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This course covers object-oriented programming, computer systems and networking, database analysis and design, systems analysis and design and more. You will be exposed to the most recent developments in both theory and practice of modern computing.

You can apply for this course even if you have no previous experience in computing or IT, but you will need to demonstrate some aptitude for logical analysis. It is ideally suited to graduates of other subjects who wish to add this discipline to their portfolio.

Benefit from our Research Expertise

our internationally recognised Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility will have input into the course and will explore and allow you to understand the current research issues

Dedicated Computer Science Laboratories

you will have access to our industry standard software used in e-commerce so that you develop relevant skills

Industry placement opportunity

you can chose to undertake a year-long work placement, gaining valuable experience and skill giving you a head start in your career once you have finished the course

More than 50 years of history in research and teaching in computing technology

benefit from our well established academic expertise and advance your skills in, and knowledge of, developing computing solutions to business problems

Excellent graduate prospects

You will develop the skills you need to progress to roles such as systems analyst, programmer, software architect and research development project leader in global organisations like Hewlett Packard and Marks and Spencer 

Course modules

First semester (October to January)

  • Object-Oriented Programming – covers the theory and practice of modern programming, enabling you to design, develop and implement object-oriented programmes
  • Database Systems and Design – addresses the analysis of data storage requirements and the design of complex relational databases to meet those requirements. The module makes extensive use of commercial and industrial case studies
  • Computer Systems and Networks – explains the technical infrastructure upon which modern computer systems and networks are run. It provides a sufficient level of understanding of hardware, operating systems, systems software, network protocols and topologies to enable you to appreciate the use of computer systems and networks in commerce and industry, to be able to construct a technical specification for a computer system, and to select an appropriate system
  • Systems Analysis and Design – covers the theory and practice of systems analysis and design and introduces the internationally-recognised UML modelling language. Extensive use of case studies allows the application of selected UML techniques, and Computer Assisted Software Engineering (CASE) tools are used to support the development of complex UML models

Second semester (February to May)

  • Research Methods, Professionalism and Ethics – links the teaching of social, ethical, legal and professional issues with an overview of research approaches and methodologies. This module is important for your professional development and is also a central preparation for the master’s project/dissertation. Such an introduction to research paves the way for you to pursue a research degree and thereby contributes to your continued employability.
  • E-Commerce Software – a highly practical module that addresses topics ranging from core internet standards and technologies, through to the design, development and construction of transactional e-commerce applications. Specific topics typically change each year to reflect developments and innovations in this fast-moving field, but in recent years have included JSP, Java Beans and JDBC.
  • E-Commerce Systems – develops a conceptual understanding of the management and support of e-commerce systems within an organisation. This module provides a critical awareness of strategy issues, the provision of information and the support of such systems and examines the process of e-commerce systems development. There is a detailed study of the strategy process and the benefits of e-commerce are explored with reference to current research.
  • Human Factors in Systems Design – introduces and explores the human factors that need to be considered when designing interactive systems. You will develop skills that will enable you to design effective and usable interactive systems. You will also learn how to evaluate the usability and appropriateness of competing designs

Third semester (June to September)

During the final semester you will work on your project/dissertation, chosen by you and agreed with your project supervisor. Part-time students normally choose to work on their project over an entire academic year.

Teaching and assessments

The course can be studied either full-time over one year or part-time for two to six years, beginning in September each year (a January start date may also be available).

There will be two- or three-week vacations at Christmas and New Year (December/January) and Easter (March/April), and some students also take a brief break in June or July before completing their dissertation.

Teaching includes formal lectures, tutorials and labs. You will also be expected to undertake independent study and research to support your assignments and your dissertation. Assessment will be by various group and individual methods including exams, projects, presentations, written essays and reports.

Graduate Careers

Past students are now working in a wide variety of organisations all over the world, from small consultancies to large, multinational companies.

Typical roles include systems analysts, analysts/programmers, software architects and research and development project leaders.

Upon the successful completion of this course, you will be equipped with the necessary skills to enhance your employability further and progress your career.


Visit the Computing MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert page on the De Montfort University website for more details!

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