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Accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT for the purposes of partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered IT Professional.

Course overview

If your first degree is not related to computing, this course allows you to make the transition to computing. Salaries in the ICT sector are over a third higher than the national average and our course is designed to fit the current needs of employers.

Our supportive tutors will guide you through topics that include software development, networks, database systems and web development. We help you develop the necessary skills to undertake a Masters-level project in designing and implementing IT systems, without assuming previous experience.

By the end of the course you will have an expert understanding of the processes and knowledge that are needed to design, implement and support an IT system. You will also be able to make a significant contribution to IT research activities as well as to team-based IT projects.

The research aspects of the course are supported by Sunderland’s on-going research programme. The specialisms of our Digital Innovation Research Beacon include intelligent systems, internet technologies, information retrieval and interaction design.

Sunderland has invested heavily in state-of-the-art technology for computer sciences and IT. We are among the UK’s top ten universities in terms of spend per student, according to The Guardian University Guide 2013.

Course content

The course mixes taught elements with independent projects. We support you with guidance and inspiration, and you can negotiate a final project that matches your personal interests.

Modules on this course include:
-Research Skills and Academic Literacy (15 Credits)
-Architectures and Operating Systems (15 Credits)
-Web and Multimedia Development (15 Credits)
-Software Development (30 Credits)
-Networks (15 Credits)
-Database Systems (15 Credits)
-Foundations of Computer Science (15 Credits)
-Masters Project (60 Credits)

Teaching and assessment

We use a wide variety of teaching and learning methods which include lectures, group work, research, discussion groups, seminars, tutorials and practical laboratory sessions.

Compared to an undergraduate course, you will find that this Masters requires a higher level of independent working. Assessment methods include individual written reports and research papers, practical assignments and the Masters project.

Facilities & location

The University of Sunderland offers an outstanding high-tech computing environment.

Employment & careers

On completing this course you will be equipped as a skilled professional with essential up-to-date knowledge in computer networking and mobile communication technologies. You will also have advanced knowledge of systems development, including web-based and database systems development.

Potential employment includes roles in:
-Internet and systems development
-Database administration and development
-User systems analysis and support
-Technical computing knowledge management
-Technical support
-Consultancy
-Research and education

The average gross salary in 2012 for those involved in information and communication was around £40,000, according to the Office for National Statistics. Technical support managers can earn up to around £66,000 and network security consultants can earn up to around £89,000.

As part of the course you will undertake a project solving a real world problem. These projects are often sponsored by external clients and we encourage and support you to find your own client and sponsor. This relevant work experience will enhance your skills, build up a valuable network of contacts and boost your employability.

Visit the Computing via Study Centre - MSc page on the University of Sunderland website for more details!

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