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Sheffield Hallam University, Full Time MSc Degrees in Computer Science

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Ideal for you if you are a professional with a background in computer engineering, communication systems or electronic/electrical engineering, and provides you with the skills and knowledge needed to move into computer networking. Read more

Ideal for you if you are a professional with a background in computer engineering, communication systems or electronic/electrical engineering, and provides you with the skills and knowledge needed to move into computer networking. It is particularly useful for people working in companies that rely on constant innovation in electronics, computer engineering and communications.

Computer networks currently provide the infrastructure for most, businesses, educational institutions, retailers, manufacturers and public services. Many companies rely increasingly on computer and network engineering, which is now a global discipline.

This course is hardware and software based, and examines the design, specification, and integration of current and next generation computer and communications network technologies.

This course provides an opportunity for you to

  • increase the depth of your technical knowledge
  • develop your computer hardware and software skills
  • gain a thorough working knowledge of computer engineering
  • study the latest technologies used in modern day computer networking systems and their applications
  • gain the skills needed to design, develop and maintain computer network systems

You may wish to expand your current knowledge and expertise if you already have computer networking skills or possibly move into a new area of engineering and have the necessary entry requirements for this course.

Professional recognition

This programme is CEng accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and fulfils the educational requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer when presented with an CEng accredited Bachelors programme.

Course structure

Full time – September start – typically 12 or 18 months

Full time – January start – typically 12 or 18 months

Part time – September start – typically 36 months

Part time – January start – typically 36 months

The course is based around two main themes, communication and networks, and computer engineering. You study eight modules plus a major project.

Communications and network modules

At least three from

  • communication engineering
  • communication media
  • communication networks
  • network applications

Computer engineering modules

At least three from

  • microprocessor engineering
  • object-oriented methods
  • operating systems
  • software engineering

Option modules

Up to two from

  • applicable artificial intelligence
  • digital signal processing
  • embedded systems
  • mixed signal design
  • electrical energy systems
  • efficient machines and electromagnetic applications

Project (equivalent to four modules)

You undertake a major project under the supervision of a tutor.

Assessment

By final examination, coursework and project reports

Employability

Information technology, communications, computer networks and electronics are among some of the fastest growing areas of the economy. By completing this course, you gain a thorough understanding of computer networking systems with the knowledge and expertise to enable you to apply your skills within many areas of industry, or take up a position in higher education or research.



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This is a technically oriented course for programmers interested in the technology of games. It is suitable for people seeking employment in programming roles within the games industry. Read more

This is a technically oriented course for programmers interested in the technology of games. It is suitable for people seeking employment in programming roles within the games industry.

The course focuses on the implementation of real-time 3D applications using the C++ programming language in order to develop your understanding of 3D rendering and shader programming techniques.

You also study low-level hardware architectures for optimisation, including the novel architectures of games consoles and how to exploit them. We teach you project management techniques, including the stages of game production and the structure and operation of the games industry.

This course benefits from strong industry links with companies like Sony Computer Entertainment and Sumo Digital and industry accreditation from Creative Skillset and PlayStation®First. The lecturers have many decades of commercial games industry experience between them and share a passion for developing the next generation of talent.

PlayStation®First

This course is part of the PlayStation®First Academic Partnership Programme offered by Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) and has been awarded PlayStation®First status by fostering best practise in game related development skills across PlayStation® platforms. The programme provides unique access to PlayStation® professional development hardware (dev kits) and software (SDK) to equip students with industry relevant game development skills across PlayStation®4, PlayStation®3, PlayStation®Vita and PlayStation®Portable.

The Steel Minions

Sheffield Hallam University has its own commercially-licensed game studio which provides workplace simulation to students on the University's games degrees. It was the first university studio in the UK to release its own PlayStation® title and has a range of PlayStation, iOS and Android games in development.

Professional recognition

This course is accredited by Creative Skillset (the Creative Industries' Sector Skills Council) and TIGA (The Independent Game Developers Association).

