In the past twenty years, the web has had a major impact on the way in which we work, live and learn. As the sector continues to grow there is a constant need for individuals and organisations to keep abreast of new developments in the field. This programme has been designed to meet the needs of the global IT industry and will give you the advanced skills and expertise to excel in this fast-paced and competitive marketplace.
This fully online programme offers two specialised exit awards; the pathway you choose will depend on your own specific background and interests:
MSc Web Technologies
If your knowledge and experience of computing are already beyond that of an end-user and you wish to gain enhanced web technologies skills, then this pathway is for you. You will explore cutting-edge technologies and gain a solid grounding in programming and software development.
MSc Web Technologies with Management
This pathway, while primarily having a technological focus, will explore key aspects of business and management particularly relevant in an international environment. You will receive a thorough grounding in core management principles, practices and techniques strongly contextualised to web-based applications.
Both pathways will help you develop and build on your specific technical expertise, and gain practical, analytical, and highly transferable skills sought after by employers.
MSc Web Technologies:
MSc Web Technologies with Management:
Module list 1:
Module list 2:
On successful completion of the programme you will have improved your skills, confidence and knowledge levels, leading to enhanced career opportunities in different sectors of the IT industry. Alternatively, you may be interested in roles in the public sector, in academia, or through business start-up and growth.
From 2017, eligible Scotland domiciled students studying part-time who meet the residency eligibility can apply for a for a tuition fee loan up to £2,750 per year from the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS).
Full details can be found on the SAAS website. Applications for loans open in April.
Students from the rest of the UK who meet the eligibility requirements may be able to apply for a loan from the Student Loan Company
You may also be able to apply for a government Professional and Career Development Loan
Technology is one of the greatest agents of change in the modern world and it represents a significant opportunity and risk for businesses of all sizes. Developers play a central role in how we interact with the online world and employment in the IT industry is expected to grow at nearly 5 times the UK average over the next decade (CIO, 2015).
The demands of our global, data-intensive, knowledge based economy is creating a skills gap and making now the perfect time to gain the skills necessary to meet demand.
Northumbria University’s part-time MSc Web and Mobile Development Technologies is taught by industry experts around leading-edge content, and is designed to give you the knowledge and expertise to fill this gap.
-Part-time Masters degree based in Central London
-Flexible start dates in January, June and September
-Continue working while you study with lectures delivered on 15 weekends throughout the 2 year course
-Build a firm grounding in strategic web development skills and mobile development
-Learn how to manage and utilise the opportunities emerging technologies create
-Undergraduate degree not essential for entry
Northumbria University’s part-time MSc Web and Mobile Development Technologies provides a firm grounding in strategic web development skills, with a specific focus on mobile development. Blending training with academic rigour, our programme will enable you to develop the lifelong skills needed to rise to the challenge and opportunity of emerging technologies and engage in the ‘bleeding edge’ field. An area which is notoriously high risk and has an increased potential of unreliability.
You will study the core skills required to gain a deep understanding of contemporary web development, industry practice and analysis which forms the basis of next generation technologies. This programme also focuses on mobile development and web development skills you need to engage and succeed in the cutting edge of technology.
During the programme you will also develop independent research skills to manage risk and identify, recommend and deploy relevant technologies both now and in the future. Throughout the course, you will study with a diverse group like-minded IT professionals, share ideas, and build upon your professional network.
The part-time programme is designed to enable working professionals to fit their study around their work and personal life. The programme is assessed through modular assignments and a final dissertation, with no exams.
All taught lectures are delivered on 15 weekends spread throughout the 2 year period, with approximately 24 hours of taught content per module. You will be expected to invest equal time on self-directed learning and reading.
Our MSc Web and Mobile Development Technologies is a truly blended learning programme, offering extensive student support in and outside of the classroom. We have a dedicated delegate support team based in London to assist you throughout your programme and arrange one-to-one sessions with our experienced faculty.
You will study a range of up-to-date and industry informed set of modules designed to develop your knowledge, skills and competency in a range of computing concepts and issues. You can expect modules such as Mobile App Development and Internet of Things. You will also complete a final Research Project, giving you the opportunity to investigate an area of particular interest and demonstrate academic excellence.
Please visit the course page for more information on module content.
Study from anywhere in the world with practitioners in government, civil society and the private sector, as well as with people new to development.
The broad purpose of this programme is to give those working in the area of poverty reduction and development in developing and transitional countries, or those wishing to work in such areas, a firmer grounding in understanding poverty and inequality, promoting poverty reduction and analysing the performance of major poverty reducing programmes and policies.
The core module aims to familiarise students with key concepts (eg development and poverty) and theories (eg modernisation, dependency, neo-liberalism and the ‘crisis’ in development theory) and with the changing roles of international development organisations and states in promoting international development (eg through aid, trade and fiscal, monetary and social policies).
The emphasis throughout will be on encouraging students to reflect critically on what has worked well or not and why. Students will select three optional modules (at 20 credits each) based on their individual interests and career aspirations.
More information on: International Development MSc by distance learning
The programme is delivered online, using a web communications tools system (Canvas) and this web environment is where students are expected to take part in online discussions and group activities, guided by a tutor. All required reading is provided (either in hard copy or via our extensive electronic library, or via Internet links). Assessment takes the form of 2 items of assessment per module, plus a 10,000 to 15,000 word dissertation for the MSc.
In delivering our distance learning programmes, we have drawn on lessons learned by academic institutions about how to provide effective distance learning and use a blended learning approach:
Our distance learning courses use a variety of teaching and assessment methods: Hard copy teaching and reading materials
Each module takes six weeks to complete (with guided online discussions). The MSc does not include any face-to-face element.
The course is assumed to be part time, and students study one module at a time.
IDD has designed its distance learning courses to be accessible for a working professional person and we have kept the technical requirements to a minimum. However, before you commit to distance learning, we recommend that you consider the following:
IT equipment: To complete a distance learning course successfully, you will need:
IT skills: You will find this course less challenging if you are already a confident Internet user, although we are available extensively to coach you through becoming familiar with the web-based discussion format and to address other IT questions.
Time: This course requires that you read a good deal and regularly check into the web-based discussions during the six 'live' weeks of discussion for each module. If you are forced to miss some of the discussions for work or personal reasons, this can be coped with, but if you are regularly out of touch you will find it hard to complete the assignments to the required standard. Writing the assignments is also time-consuming.
This programme is most relevant for people who have worked in governments, non-governmental organisations (either international, regional, national or local) or on donor-funded projects, as well as for recent graduates wishing to work for such organizations, who have some experience of developing countries.
Currently more than 3,800 IDD alumni have taken their knowledge and experience to over 148 countries around the globe and are working in a variety of jobs in the public, private and voluntary sector.
See what some of our alumni are doing now and what they thought about studying with us at IDD.