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Internet and Database Systems (MSc)

Course Description

This MSc Internet Database Systems teaches you to develop bespoke information systems using internet and database technologies, while critically evaluating the technical, security and privacy issues surrounding their deployment and on-going maintenance.

Distinctive features of the course:
- The course is designed for both computing and non-computing graduates wishing to pursue a career in the IT industry deploying and maintaining Database or Internet technologies.

- The course provides a balance between database management and business intelligence with a special focus on data warehousing, cloud computing and IT project management

- The course also addresses the latest IT trends including cloud computing, also software development for web and mobile technologies

- The course allows 'practitioner entry' for those who have had considerable industrial experience in relevant fields and are able to demonstrate an ability to work appropriately at master's level.

- Career opportunities range from IT services to business consultancy. Graduates of similar courses have entered positions such as: Business/IT consultant, Database Administrator BI Analyst, Development Team Leader, Agile Consultant and IT Adviser in various industrial sectors.

See the website http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/courses/course-finder/internet-database-systems-msc


- Cloud computing (20 credits)
This module provides a broad introduction to cloud architecture, supporting technology such as Share Point, Virtual Desktop, Skype, Dropbox, Mozy, along with examples of best practice in cloud management and development strategies.

- Database management (20 credits)
This module teaches database design and architecture, database security, MS SQL SVR and Oracle SqlPlus and relevant extensions for PL/SQL, T-SQL and metadata exchange using XML.

- Mobile applications and security (20 credits)
This module covers various mobile technology and application developments for iOS, Android and Windows applications. The topics covered will also examine issues such as BYOD & Security Policy/Architecture.

- Business intelligence analytics (20 credits)
On this module you'll learn about dashboards, SAS, algorithms and analytic techniques.

- Data Quality Assurance (20 credits)
This module provides a broad foundation on data lifecycle, managing big data, data metrics, data profiling, data cleansing and data protection.

- Research methods (0 credit, delivered in two parts)
The modules aims to enhance your knowledge and skills in research methodology, research ethics, planning, research design and analysis, presentation in order to undertake a large research project.

- Software project management (20 credits)
This module provides a broad introduction to project management techniques, project evaluation, project organisation and models, estimation and risk Management along with the legal implications that may impact this industry.

- Final project (60 credits)
This module will see you undertake a substantial, independent research project building on the taught course.

All modules are assessed by a mix of coursework and examinations.


You'll work actively with professional internet and database tools, and focus is given to relating theory to practical business situations. The course offers you the the opportunity to engage and benefit from industry events and exhibitions.

Types of careers

This Internet and Database Systems masters degree provides a good understanding of website and database design and will prepare you for a career developing and maintaining the two. Upon completion of this course its expected that you will possess a professional approach to website construction and a good understanding of the business processes behind commercial web applications, giving you an advantage when applying for jobs that entail:

- Building modern database driven websites using appropriate tools and components.
- Using engineering techniques to achieve quality results.
- Using the web and databases to provide interactive real time solutions for industry, commerce and the public sector.

Graduate success

Employment prospects for graduates are excellent. Graduates enter positions such as: web-database design / development, systems administration and solution architects.

The course provides a direct path to PhD level research within the School.

LSBU Employability Services

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search. Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or an internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the job you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

- direct engagement from employers who come in to interview and talk to students
- Job Shop and on-campus recruitment agencies to help your job search
- mentoring and work shadowing schemes. This course has accreditation from the British Computer Society (BCS) for partial Chartered IT Professional status.

British Computer Society, The Chartered Institute for IT champions the global IT profession and the interests of individuals engaged in that profession for the benefit of all.


The course encourages students to actively seek placements / work experience and voluntary work during their studies. Many of such opportunities are offered through the University's central Employability and Skills Unit.

Teaching and learning

Students receive academic support through the usual student tutoring system and project supervision. The course provides a virtual learning environment that facilitates e-learning.

The specialist software offered to students include Microsoft SQL Server 2012, Netbeans 7.x with Java 7, Oracle, Python, SAS and Visual Paradigm.

Visit the Internet and Database Systems (MSc) page on the London South Bank University website for more details!

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