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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. Read more

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

Course Details

Our course uses various development tools and environments such as:

  • UML
  • Oracle
  • IBM Websphere
  • MS BizTalk
  • MS ASP.NET
  • NetBeans
  • Java Multi-Platform
  • Android SDK
  • MongoDB

Data management/BI software used includes:

  • MS Business Intelligence Development Studio
  • MS Project
  • Security Architecture

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:

  • Ethics for the IT Professional
  • Managing Projects and Security
  • Research Design and Methods
  • Service Oriented Development

Optional modules (offered subject to demand) include:

  • Data Governance and Analytics
  • Database Applications for Business
  • Decision Support Systems
  • Enterprise Systems Development
  • Intelligent Systems
  • Interactive Design for Smart Devices
  • Mobile Business Technology and Design
  • Mobile Networks and Smartphone Applications
  • NoSQL Database
  • Oracle Database Development

Your knowledge and understanding is assessed through a combination of:

  • written examinations
  • assessed coursework
  • or coursework assignments only

Coursework assignments are also used to assess practical skills.

Career Prospects

Jobs

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:

  • IBM
  • Oracle
  • JP Morgan
  • Bank of Scotland

Potential roles within these companies include:

  • Website manager
  • Database developer
  • Software developer
  • Business analyst
  • Doctoral (PhD) researcher

Further Study

You may wish to continue studying for a MPhil or PhD.



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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. Read more

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:

  • issues
  • trends
  • current practices
  • technological alternatives

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

Course Details

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:

  • Modern database design
  • Network-based technology infrastructure
  • Object-orientated analysis and design methods for modern IT systems development

Trimester 2 topics will include:

  • Oracle-based advanced database development
  • Java based application development
  • Web technology development
  • Data security
  • Network security
  • Wireless networking
  • Internet of Things

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:

  • Course work
  • Class tests
  • Formal examinations

Career Prospects

Jobs

You may wish to consider a career in the following well-known companies:

  • Agrekko
  • IBM
  • CAP-Gemini
  • Amazon
  • Atos
  • Adobe Systems
  • HP
  • Dell
  • SMEs

Examples of roles that you may secure are:

  • IT Consultant
  • IT Systems Developer
  • e-Business Specialist
  • Database Developer
  • Oracle Database Specialist
  • Doctoral (PhD) researcher

Further Study

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:

  • Microsoft
  • Cisco
  • Oracle
  • SAP
  • Others


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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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Geographical Information Systems (GIS) has grown rapidly to become a major component of information technology, creating distinctive methods of data analysis, algorithms and software tools. Read more

Why take this course?

Geographical Information Systems (GIS) has grown rapidly to become a major component of information technology, creating distinctive methods of data analysis, algorithms and software tools.

This course emphasises the acquisition of practical GIS skills. We use a wide range of industry-standard software tools and a structured approach to the analysis of spatial data through project work.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

Get hands-on experience of using instruments such as GPS, Total Stations and 3D laser scanners
Be taught by experts, who have extensive industrial and consultancy experience and strong research portfolios
Practise your GIS data collection skills in a range of environments

What opportunities might it lead to?

The wide range of career opportunities across public and private sectors and in university-based research, coupled with the rapid rate of technological change, mean that major organisations and industrial firms are finding it essential to update their skills through advanced study. We therefore aim to meet this demand by tailoring our course to the needs of both regional and national markets.

Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:

Environmental consultancies
Geographical information science specialists
Working for the Environmental Agency
Working for the Ordnance Survey

Module Details

The academic year is divided into two parts. The first part comprises the lecture, workshop, practical and field work elements of the course, followed by a dissertation which will take approximately five months to complete.

Here are the units you will study:

Principles of Geographic Information Science: Beginning with an overview of the development of GIS, the first part of this unit examines data sources and data capture, as well as hardware and software tools. The second part deals with vector-based data structures and data management, followed by vector GIS operations, such as overlay and buffering. You will undertake a project to create a GIS of your own, which may be presented as a seminar session. Practical exercises are undertaken using MapInfo. You will then go on to develop an understanding of raster-based approaches to GIS, cartographic modelling and related areas of image processing which are often applied in remote sensing. Topics include raster data models and data compression techniques, raster GIS and cartographic modelling, imaging systems and image processing, geometric correction techniques and GIS/remote sensing integration in the raster domain. Practical work uses MapInfo, ArcGIS - ArcMap and ERDAS Imagine.

