Our MSc Advanced Computer Systems Development course is ideal if you are an Honours degree student, or equivalent, in a relevant discipline and would like to upgrade your software development skills and qualifications in line with new technologies and trends.
You will develop practical skills relevant to modern technologies for software systems development and management with different devices, enabling you to make an immediate contribution to an organisation’s IT functions.
Our course has significant industrial input to represent the latest developments in computer systems analysis, design and implementation – the main areas of employment in the computing/IT sector.
It uses various development tools and environments such as UML, Oracle, IBM Websphere, MS BizTalk, MS ASP.NET, NetBeans, Java Multi-Platform and Android SDK, MongoDB, data management/BI software such as MS Business Intelligence Development Studio, MS Project, and Security Architecture.
Our Advanced Computer Systems Development course is recognised by the British Computer Society as meeting the educational requirements for Chartered IT Professional membership.
"This course was the perfect choice for me – I wanted to have a degree in a computing field to develop a strong understanding and knowledge of software systems but did not want to opt for programmes with mandatory programming courses. The programme covers a wide range of topics, like software architectures, enterprise systems, databases, mobile technologies, project management etc, which provide various career path choices."
Ayesha Ahmed, Advanced Computer Systems Development graduate, now working as a Software Quality Assurance Analyst
Our course uses various development tools and environments such as:
Data management/BI software used includes:
You will develop practical skills relevant to modern technologies for various software systems development and management with different devices, enabling you to make an immediate contribution to an organisation’s IT functions.
Teaching & Assessment
If you are a full-time student you will undertake three or four modules. If you are a student on a part-time basis then you will study two or three modules in each trimester. 60 credits are required for a Postgraduate Certificate award and 120 credits for a Postgraduate Diploma award. You will complete an individual MSc project (60 credits) to obtain 180 credits for a Master award.
Core modules that you will study include:
Optional modules (offered subject to demand) include:
Your knowledge and understanding is assessed through a combination of:
Coursework assignments are also used to assess practical skills.
Upon graduation you will be equipped to make an immediate contribution to IT functions within organisations. You may enjoy a career with high-profile companies such as:
Potential roles within these companies include:
You may wish to continue studying for a MPhil or PhD.
Our MSc in Information Technology course is ideal if you have a degree in a subject other than IT or computing and would like to develop much sought after business-relevant IT knowledge and skills.
While a MSc Information Technology student, you will examine:
Our course will equip you with up-to-date technological and business skills, and specialist knowledge to assist your employer in designing and/or implementing appropriate, IT driven solutions in ways that address the needs of modern business organisations.
“The course was broad which allowed me to choose an area of specialisation, so I decided to choose software development. Another benefit was that the University had a tie in with Microsoft which allowed me to access free development environments”
Chris Burns, MSc Information Technology graduate and graduate software developer at Aggreko
Business requires IT professionals who can design, deploy and utilise business-relevant IT-based systems and services. Our Information Technology course helps to satisfy this demand, deepening your understanding of modern IT-based business systems and addressing related development, acquisition and deployment issues in modern organisations.
Our course consists of a combination of core and specialisation-option modules. Please note that specialisations are offered subject to demand.
Topics that you will cover in Trimester 1 include:
Trimester 2 topics will include:
Teaching and Assessment
Our MSc Information Technology course employs face to face large and small group delivery and activities supported by the use of Moodle. Small group tutorials are favoured as they are key to the development of behavioural and effective competencies. These are the competencies needed by employers, to develop reflective IT practitioners engaging in purposeful activity for the benefit of the business or organisation.
Your assessment will take the form of:
You may wish to consider a career in the following well-known companies:
Examples of roles that you may secure are:
If you would like to continue your studies in the area of Information Technology then this is possible through research degrees (MPhil/PhD.) Additionally, the IT Academy of the School of Computing offers a progression route for developing further industry specific technical skills though agreed programmes with the following companies:
This course is aimed at Computing graduates who wish to specialise further in Computer Science improving their knowledge, understanding, skills and capabilities. Our postgraduate courses are concerned with vocational education, and it is anticipated that the majority of MSc graduates will either enter employment (or continue) as IT/Computing professionals, or progress to doctoral work with a probable view to pursuing academic or research careers.
