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  • Study Type

    Distance learning , Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Computer Science

  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    Full-time: 1 year, Part-time: 2-3 years

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees

    Scottish/EU Students: £3,400, Rest of UK Students: £3,400, International Students £11,000

Course content

This programme is accredited by the British Computer Society and is designed primarily for students with a degree not in IT or computing, who wish to develop much sought after business-relevant IT knowledge and skills.

About the programme

Business requires IT professionals who can design, deploy and utilise business-relevant IT-based systems and services. The programme helps to satisfy this demand, deepening your understanding of modern IT-based business systems and addressing related development, acquisition and deployment issues in modern organisations. This programme has UK and international appeal as it can broaden and deepen your expertise.

Your learning

The programme consists of a combination of core and specialisation-option modules (specialisations offered subject to demand).

Trimester 1 – Topics include modern database design, network-based technology infrastructure and object-oriented analysis and design methods for modern IT systems development.

Trimester 2 – You may follow technically-oriented specialisations including Oracle-based advanced database development, Java based application development, web technology development, data and network security, wireless networking and Internet of Things.

Alternatively you may follow business-oriented specialisations including eBusiness, mobile business, technology management, strategic and project management, digital marketing and modern business intelligence and analytics.

Technically-oriented specialisations will enable you to focus on developing technical skills such as database and network design and development, application development, web development, creating IT solutions, and designing IT infrastructures for organisations. Business-oriented specialisations will enable you to develop skills and strategies that will help organisations configure and manage appropriate IT-driven and business relevant solutions and infrastructures.

You can also complete your Masters dissertation whilst working in industry.

Our Careers Adviser says

UWS graduates enjoy careers at Agrekko, IBM, T-Mobile, CAP-Gemini, Amazon, Atos, Adobe Systems, HP, Dell and SMEs. Positions include IT Consultant, IT Systems Developer, e-Business Specialist, Database Developer, Oracle Database Specialist, and doctoral (PhD) researcher.

Professional recognition

The programme is accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS).

Financial support

In session 2015/16 the Postgraduate Diploma element of this programme carried SAAS postgraduate loan funding for eligible students. Check http://www.saas.gov.uk for 2016/17 loan info.

Cutting-edge facilities

As you would expect, we offer access to high-quality computing and state-of-the-art software systems as well as tried and tested in demand technologies such as Oracle, CIW, Adobe, CISCO, SAP and Microsoft.

Research and collaboration

We have a proven track record in knowledge and technology transfer in the form of applied research, training and consultancy. More than 65% of our research outputs were rated as world-leading and internationally excellent in the Research Excellence Framework 2014. We are proud that our research expertise informs teaching and our students are taught by academic staff who are at the forefront of their profession.

Visit the Information Technology (MSc) page on the University of the West of Scotland website for more details!






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