GIS and Database Management Systems: Your major focus on this unit will be the use of industry-standard methods and tools to develop competence in the successive stages of database design, development and implementation. You will have an introduction to data analysis techniques, followed by an examination of alternative types of database system and the rules of relational database design. There is extensive treatment of the SQL query language in standard databases and for attribute query within a GIS. You will be introduced to advanced topics including database programming and computer-aided database design. You will also consider the Object-Relational databases and spatial data types, explore the use of spatial queries using the ORACLE relational database management system and examine procedural database programming and web database connectivity. Practical work for this unit uses the ORACLE relational database management system, running in full client-server mode.

Applied Geographic Information Systems: On this unit you will develop a general, inferential, model-based approach to the analysis of quantitative data within a geographical framework. You will examine a range of underlying concepts including model specification, bias, linearity, robustness and spatial autocorrelation. You will subsequently develop these in the context of a unified framework for analysis. Practical work is based on ArcGIS - ArcMap.

Research Methods and Design: This unit will introduce you to the basic principles of research design and methodology, enabling you to develop a critical approach to the selection and evaluation of appropriate methods for different types of research problem.

Modelling and Analysis and the Web: This unit gives you the chance to consider the use of GIS technology for creating terrain models and explore the basics of photogrammetry, as well as analytical and digital techniques for photogrammetric data capture. You will also look at Orthophotography, LiDAR and RADAR systems. ArcGIS is used for spatial analysis, such as buffering and overlay techniques. You will also explore and exemplify data transfer between GIS software systems and technologies for internet-based GIS.

Dissertation: This provides an opportunity for you to pursue a particular topic to a greater depth than is possible within the taught syllabus. It can take a variety of forms, for example GIS-based analysis of original data sources and digital datasets, case studies of GIS adoption in public or private sector organisations, the development of new software tools/applications or the design of GIS algorithms. The final submission takes the form of an extended written report or dissertation of a maximum of 15,000 words.

Programme Assessment

The course provides a balanced structure of lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops. You will learn through hands-on practical sessions designed to give you the skills in laboratory, computer and field techniques. The course also includes extensive field work designed to provide field mapping and data collection skills.

The majority of assessment takes the form of practical exercises and project-based activity. This enables you to become familiar with industry-standard software systems and develop your skills by applying your newfound expertise in areas that particularly interest you.

Student Destinations

GIS technology is now very widely deployed in many organisations ranging from utility companies, telecommunications networks, civil engineering, retailing, local and national government, international charities and NGOs, the National Health Service, environmental organisations, banking and finance, and insurance. GIS has become an essential part of the world's information infrastructure.

You can expect to go on to find work in organisations such as local authorities, health authorities, conservation organisations, banks and insurance companies, amongst others. Many of our previous graduates are now employed all over the world, working on a whole variety of GIS-related projects in a very wide range of different organisations and industries.

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The programme is designed to provide in-depth knowledge and skills within the field of computing. The course is aimed at students who already have a first degree in computing, have some existing software engineering skills, and wish to deepen their knowledge. Read more
The programme is designed to provide in-depth knowledge and skills within the field of computing. The course is aimed at students who already have a first degree in computing, have some existing software engineering skills, and wish to deepen their knowledge. This programme will have a strong focus on how data can be exploited within an organisation and will emphasise the communication of that data to a target audience.

Graduates would undertake a range of tasks associated with IT in organisations, and develop sophisticated solutions to IT problems.

Course Overview

The main themes of the programme are:
-Web based application development
-Database development, deployment and integration
-Project and team management in the computing sector

This programme will equip students with those skills at a high academic level and also crucially enable them to practically implement their knowledge because of the ‘hands-on’ emphasis of the programme.

Each of these themed areas is itself an area of significant international strategic importance and will enable students to gain important and valuable skills.

The Web based application development theme reviews current trends and technologies. Complex challenges faced by web developers are investigated in detail.

The Database development, deployment and integration theme covers the important areas of Data Warehousing and Data Analysis both of which are cited as important skills that are in great demand by businesses.

The final theme, Project and team management will concentrate on developing the skills of project management and systems analysis, both of which are in great demand by employers.

Modules

Part 1:
-Data Warehousing (20 credits)
-Distributed Web Apps (20 credits)
-Leadership and Management (20 credits)
-Managing Information Systems and Projects (20 credits)
-Research Methods and Data Analysis (20 credits)
-Web Technologies for e-Commerce (20 credits)

Part 2:
-Major Project (60 credits)

Key Features

This MSc provides significant technical content which will inform the management decision making process. In this context major organisations such as Tesco, Sainsbury and Amazon have been making significant investment into data warehousing and data mining technologies.

