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Course content

The course is intended for graduates currently working in the computing industry or for those who have been working in computing for a considerable length of time and can demonstrate that they have graduate level professional skills.

This award is innovative in that it combines high level technical training with academic research and masters level study through the University, whilst continuing with full time employment in the computing industry.

Course content

The course is completely by distance learning i.e. there is no attendance at the University. The timing of study is built around the award structure which consists of three levels; Certificate, Diploma and Masters The first two levels act as an entry point to the next level, but if you wish to stop then you can ‘cash in’ your credits and accept the appropriate award. The academic study for each level is negotiated with a supervisor or award leader and usually is in an area of interest which is either work related or of particular interest to the individual. Students who are studying Learning Tree modules can use these to underpin the scope of their academic study at each level and form part of a negotiated learning contract. The content of the learning contract for each level will depend on educational and work background.

The course typically takes 3 years to complete in that the certificate stage is one academic year; the diploma another academic year and the masters a final year.

The distance learning mode enables students to carry out study at work or at home at their own pace.

Employment opportunities

The award can take students from a vast range of IT backgrounds and from a large number of countries including Germany, Spain, Italy, Canada and Morocco and from major international organisations such as the UN and NATO. We have students who already have doctorates doing it for continued learning and students who have no undergraduate qualifications but a vast experience who have passed their Masters and have progressed to greater things. This is also a popular award with military personnel who are in IT and looking for a qualification in the civilian sector.

Visit the Professional Computing MSc (Distance Learning) page on the Staffordshire University website for more details!

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