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Computer Science with Advanced Practice - MSc


Course Description

Developed to meet the expectations required by today’s employers, MSc Computer Science will develop your computing experience to a highly advanced level.

You will develop an in-depth understanding of the topics that are defining the industry today and will gain advanced technical skills in areas such as application design, computer network security, system development and big data and cloud computing.

You will be taught in facilities that boast industry-standard software to further enhance your learning experience and skills.

In the second year, for one semester, you’ll undertake an internship, study in another country or join a research group. This valuable experience will enhance your employability and further develop your theoretical and practical skills.

This course fully meets the requirements for you register as a Chartered IT Professional and partially meets the requirement to become a Chartered Engineer.

Learn From The Best

You will be taught by a range of academic staff who bring a wealth of professional experience. They are experts in specialist areas such as Strategic Management, Computer Science and Web Based Information Retrieval.

In a dynamic learning environment with an expert team of staff, you will be taught theoretical and practical research skills such as information literacy, as well as problem solving skills, self-directed learning and communication skills.

You’ll be taught by tutors who have many years’ experience in the computing. Their experience, combined with their on-going active research, will provide an excellent foundation for your learning.

Northumbria has excellent links to industry including companies, such as Accenture, Hewlett Packard and Sage.

Teaching And Assessment

This course encompasses two semesters of taught subjects that cover topics such as computational intelligence, object-oriented design, artificial intelligence, wireless computer network technology, network security and system development .

On completion of these semesters you will undertake a substantial piece of research and software development related to these modules or an area that particularly interests you.

Each module of this course is individually assessed and assignments can take the form of research reports, system analysis documentation, programming exercises, group and project work, exams and presentations.

You will also learn additional key skills such as research and project management, which are highly beneficial for your dissertation and future career.

The Advanced Practice semester will be assessed via a report and presentation about your internship, study abroad or research group activities.

Learning Environment

Throughout the duration of your course you will have access to our state-of-the-art facilities including our dedicated computing suite, Pandon Basement.

Pandon Basement houses specialist facilities and studios with industry-standard software.

You will also have access to dedicated computing areas, which can be used during free periods and into the evenings and weekends.

When you want to get hands-on with technology our range of specialist facilities will support you.

Research-Rich Learning

Throughout the duration of your course you will be immersed in a research-rich environment, with new and exciting insights into the discipline from our rapidly expanding computer science research groups.

With access to diverse research work carried out by our expert academic staff, we seek to promote innovative and excellent learning and teaching practice, which will improve your student experience here at Northumbria University.

You will develop an understanding of important research methods and approaches that could be directly relatable to the demands of your future career.

Give Your Career An Edge

The MSc Computer Science degree will take your already establish skills to an advanced level, opening up additional job prospects and opportunities.

To further enhance your career edge we will support you in your own professional development through the integration of employability skills and use of regular feedback throughout all stages of your studies.

We will work with you to develop your communication, time and resource management skills. You will leave equipped with the ability to critique your own work and learning experience, as well as being able to demonstrate initiative and self-reliance.

The Advanced Practice semester will help you develop a track record of achievement that will help you stand out from other job applicants.

A two-year master’s course, like this one, will carry particular weight with employers. They’ll understand that you’ll have a deeper understanding of topics as well as more hands-on practical experience.

This course fully meets the requirements to become a Chartered IT Professional, an accreditation that is highly valued by employers and beneficial to your own personal development.

Your Future

This course will further enhance your already established skills in computer science, providing you with an advanced qualification that will be highly regarded by employers.

Graduates will be equipped with the latest skills to excel in a variety of careers in the IT industry, such as software engineering, network design and management, artificial intelligence or IT consultancy.

Visit the Computer Science with Advanced Practice - MSc page on the Northumbria University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Normally a good honours degree (2:2 or above) or equivalent, and normally in a computing-related discipline. This will normally have included study in: Programming in an Object Orientated Language, ideally Java; System Analysis and Design; Databases (including SQL), ideally Oracle or similar; Computer Operating Systems and Networks. Professional qualifications that are equivalent to an honours degree may also be accepted.

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