To effectively use this technology requires a large number of people to apply and manage the technology. The price of the technology has reduced significantly since the inception of data warehousing with Microsoft and Oracle supplying the appropriate add-on tools to their database management system products. These factors allow smaller organisations to gain a competitive advantage by utilising the large pool of transactional data that in some cases has been stored for many years.

In an industrial context, students may be required to manage teams of developers in small to large scale projects. To efficiently manage such projects, they will require a significant technical understanding of the issues arising to be able to appreciate the complexity of the tasks to be undertaken.

Indeed, in an SME this role is often fulfilled by a senior member of the development staff with both development and management duties. As either a developer or manager, the graduate would be expected to demonstrate their initiative and be able to use their research skills to rapidly adapt to the demands of new technology.

Assessment

Student works are assessed through combination of course works, lab based practical exams and written exam. The final mark for some modules may include one or more pieces of course work set and completed during the module. Project work is assessed by a written report and oral presentation. Part 2 of the MSc programme requires the student to research and prepare an individual project/dissertation of a substantial nature.

University students who are unable to successfully complete all aspects of the Part 1 may be eligible for a Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) or Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits).

Career Opportunities

Students on this programme develop a broad range of technical skills and will study a number of topics related to information systems. The programme covers the three themes of Web based application development, Database development, deployment and integration, and Project and Team management in the computing sector.

A significant emphasis is placed on database management and the implementation of applications for manipulating information including both database systems and web applications. Additionally, graduates would be able to lead teams and manage projects.

It is expected that graduates would seek positions such as:
-Project manager (within the Computing field)
-Data analyst
-Database administrator
-Application developer
-Web developer

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Drawing on our research excellence in this area, this innovative programme of study in big data and business intelligence is designed to give graduates a competitive advantage in the modern, fast growing business domain. Read more

Drawing on our research excellence in this area, this innovative programme of study in big data and business intelligence is designed to give graduates a competitive advantage in the modern, fast growing business domain. This is one of the first MSc programmes in the UK covering these leading-edge technologies. The programme provides students with the deeper knowledge, advanced skills and understanding that will allow them to contribute to the development and design of big data systems as well as distributed/internet-enabled decision support application software systems, using appropriate technologies, architectures and techniques (e.g. data analytics, business intelligence, NoSQL, data mining, data warehousing, distributed data management and technologies, Hadoop, etc.).

Additionally, the programme enables students to understand and assess the security and legal implications of e-commerce applications and provides students with appropriate knowledge of business and commerce relevant to transacting business on the internet. The courses take a software engineering approach to the construction of applications and focus on modern software engineering methods, tools and techniques that enable an integrated life-cycle software development view.

Through our short course centre opportunity may also be provided to study for the following professional qualifications: Microsoft Technology Associate Exams; Certified Professional Java SE Programmer; Java Certified Associate; Oracle Certified Associate (OCA).

Full time

Year 1

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Students are required to choose 15 credits from this list of options.

Students are required to choose 15 credits from this list of options.

Part time

Year 1

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Year 2

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Students are required to choose 15 credits from this list of options.

Students are required to choose 15 credits from this list of options.

Assessment

Students are assessed through examinations, coursework and a project.

Professional recognition

This programme is accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS). On successful graduation from this degree, the student will have fulfilled the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered IT Professional (CITP) and partially fulfilled the education requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng) or Chartered Scientist (CSci). For a full Chartered status there are additional requirements, including work experience. The programme also has accreditation from the European Quality Assurance Network for Informatics Education (EQANIE).

Careers

Graduates from this programme can pursue careers as data scientists, database designers and administrators, consultants, senior team members, programmers, analysts.



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Why this course?. 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. Read more

Why this course?

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.

What you’ll study

  • programming in Python, JavaScript and Java, three of the most popular programming languages. For example, Spotify, Twitter and Open Office are built using these languages.
  • mobile app development using HTML5/JavaScript providing you with the skills to develop graphical user interfaces for mobile applications.
  • database design & development using Oracle SQL providing you with the fundamental skills that underpin the global explosion and demand for Big Data.
  • state-of-the-art software engineering methodologies providing you with professional software development skills, including widely use rapid development Agile methods.
  • cyber security tools and technologies including experience of the tools and techniques used in security exploits. 

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.

Facilities

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.

