of non-computing backgrounds, helping you to learn new skills and develop advanced theoretical and practical proficiencies to prepare for a career in the IT and computing industries.

‌•The course offers students the opportunity to build web and mobile applications.
‌•Students have access to a range of state-of-the-art labs and facilities including computing and networking laboratories.
‌•To complement their studies, students have the opportunity to take part in enhancement activities, such as industry talks, code jams, employability support, and the chance to work on live projects.
‌•Southampton Solent hosts regular British Computer Society (BCS) professional development events.
‌•Small group teaching allows for tailored support, helping students to shape the course to their own interests.
‌•The course comes to a close with students conducting their own research projects. This can be an excellent way to specialise knowledge towards desired careers, or act as a springboard for PhD study.

The industry

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

A postgraduate qualification can put you at the forefront of this demand, demonstrating your commitment to the industry and your ability to carry out in-depth computing research.
Currently there is very high demand for those with technical skills in a wide range of areas with most demand in software development, SQL databases, web scripting and Agile development. Along with this demand, careers in these areas often carry higher than average salaries.

This is echoed in reports and comments from industry:

“As a small software house, dealing with a group of international corporates, we have a regular need for graduates with strong software engineering and database skills. Given that we design systems that link to e-commerce, a good understanding of cyber security engineering is also key. Over the years we have found the pool of graduates with the required technical skills has seriously diminished, so the more technical graduates from Solent University are an important source for us.”
John Noden, Managing Director/Executive Director Technical Design, Zentive

In addition, the CBI (2015) have indicated that the skills gaps in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) is affecting employers and have indicated that STEM-qualified graduates are at a real advantage in the jobs market, with four out of ten employers preferring STEM graduates over other graduates.

The programme

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

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

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

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

To aid study, computing students at Southampton Solent have full access to the University’s industry-standard IT, computing and networking laboratories. These labs are set up with the latest design and development software, including Adobe Creative Cloud and GNS3. Real-world networking equipment is provided by Cisco, Fluke and HP, as well as high-fidelity simulation systems, including the market-leading Opnet.

Next steps

Think a career in computing is for you? Southampton Solent’s computer engineering master’s conversion degree will help you build on your existing knowledge and develop high-level technical and project management skills to take the next step in your career. Apply today http://www.solent.ac.uk/courses/2016/postgraduate/computer-engineering-msc/course-details.aspx#tab5

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The MSc IT is aimed at honours degree students from a non-computing discipline, including engineering. The programme equips graduates with the skills necessary to understand and develop solutions to a wide range of IT problems. Read more
The MSc IT is aimed at honours degree students from a non-computing discipline, including engineering. The programme equips graduates with the skills necessary to understand and develop solutions to a wide range of IT problems.

Programme description

If a nation is to obtain the maximum benefit from its investments in information technology (IT), a labour pool capable of using IT appropriately is necessary. Individuals who want to realise the potential value of IT in their everyday lives need to be computer fluent able to use IT effectively today. IT is the use of computers and software to manage information.

The MSc Information Technology programme is typically aimed at students with an Honours degree in a non-computing or non-computer engineering discipline. The programme equips graduates with the skills necessary to understand and develop solutions to a wide range of IT problems.

The modules on this programme are paired to provide opportunities to investigate and critically appraise networking and computer technology, software development and database systems, web systems development and user interaction design. Project management, software processes and ethics, security issues and IT life cycle management are also covered.

The MSc is concluded by a three month individual project and is underpinned by the research and consultancy work carried out by the Software Engineering, MUCOM, Multimodal Interaction and Networking and Distributed Systems groups in the School of Engineering and Built Environment.

Career opportunities

Graduates are likely to gain employment developing web and database applications, work in IT project management or return to their original subject specialism enhanced with a thorough grounding in IT.

Assessment

Assessment methods used to demonstrate achievement of learning outcomes include unseen written examinations, Coursework Assignments (Individual and Group-based) and written Class Tests and/or Reports. For the MSc, the Project, the Dissertation and Presentation are all expected as deliverables.

HM Forces

In partnership with HM Forces, GCU has identified this programme is being particularly suited to military and ex-military men and women.

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This programme of study is intended primarily for graduates from any non-computing background to obtain fundamental knowledge and understanding of a range of core subjects in Computing. Read more

Course outline

This programme of study is intended primarily for graduates from any non-computing background to obtain fundamental knowledge and understanding of a range of core subjects in Computing. The overall aim of education is to either equip the graduates who want to develop their careers in their own areas of speciality with additional understanding, awareness and skills of IT and Computing, or help those who want to change their careers into IT and Computing. The programme can also serve as a pre-requisite for advanced master programmes in Applied Computing at Buckingham.

Graduates who successfully complete the programmes are eligible for entry into the MSc in Innovative Computing degree programme.

The Graduate Diploma programme consists of 7 taught modules and an individual project. On completing the programmes, you will be able to understand:

- the role that computers and networked systems play in the modern world.
- the essential knowledge and skills in programming together with relevant structures and concepts to create such systems.
- fundamental concepts and principles of databases, networking, object-oriented programming, web design and human-computer interaction.
- advanced applications including data mining, multimedia, interactive computer graphics, and security systems.
- ethical, professional, social and legal issues in exploiting computing technology in practice.

The programme will also help you to develop skills in:

- Computing and web application
- Web design
- Programming and problem-solving for large scale or mobile applications
- Database and software development
- Developing usable GUIs
- Computer graphics
- Computer network issues

Find out more about our Department of Applied Computing on http://www.buckingham.ac.uk/appliedcomputing.

Teaching methods

Our modules include a mixture of formal lectures, tutorial classes and practical classes. At the start of each module you will be given an up-to-date module outline and reading list. Most modules will provide two or three hours of lectures each week to introduce you to the basic concepts and techniques. These will be supported by lecture notes or handouts.

Lectures are supported by weekly tutorial classes, usually one hour in length, which are held in small groups so that all students can benefit from individual attention. You will be expected to prepare for these classes, for example by attempting a set of exercises or by reading a case study.

Many of our modules have supervised practical classes in the computer laboratories in which you can apply and practise the techniques you have learnt in the lectures. These practical sessions are usually two or three hours long.

You will also be expected to study on your own, using the library for reading research and the computer laboratories to improve your practical skills.

Course material is also available on the University’s own Virtual Learning Environment. This allows students to download lecture notes, submit assignments and share resources in an electronic forum both within the University’s computer network and remotely.

Study options

Students may take the diploma over 9 (April start) or 12 (January start) months. The course is also available on a part-time basis over two years (starting in January).

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