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Our programme develops your understanding of software development, softwarehardware interface design and artificial intelligence (AI) as you learn the processes for making applications efficient, reliable and secure. Read more
Our programme develops your understanding of software development, softwarehardware interface design and artificial intelligence (AI) as you learn the processes for making applications efficient, reliable and secure.

With a focus on employability, the course allows you to tailor your studies to your career aspirations. It also offers opportunities for paid work experience so you can explore potential specialisms and put theory into practice.

Our strong links with the local digital community keep you in touch with the latest industry trends. We are the lead academic partner of the Digital Catapult Centre, which helps entrepreneurs and small businesses to bring their digital services and products to market.

Scholarships

Scholarships are available for this course. Please click the link below for more information.
https://www.brighton.ac.uk/studying-here/fees-and-finance/postgraduate/index.aspx

Course structure

Each module features teaching periods and coursework and is delivered through workshops, seminars, lectures and group exercises.

The project then enables you to apply your skills and knowledge to real-world computer science problems so that students graduates in the best possible position for securing industry employment.

Syllabus

You will study five core modules, including a project, and choose two optional modules.

Core modules:

Algorithms and Computability
Intelligent Systems
Specification, Verification and Validation
Research Methods
Project

Option modules:

Architectures and Integration
Distributed Systems Principles
Interaction Design and Evaluation Process
Systems Analysis and Design
Internet Application Development
Enterprise Applications Development
Intellectual Property Law
The Business and the Information System

Employability

The optional placement year is a chance to boost your CV and gain a significant advantage in the graduate jobs market.

Our students have been on placement with companies including IBM, Baker Tilly and NATS, and are now working as software developers and real-time system designers in organisations such as IBM, Microsoft, BT and Gatwick Airport.

Computer Science MSc graduates take up positions as computer scientists, software engineers, systems designers, systems developers and systems architects, as well as going on to become PhD students and lecturers at a university level.

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This course provides training in geographical information systems (GIS) and in particular their application to a variety of environmental settings. Read more
This course provides training in geographical information systems (GIS) and in particular their application to a variety of environmental settings. If you want to develop your skills in this area, this is the course for you.

The programme is ideally suited to GIS analysts, decision-makers and managers since it will provide hands-on experience of how to use a variety of GIS systems (ArcViewTM, ARCGISTM, MapInfoTM) in real-world settings.

Students are also able to select more specialist training relevant to their interests and expertise.

The course aims to enhance your previous understanding and use of geographical information systems but it is also suitable for those who have no previous training in GIS.

By the end of the course, you will have developed high level abilities to apply GIS within environmental management, have an in-depth understanding of the functionality of GIS and be critically aware of the potential and limitations of GIS.

Scholarships

Scholarships are available for this course. Please click the link below for more information.
https://www.brighton.ac.uk/studying-here/fees-and-finance/postgraduate/index.aspx

Syllabus

All students study five core modules. You will also choose option modules, allowing you to specialise in the areas of the course that interest you the most.

Core modules:

Introduction to GIS
Spatial Data Analysis
Applications in GIS
Research Methods
Dissertation

Option modules:

Applied Remote Sensing
Active Remote Sensing
Environmental Impact Assessment
Issues in Ecology and Conservation
Hydrogeology
Case Studies in Environmental Assessment
Systems for Environmental Management
Environmental Assessment in Practice
Water Resource Management
Water Treatment Technology

Employability

Brighton's graduates are highly sought after by employers.

The course will provide opportunities to join a wide range of companies as a GIS expert. Recent graduates are building careers in organisations including:

• GIS consultancies: South Coast GIS and Ambiental
• Environmental consultancies: Groundsure, Argyll Environmental, Hyder Consulting
• East Sussex District Council
• Southern Water
• TNT Courier

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Learn how to apply IT to business and gain a qualification accredited by the British Computer Society. On this business-orientated course, you will gain IT knowledge and apply it to practical projects. Read more
Learn how to apply IT to business and gain a qualification accredited by the British Computer Society. On this business-orientated course, you will gain IT knowledge and apply it to practical projects. These projects are based on industrial case studies and include one real-world client brief, giving you invaluable industry experience.

Your studies and experiences will prepare you for a range of roles including consultant, analyst, web developer and project manager.You will be able to select modules to reflect your career ambitions and interests. Our modules cover a wide range of topics including systems analysis and design, data management and research methods.

This course would be suitable if you have already studied a degree in information technology but would like to develop a more business-focused career, or if you have studied a subject outside of computing but are looking at starting a career in IT. Equally, if you already have professional IT experience, but would like to gain a qualification to enhance their career, you would also be well suited to this course.