Careers

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:

  • Software Developer (Java/Javascript/Python): As software developer you'll be playing a key role in the design, installation, testing and maintenance of software systems. Your programs will be the key driver for the success of a business and will enhance research.
  • Software Engineer (Agile/Scrum): As software engineer you'll apply engineering principles to the creation of software. You will oversee the design process and connect the client’s needs with applicable technology solutions.
  • Web Developer (Javascript/HTML5): Similar to the software developer role, but with a focus for web sites and services developed using Web-specific languages such as Javascript, HTML5 or PHP.
  • Database Developer (SQL/Oracle): You will develop databases that satisfy the information needs of your organization and which underpin Big Data. This will support decision-making within a business and knowledge-discovery in research.
  • Business Analyst: as a business analyst you will identify improvements that can be made to organisational systems, write specifications for their modification and enhancement, and be involved in the design of new IT solutions to improve business efficiency.

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.



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This MSc Computing offers students from diverse career and subject areas a balance of software engineering skills and technical abilities required for a career in Software Development. Read more
This MSc Computing offers students from diverse career and subject areas a balance of software engineering skills and technical abilities required for a career in Software Development.

Through this one-year programme you will get a first-hand understanding of the vital problem-solving role of software, the interdisciplinary opportunities available, and what computational systems can achieve.

Through a gentle introduction and intensive support, you will be introduced to programming skills using important languages such as Java and Python. Emphasis is placed on handling data and you will develop essential skills in SQL (Structured Query Language) for advanced database functionality using industry standard products such as Oracle™.

A choice of taught optional modules allows you to further develop skills in areas of your choice.

Graduates from these programmes will be ideally placed for employment in the computing industry or for careers requiring a combination of their graduate discipline with computing expertise.

Distinctive features:

• An opportunity to take a conversion course which is also an accredited course recognised by BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT.

• The opportunity to complement the discipline in which you graduated with the discipline of Computing.

• The facility to tailor the course to your interests by the selection of advanced option modules.

• Flexible choice of project topic, for example: associated with the research activity of the School fulfilling a business need reflecting your own interest.

Structure

You will study core modules to a total of 80 credits, with two optional modules worth a total of 40 credits. Students will also undertake an individual project and dissertation (worth 60 credits).

This course is a full-time programme undertaken over one calendar year. It is also available as a part-time programme over three years, and with placement.

Core modules:

Information Processing in Python
Web Application Development
Object-Oriented Development with Java
Software Engineering
Dissertation

Optional modules:

Computational Systems
Computer Science Topic 1: Web and Social Computing
Distributed and Cloud Computing
Human Centric Computing
Information Modelling & Database Systems
Visual Communication and Information Design
E-Commerce and Innovation

Teaching

The School of Computer Science and Informatics has a strong and active research culture which informs and directs our teaching. We are committed to providing teaching of the highest standard and received an excellent report in the most recent Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) review.

A diverse range of teaching and learning styles are used throughout the MSc in Computing and the MSc in Computing with Placement. Students will attend lectures, participate in seminars, workshops and tutorials, and carry out practical and laboratory work.

Students obtain support materials either via Learning Central (Cardiff University’s Virtual Learning Environment) or from study packs specially developed for selected modules.

Students will also undertake a project and independent study to enable them to complete their dissertation. Dissertation topics may be suggested by the student or chosen from a list of options proposed by academic staff reflecting their current interest.

Support

As a School, we pride ourselves on providing a supportive environment in which we are able to help and encourage our students.

All students are allocated a personal tutor who will monitor your progress throughout your time at university and will support you in your Personal Development Planning. You will see your Personal Tutor at least once each semester.

Outside of scheduled tutor sessions, our Senior Personal Tutor runs an open door policy, being on hand to advise and respond to any personal matters as they arise.

The School has a formal student-staff panel to discuss topics or issues of mutual interest, in addition we schedule fortnightly informal gatherings over coffee for all students and staff associated with MSc Programmes.

Feedback:

Feedback on coursework may be provided via written comments on work submitted, by provision of ‘model’ answers and/or through discussion in contact sessions.

Assessment

The taught modules within the programmes are assessed through examinations and a wide range of in-course assessments, such as written reports, extended essays, practical assignments and oral presentations.

The individual project and dissertation will enable students to demonstrate their ability to build upon and exploit knowledge and skills gained to exhibit critical and original thinking based on a period of independent study and learning.

Career prospects

Recent graduates have gained employment in roles such as software developers, systems analysts, business analysts, IT consultants, and support engineers.

MSc Computing graduates are employed by organisations of all sizes locally, nationally, and internationally. For example, recent graduates have taken up positions with local NHS Trusts, Logica, Sun Microsystems, BT, and the National Library of Medicine in the USA, as well as undertaking further doctoral study.