Course structure

Postgraduate certificate modules

  • C++ boot camp
  • Graphics and animation
  • Hardware-oriented software engineering
  • Software studio planning

Postgraduate diploma modules

  • Special techniques for graphics and animation
  • Game development practice
  • Multi-processing and parallel technologies

MSc modules

  • Research methods
  • Individual project

Assessment

  • PgCert – continuous assessment
  • PgDip – continuous assessment involving a large group-based industrial project
  • MSc – 25% continuous assessment and 75% individual research project

Employability

Good games software graduates are in high demand, and our course has been developed to meet the needs of the booming entertainment software industry.

We actively support your collaboration with external companies on your practical software development projects. This gives you real experience while learning and could lead directly to you gaining a job with one of these companies.



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Big data is the description used to encompass the huge amounts of data that is common to many businesses. It has been described as the next frontier for innovation, competition and productivity in business. Read more

Big data is the description used to encompass the huge amounts of data that is common to many businesses. It has been described as the next frontier for innovation, competition and productivity in business. It is essential for companies to embrace so that they can understand their customers better, develop new products and cut operational costs.

This course has been developed to create graduates who can become data scientists capable of working with the massive amounts of data now common to many businesses. It is aimed at people who want to move into this rapidly expanding and exciting area.

The modules on this course help you develop the core skills and expertise needed by the data scientist. The course can be split into three main areas, statistics, computing and management.

In the statistics section you study modules on data mining and data modelling. These modules cover the three main data areas, which are ensuring that data is reliable and of a high quality, searching the data to discover new information and presenting interpretations of that data to the end user.

The computing section covers areas related to data integration, massive datasets stored in the cloud, how data is stored and utilised within the distributed systems of an enterprise and how organisations can utilise data to change and improve business processes.

The management modules are focused on developing your core skills around professionalism and research. All of which are valuable skills during your university studies and in your career.

Our partnerships with business inform the course design, ensuring the content is relevant, up to date and meets the needs of industry. These partnerships also enable the inclusion of some leading edge software such as SAS, SAP Hana, and Hadroop within the course. You may be able to study abroad as part of the Erasmus programme.

Key areas of study

Key areas of study include • data quality and analysis • technologies to store and mine data • professionalism and research

Professional recognition

This course includes the SAP Business Intelligence with SAP BW 7.3 and SAP BI 4.0 e-academy (UB130e). You also have the opportunity to sit the SAP certification exam and the SAS 9 base certification exam.

Sheffield Hallam is a member of the SAS Student Academy, the SAP Student Academy and founding member of the SAP University Alliance.

Course structure

Full time – September start – typically 12 or 18 months

Part time – September start – typically 36 months

Core modules

  • research skills and principles
  • industrial expertise
  • data integration
  • statistical modelling
  • data mining
  • handling data in the cloud
  • big data and distributed systems
  • social and economic aspects of the cloud
  • advanced statistical modelling
  • dissertation

Options

Choose one from :

  • organisational dynamics
  • social and economic aspects of the cloud

Assessment

  • essays
  • assignments
  • computer-based tests
  • practical projects
  • presentations
  • vivas

Employability

Many jobs for data scientists, data analysts and data mining analysts are available with salaries ranging from £35,000 to £80,000.

Jobs typically list the skills to be in areas such as statistical analysis and machine learning techniques, database and programming technologies, and expertise in statistical theory, which are all areas you cover on this course.

You also gain skills and knowledge in HaDoop, MapReduce, Java, SAS, MSQL which are some of the common technologies used in data scientist roles.



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Automation, control and robotics are pervasive enabling technologies found in almost every modern technical system, particularly in manufacturing and production. Read more

Automation, control and robotics are pervasive enabling technologies found in almost every modern technical system, particularly in manufacturing and production. They combine the diverse and rapidly expanding disciplines of automation, control, mechanics, software and signal processing.

This course is ideal if you wish to develop comprehensive knowledge and understanding of • classical and modern control theory • industrial automation • systems analysis • design and simulation • robotics.

You gain the ability to apply principles of modelling, classical and modern control concepts and controller design packages in various areas of industry. You also learn how to design and exploit automation and robotic systems in a range of manufacturing and industrial applications.

The course has six core modules which cover the major aspects of industrial automation and control systems engineering and robotics, ranging from classical linear control system design to non-linear, optimal and intelligent control systems, including distributed control systems, robotics, computer networks and artificial intelligence.

You also choose two optional modules relevant to automation and control to suit your interests. For example, if you wish to work in the manufacturing industry you can choose manufacturing systems or machine vision. There is the opportunity to study one or two management modules if you wish to apply yourself to a more managerial role.