Scholarships

Scholarships are available for this course. Please click the link below for more information.
https://www.brighton.ac.uk/studying-here/fees-and-finance/postgraduate/index.aspx

Course structure

Students can join the course in September or February, and study between one and three modules at a time depending on whether they are full or part-time. Assessment is based on coursework assignments.

Most of the modules are taught over a 15-week semester and include teaching, independent study and assessment.

The course consists of three core Information Systems modules, the Research Methods module and two or three optional taught modules.

The course culminates in a three month project in industry which provides valuable experience of working and applying your newly acquired knowledge in an IT environment.

The optional modules and the project account for over half of the course and enable you to tailor the course to reflect your personal and professional interests.

Syllabus

Core modules:

Business and Information Systems
Systems Analysis and Design
Databases
Research Methods

Option modules and themes

There is a choice of optional modules, that can be taken individually or grouped to create a theme. Typical themes are:

Web Application Development
Business Intelligence and Digital Marketing
Security
User Interaction Design

Employability

Recent graduates have taken up posts as consultants, systems analysts, web developers, information managers, software designers and project managers.

Employment opportunities include software development companies, IT consultancies, IT departments of large organisations and local authorities.

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The Internet and Distributed Systems course will help you design and build secure, scalable internet applications and reusable software components. Read more
The Internet and Distributed Systems course will help you design and build secure, scalable internet applications and reusable software components.

This is a practical course which focuses on the development of applications and the management of data in a distributed environment.

An emphasis on practical issues and the current technologies used in the development of internet and distributed systems gives you the opportunity to conduct in-depth research into a specific issue in this area of computing. This dedicated preparation for a real role offers University of Brighton students an advantage when seeking employment within the computing industry.

Scholarships

Scholarships are available for this course. Please click the link below for more information.
https://www.brighton.ac.uk/studying-here/fees-and-finance/postgraduate/index.aspx

Course structure

Modules include both teaching periods and coursework activities.

All modules are designed to support both varied learning through workshops, seminars, lectures and group exercises, and the application of developed skills through assessed coursework.

As part of the course, you will also undertake a project that explores creative solutions to internet and distributed systems-related problems.

Syllabus

You will study five core modules and select two modules from a range of options.

Optional modules allow you to specialise in the aspects of the course that interest you the most.

Modules:

Distributed Systems Principles
Internet Application Development
Enterprise Applications Development
Research Methods
Project

Options:

Algorithms and Computability
Intelligent Systems
Specification, Verification and Validation
Architectures and Integration
Interaction Design and Evaluation Process
Systems Analysis and Design
Intellectual Property Law
The Business and the Information System

Employability

Graduates take up positions such as software engineers, web developers, systems designers, database developers, and systems architects.

The research skills at the centre of the course give Brighton graduates a real advantage when approaching the job market.

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The world of computing is competitive and diverse. Our computing course allows students to tailor their postgraduate studies to match their individual interests and professional aspirations. Read more
The world of computing is competitive and diverse. Our computing course allows students to tailor their postgraduate studies to match their individual interests and professional aspirations.

A uniquely flexible course, the Computing MSc consists of a core module in research methods, an individual project and a range of option modules taken from our other courses.

The structure of the course allows you to freely choose your learning path, including the theoretical-to-practical balance of learning. It gives you the opportunity to sell a unique set of skills to potential employers.

Ultimately, the course aims to equip students with the skills required to develop viable software solutions.

Scholarships

Scholarships are available for this course. Please click the link below for more information.
https://www.brighton.ac.uk/studying-here/fees-and-finance/postgraduate/index.aspx

Course structure

Each module is organised into teaching periods that comprise workshops, seminars, lectures and group exercises. These end with a period of consolidation and coursework-based assessment.

On completion of the taught modules, you will undertake a project that applies all of your developed skills and knowledge to real-world industry.

Syllabus

You will study two core modules and select five optional modules. These will allow you to tailor the course to your own particular interests.

Core modules:

Research Methods
Project

Options:

The Business and the Information System
Algorithms and Computability
Intelligent Systems
Specification, Verification and Validation
Architectures and Integration
Distributed Systems Principles
Internet Application Development
Enterprise Applications Development
Interaction Design and Evaluation Process
Systems Analysis and Design
Intellectual Property Law

Employability

Computing graduates take up positions in a wide range of industries as software engineers, systems analysts, systems designers, systems developers, business analysts, web developers, network analysts and systems architects.

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The User Experience Design MSc is a flexible course that you can tailor to your own professional interests. It will help to train you for roles that range from usability, interaction and interface design through to general project management and consulting. Read more
The User Experience Design MSc is a flexible course that you can tailor to your own professional interests. It will help to train you for roles that range from usability, interaction and interface design through to general project management and consulting.

