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This award is a Masters degree that is designed to broaden understanding and knowledge of computing science, and enhance the ability to apply this within industry or commerce. Read more
This award is a Masters degree that is designed to broaden understanding and knowledge of computing science, and enhance the ability to apply this within industry or commerce. Also in addition to gaining an in-depth knowledge of state-of-the-art technologies, it also develops further the competence and ability to apply them, particularly through the inclusion of an optional period in industry as an integral part of the course.

BCS accredited: CITP Further Learning and CEng/CSci (partial fulfilment). BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT, champions the global IT profession and accredits UK Computing courses.

Course content

The core modules will equip you with professional and research skills and will explore the social, legal and ethical aspects of computer science. The option modules will allow you to develop key skills in the different branches of computer science such as programming, multimedia, web, games, Android and mobile application development etc.

Core Modules
-Professional Development
-Research Methods

Option Modules, Subject to availability
-Programming for Web Applications
-Operational and Analytical Databases
-Cybercrime Forensic Analysis
-Digital Forensics Fundamentals
-Malware Analysis and Reverse Engineering
-Media Editing and Multimedia Applications
-Mobile Web and Multimedia
-Information System Management & Strategy
-IT Infrastructure
-Project & Change Management
-Location Aware Mobile Application Development
-Advanced Android Application Development
-Android Application Development
-Application Development for iOS Devices
-Enterprise Mobility
-Mobile Computing and Wireless
-Database Design and Development
-Engineering Internet Applications
-Enterprise Applications
-Information Systems Analysis Modelling & Design
-Knowledge Management

Final module
-MSc Dissertation

Graduate destinations

On completion of the course you will be a computing professional with a broad and deep knowledge of technical material and an ability to apply it. You will be adept at delivering IT solutions and systems appropriate for industry and commerce, fully prepared for a successful career in academia or industry.

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The award will provide the knowledge of the latest cyber security principles, practices, tools and techniques, taught by a team of specialist staff in purpose-built cyber security laboratories. Read more
The award will provide the knowledge of the latest cyber security principles, practices, tools and techniques, taught by a team of specialist staff in purpose-built cyber security laboratories. Graduates will be Cyber-operators, able to use ‘information’ as a defensive or offensive weapon.

Today, Cyber-Operators are required to have an ‘enriched’ background drawing elements of practical experience from fields as diverse as sociology, psychology, networks and network security, computer science and computer security, information management and information security, software engineering and reverse engineering, and of course, the law.

We have a diverse number of placements with companies from the security industry, high tech crime units and government organisations.

In January 2014 Staffordshire University announced exciting plans to create one main city campus in Stoke-on-Trent. This is to confirm this course will move from our Stafford Campus to Stoke-on-Trent Campus from Summer 2016.

Course content

Throughout the course you will be invited to attend guest lectures delivering workshops and conducting seminars with the students. Our visiting tutors are national and international security experts.

You will also have an opportunity in achieving industry recognised certification in Certified Ethical hacking.

Our purpose-built state of the art security laboratory offers each student a unique experience in enhancing your skills and knowledge in Cyber Security. As a result of winning a recent £5 million STEM bid, you will benefit from state of the art hardware resources, which will enhance your learning.

You will gain:
-Sound understanding of the computer science.
-Sound understanding of TCP-IP networks, the TCP-IP suite and its supporting protocols.
-Sound understanding and practical knowledge of digital forensics incidence response.
-Understanding and practical knowledge of managing information at all levels.
-Practical knowledge of the different types of computer crime.
-Ability to use with competency cyber-security toolkits.
-Ability to follow strict policies and procedures with meticulous record keeping.
-Good understanding of people and their motivational catalysts.
-Knowledge of evidence law and legal procedures.
-Ability to write reports on technical issues in a non-technical manner.
-Ability to address large audiences in a formal manner and affect their decision making process.