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This is a long-established conversion course aimed at graduates from a non-computing discipline. It is designed to enable a career change to computing or update and broaden knowledge and skills if already working in the field. Read more
This is a long-established conversion course aimed at graduates from a non-computing discipline. It is designed to enable a career change to computing or update and broaden knowledge and skills if already working in the field. Key areas of study include Object Oriented and Web Programming, Information Systems and Digital Media 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.

It is possible to switch between MSc Information Systems and MSc Computing as you develop your areas of specialism and own interests in this exciting field.

We have excellent facilities and are a member of the Oracle Academy and highly rated in terms of research. Non means-tested loans of up to a maximum of £10,000 will be available to postgraduate master’s students.

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.
-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 project work while attending work placements.

About the Course

-Develop computer programmes using object-oriented development techniques
-Use object-oriented techniques for systems analysis and design
-Have an understanding of database technology and its exploitation
-Understand the underlying technical concepts of network technology, internet and multimedia technology or the delivery of applications
-Understand concepts and be able to apply appropriate techniques across a small number of specialist computing subjects
-Carry out a research-informed practical project involving system construction or experimental work.

The units on offer are regularly updated to reflect new developments in IT and may vary. It is possible to switch between MSc Information Systems and MSc Computing as you develop your areas of specialism and own interests in IT. A major independent practical project completes the MSc.

With flexibility a priority, students can choose their study workload to suit their changing circumstances. Part-time courses usually take three years but can take longer as required. Classes are on certain days of the week to facilitate part timers’ attendance and to allow those studying full-time to undertake some part-time employment if necessary. Some students undertake practical project work while attending work placements. Extensive use of a specialist virtual learning environment is available.

Assessment details

Assessment will be through coursework, examination and dissertation.

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This MSc Computing offers students from diverse career and subject areas a balance of software engineering skills and technical abilities required for a career in Software Development. Read more
This MSc Computing offers students from diverse career and subject areas a balance of software engineering skills and technical abilities required for a career in Software Development.

Through this two-year programme you will get a first-hand understanding of the vital problem-solving role of software, the interdisciplinary opportunities available, and what computational systems can achieve.

Through a gentle introduction and intensive support, you will be introduced to programming skills using important languages such as Java and Python. Emphasis is placed on handling data and you will develop essential skills in SQL (Structured Query Language) for advanced database functionality using industry standard products such as Oracle™.

A choice of taught optional modules allows you to further develop skills in areas of your choice.

Students may choose to apply for a paid 7-12 month professional work placement to be undertaken on completion of Spring semester and before completing the MSc course with a 60-credit dissertation. This provides valuable work experience to develop your IT Professional skills.

Graduates from these programmes will be ideally placed for employment in the computing industry or for careers requiring a combination of their graduate discipline with computing expertise.

Distinctive features

• A conversion course as well as an accredited course recognised by BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT.

• The opportunity to complement the discipline in which you graduated with the discipline of Computing.

• The facility to tailor the course to your interests by the selection of advanced option modules.

• Flexible choice of project topic, for example: associated with the research activity of the School; fulfilling a business need; reflecting your own interest.

• 7-12 month experience as an IT Professional for students who successfully find a suitable placement.

Structure

You will undertake a placement following the taught stage of the course and prior to undertaking your individual project and dissertation. Most students start their placement in the summer of Year 1. The breakdown is as follows:

Year 1: 80 credits core modules, 40 credit optional modules.

Year 2: 120 credits placement, dissertation.
This is a full-time course undertaken over two calendar years. It is also available as a full-time course over one year or a part-time course over three years, both without placement.

Year ONE core modules:

Information Processing in Python
Web Application Development
Object-Oriented Development with Java
Software Engineering

Year ONE optional modules:

Computational Systems
Computer Science Topic 1: Web and Social Computing
Distributed and Cloud Computing
Human Centric Computing
Information Modelling & Database Systems
Visual Communication and Information Design
E-Commerce and Innovation

Year TWO core modules:

Placement
Dissertation

Teaching

The School of Computer Science and Informatics has a strong and active research culture which informs and directs our teaching. We are committed to providing teaching of the highest standard and received an excellent report in the most recent Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) review.

A diverse range of teaching and learning styles are used throughout the MSc in Computing and the MSc in Computing with Placement. Students will attend lectures, participate in seminars, workshops and tutorials, and carry out practical and laboratory work.