To gain the masters you complete a major research-based project, which can be focused on an area of your particular interest or career need.

You work alongside staff from the Electrical, Electronic and Control Engineering Group and the Centre for Automation and Robotics Research (CARR) at Sheffield Hallam. This provides the opportunity to work with active researchers.

Professional recognition

This course is seeking accreditation by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer. The MSc will meet, in part, the exemplifying academic benchmark requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer; graduates who have a BEng (Hons) accredited for CEng will be able to show that they have satisfied the further learning requirement for CEng accreditation.

Course structure

Core modules

  • industrial automation
  • control of linear systems
  • advanced control methods
  • robotics
  • applicable artificial intelligence

Options

Choose two from

  • software engineering
  • computer networks
  • project and quality management
  • sustainability, energy and environmental management
  • machine vision
  • digital signals processing
  • manufacturing systems
  • mixed signal design
  • electrical energy systems
  • efficient machines and electromagnetic applications.

MSc

  • project and dissertation

Assessment

  • coursework
  • examination
  • presentation
  • MSc project report

Employability

This course provides you with the knowledge and skills for further advanced study in this area.

You can also apply your skills in an industrial setting for automated manufacturing, control system design, or in the wide range of industries that exploit intelligent robotics. Graduates from this course find career opportunities in areas including • automation and control • process and petrochemical • biomedical • manufacturing • energy • automotive • aerospace.

You can also pursue careers in engineering design and development, engineering research, engineering consultancy and engineering management.

Completing this course combined with further work-based experience enables you to gain Chartered Engineer status.



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Study computer and information systems security on a course that combines academic teaching, industry input and practical skills development. Read more

Study computer and information systems security on a course that combines academic teaching, industry input and practical skills development.

The course has four main focuses

  • information security management
  • ethical hacking
  • system hardening
  • computer forensics

This course is ideal if you are already working in an information technology environment or if you wish to specialise in the field of information security. After successfully completing it, you gain industry-recognised certifications that will assist you in progressing further in this field.

You focus on both the technical and managerial aspects of information security. The technically-focused modules involve you exploring a range of systems, tools and techniques at the cutting edge of technology. The managerial-focused modules give you an appreciation of the role information security has in an organisation and how it can be implemented and managed.

On this course you

  • develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to work as a computing security professional.
  • learn the concepts, principles, techniques and methodologies you need to design and assess complex networks, systems and applications.
  • develop the practical experience you need to plan, perform and direct security audits of information systems to the level required by standard security frameworks.
  • develop the effective and appropriate communication skills you need to be a security professional.

Free training and certification exam

Thanks to our association with BSI Learning, you are entitled to attend the BSI ISO27001 Lead Auditor course and take the official exam which allows you to become accredited as a BSI certified lead auditor.

Our ethical hacking module is aligned with the CREST Practitioner Security Analyst (CPSA) syllabus providing graduates with industry recognised and desired skills.

BSI lead auditor qualification

• ISO27001 Lead Auditor

BSI courses are delivered by approved BSI trainers and qualified ISO27001 lead auditors. As part of the course you receive the same course material as the official BSI training courses.

Guest Speakers from industry

Due to our strong ties with industry we regularly have special guest speakers. Recent speakers have included industry professionals from Mozilla, South Yorkshire Police, RSA and Blackberry.

Ethical Hacking

In 2014 Sheffield Hallam hosted the North of England's first Ethical Hacking Conference Steelcon. This is set to be an annual event with 2015's event already booked.

Course structure

We developed this course along two main lines.

The first covers the principles and issues of security design concerning systems and systems integration, web and operating system based applications and communication networks.

The second addresses the methodologies and development of skills required to perform security assessments of complex information systems.

Semester one modules

  • Information security concepts and principles
  • Network security
  • Systems and application security
  • Web applications and e-commerce security

Semester two modules

  • BSI ISO27001 lead auditor
  • Group-based case study with capture the flag

Options

  • Computer forensics and incident response
  • Information security management
  • Incident handling and hacking techniques (ethical hacking)

Semester three modules

You study research methods and do a substantial research project leading to a dissertation.