Core Modules
-Computer Security – Low Level
-Cyber Operations
-Malware analysis and Reverse Engineering
-Research Methods
-Operating Systems Security
-Digital Forensics & Incidence Response

Option Modules*
-Network Security with CISCO
-Network Security
-Penetration Testing
-Computer Security – High Level

*If you have CCNA certification (or an equivalent CISCO background), there will be the option of doing Network Security with the CISCO curriculum. Those of you who are not CCNA certified (or without an equivalent CISCO background), will do a less practical module of similar learning outcomes. After Teaching Block 2 you will have an option, again based on your prior knowledge on ethical hacking (and/or background, qualifications), for doing either Computer Security – High Level, which focuses on ethical hacking, or a more technical module on Penetration Testing.

Graduate destinations

The award will provide you with the knowledge of the latest cyber security principles, practices, tools and techniques, taught by a team of specialist staff in purpose-built cyber security laboratories. Graduates will be Cyber-operators, equipped with the skills to work in the security industry.

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This sandwich course will provide knowledge of the latest cyber security principles, practices, tools and techniques, taught by a team of specialist staff in purpose-built cyber security laboratories. Read more
This sandwich course will provide knowledge of the latest cyber security principles, practices, tools and techniques, taught by a team of specialist staff in purpose-built cyber security laboratories. Graduates will be Cyber-operators, able to use ‘information’ as a defensive or offensive weapon.

Today, Cyber-Operators are required to have an ‘enriched’ background drawing elements of practical experience from fields as diverse as sociology, psychology, networks and network security, computer science and computer security, information management and information security, software engineering and reverse engineering, and of course, the law.

We have a diverse number of placements with companies from the security industry, high tech crime units and government organisations.

In January 2014 Staffordshire University announced exciting plans to create one main city campus in Stoke-on-Trent. This course will be based at our Stoke-on-Trent Campus from Summer 2016.

Course content

Throughout the course you will be invited to attend guest lectures, the guest will also be delivering workshops and conducting seminars with the students. Our visiting tutors are national and international security experts.

You will also have an opportunity to achieve industry recognised certification in Certified Ethical hacking.

Our purpose-built state of the art security laboratory offers each student a unique experience in enhancing your skills and knowledge in Cyber Security. As a result of winning a recent £5 million STEM bid, you will benefit from state of the art hardware resources, which will enhance your learning.

You will gain:
-Sound understanding of the computer science.
-Sound understanding of TCP-IP networks, the TCP-IP suite and its supporting protocols.
-Sound understanding and practical knowledge of digital forensics incidence response.
-Understanding and practical knowledge of managing information at all levels.
-Practical knowledge of the different types of computer crime.
-Ability to use with competency cyber-security toolkits.
-Ability to follow strict policies and procedures with meticulous record keeping.
-Good understanding of people and their motivational catalysts.
-Knowledge of evidence law and legal procedures.
-Ability to write reports on technical issues in a non-technical manner.
-Ability to address large audiences in a formal manner and affect their decision making process.

Core Modules
-Computer Security – Low Level
-Cyber Operations
-Malware analysis and Reverse Engineering
-Research Methods
-Operating Systems Security
-Digital Forensics & Incidence Response

Option Modules*
-Network Security with CISCO
-Network Security
-Penetration Testing
-Computer Security – High Level

*If you have CCNA certification (or an equivalent CISCO background), there will be the option of doing Network Security with the CISCO curriculum. Those of you who are not CCNA certified (or without an equivalent CISCO background), will do a less practical module of similar learning outcomes. After Teaching Block 2 you will have an option, again based on your prior knowledge on ethical hacking (and/or background, qualifications), for doing either Computer Security – High Level, which focuses on ethical hacking, or a more technical module on Penetration Testing.

Graduate destinations

The award will provide you with the knowledge of the latest cyber security principles, practices, tools and techniques, taught by a team of specialist staff in purpose-built cyber security laboratories. Graduates will be Cyber-operators, equipped with the skills to work in the security industry.