Students obtain support materials either via Learning Central (Cardiff University’s Virtual Learning Environment) or from study packs specially developed for selected modules.

You will also undertake a project and independent study to enable you to complete a dissertation. Dissertation topics may be suggested by you or chosen from a list of options proposed by academic staff reflecting their current interest.

Support

As a School, we pride ourselves on providing a supportive environment in which we are able to help and encourage our students.

All students are allocated a personal tutor who will monitor your progress throughout your time at university and will support you in your Personal Development Planning. You will see your Personal Tutor at least once each semester.

Outside of scheduled tutor sessions, our Senior Personal Tutor runs an open door policy, being on hand to advise and respond to any personal matters as they arise.

The School has a formal student-staff panel to discuss topics or issues of mutual interest, in addition we schedule fortnightly informal gatherings over coffee for all students and staff associated with MSc Programmes.

Students are responsible for obtaining their placement. The School actively assists students on “with Placement” courses in finding a suitable placement.

Feedback:

Feedback on coursework may be provided via written comments on work submitted, by provision of ‘model’ answers and/or through discussion in contact sessions.

Assessment

The taught modules within the programmes are assessed through examinations and a wide range of in-course assessments, such as written reports, extended essays, practical assignments and oral presentations.

The placement is assessed through a reflective report that demonstrates that the student has developed skills as an IT Professional.

The individual project and dissertation will enable you to demonstrate your ability to build upon and exploit knowledge and skills gained to exhibit critical and original thinking based on a period of independent study and learning.

Career prospects

Recent graduates have gained employment in roles such as software developers, systems analysts, business analysts, IT consultants, and support engineers.

MSc Computing graduates are employed by organisations of all sizes locally, nationally, and internationally. For example, recent graduates have taken up positions with local NHS Trusts, Logica, Sun Microsystems, BT, and the National Library of Medicine in the USA, as well as undertaking further doctoral study.

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A career-focused, up-to-date exploration of information technology, this distance learning course trains you on the fundamentals and the development of IT systems. Read more
A career-focused, up-to-date exploration of information technology, this distance learning course trains you on the fundamentals and the development of IT systems. It can also prepare you for industry-recognised Oracle Professional Certification. In the most recent (2014-15) Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, 100% of graduates from this course were in work or further study within six months.

More about this course

The course aims to develop a good understanding and knowledge of current and emerging IT and computer technologies. The course aims to equip students with a combination of relevant technical skills and 'client-facing' awareness in preparation for, or in enhancement of, a career within the IT industry.

The distance learning delivery mode offers significant flexibility whereby all teaching and learning materials are provided in the most advanced Virtual Learning Environment.

Students can obtain an engaging and rewarding study experience with regular guidance, on-going support and timely feedback throughout their course from experienced academic tutors

A variety of online facilities are available for interaction between both students and tutors, as well as among students.

The course is specifically designed for career enhancement. It aims to equip students with a wide range of necessary knowledge and skills highly valued by employers and IT industry. These include mobile computing, IT security management, advanced databases and software project management.

Successful completion of the course entitles students to apply for Membership of the British Computer Society ( MBCS). Becoming a Member of the British Computer Society entitles students to put the letters MBCS after their name.

All assessments are completed via staged coursework with a built-in oral presentation/viva where appropriate using teleconference facility.

Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS), The Chartered Institute for IT and meets the educational requirement for Chartered IT Professional (CITP) Further Learning registration.

Modular structure

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2016/17 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:
-Communication Technologies for IT (Distance Learning) (core, 20 credits)
-Database Systems with Professional Certification (Distance Learning) (core, 20 credits)
-IT Security Management (Distance Learning) (core, 20 credits)
-MSc Project (Distance Learning) (core, 60 credits)
-Mobile Application Design and Development (Distance Learning) (core, 20 credits)
-Research and Development Skills (Distance Learning) (core, 20 credits)
-Software Project Management (Distance Learning) (core, 20 credits)

After the course

Successful completion of this course offers wide-ranging career opportunities in the IT industry in either private or public sectors.

Graduates will be equipped to work in a variety of areas such as database administration, project management, mobile and web development, business or systems analysis, IT consultancy, support services, product management and training.

Meanwhile, the School of Computing has a ‘World of Work’ agency, which enables students to contact potential employers and work on real projects, during their course and afterwards.

