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
The Web Intelligence MSc aims to provide you with the knowledge and skills to solve challenging computational problems related to advanced reasoning systems for the internet. It will give you a broad understanding of web intelligence and a thorough knowledge of techniques for developing intelligent software.
The Web Intelligence MSc will provide you with the practical knowledge and expertise to evaluate, design and build intelligent software for the internet. You will complete the course in one year, studying September to September and taking a combination of required and optional modules totalling 180 credits, including 60 credits that will come from a research project and dissertation of 10,000 words. You will study Artificial Intelligence, Agents and Multi-agent Systems as well as Software Engineering of Internet Systems. There are also opportunities to explore a broad range of optional modules allowing you to develop a study pathway that reflects your interests.
A graduate in computer science, mathematics, science or engineering with good knowledge of computer programming, this MSc will provide you with the practical knowledge and expertise to enable you to evaluate, design and build intelligent software for the web. Research for your individual project will provide valuable preparation for a career in research or industry.
We use lectures, seminars and group tutorials to deliver most of the modules on the programme. You will also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study.
You are expected to spend approximately 150 hours of effort (i.e. about 10 hours per credit) for each module you attend in your degree. These 150 hours cover every aspect of the module: lectures, tutorials, lab-based exercises, independent study based on personal and provided lecture notes, tutorial preparation and completion of exercises, coursework preparation and submission, examination revision and preparation, and examinations.
The primary method of assessment for this course is a combination of written examinations, essays, coursework and individual or group projects and oral presentations. The research project will be assessed through a dissertation.
Our graduates have continued on to have very successful careers in industry and research. Recent employers have included general software consultancy companies, specific software development businesses and the IT departments of large institutions (financial, telecommunications and public sector). Some graduates have entered into the field of academic and industrial research in software engineering, bio-informatics, algorithms, artificial intelligence and computer networks.
This programme studies the Web as a foundational technology for the digital economy, including the architecture and services that support a mobile infrastructure of social networks and big data services. The programme specialises in web system development and requires a technical background with good programming experience.
Semester one: Web Architecture; Foundations of Web Science; Research Methods for Assessing Technology; Web Development; Designing Usable and Accessible Technologies; Implementing Cyber Security.
Semester two: Semantic Web Technologies; Science of Online Social Networks; Open Data Innovation; Intelligent Agents; E-Business Strategy.
Plus three-month independent research project culminating in a dissertation.
This course is your opportunity to specialise in the development of web-based software systems that use databases. During your time with us, you will gain a critical awareness of the methodologies, tools and techniques used for the development of web-based computer systems and an advanced understanding of the techniques used for the development, evaluation and testing of databases.
The course also develops an awareness of the latest developments in the field of advanced databases, data mining and data warehousing. You will also gain substantial knowledge and skills in the deployment of SAS business intelligence software leading towards SAS data miner accreditation, and learn what the Semantic Web and Linked Data are, together with what these technologies enable.
This course covers a very comprehensive range of topics split in to four large modules worth 30 credits each plus the MSc Project. External speakers from blue-chip and local companies will give seminars to complement your learning, that will be real-world case studies related to the subjects you are studying in your modules. These are designed to improve the breadth of your learning and often lead to ideas that you can develop for your MSc Project.
Teaching on this course takes the form of lectures, individual and group class work, topical class discussions and critical case study evaluation.
You will gain hands-on lab experience of using and setting up databases and web-based systems. What’s more, tutorials will give you practice in solving the theoretical and design problems associated with these systems.
With this qualification, you’ll be equipped as web/database designer and programmer, data analytics and miner among other roles. Your experience will be in high demand across all industrial and commercial sectors.
Previous students have gone on to work with companies including British Airways, Google, Hewlett-Packard, Oracle and other IT firms.
Our links with industry include large companies (BT, Oracle, Microsoft) and local companies.
These companies engage with the University by giving guest seminars and often our students will work with them on their MSc Project.
Many of our graduates will go on to further study in our Computer Networks and Telecommunications Research Centre (CNTR)
The CNTR undertakes both pure and applied research in the general field of telecommunications and computer networking including computer networking technologies, wireless systems, networked multimedia applications, quality of service, mobile networking, intelligent buildings, context driven information systems and communication protocols. Much of this work is funded through research grants and supported by industry. In addition, members of the group are actively involved in a range of public engagement courses which aim to raise the awareness of these subjects for the general public and in schools.
Research themes in this Centre include: