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About the Course

This broad-ranging course concentrates on the latest tools and techniques of modern computer science. Covering object-orientated programming, computer systems and networking, database analysis and design and much more, you will be exposed to the most recent developments in both the theory and practice of modern computing.

The Computing MSc, Information Systems Management (ISM) MSc and Information technology (IT) MSc are very closely linked with a common first semester, giving you the option of changing between this courses up until the Christmas vacation. The course assumes no previous experience in computing and is ideally suited to graduates of other subjects who wish to add IT to their portfolio of skills. The most essential requirements are enthusiasm for the subject and an inquiring mind.

Reasons to study:

• 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

• 50 years history of 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 Structure

Modules

First Semester (October to January)

• Object-Orientated Programming
• Database Systems and Design
• Computer Systems and Networks
• Systems Analysis and Design

Second Semester (February to May)

• Research Methods, Professionalism and Ethics
• E-Commerce Software
• E-Commerce Systems
• Human Factors in Systems Design

Third Semester (June to September)

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

Optional Placement
We offer a great opportunity to boost your career prospects through an optional one year placement as part of your postgraduate studies. We have a dedicated Placement Unit which will help you obtain this. Once on your placement you will be supported by your Visiting Tutor to ensure that you gain maximum benefit from the experience. Placements begin after the taught component of the course has been completed - usually around June - and last for one year. When you return from your work placement you will begin your dissertation.

Teaching and Assessment

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.

You will normally be expected to attend a two-week induction to ensure that you are well prepared for the modules taught in the first semester. This course offers a degree of flexibility, and you may have the option to switch over to our Information Systems Management MSc after the first term (subject to approval).

Contact and learning hours

Full-time students will normally attend around 12 hours of timetabled taught sessions per week, and can expect to undertake around 24 further hours of self-directed independent study and research to support your assignments and dissertation.

Academic Expertise

The Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility is internationally recognised for its applied research expertise. In a world where individuals, businesses and governments increasingly depend on information and communication technologies, this acclaimed research centre is looked to for authoritative advice on their social, organisational and ethical impacts. Our experts collaborate with a range of worldwide partners assessing implications and shaping codes of practice.

You will benefit from our history of more than 50 years of research and teaching in computing and technology, and the expertise of our academic staff.

To find out more

To learn more about this course and DMU, visit our website:
Postgraduate open days: http://www.dmu.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-study/open-evenings/postgraduate-open-days.aspx

Applying for a postgraduate course:
http://www.dmu.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-study/entry-criteria-and-how-to-apply/entry-criteria-and-how-to-apply.aspx

Funding for postgraduate students:
http://www.dmu.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-study/postgraduate-funding-2017-18/postgraduate-funding-2017-18.aspx

Visit the Computing MSc page on the De Montfort University website for more details!

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