Moving to one campus

Between 2016 and 2020 we're investing £125 million in the London Metropolitan University campus, moving all of our activity to our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching location of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2017. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

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The MSc Computing and Information Systems is designed for those wishing to pursue a career in industry related to developing complex information systems, processing of enterprise data and controlling business processes to guarantee usability, security, manageability and quality of information services according to the modern standards of the cyber age. Read more
The MSc Computing and Information Systems is designed for those wishing to pursue a career in industry related to developing complex information systems, processing of enterprise data and controlling business processes to guarantee usability, security, manageability and quality of information services according to the modern standards of the cyber age. The focus of the course is on the three recent movements within IT industry: Cloud Computing, Big Data and Internet of Things. The focus of the course is on the three recent movements within IT industry: cloud computing, big data and the internet of things.

More about this course

The course will be based on development tools and software technologies for data, system and service development, Cloud Computing, Big Data, Internet of Things and Information Security. It will also make use of new technologies for integration of embedded devices such as Arduino and Raspberry. Students will be able to choose options from Mobile application development, cybercrime and security, data and visualisation or work related learning before embarking on the project.

The course provides preparation and training which encourages students seeking positions within the financial, retail and entertainment sectors. It incorporates materials for professional training, which prepare you for professional certification in Oracle SQL, Java Enterprise and Hortonworks Data Platform.

The extensive collaboration between the School of Computing and industries in London resulted in numerous Knowledge Transfer Partnerships and Consultancy Projects. These won a number of national awards and made London Met graduates renowned for their high starting salaries. Due to the high demand for specialists in this area, students on the course can rely on help in finding jobs both in the numerous high-tech startups as well as big financial organisations in the City of London.

A range of assessment methods is employed throughout the course:
-Case study reports and presentations
-Computer laboratory workshops
-Individual and group coursework
-Unseen examinations
-In class tests
-Individual vivas

The method of assessment for each module is clearly described in the individual module guide which is made available to the students at the start of the semester. Every module has dedicated website providing students with comprehensive learning/teaching material including workshop exercises. Module leaders use this site regularly to communicate with their students including guidelines on how prepare for assessment, supporting materials, and general feedback.

Professional accreditation

This course is not currently accredited, however, students who wish to pursue professional certification will be assisted to sit the certification exams in Databases, Java Enterprise and Apache Hadoop by Oracle and Hortonworks.

Modular structure

The course has a September start with three semesters spread over one academic year. Each semester is 60 credits with the final semester dedicated to your dissertation.

Indicative core modules:
-Information Systems Development (20 credits)
-Enterprise Software Components and Systems Development (20 credits)
-Information Security (20 credits)
-Datawarehousing and Big Data (20 credits)
-Cloud Computing and Internet of Things (20 credits)
-MSc Project (60 credits)

Indicative optional modules, choose one from:
-Mobile Applications Design and Development (20 credits)
-Cyber Crime and Security (20 credits)
-Data Analysis and Visualisation (20 credits)

Detailed information about the structure and content of the course is provided in the course handbook which will be made available to the students at the start of the course.

After the course

The employment market has an abundance of posts that require skills in the three key areas of this course - Ccloud computing, big data and internet of things. There are many exciting employment opportunities available, including:
-Enterprise Component Developer and System Integrator
-Data Warehouse and Big Data Manager
-Embedded and Mobile Devices Programmer
-Network Security and Cyber Security Consultant

Additionally, the course provides skills for seeking more traditional, but high demand industry roles:
-Software Engineer
-Internet Programmer
-System Programmer
-Database Administrator
-System Administrator

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The innovative Business Information Systems course provides you with sound, theoretically informed and relevant knowledge of modern information and communications… Read more

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.

  • Unique programme which combines the management knowledge and technical skills required by successful hybrid managers in contemporary organisations.
  • Flexibility to tailor your studies to suit your specific areas of interest, such as; enterprise systems e-business, knowledge management, business intelligence and cyber crime.
  • Latest thinking and exciting intellectual challenges provided by academics who are at the frontiers of their subjects.

Course structure

Pre-course preparation

  • Foundations of Modern Management and Organisational Analysis

Core modules

  • People and Technology
  • Information System Design, Development and Management.
  • Information Systems Theory and Practice
  • Database and Web Technologies 
  • Dissertation Preparation and Research Methods
  • Dissertation

Optional modules

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.

  • Business Intelligence and Data Analytics
  • Cyber Crime
  • Enterprise Systems Management
  • E-Business

Teaching & assessment

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

Your future career

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.



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This conversion course is aimed at graduates from a non-computing discipline. Information Systems is concerned with software (and to a lesser extent hardware) that gathers, stores, processes and manages data and communications within an organisation and is at the heart of any large scale enterprise. Read more
This conversion course is aimed at graduates from a non-computing discipline.