Assessment

Group and individual coursework. You also do a range of

  • problem solving assignments
  • workshops
  • practical projects
  • research activities.

Employability

On this course, you gain the knowledge, skills and experience you need to work in many different positions, from technical to management roles.

The Institute of Information Security Professionals (IISP) has highlighted the following specialisms in the area.

Strategy, policy, governance

• strategist • policy manager • information technology services officer (ITSO) • department security officer (DSO) • chief information security officer (CISO)

Risk management, verification and compliance

• risk analyst • risk assessor • business information security officer • reviewer • auditor

Incident and threat management and response

• incident manager • threat manager • forensics (computer analyst, mobile and network analyst) • computer security incident response team (CSIRT) • attack investigator • malware analyst • penetration tester • disaster recovery • business continuity

Operations and security management

• network security officer • systems security officer • information security officer • crypto custodian • information manager

Engineering, architecture and design

• architect • designer • development • secure coding • software design and development • applications development • security tools • implementation

Education, training and awareness

• security programme manager

Research

• security researcher

Successful graduates of this course have gone on to work for companies such as HSBC, Citrix, and Price Waterhouse Coopers.



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Geographical Information Systems (GIS) is becoming increasingly important, both nationally and internationally, in the wide range of professions where acquisition, management, interpretation and analysis of geographical information is of use. Read more

Geographical Information Systems (GIS) is becoming increasingly important, both nationally and internationally, in the wide range of professions where acquisition, management, interpretation and analysis of geographical information is of use.

You can study a postgraduate certificate, postgraduate diploma or masters depending on the level of GIS knowledge you need. This is one of the first courses to be offered in this area and answers the need for well-trained professionals in this growing area.

GIS crosses many boundaries and offers a wide range of employment opportunities. This course is designed for people wanting employment in GIS as a • researcher • statistician • strategic analyst • GIS technician • planner • environmental modelling within a range of disciplines.

The course develops your capability to use, apply and understand geographical information systems by developing your

  • knowledge of the fundamental principles of GIS
  • ability to critically examine the theory and practices of GIS
  • specialist technical skills as a GIS practitioner
  • ability to undertake a professional career in GIS and multi-disciplinary contexts
  • ability to complete an individual and in-depth research project that involves a critical and evaluative approach to GIS in academic research or professional practice

The course provides a balance of academic and practical content, giving you experience of using GIS in real life applied scenarios. Some students may have more relevant experience than others and the modules take this into account. If your current work involves using GIS regularly you can build on your learning through a work-based learning module. If you have less specialist experience you can work on a consultancy project module which gives you experience of using GIS on a project for a real world client organisation.

The course is structured around four core modules and a selection of optional modules. If you are studying for an MSc, you also complete a research methods module and a dissertation.

We also offer most modules on this course as standalone short courses.

Course structure

Core modules

  • Introduction to GIS
  • Applying GIS
  • GIS and spatial analysis
  • GIS and statistical modelling

Option modules

  • Network analysis and transport modelling
  • GIS and the environment
  • Remote sensing
  • Ecological survey and evaluation
  • Professional project
  • Global perspectives on regeneration
  • Consultancy project
  • Academic and professional portfolio

Assessment

  • reports
  • individual and group presentations
  • electronic conferences
  • work-based portfolios
  • reflective diaries.

There are no formal examinations.

Employability

This course is useful for people who are working in, or wish to work in • environmental and ecology fields • hazard and risk management •strategic analysis • research • transport • logistics • planning departments • housing • emergency services • health authorities.



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This is a conversion course aimed at graduates with a first degree in a non-computing discipline who want to gain employment in the lucrative IT industry. Read more

This is a conversion course aimed at graduates with a first degree in a non-computing discipline who want to gain employment in the lucrative IT industry.

You begin by studying key computing topics including

  • introduction to databases and big data
  • computer programming and web development
  • introduction to technology and computer hardware
  • IT project management and modern development methods

These modules provide the background knowledge you need to develop more advanced skills later in the course. They allow you to become familiar with the major technologies and concepts that underpin the modern computing industry.

Your learning at this stage has a practical focus and you are encouraged to take part in technical development work.

You go on to study a specialist topic in more depth with the choice of • databases • big data • web and cloud technologies. These areas are very current within the computing industry and in high demand of qualified IT personnel.