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The MSc Web Development award forms a postgraduate qualification for you to focus specialist study on web development issues such as method and practical implementation aspects. Read more
The MSc Web Development award forms a postgraduate qualification for you to focus specialist study on web development issues such as method and practical implementation aspects. In choosing this award you will have the chance to develop knowledge attained from your undergraduate study and expand this into a deeper level, learning new and emerging technologies. Apart from focusing on industry perspectives you will also develop a strong research perspective relevant to issues and areas of web development. There is an increasing need for new graduates with web development skills and knowledge appropriate for designing and developing applications for business and industry.

Course content

The award covers topics such as: advanced media editing, web standards, multimedia research, mobile web and multimedia, programming for web applications, enterprise database systems, research methods, and the opportunity to select a module choice from a list of available options. In the PgC stage you study four core modules. For the PgD three core topics and an option. You may also go on placement after completing the PgC. At the end of your award you study your dissertation based on a web based topic.

Graduate destinations

After finishing the award you could be employed as a web page designer, database expert, mobile multimedia developer, multimedia researcher, e-commerce specialist or within general computer science.

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Companies are becoming ever more dependent on their information networks for mission-critical operations. They want highly trained networking professionals to keep them operational, available, resilient and efficient. Read more
Companies are becoming ever more dependent on their information networks for mission-critical operations. They want highly trained networking professionals to keep them operational, available, resilient and efficient.

The myriad of threats towards these networks are changing constantly. Security polices and mitigation techniques have to keep pace with these threats in order to allow genuine traffic out of and into our corporate networks whilst controlling the malicious users.

This course will give you the knowledge, lifelong learning skills and enthusiasm needed to support and manage both corporate networks and security systems. As part of the award you will participate in the CISCO Networking Academy Programme and you'll prepare for the widely accepted industry CCNA Security and Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) certifications.

We encourage you to complete a one-year industrial placement as part of this course. You could work with small enterprises or large companies like Cisco, Amazon and Thomson Reuters. We even send our students on placements to Cisco's European HQ in Brussels, we are the only UK University that currently does so.
We encourage International students on the Tier 4 visa , once enrolled, to apply for a placement. Students who are successful with finding a placement will be provided with help and advice with their visa extension application (subject to the University deadlines and Immigration requirements).

Course content

In your first study stage, the PgC, you will study five modules - a mix of award cores and networking or networking and security options. In the second stage the PgD you will study a further four modules. (Upon successful completion of 4 modules you will be eligible for a PgC in Computer Science) On finishing the PgC and before starting the dissertation you have the opportunity to undertake a work placement of 12 months. You will finish your award by completing a dissertation on a network related topic.

Core modules
-Networking Concepts (Two weeks pre-enrolment)
-Research Methods
-Professional Switched Networks
-Network Security
-Computer Security: Low-Level
-Virtualisation
-Advanced Quality of Service Techniques over a Converged Network
-Professional Routed Networks
-Maintaining a Converged IP Based Network
-Dissertation

Graduate destinations

Graduates from our Computer Networks and Security award join large and small organisations within graduate programs and as direct employees. Our graduates are in high demand by the networking industry. Companies include Cisco, Meraki, GCHQ, BT, Amazon and Layer3.

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Are you interested in understanding how using data can drive decision making and policy in public health?. In many ways, public health has been at the forefront of ‘big data’ as it touches every aspect of our life course. Read more
Are you interested in understanding how using data can drive decision making and policy in public health?

In many ways, public health has been at the forefront of ‘big data’ as it touches every aspect of our life course. From birth to death, our lifestyle choices, our social and physical infrastructure and even the weather.

Staffordshire University’s Master of Public Health (Health Informatics) is an opportunity for you to gain deep and up-to-date insights into the ways that health information influences health and social care, using leading distance learning methods. This award has been carefully designed to enhance employment opportunities in a variety of public health areas, from practitioner to academic roles.

Through this course, you will learn how to correctly interpret data, looking at topics such as:
-Statistical approaches
-Effectively visualising data
-Geographical Information Systems
-Concepts of ‘big data’ including data linkage

Each module is delivered online through Blackboard VLE, providing you with truly flexible learning around your work commitments. You will receive a high level of support, enabling you to enhance your employment opportunities in a variety of public health areas.

