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MSc Computer Engineering

Course Description

Develop a different set of skills with this new one year conversion masters course.

Are you a keen problem-solver looking to learn new skills that can change and influence processes? Southampton Solent’s computer engineering master’s conversion degree is well-suited to students from a wide range of non-computing backgrounds, helping you to learn new skills and develop advanced theoretical and practical proficiencies to prepare for a career in the IT and computing industries.

‌•The course offers students the opportunity to build web and mobile applications.
‌•Students have access to a range of state-of-the-art labs and facilities including computing and networking laboratories.
‌•To complement their studies, students have the opportunity to take part in enhancement activities, such as industry talks, code jams, employability support, and the chance to work on live projects.
‌•Southampton Solent hosts regular British Computer Society (BCS) professional development events.
‌•Small group teaching allows for tailored support, helping students to shape the course to their own interests.
‌•The course comes to a close with students conducting their own research projects. This can be an excellent way to specialise knowledge towards desired careers, or act as a springboard for PhD study.

The industry

The UK’s IT industry is worth over £58 billion annually. With employment of IT professionals expected to grow nearly twice as fast as the UK average between now and 2020 (e-skills UK), it looks like demand for well-qualified information technology graduates is set to remain strong.

A postgraduate qualification can put you at the forefront of this demand, demonstrating your commitment to the industry and your ability to carry out in-depth computing research.
Currently there is very high demand for those with technical skills in a wide range of areas with most demand in software development, SQL databases, web scripting and Agile development. Along with this demand, careers in these areas often carry higher than average salaries.

This is echoed in reports and comments from industry:

“As a small software house, dealing with a group of international corporates, we have a regular need for graduates with strong software engineering and database skills. Given that we design systems that link to e-commerce, a good understanding of cyber security engineering is also key. Over the years we have found the pool of graduates with the required technical skills has seriously diminished, so the more technical graduates from Solent University are an important source for us.”
John Noden, Managing Director/Executive Director Technical Design, Zentive

In addition, the CBI (2015) have indicated that the skills gaps in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) is affecting employers and have indicated that STEM-qualified graduates are at a real advantage in the jobs market, with four out of ten employers preferring STEM graduates over other graduates.

The programme

Southampton Solent University’s computer engineering master’s conversion degree exposes students to a wide range of both existing and emerging technologies and covers areas such as coding, software development, problem solving, computing, digital and engineering.

Working with the latest technology, students on this course will also have the opportunity to learn to program robotic devices, and can learn to develop apps for Android devices. To test these apps, students have access to the University’s new device laboratory which is a special test area consisting of a range of mobile devices, allowing students to assess their website designs and apps on real equipment.

The course curriculum is developed with input from a variety of sources, including an industrial liaison panel, to ensure students are studying the latest technology and working practices employed by industry experts.

With a strong focus on employability, and to complement studies, this course offers students the opportunity to work on live briefs, events and projects with real-world companies. Regular industry speakers and events by the BCS can help students to build their professional network.

To aid study, computing students at Southampton Solent have full access to the University’s industry-standard IT, computing and networking laboratories. These labs are set up with the latest design and development software, including Adobe Creative Cloud and GNS3. Real-world networking equipment is provided by Cisco, Fluke and HP, as well as high-fidelity simulation systems, including the market-leading Opnet.

Next steps

Think a career in computing is for you? Southampton Solent’s computer engineering master’s conversion degree will help you build on your existing knowledge and develop high-level technical and project management skills to take the next step in your career. Apply today http://www.solent.ac.uk/courses/2016/postgraduate/computer-engineering-msc/course-details.aspx#tab5

Visit the MSc Computer Engineering page on the Southampton Solent University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Honours degree in any discipline, or extensive industrial experience in this area. Applicants should be able to show an interest in learning to code and transform data.

Course Fees

UK and EU full-time fees: £7,210 International full-time fees £12,380

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