You will study four specialist, advanced units including High Performance Computing and Big Data, Advanced Computer Networks and Operating Systems. A wide-range of optional units allow you to tailor your course to specialise in areas of your choice.
A third of your MSc will consist of a solo project with individual supervision. This is supported by a series of seminars/workshops, but the emphasis is on student-centred learning and recognises expectations about student autonomy, typical of postgraduate level and also is part of the strategy to enhance your employability through the development of confidence, self-awareness and self-sufficiency. Your Masters project will involve practical system creation or experimentation work in an area of computing and where appropriate, the implementation or experimentation may be work-based.
We are a member of the Oracle Academy and highly rated in terms of research. Our supervision and facilities are also excellent.
Students successfully completing this degree title will:
-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.
-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.
Some students undertake practical work for their projects while working in organisations which have offered placement opportunities.
Wide-ranging course units combine with a flexible approach which allows students to undertake practical project work while attending work placements. With one-third of the course project-based, it may be possible to undertake yours in collaboration with an external organisation or within the School.
This course is a conversion course that will give you a grounding in computer programming. There's a particular focus on in-demand mobile and web applications, software engineering, and computer security. You'll learn through classes and extensive lab based work. You'll undertake a practical software development dissertation project. All classes within the course are tailored to the needs of students from non-computing backgrounds. They'll equip you with the key skills you'll need to begin a successful career as a software developer.
This course will prepare you for a professional and rewarding career in software development not only within the IT sector, but within many other sectors including education, engineering, health, finance, government, manufacturing, retail, and transport.
You'll also develop other valuable transferable skills including effective presentation, team working, and report writing, which will further enhance your skills as a future leader.
The Department of Computer & Information Sciences is based on levels 11 to 14 of the Livingstone Tower. We have a large quiet study zone and a large social zone for working on group activities.
There are three large computer laboratories within the department, each containing state-of-the-art equipment with over 175 dual boot Windows and Linux machines available. Each lab machine is equipped with up-to-date software.
All departmental machines are linked by a high-speed local area network and operate under a single network file system so you can access your files from any of our machines. High-speed wireless access is also available throughout the department.
The University has a large modern library which contains all of the materials that you need for your course. Many of the books are also available online electronically meaning they are available to all students at all times.
Software Development graduates are highly employable and can look forward to well-paid professional careers. You could end up designing and building the digital technologies that underpin the global economy and, indeed, every aspect of human activity from recreation through healthcare to business and the natural environment.
Example roles include:
Strathclyde University provides a range of professional development services, including career support services introduced during induction and offered throughout the period of study and even after graduation, to help our students achieve their career ambitions.
This specialist option of the MSc Computational and Software Techniques in Engineering has been developed to deliver qualified engineers to the highest standard into the emerging field of digital signal and image processing who are capable of contributing significantly to this increased demand for both real-time and off-line systems operating over a range of mobile, embedded and workstation platforms.
Developed for students interested in software development within the wide spectrum of industries in which digital signal processing and/or digital image processing plays a significant role. Suitable for candidates from a broad range of engineering backgrounds, including aeronautical, automotive, mechanical and electrical engineering in addition to the more traditional computational sciences background, who wish to both develop and complement their existing skill-set in this new area. Part-time students have a flexible commencement date.
This option of the MSc in Computational and Software Techniques in Engineering aims to develop your skill-base for the rapidly expanding engineering IT industry sector, not only in the UK but all over the world. Graduates in this option have the opportunity to pursue a wide range of careers embracing telecommunications, the automotive industry, medical imaging, software houses and industrial research where demand for skills is high.
This course additionally forms part of the ESTIA (Ecole Supérieure des Technologies Industrielles Avancées) Cranfield MSc programme which gives ESTIA students the opportunity to study this degree based either at Cranfield University or ESTIA in Bidart, South-West France.
Cranfield University is very well located for visiting part-time students from all over the world, and offers a range of library and support facilities to support your studies. This enables students from all over the world to complete this qualification whilst balancing work/life commitments.
The course is directed by an industrial advisory panel who meet twice a year to ensure that it provides the right mix of hands-on skills and up-to-date knowledge suitable for the wide variety of applications that this field addresses.