The course is for designers and software developers wishing to enhance their knowledge of user-centred design and usability evaluation of software-enabled products.

Course content has been designed for maximum relevancy to the marketplace.

Upon completion, you'll be able to apply your knowledge and interaction design skills to novel interaction paradigms; make effective use of a broad range of design methods; obtain in-depth knowledge of developments in mobile, ubiquitous or wearable systems and understand the commercial contexts of interaction design.

Course structure

The course can be studied full-time or part-time.

For full-time students the academic year is divided into three 15-week semesters.

The taught element of the course is delivered during the first two semesters. Modules involve approximately 20 per cent classroom teaching and 80 per cent individual or group work. The third semester focuses on your major project.

Part-time students study alongside full-time students with a minimum attendance of one half day per week, depending on the number of modules taken.

Syllabus

On the course, you will study four core modules, two of which will require you to complete individual design projects.

You will also choose from a range of optional modules. These will allow you to specialise in the areas of the discipline that interest you the most.

Modules:

Interaction Design and Evaluation Process
Interface and Information Design
Research Methods
Major Project

Options (subject to change):

Marketing for Interactive Technologies
Interactive Technologies Business Context
Intellectual Property Law
Web Development
Creative Design Lab
Project Management
Independent portfolio project
Independent research project

Employability

Graduates have gone on to work as commercial interaction designers on both software and software-enabled physical products, as well as using this as a starting point for a research career in human-centred interaction design.

Our graduates are working in roles that include:

• digital consultant
• senior developer
• UX designer
• web designer
• digital marketer.

At the end of the taught element there is the possibility of a placement with a digital media company for the major project module. This puts real experience on your CV as you consolidate your expertise.

Brighton is acknowledged as a major digital media cluster.

There are plenty of opportunities to network with companies and organisations in the sector both through the course through external speakers and taking your own initiative. The course cohort has regularly attended the annual conference UX Brighton and students can attend the many digital media events organised in the city.

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The Digital Age is dependent on software systems that support the full spectrum of human activity, from real-time banking transactions to the operation of critical infrastructures such as transportation, power and telecommunications. Read more
The Digital Age is dependent on software systems that support the full spectrum of human activity, from real-time banking transactions to the operation of critical infrastructures such as transportation, power and telecommunications.

Securing these systems is of strategic importance to industry and government, increasing the demand for graduates who have the knowledge and skills to support their engineering and maintenance.

The course is developed in consultation with individuals from the Information Risk Management and Assurance Group of BCS and various commercial organisations.

Taught modules are mostly delivered by researchers, who contribute to international research literature, ensuring that the course is relevant and up-to-date. Underpinned by a strong foundation in research, you will benefit from learning the technical skills and knowledge needed to practice on real-world problems throughout the course, equipping you with the expertise needed in systems engineering and network security.

You will have the opportunity to engage with research activities and projects that are relevant to the latest industry challenges. You will also have the chance to attend professional networking events, take part in hacker sessions and meetings of the Secure and Dependable Software Systems (SenSe) group, which feature talks from leading researchers, government agencies, local businesses and relevant societies.

Your learning will also be supported by access to facilities including computer and research laboratories, which include industry-standard software developed by our researchers at Brighton.

Course structure

Teaching methods include lectures, tutorials, workshops and guided independent study. You will build your understanding of the foundations of information security through a series of seminal books, and keep up to date with the latest developments through leading journals in the field.

The course consists of six taught modules – five core, one optional – and an independent project. The PGDip comprises the taught modules only, while the PGCert comprises three taught modules, two of which must be compulsory.

Core modules:

Security and Dependability
Secure Information Systems Engineering
System and Network Security
Information Security Management
Research Methods

Optional modules:

Software Architecture
Distributed System Principles
Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery in Data

Facilities

You will have access to a suite of computer laboratories that are equipped with modern PCs and industry-standard software. Technicians are available for immediate assistance during the labs' extensive opening hours.

You will also have access to the two research labs of the Secure and Dependable Software Systems (SenSe) group, the security lab and the Internet of Things lab. These facilities include industry-standard software developed by researchers at Brighton, including tools to analyse the security and privacy of software systems.

Employability

There is a huge demand for information security specialists across the world. According to the 2015 Global Information Security Workforce Study, there will be a 1.5 million shortfall in the next five years, while the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook predicts that the demand for information security professionals will increase by 100,000 jobs in the next seven years.

The salary for information security professionals has the potential to be the highest in the sector. The Robert Half 2015 salary guide concluded that the highest paid job in technology is that of the Chief Information Security Officer, which averages between £97,500 and £145,250.

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