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  • Gain a thorough understanding of how software is developed for open (Android and Java ME) mobile device architectures
  • Produce pioneering applications that can be downloaded across the world
  • Explore how mobile applications can be harnessed to help businesses boost their competitive advantage and efficiency
  • Learn how to translate your ideas into commercial reality with a focus on high quality design, development and marketing of a final product
  • Research exciting new areas of mobile technologies, tools and techniques so that you can spearhead advances in a specialist area of your choice
  • Study in our state-of-the-art computing facilities
  • Prepare not only for a successful career in software development but also for further research leading to a PhD
  • Employable Graduates – we’re ranked 15th highest amongst all UK universities and 12th for English institutions with 96% of graduates in work or further study within six months of completing their degree: HESA 2016. 

Whether you aspire to work for a leading mobile software or games company or whether you are considering launching your own mobile software business, this MSc will prepare you for a successful career.

A new era for app development

Mobile devices are now prevalent across the world due mainly to the vast range of software that makes them essential accessories in the information age. Software allows these devices to be many things: a satellite navigation system, an Internet browser, a personal information assistant, a calendar, a compass, a flash light, a barcode scanner or a games console.

The ease with which software can be written for, and marketed, on mobile devices has contributed to their widespread adoption and growth. Manufacturers without hundreds of apps are struggling to survive against open (Android) platforms which have revolutionised the way in which software is developed and deployed for mobile devices.

Our MSc Mobile App Development is ideal if you want to make the most of the exciting opportunities that exist to produce cutting-edge applications for the dominant mobile device platforms.

Logging into a world of career opportunities

There is a growing demand for computing professionals who not only know and understand the design and development of mobile software apps, but also appreciate how they can be integrated into business environments to help organisations achieve competitive advantage and operational efficiency.

This requires knowledge of the techniques, technologies, tools and emerging standards for mobile software development, interface design, and the integration and exploitation of mobile devices in corporate and commercial networks – especially their role in emerging network architectures.

An impressive set of skills

You will cover crucial issues relating to Android development, interface design principles, emerging computer network architectures and security. In addition, we give you the chance to research exciting areas of mobile technologies, tools and techniques and to disseminate your own ideas and developments in these areas.

The course culminates in a development project to produce innovative software drawing on what you have learned. You will have the chance to focus on your chosen specialisation of mobile software design, development, entrepreneurship or distribution.

You will decide on the area on which you want to concentrate, and you will benefit from the support of a supervisor who will provide the academic advice you need to produce a masters level project.

How you will learn

The assessment strategy includes a mix of formative and summative assessments – from the development of research strategies to the step stage process of the Research Project.

The overall balance of assessment within the programme is approximately 60% written work, 30% project work and reports, and 10% presentations.


The MSc Mobile App Development paves the way for you to pursue a variety of careers including designing, developing, porting or maintaining mobile device software. With the additional focus this course places on entrepreneurship, you will be in an ideal position to either head a department or set up your own business.

There are many applications that will benefit small, medium and large companies that are yet to be written (or ported) for the mobile device. As the explosion in apps for Android platforms continues, you will have the opportunity to become one of the first to market in a number of niche areas, developing your own successful business.

Visit the Mobile App Development (MSc) page on the University of Derby website for more details!





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