Course content

A brief outline of the content of the modules that comprise the award is as follows:
-Epidemiology and Basic Statistics (15 credits)
-Research Methods and Data Analysis in Public Health (15 credits)
-Public Health Principles and Practice (30 credits)
-Health Informatics and Use of Health Data (30 credits)
-Public Health Routine Data Sources and Data Manipulation (30 credits)
-Masters Dissertation (60 Credits)

All modules are core, and the whole Masters comprises 180 credits in total. More detail for each module appears below.

Employment opportunities

You may already be working in a public health organisation, but completion of this award will enhance employment opportunities in a variety of public health areas, including specialist, practitioner, academic or other roles.

Other admission requirements

We will also require two references, a copy of your current curriculum vitae (CV) and evidence of existing Higher Educational qualifications.

If your first language is not English, you will need to demonstrate a minimum of:
-IELTS level 7.0 overall with level 7.0 in reading and writing specifically
OR
TOEFL 600 (paper-based), 250 (computer-based) or minimum of 100 (Internet-based test)
OR
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English Grade B

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Designed to build on the computing knowledge gained in your undergraduate studies, this MSc will enable you to move into games programming and gain an in-depth knowledge of related specialised areas. Read more
Designed to build on the computing knowledge gained in your undergraduate studies, this MSc will enable you to move into games programming and gain an in-depth knowledge of related specialised areas. The award covers a range of topics including: 3D graphics using DirectX, Artificial Intelligence, Physics, Low level PlayStation 3 programming, and software engineering for games.

Practical classes are taught using new high spec computers, mobile devices, and games consoles including the Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3. By studying on this award, you will be at the heart of these exciting and innovative developments, and equipped for a future and promising career in this area. There is also the opportunity to complete a placement in the games industry.

Accreditation

BCS accredited: CITP Further Learning and CEng/CSci partial fulfilment.

Course content

Taught modules cover game engine programming and architecture, real-time graphics for games, low level techniques and optimisation, game artificial intelligence, concurrent and multiplayer game programming, professional games development, and research techniques. The main programming language is C++.

Throughout your course you will create games for a variety of computer and console platforms, mobile devices, and networked systems, both individually and in teams, building up a portfolio of work to show to potential employers. You will learn research methods and write a research proposal, and will then undertake a dissertation in an area of game programming which interests you.

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This award is aimed at graduates of Computing-related degrees who want to develop the key skills needed to create applications for phones, tablets, and other mobile devices. Read more
This award is aimed at graduates of Computing-related degrees who want to develop the key skills needed to create applications for phones, tablets, and other mobile devices. As well as downloadable applications for the consumer market, you will learn to create mobile clients for larger computer systems.

This is a full-time, on campus award with a placement but you can also study Mobile Device Application Development part-time by distance learning.

Course content

You need to be an experienced programmer before you start. Core modules on the award will teach you the programming and software engineering skills needed to develop and publish applications on three of the most popular mobile platforms: Android (Java), iOS (Objective-C) and Windows Phone (C#).

You will also study the design aspects of mobile systems, from user interface design to the design of enterprise systems which incorporate mobility.

You will undertake 12 month industrial placement where the University will advise you and help you in finding a placement opportunity. There is also a non-sandwich version of this award, which does not include the placment.

You will undertake an MSc dissertation which will involve researching and demonstrating advanced techniques in mobile application development.

Our laboratories are equipped with high-spec PCs with development environments for Android (Android Studio) and Windows Phone. iPhone and iPad development is supported with a laboratory of iMacs equipped with the XCode developer toolset. There are a variety of mobile devices available for application deployment and testing.

Core modules
-Enterprise Mobility
-Android Application Development
-Advanced Android Application Development
-Location Aware Mobile Application Development
-Application Development for iOS Devices
-Professional Development
-Research Methods
-MSc Dissertation

Plus one option from a selection of Masters-level Computing modules.