Information Systems is concerned with software (and to a lesser extent hardware) that gathers, stores, processes and manages data and communications within an organisation and is at the heart of any large scale enterprise. The key areas of study are databases, object oriented programming, systems analysis, networks, digital media systems and information systems management and strategy. The course is designed to enable a career change to Information Systems or update and broaden knowledge and skills if you are already working in the field.

A third of your MSc will consist of a solo Information Systems project with individual supervision normally in a non-technical area. 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. It is possible to switch between MSc Information Systems and MSc Computing as you develop your areas of specialism and own interests in this exciting field.

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.

About the Course

Supported by a dedicated team of technical staff, the School of Computing, Maths and Digital Technology has excellent computing facilities including specialist Mac and PC laboratories with industry standard software and a state-of-the-art computer usability lab. Research in the school was rated highly in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF), with some of our research rated as world leading.

On successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
-Develop computer programs using object-oriented development techniques
-Use object-oriented techniques for systems analysis and design
-Have an understanding of database technology and its exploitation
-Understand the underlying technical concepts of network technology, internet and multimedia technology or the delivery of applications
-Understand concepts and be able to apply appropriate techniques across a small number of specialist computing subjects
-Carry out a research-informed practical project involving system construction or experimental work.

A range of optional specialist units adds to this versatile Information Systems qualification. Units may vary from year to year, reflecting the rapidly-changing IT industry. The project is non-technical.

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. Especially useful in the case of missed classes, the online virtual learning environment using Moodle provides extensive access to lectures, course materials and assessment information.

Assessment details

Assessment will be through coursework, examination and dissertation.

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Programme description. This interdisciplinary programme will equip you with the analytical and communication skills to work in this important and growing field. Read more

Programme description

This interdisciplinary programme will equip you with the analytical and communication skills to work in this important and growing field.

This programme suit students with a background in environmental or geographical sciences who have already come across remote sensing, or those with a background in physics, computer science or engineering looking for a career in an applied area.

Graduates from the programme will be well prepared to pursue a research degree or find relevant employment. This programme builds on the successful Edinburgh Geographical Information Science (GIS) degree, which was the first of its type in the world, with a heritage of almost 30 years.

Applicants who applied after 12 December 2016 receiving an offer of admission, either unconditional or conditional, may be required to pay a tuition fee deposit. Please see the fees and costs section for more information.

Programme structure

This programme consists of two semesters of taught courses followed by individual dissertation project work.

Compulsory courses typically will be:

  • Spatial Modelling and Analysis
  • Research Practice and Project Planning
  • Passive Earth Observation or
  • Active Remote Sensing
  • Dissertation

Option courses may include:

  • Principles and Practice of Remote Sensing
  • Atmospheric Quality and Global Change
  • Object Orientated Software Engineering: Spatial Algorithms*
  • Principles of Geographical Information Science
  • Sustainable Energy Technologies 4
  • Marine Systems and Policies
  • Technologies for Sustainable Energy
  • Introduction to Three Dimensional Climate Modelling
  • Geology for Earth Resources
  • Encountering Cities
  • Soil Protection and Management
  • Understanding Environment and Development
  • Advanced Spatial Database Methods
  • Data Integration and Exchange
  • Data Mining and Exploration
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Forests and Environment
  • ICT for Development
  • Land Use/Environmental Interactions
  • Querying and Storing XML
  • Water Resource Management
  • Participation in Policy and Planning
  • Introduction to Environmental Modelling
  • Management of Sustainable Development
  • Communicable Disease Control and Environmental Health
  • Political Ecology
  • Epidemiology for Public Health

Courses are offered subject to timetabling and availability and are subject to change.

In addition, this programme typically includes a residential field-skills weekend in Scotland.

*Please note, Principles and Practice of Remote Sensing would usually be a prerequisite for Passive Earth Observation and Active Remote Sensing unless equivalent background knowledge is demonstrated.

Career opportunities

Graduates have entered employment with well-known organisations such as Amey Infrastructure Services, British Airways, ESRI, General Electric, Google, Hewlett-Packard, Intergraph, Microsoft, Oracle, Royal Bank of Scotland, Scottish Water, Sopra Group, SLR Consulting, Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations and the World Bank, as well as continuing in academia. Graduates will benefit from our proven track record in placing students with such a diverse range of employers.

Student experience

Would you like to know what it’s really like to study at the School of GeoSciences?

Visit our student experience blog where you can find articles, advice, videos and ask current students your questions.



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