A number of members also attend the annual student thesis presentations which take place at the end of July. This provides a good opportunity for students to meet key employers.
The course consists of 12 core modules, including a group design project, plus an individual research project.
The course is delivered via a combination of structured lectures, tutorial sessions and computer based workshops. Mathematical and computational methods form the basis of the specialist modules, covering the theory and application of DSIP algorithms for the analysis, interpretation and processing of data in diverse fields such as computer vision, robotics, vibro-acoustic condition monitoring, medical diagnosis, remote sensing and data visualisation. This set of specialist modules are designed to provide students with the programming techniques necessary to develop, maintain and use core DSIP solution software over a wide range of industrial settings.
The group project which takes place in the spring is designed to provide you with invaluable experience of delivering a project within an industry structured team. The project allows you to develop a range of skills including learning how to establish team member roles and responsibilities, project management, delivering technical presentations and gaining experience of working in teams that include members with a variety of expertise and often with members who are based remotely.
Part-time students are encouraged to participate in a group project as it provides a wealth of learning opportunities. However, an option of an individual dissertation is available if agreed with the Course Director.
Recent Group Projects include:
The individual research project allows you to delve deeper into an area of specific interest. It is very common for industrial partners to put forward real world problems or areas of development as potential research project topics. In general you will begin to consider the research project after completing 3-4 modules - it then runs concurrently with the rest of your work.
For part-time students it is common that their research thesis is undertaken in collaboration with their place of work.
Recent Individual Research Projects include:
Taught modules 45%, Group project 5%, Individual research project 50%
The MSc in Computer and Machine Vision attracts enquiries from companies all over the world who wish to recruit high quality graduates. There is considerable demand for students with expertise in engineering software development and for those who have strong technical programming skills in industry standard languages and tools. Graduates of this course will be in demand by commercial engineering software developers, automotive, telecommunications, medical and other industries and research organisations, and have been particularly successful in finding long-term employment.
Some students may go onto degrees, on the basis of their MSc research project. Thesis topics are most often supplied by individual companies on in-company problems with a view to employment after graduation - an approach that is being actively encouraged by a growing number of industries.
A selection of companies that have recruited our graduates include:
The innovative Business Information Systems course provides you with sound, theoretically informed and relevant knowledge of modern information and communications technologies and its use in key business and organisational settings. Graduates will have the specialist scientific and technological expertise as well as research skills to be able to develop or further their careers as business IT practitioners, “hybrid” managers or multidisciplinary researchers. This programme is suitable if you don’t have a management or technology based qualification.
Through the course you will understand and appreciate the strategic value of technologies and processes as a source of competitive advantage, both nationally and internationally and find out how to respond to the increasing need for greater understanding of the role advanced information and communication technologies plays in the workplace and at home.
The multidisciplinary curriculum spans a variety of topics, such as: technology management, system design, organisational behaviour, business strategy, and marketing. You will learn about the central issues in designing and managing business information systems and in assessing the role of IT in the globalisation of business activities; as well as develop an understanding and appreciation of the strategic value of technologies and processes as a source of competitive advantage, both nationally and internationally.
You will join an intellectually stimulating, friendly and supportive research environment and will work closely with our expert and experienced academic staff.
In addition to these mandatory course units there are a number of optional course units available during your degree studies. The following is a selection of optional course units that are likely to be available. Please note that although the College will keep changes to a minimum, new units may be offered or existing units may be withdrawn, for example, in response to a change in staff. Applicants will be informed if any significant changes need to be made.
Assessment is carried out by a variety of methods including coursework, examinations and a dissertation.
Graduates with a MSc in Business Information Systems from Royal Holloway will have enhanced and widen their career prospects. The programme provides an excellent preparation for both managers and business IT practitioners and those who intend to embark on a research degree. The programme will help you to use your existing skills in the burgeoning field of information and communication technologies, as well as increase your degree of confidence in communicating with other people.
Graduates in recent years have entered many different business information systems-related areas, including: Business Analyst at Ford Motor Company, Information Security Consultant at Barclays, SAP HR Functional Consultant at Satyam Computer Services, Business Analyst at Oracle,Technology Consultant at Hewlett Packard and as Microsoft Dynamics CRM Applications Analyst at Whitbread.