Graduate destinations

On graduating from this award you will be well equipped to become an independent developer of mobile applications, as well to work in the computing industry developing mobile clients and systems. You will also have a good foundation to progress to further research study.

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This course will help you develop excellent skills in 3D modelling and sculpting or computer games design theory and application. Read more
This course will help you develop excellent skills in 3D modelling and sculpting or computer games design theory and application.

The award has been designed along with our industry partners and delivers up-to-date content using industry standard software that meets current and future 3D games industry demands. It will allow you to develop and further your ability, building on knowledge and skills acquired in your first degree and expanding into areas related to computer games design.

It will enhance your abilities in research, problem-solving and management and you will apply knowledge and skills to solving complex design and 3D problems during your dissertation project. The award integrates current industry paradigms into both the assessment and research opportunities which aim to help you get into either the games industry or academia.

Course content

-Advanced Games Environment Design and Research
-Advanced Character Prototyping
-Advanced Vehicle and Weapon Prototyping
-Mobile Games Development
-Computer Games Design Dissertation

Graduate destinations

Our MSc graduates work in professional roles at top studios like Microsoft, Rare, Rockstar, Codemasters and Travellers Tales. Our students also go on to form their own companies.

We have students working on all sorts of games from indie kickstarter games like War for the Overworld to the latest Xbox One titles and massive hits like Grand Theft Auto 5.

Career Prospects: Character artist, Environment modeller, Vehicle artist, Game Designer, Producer, User Interface Artist.

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MSc Cloud Computing provides specialist study of Cloud Computing. This is a growing area to addressing the issues of collaborative working with data stored centrally either in house or externally. Read more
MSc Cloud Computing provides specialist study of Cloud Computing. This is a growing area to addressing the issues of collaborative working with data stored centrally either in house or externally. The award is built around a core of networking at CCNP level, the networking topics utilise Cisco networking equipment and support material provided by Cisco Systems Inc.

Virtualisation, server side technologies and mobile/wireless technologies are investigated in the context of supported mobile workers in an enterprise environment.

Course content

In your first study stage, the PgCert, you will study five modules –this includes a 2 week preliminary study course, followed by four core modules, the completion of these modules makes you eligible for a PgCert. In the second stage the, PgDip you will study a further four modules. Once you have completed these 9 modules you can start the dissertation stage in order to qualify for a MSc.

On finishing the PgCert or PgDip stage you have the opportunity to undertake a work placement of up to 12 months. The placement has to be started and completed before you start your dissertation. You will finish your award by completing a dissertation on a network related topic.

Core modules
-Networking Concepts (Two weeks pre-enrolment)
-Research Methods
-Professional Switched Networks
-Network Security
-Mobile Computing and Wireless
-Virtualisation
-Server Side Technology
-Professional Routed Networks
-Maintaining a Converged IP Based Network
-Dissertation

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The MSc in Information Systems aims to provide a bridge between technology and management, by developing the knowledge and skills needed to be an effective practitioner in an Information Systems-rich environment. Read more
The MSc in Information Systems aims to provide a bridge between technology and management, by developing the knowledge and skills needed to be an effective practitioner in an Information Systems-rich environment. The award is appropriate for those that wish to develop their knowledge and skills in this discipline with a view to moving into Information Systems management.

This course is ideal if you want to combine current academic knowledge and skills in information systems with leading industry practice. The additional embedding of the SAP Business Suite within the curriculum means that you’ll be suited to a wide range of careers within the public and private sectors when you graduate.

The course will help you to develop the skills you need to understand business, communicate effectively with others, organise, plan and develop computer systems. It introduces the SAP Business Suite and the concepts of enterprise application software.
You’ll develop an understanding of how information systems fit into organisations and you’ll be able to work on the management and deployment of information systems at strategic levels within any organisation.
After completing this course, you will have a good understanding of many of the challenges facing corporate business and IT and how the latest SAP products provide solutions to these challenges.