You then take an industrial expertise module where you have the opportunity to engage in live projects for real clients. This gives you experience working in a team to identify client needs, plan projects and produce working solutions.

You may be able to study abroad as part of the Erasmus programme.

During the final part of the course you complete an individual project which is the equivalent of a dissertation. To prepare you for this project, you first take a module on research skills and principles. You gain an understanding of research methods and learn how to manage a project of this kind.

As well as submitting project materials, you also deliver an assessed presentation describing your work to an audience.

Course structure

Core modules

  • databases and big data
  • web and multimedia programming
  • technology and networking
  • project management methods
  • industrial expertise
  • research skills and principles
  • product development project

Optional modules

You choose one from

Databases

This covers • logical database design • data warehousing • big data and distributed systems.

Web and cloud technologies

This covers • cloud technologies • cloud applications • mobile applications.

Big data

This covers • big data and distributed systems • data quality • business intelligence in action.

Assessment

  • individual assignments
  • group work
  • practical projects
  • reports
  • presentations

Employability

This course prepares you for a career in the software industry. You graduate with the skills and knowledge to work in areas such as • database development • web application development • big data • software consultancy. The course offers flexibility by being able to adopt the latest technologies and standards to reflect what is being used in industry.

Our computing graduates have found employment in companies such as Sky, PlusNet and Sumo Digital in roles ranging from software tester to senior architect.



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This highly technical course is aimed at networking professionals who already have Cisco CCNA or equivalent networking skills and experience (CCNA certification is recommended but not required). Read more

This highly technical course is aimed at networking professionals who already have Cisco CCNA or equivalent networking skills and experience (CCNA certification is recommended but not required). Each of the modules are designed to prepare you for the latest Cisco certification exams and to develop the critical and analytical skills required for the challenges faced in today's enterprise infrastructures.

The ability to provide scalable, integrated, flexible and secure networks is critical for modern enterprises. Graduates from this course gain the skills and knowledge to become valued experts in their field.

You learn both practical and theoretical skills in the areas of designing, building, troubleshooting and managing complex secure network systems. The course complements your academic achievements by funding a single attempt at each of the latest Cisco Networking Professional Routing and Switching Certification exams.

Our networking labs are comprehensively equipped with the latest Cisco switches, routers and security devices. You work on different platforms including • Campus LAN Access Switches (Cisco Catalyst 2960, 3560 Series) • Campus LAN Compact Switches (Cisco Catalyst 3560-CX Series) • Campus LAN Core and Distribution Switches (Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Switches) • Security Appliances (Cisco ASA 5510, IPS 4240)• Enterprise and ISR Routers (Cisco 2800, 2900 Series) • Cisco wireless devices • VOIP devices • ADSL connections • VMWare virtual computing platforms. Your lab facilities are available from 8am to midnight during term time and are not limited to your tutorial sessions.

After the successful completion of your taught modules, the dissertation enables you to work on a real project with a company, or research and develop your own complex system for further analysis.

The course has been designed with industry in mind. The theoretical and practical learning you engage with is directly related to the latest trends in industry. The timetabling arrangements are specially designed to be suitable for both part-time and full-time study.

This course helps prepare you for exams in • Cisco Certified Networking Professional (CCNP R&S) • Cisco Certified Design Architect (CCDA) • Cisco Certified and Networking Associate Security (CCNA Security). A single attempt at the latest CCNP R&S exams is included in the fee.

Course structure

Full time - September start - typically 12 or 16 months

Part time - September start - typically 36 months

Core modules

  • Advanced switching and enterprise switching
  • Advanced routing and enterprise routing
  • Network troubleshooting
  • Cloud technologies
  • Network Security
  • Advanced Network Design
  • Research principles and practice
  • Dissertation

Assessment

Modules are assessed using coursework. Assignments are typically individual pieces of work but some modules involve group work.Assessments are most often completed through practical work, supported by reports or presentations.

Employability

Graduates from this course have the skills and knowledge to work in most areas of IT, particularly as a network engineer, IT consultant or IT manager.

You are well placed to fast-track into the more technical areas of network engineering. Our graduates work in companies as diverse as Cisco, Sky, PlusNet, IBM, Citrix and BT in roles which range from network engineer through to network architect.



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