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Mobile Web Development (MSc)

Course Description

This programme is designed to meet the demands of the increasing use of mobile devices, which are being coupled with cloud computing to provide applications and services to users and enterprises.

About the programme

A number of prominent technology experts, including Apple CEO Tim Cook, have been proclaiming the focus of software innovation has nearly completely shifted from an emphasis on developing tools for use on full-size personal computers to developing for mobile devices.

The MSc Mobile Web Development programme intends to develop these skills and produce graduates who are in a position to target employment opportunities in software development for the mobile web.

Your learning

Many of the learning outcomes are practical and a large proportion of class time is spent in computing laboratories engaging with the appropriate tools and acquiring practical knowledge. Theoretical knowledge is provided through lectures, tutorials, seminars and individual study. Active learning is promoted through practical assignments. Certain classes and assignments involve problem-solving through analysis, evaluation and the synthesis of a solution reflecting the practical emphasis of the programme.

To achieve a Postgraduate Diploma you must successfully complete the core modules including:
• Web Development
• Mobile and Web Design
• Computing for the Mobile Web
• Ethics for the IT Professional
• Dynamic Web Applications
• Mobile Development
• Security for the Mobile Web
• Research Design and Methods


The Masters research project and dissertation is necessary for those students seeking an MSc in Mobile Web Development. Part-time students may exit the course with a Postgraduate Certificate in Web Development (as opposed to Mobile Web Development) after completing one of the following module combinations successfully: Web Development and Computing for the Mobile Web with; Dynamic Web Applications or Mobile and Web Design; and Ethics for the IT Professional or Security for the Mobile Web.

Our Careers Adviser says

Graduates are poised for employment opportunities in software development for the mobile web and are well-equipped to undertake employment as mobile and web application developers.

Professional recognition

Accreditation is being sought from the British Computer Society.

Financial support

A limited number of scholarships were available in 2015 – check our website for updates on 2016 information.

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 Mobile Web Development (MSc) page on the University of the West of Scotland website for more details!

Student Profiles

Computing Masters Scholarships - 20+ Awards

[[Scottish Funding Council]]
Two of our computing Masters courses for entry in session September 2016 have a limited number of Scottish Funding Council tuition fee scholarships meaning that they are tuition fee free. To be eligible, you must meet the same residency conditions that SAAS use. For further information check out the Student Awards Agency Acotland (SAAS) eligibility criteria page, c.20 . The two MSc courses are:MSc Mobile Web Development
MSc Smart Networks[Data Lab Scholarships]]
We also are delighted to announce that our new for 2016 Advanced Computing Masters framework has been awarded 12 fully-funded tuition fee scholarships by The Data Lab* for the MSc Big Data for September 2016 entry. This means that for Scottish/EU students aiming to study for the MSc Big Data it will be tuition fee free.*The Data Lab enables new collaborations between industry, public sector and universities driven by common interests in the exploitation of data science. It is one of the eight innovation centres funded by the Scottish Funding Council through the Innovation Centres programme and provides resources and funding to kick-start projects, deliver skills and training, and help to develop the local ecosystem by building a cohesive data science community.[[SAAS Funding]]
Unlike undergraduate studies, only a limited number of postgraduate courses (see list below) are eligible for SAAS postgraduate loan funding for both tuition fees and living costs and the funding package differs significantly to what you might have received as an undergraduate student. To read more about how this works, and to find out if your chosen course is eligible for funding, visit our Funding and Advice Team resources, and select the Postgraduate section. Check the SAAS website for details SAAS loan eligibility for UK and EU students.MSc Advanced Computer Systems Development
MSc Advanced Computing
MSc Information and Network Security
MSc Information Technology[[Alternative Funding]]
There are lots of alternative sources of funding, like charities and trusts, that can help fund your postgraduate studies. These can include grants that can pay tuition fees, living cost support and funding for research expenses. To read more about how you can search for this type of funding, visit our Funding and Advice Team resources (http://www.uws.ac.uk/fundingandadvice), and select the Postgraduate section.[[International Student Scholarships]]
Scholarships and UWS accommodation bursaries for full-fee paying students are available. For more details visit the International Students Scholarships (http://www.uws.ac.uk/scholarships) page or email [email protected]

Value of Scholarship(s)

Full fees


For Scottish Funding Council (for both the MSc Mobile Web Development and MSc Smart Networks) and Data Lab scholarships (for the MSc Big Data) applicants must satisfy the Scottish Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) eligibility criteria: http://www.saas.gov.uk/full_time/pg/eligibility.htm

Application Procedure

To be considered for either the Scottish Funding Council or The Data Lab scholarships, you should indicate this within the application process. Please note, that if you intend to study for the MSc Big Data you will initially be applying for the Advanced Computing course - you must indicate your intention to select the MSc Big Data stream within your Personal Statement during the application process and that you wish to be considered for the scholarship at that point.

Entry Requirements

Honours degree, or equivalent, in a science, engineering, computing or technology discipline. Not suitable for candidates who have covered mobile/ web development in any great depth during their previous studies. Overseas students must meet UWS English language requirements.

Course Fees

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

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