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MSc Computing and Information Systems with Industrial Experience (conversion programme)

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Graduates who are able to fully exploit the potential of computing and information systems by combining specialist technical skills with other knowledge and experience are highly sought after.

If your first degree contained little or no technical experience, but you’re now looking to change direction or enhance your employability by developing your skills in this area, then this programme (commonly referred to as a ‘conversion course’) is for you.

Guided by academics with a wealth of industrial experience, this is an intensive MSc programme for highly motivated graduates of any discipline with little prior experience of computer science.

Industrial Experience

The industrial placement currently takes place towards the end of the first year for a maximum of 12 months. It is the student’s responsibility to secure their placement, the school will offer guidance and support in finding and securing the placement but the onus is on the student to secure the job and arrange the details of the placement.

Currently if you are not able to secure a placement by the end of your second semester we will transfer you onto the 1 year FT taught programme without the Industrial Experience. This change would also be applied to any visa if you were here on a student visa.

The industrial placement consists of 8-12 months spent working with an appropriate employer in a role that relates directly to your field of study. The placement is currently undertaken between the taught component and the project. This will provide you with the opportunity to apply the key technical knowledge and skills that you have learnt in your taught modules, and will enable you to gain a better understanding of your own abilities, aptitudes, attitudes and employment potential. The module is only open to students enrolled on a programme of study with an integrated placement.

If you do not secure a placement you will be transferred onto the 1 year FT programme.

Our research-led approach

Your tuition will be delivered by field leading academics engaged in world class research projects in collaboration with industry, external institutions and research councils.

Our strong links with industry

  • We have collaborations, partnerships, industrial placement schemes and public engagement programmes with a variety of organisations, including Vodafone, Google, IBM, BT, NASA, BBC and Microsoft
  • Full-time MSc with Industrial Experience option available on our taught MSc programmes. You have the option to complete over two years, with a year of work experience in industry.
  • Industrial projects scheme - To support industrial experience development, you can to do your final project in collaboration with an industrial partner.

Structure

The modules listed below provide some general guidance on what you may be expected to learn during each semester and year of this degree. The exact modules available may vary depending on staff availability, research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

MSc Computing and Information Systems (Conversion) is currently available for one-year full-time study, two years full-time study with industrial experience, or two years part-time study.

You will take four taught modules per semester followed by final examinations and the MSc research project (dissertation).

Full-time

Undertaking a masters programme is a serious commitment, with weekly contact hours in addition to numerous hours of independent learning and research needed to progress at the required level. When coursework or examination deadlines are approaching independent learning hours may need to increase significantly. Please contact the course convenor for precise information on the number of contact hours per week for this programme.

Part-time

Part-time study options often mean that the number of modules taken is reduced per semester, with the full modules required to complete the programme spread over two academic years. Teaching is generally done during the day and part-time students should contact the course convenor to get an idea of when these teaching hours are likely to take place. Timetables are likely to be finalised in September but you may be able to gain an expectation of what will be required.

Year 1

Semester 1

  • Information Systems
  • IT Programming

Semester 2

  •  Databases

Select three options from:

  • Bayesian Decision and Risk Analysis
  • Business Information Systems
  • Business Technology Strategy
  • Cloud Computing
  • Distributing Systems
  • Graphical User Interfaces
  • Mobile Services
  • Security and Authentication

Semester 3

  • Project 

Year 2

Industrial Placement Project (12 months)


Visit the MSc Computing and Information Systems with Industrial Experience (conversion programme) page on the Queen Mary University of London website for more details!

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