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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 with a specialism in business intelligence.

The course will provide you with the core computing and business intelligence knowledge and skills required to work within a technical IT environment. Throughout the course, content is complemented by practical work, undertaken in state-of-the-art facilities, using tools and techniques to allow you to match software solutions to the needs of businesses. This practical element will enhance your theoretical understanding by developing real-world problem-solving skills; enhancing your employability as a graduate.

What you will study

You will develop skills in business intelligence, data science, software development, database systems, and web programming, as well as the research and development skills required to undertake a sustained piece of data science or software development project work. You will learn to use modern software tools and business intelligence environments, allowing you to match these to the needs of commerce and industry using appropriate development methodology to provide high-quality solutions.


  • Object Oriented Programming
  • Data Management
  • Data Warehousing
  • IT Infrastructure and service management


  • Data Visualisation and Analysis
  • Data Science Development
  • Intranet Systems Development
  • Software Project Engineering


  • MSc Project Investigation
  • MSc Project

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.

Part-time September start students

  • A) 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)
  • B) 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

  • C) 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)
  • D) 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)



  • 25 students per group for 7 hours per week (Semester 1)
  • 25 students per group for 6 hours per week (Semester 2)

Project Supervision

  • 1 student for 1 hour per week (Semester 3)

Practical class or workshop

  • 25 students per group for 10 hours per week (Semester 1)
  • 25 students per group for 9 hour per week (Semester 2)

Independent Study

  • 23 hours per week (Semester 1)
  • 25 hours per week (Semester 1)
  • 39 hours per week (Semester 3) 


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:

  • 5 written exams, typically for 3 hours per exam
  • 1 written assignments, including essays
  • 2 report
  • 2 dissertation
  • 2 project outputs
  • 2 oral assessment
  • 7 practical skills assessment
  • 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 Network Manager, Network Administrator, Software Engineers, Applications Developer, Business Analyst, Database Developer and Web Developer. You could also go on to pursue a career in research or academia. 

Aberdeen is home to many multinational oil and gas companies and associated suppliers such as mainstream software houses, IT providers to major oil-related companies, specialist software consultancies, and venture capital start-ups.

The university is involved in a number of commercial collaborations on a local, national and international scale with organisations such as BP, British Geological Survey, Wood Group PSN, Accenture, WIPRO and many Aberdeen-based software development companies.

The course also prepares students for research careers by providing the skills necessary of an effective researcher. Suitable MSc graduates may continue to PhD programmes within the school.

Please visit the website to find out how to apply.

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




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