Course content

The award is concerned with those areas of computing fundamental to the use and development of IT as a tool to support the objectives of an organisation. These include, for example, from the study of information systems methodologies, IT for strategic management, IT infrastructure, cloud-based service infrastructure, database systems technology, and e/m-commerce. The study of Information Systems is pivotal in understanding how computing technologies can be successfully used to enhance the operational effectiveness and strategic competitiveness of organisations. On completion of the award you will have developed detailed knowledge and understanding of specific areas in Information Systems and the ability to apply this knowledge in an academic or commercial context.

The award also aims to instil sound academic & professional skills required for lifelong learning & development - for example, skills in research methods, critical thinking & analysis, academic and professional report writing, and communication skills.

Other distinctive features:
-Research-informed teaching that has direct value to industry, commerce and to you as an IT industry professional.
-You will develop a critical perspective of Information Systems thinking and be able to apply this to a range of scenarios
-A well-structured and directed programme of learning
-You will develop skills in undertaking research and engaging with scholarly activity.
-MSc teaching expertise based on scholarship and research undertaken in our four Applied Research Centres.
-The knowledge and understanding that you develop will make you a valuable intellectual asset in both academia and industry. Thus, the award will provide you with competitive and professional advantage.
-The award will allow you to demonstrate a critical awareness of current research, advanced scholarship, contemporary problems and new insights in Information Systems Management
-The chance to focus on a subject area of interest and the opportunity to develop this even further by undertaking an associated dissertation.
-Access to a wide range of facilities, including laboratories housing specialist computing equipment and software
-Opportunity to apply for an Industrial Placement (Internship), with assistance from our placements team

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Creative Futures offers recent graduates and established practitioners a chance to continue to develop their chosen discipline and specialist practice at masters level. Read more
Creative Futures offers recent graduates and established practitioners a chance to continue to develop their chosen discipline and specialist practice at masters level. You will gain advanced creative, technical and business skills, a sophisticated understanding of the business environment and a formalised work experience placement. The aim is to enhance your appeal in the job market and/or provide you with the tools needed to set up in freelance practice or to create your own business. Students will receive tuition in business skills that are designed and delivered specifically for creative practitioners as well as access to our extensive workshops and specialist facilities.

The course is designed to provide maximum flexibility, whether it is being studied on a full or part-time basis: All modules have an extensive distance learning component, combined with intensive, full-day workshops.

Course content

Modules you will study include:
-Creativity and Enterprise
-Developing Knowledge, Creative, Technical, Digital and Business Skills
-Creative Futures: Work Experience
-Creative Futures: Masters Project

There will also be an opportunity to choose from the following option modules:
-The Marketing Context
-Personal Branding
-Design Management
-Community Arts in a Global Perspective
-Creativity and Innovation
-New Media and Society
-Culture and Identity

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MSc Software Engineering has been designed to provide the skills, knowledge and rigour associated with the internationally recognised discipline of software engineering as defined by amongst others, the IEEE as. Read more
MSc Software Engineering has been designed to provide the skills, knowledge and rigour associated with the internationally recognised discipline of software engineering as defined by amongst others, the IEEE as: the systematic design and development of software products and the management of the software process.

The course is designed to concentrate on the core software engineering skills of a methodical, rigorous quality driven, managed approach to software development: whether it is through a practical understanding of Agile Software Development, to a certifiable standard; or working with the industry leading SAP software to engineer large scale system design or integration. Throughout the award the emphasis is on real-world skills blended with research driven teaching.

In addition to the core activities you will have the option to specialise further by selecting from a range of optional modules tailored to give you exposure to web, mobile or database systems development, enhancing the vocational value of this award.

Equally of significance is the programme’s emphasis on scholastic development. You will be guided through best research practices to develop your ability to investigate, analyse and communicate research at a master’s level; as well as encouraging you to consider future trends and technologies that will shape the world of tomorrow.

An optional placement provides an opportunity to embellish your portfolio and prove your newly acquired skills in the workplace as part of your master’s study.

