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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Computer Science

  • Start Date

    September, January

  • Course Duration

    Full time (Sept) - 12 months Full time (Jan) - 17 months Part time - 24 - 36 months

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees

    Please visit the website for details

  • Last Updated

    07 September 2018

Course content

This course provides an opportunity for candidates wishing to formalise their existing IT experience with a qualification, and for graduates of non-computing disciplines to develop the specialist skills suitable to transition into an exciting career in Computing and software development.

The course will provide you with the core knowledge and skills required to work within the IT industry, using software development tools and techniques to extend and enhance the knowledge and skills of non-computing graduates.

What you will study

Part-time September start students

  • Part-time September start students who would like to work on their project during the summer start their project in May of their second year and complete in December of their third year. (Approximately 28 months)
  • Part-time September start students who would like to avoid working on their project during the summer start their project in September of their third year and complete in May that year.  (Approximately 33 months)

Part-time January start students

  • Part-time January start students who would like to work on their project during the summer will start their project in January of their third year complete their project in August that year. (Approximately 32 months)
  • Part-time January start students who would like to avoid working on their project during the summer will start their project in January of their third year, have a break during the summer semester and continue their project September-December that year. (Approximately 36 months)

The core technical content of the course is directed towards the study of state-of-the-art tools and techniques in the fields of software development, database systems and web programming. Throughout the course, content is complemented by practical work, allowing you to support your theoretical understanding by developing real-world problem solving skills and gaining practical experience.

You will develop skills in software development, database systems, and web programming in our purpose-built facilities. Your practical application of these skills will be tested as you undertake a sustained piece of software project work, and develop your research and development skills.

You will learn to use modern software tools and environments, allowing you to match these to the needs of commerce and industry using appropriate development methodology to provide high quality software solutions.

Teaching and assessment

You will be taught through a mixture of lectures, tutorials, labs and external speakers, supported through our online virtual learning environment affording access to a wide variety of resources and support materials.


  • Lectures - 25 students per group, 13 hours per year
  • Project Supervision - 1 student per group, 1 hour per year
  • Practical class or workshop - 25 students per group, 19 hours per year
  • Independent Study - 1 students per group, 87 hours per year


A significant portion of this courses is underpinned by independent learning, and you will be expected to be responsible for managing your coursework, reading and other learning activities appropriately.


Our staff members feature in the annual Support and Teaching staff with Appreciation and Recognition (STAR) awards voted by the students and organised by RGU:Union. Recently we have been awarded two Lecturer of the Year awards and an award for Continued Excellence.

Many of our academic staff are Fellows or Senior Fellows of the Higher Education Academy or are working towards this accolade. This is a professional recognition of practice, impact and leadership of teaching and learning.

Staff on this course could also include: visiting lecturers, visiting Distinguished Researchers, library staff and industry experts and postgraduate researchers. 


Typically students are assessed each year:

  • 5 written exams, typically for 3 hours
  • 1 written assignment, including essay
  • 2 reports
  • 2 dissertations
  • 2 project outputs
  • 2 oral assessment
  • 7 practical skills assessments
  • 1 group critique


Students have the option to seek a short placement. However, permission to undertake a placement is at the discretion of the School and is not guaranteed.

Job prospects 

As a graduate of this course you could go on to work in a wide variety of IT careers, for example, a Software Engineer, Applications Developer, Business Analyst, Database Developer, Web Developer, Network Manager and Administrator. You could also go on to pursue a career in research or academia.

Please visit the website to find out how to apply.

Visit the Information Technology (MSc) page on the Robert Gordon University website for more details!




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