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Computing and Information Systems (MSc)

Course Description

If you want to move into the computing and information systems field, or if computing plays an increasing part in your role, this postgraduate qualification is ideal personal development. It is designed for people who have little or no previous experience or specific qualifications in computing or information technology, though you should have some related experience or skills that you wish to build upon.

We place emphasis on the effective use, design and development of software for information systems. You will become skilled in programming and learn how to design and implement information systems.

Our graduates have relevant, up-to-date knowledge, along with the professional and technical skills needed to develop, manage and employ information systems applications in a range of organisations. To enhance your employability, the skills and knowledge gained on this course are directly relevant to industry.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/251-msc-computing-and-information-systems

What you will study

You will study the following modules:
- Principles of Computing
- Security Management
- Network Security
- Professional Skills Development
- Advanced Research Methods
- Project Management
- ICT Systems Development
- MSc Project: the development and evaluation of a significant application or task of your choice, related to the course

Learning and teaching methods

The course is delivered in four major blocks that offer an intensive but focused learning pattern, with two entry opportunities for applicants every year – February and September. Full-time students will typically spend 12 hours in classes each week. If you choose to study part-time, this is reduced to around six hours each week. You will also need to work independently on reading, coursework assignments and other computer related activities. .

Work Experience and Employment Prospects

Graduates have a very strong record in gaining employment. You could develop a career as an analyst programmer, database developer, network administrator or in ICT management. To enhance your employability, the skills and knowledge you gain on the course are directly relevant to industry. This MSc is also suitable if you are interested in continued professional development.

Assessment methods

Several modules are assessed entirely through coursework and some involve coursework and an examination. You will also work on a significant research project and major project of your own choice where strong independent thinking, critical analysis and project management skills will be important.


We have a full range of high-specification computer labs and an ongoing investment programme to ensure that our facilities stay at the forefront of computing developments.

Visit the Computing and Information Systems (MSc) page on the University of South Wales website for more details!

Entry Requirements

This course is designed for graduates with a minimum 2:2 Honours degree or equivalent in a connected subject. It is not suitable for people who have a degree in computing. The course welcomes international applicants and requires an English level of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

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