The award culminates in the dissertation, which is your opportunity to develop your specialism to become a subject-matter-expert through research and application of advanced theories and principles, ideally placing you to take advantage of vocational opportunities or progress to further postgraduate study.

You can study this course in a number of study modes:
-Full-time on-campus
-Full-time on-campus with a placement
-Full-time on-campus following an preliminary semester (Extended International Masters Programme) with or without a placement.
-Part-time distance-learning

The Extended International Programme offers extra modules on employability, computing and study skills including writing in English. This mode is designed to accommodate the needs of international students who require additional support in these areas.

The School of Computing at Staffordshire University has an international reputation for outstanding teaching and development of computing professionals with long established relationships with leading companies in the computing industry. You will acquire skills allowing you to manipulate mission critical systems that provide service to every aspect of enterprise activity. You will be encouraged to contribute to research activities within the School and wider academic community, often working with actual real-world organisations on real-world problems.

We are one of the largest, oldest and best resourced computing schools in the UK. Our work is supported by extensive networked computer facilities, software aids and most importantly expertise all of which you will need to harness and exploit technology to develop systems as diverse as mobile apps to mission critical expert systems, augmented reality to automation, including exposure to other industry hot topics such as the internet of things, cloud computing and Big Data.

Course content

You will study the following modules:
Core modules
-Managing Emerging Technologies
-Agile Software Development
-Business Application Programming with SAP
-Research Methods
-Enterprise Applications
-Advanced Business Application Programming using SAP
-Dissertation

Options – two of:
-Engineering Internet Applications
-Android Application Development
-Database Design and Development
-Advanced Android Application Development
-Location Aware Mobile Application Development
-Operational and Analytical Databases

The award specific options are subject to change and availability.

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The modern world is experiencing a growth of online data in a variety of forms, including social networks, web documents, digital libraries, blogs, medical records, biological data, remote sensing, imaging, forecasting etc. Read more
The modern world is experiencing a growth of online data in a variety of forms, including social networks, web documents, digital libraries, blogs, medical records, biological data, remote sensing, imaging, forecasting etc. This data may not be fully structured but still contains valuable information that needs discovering, such as emerging opinions in social networks, consumer purchase behaviour, trends from search engines, and other patterns that emerge from such huge data sources.

These developments mean traditional applications are no longer appropriate to the processing and analysis of the amount of data available. Companies, such as Google, are leading the movement from a large-scale relational database reflecting the desire to analyse data automatically and on a larger scale than previously seen.

Course content

The course is designed to respond to critical skill shortages in the rapidly expanding field of Big Data. It offers a balance of practical skills combined with academic rigour in the field of Big Data. This is a unique offering which builds on the strengths and experience of Staffordshire University in delivering practical scholarship relevant to real world situations.

It is intended to assist students and career professionals enter and succeed in the growing, high demand analytics workforce. The course recognises and acknowledges the changing patterns in study including the growing demand for extended and distance learning modes of study and builds on the many years of experience the faculty has of delivering these modes.

As a full time student, you would study in the first semester:
-Managing Emerging Technologies
-Data Harvesting and Data Mining
-Distributed Storage
-Distributed Processing

This first semester is concerned with those areas of big data fundamentals and is used to examine how big data is stored, processed and how an organisation can start to use tools to examine this data and start to improve businesses awareness of its customer base.

In the second semester you will study:
-Research Methods
-Virtualisation
-Big Data Applications
-Data Modelling and Analysis

This semester encompasses a module on how to manage big data within a network, a maths module on algorithms that are required to enhance big data and a module which will prepare you for the master project in the last semester. The last module will examine existing big data applications that can help get the most out of big data.

The final semester is a major research project. The actual content is open to discussion with the award leader and project supervisor must be a discipline related to Big Data.

On completion of the award you will have developed detailed knowledge and understanding of Big Data and the ability to apply this knowledge in an academic or commercial context.

The award also aims to instil sound academic & professional skills required for lifelong learning & development - for example, skills in research methods, critical thinking & analysis, academic and professional report writing, and communication skills.

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