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University of Salford, Full Time MSc Degrees in Computer Science

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This course offers you the opportunity to study advanced aspects of Computer Science within a research-based environment. The school is home to research centres in "Informatics" and "Autonomous Systems and Robotics". Read more
This course offers you the opportunity to study advanced aspects of Computer Science within a research-based environment. The school is home to research centres in "Informatics" and "Autonomous Systems and Robotics". The course provides dedicated modules that will showcase each of these research areas and provide you with an overview of the research themes within each area, along with detailed knowledge of a selected theme. You will have the opportunity to work alongside highly-rated research staff, use the School's world-leading visualisation laboratories and to develop some advanced programming skills.

Key benefits:

• The school is home to research centres in "Informatics" and "Autonomous Systems and Robotics".
• Taught by highly-rated research staff.
• One-year work-placement opportunities.

Visit the website: http://www.salford.ac.uk/pgt-courses/advanced-computer-science

Suitable for

Graduates or professionals wanting to study advanced aspects of computer science within a highly- rated research-based environment. You should have an interest in data mining, pattern recognition, virtual environments or future media.
Applicants should enjoy computer programming and be keen to develop further programming skills.

Format

A variety of delivery methods are adopted to achieve the intended learning outcomes, including lectures, supervised laboratories, group activities in class, assignments and projects. The modules are designed to incorporate hands-on activities with face-to-face support, and are not intended for purely distance learning.

• Lectures
• Tutorials
• Supervised laboratories
• Group activities
• Presentations
• Critical evaluations of case studies
• Assignments
• Examinations
• Project
• Reflective practice

Semester 1

• Advanced Programming
• Mixed Reality Media and Multi-Modal Interfaces

Semester 2

• Semantic Web and Information Extraction
• Advanced Databases

Semester 2

• Project for MSc

Assessment

• Coursework 60%
• Examinations 40%

Career potential

As a graduate from this course you will be well equipped to work in a range of jobs such as system analyst, systems programmer, system administrator or computer analyst. Previous graduates of Computer Science from University of Salford have found employment with companies such as Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, 3M, Zen Internet, Siemens, Fast Web Media and Amsterdam Internet Exchange.

How to apply: http://www.salford.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/applying

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This course provides you with the technical knowledge necessary to succeed in a software engineering role and to be able to make decisions regarding the implementation of software projects in a variety of situations. Read more
This course provides you with the technical knowledge necessary to succeed in a software engineering role and to be able to make decisions regarding the implementation of software projects in a variety of situations. You will be able to enhance your software engineering and programming skills to develop a systematic understanding of the principles of the architecture, analysis, design and development of software.

Through access to a lively research culture, you will also enhance your understanding of the fundamentals of programming, data structures and algorithms and their relationship with software engineering and object oriented programming.

Key benefits:

• School has a strong tradition in software engineering and programming
• Taught by highly rated research staff
• One year work placement opportunity

Suitable for

You will ideally be a graduate in either Computer Science or Software Engineering with a strong interest in developing your programming and systems engineering skills. Your interests will be in programming in a variety of languages, systems development, research and trusted operating systems.

Programme details

The course offers you the opportunity to study advanced aspects of the subject within a research-based environment.

Based on existing research groupings in Information Systems Security, Human Computer Interaction and Data Mining, the course provides dedicated modules that will show how each of these areas impacts on the practices of Software Engineering. This will provide you with an overview of the research themes within each area along with detailed knowledge of a selected subject. This enables coverage of methodological and management issues and to look at how these issues are applied in real-life projects. Alongside the research focus, the course also provides you with an opportunity to develop advanced programming skills.

Module titles

• Advanced Programming
• Agile Software Project Management
• Advanced Databases
• Software Architecture and Security
• Project for MSc

Assessment

The modules are assessed through a combination of assignments and examinations.

Career potential

As a graduate from this course you will be well equipped to work in a range of jobs such as system analyst, systems programmer, system administrator or computer analyst.

Our previous graduates of Computer Science have found employment with companies such as Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, 3M, Zen Internet, Siemens, Fast Web Media and Amsterdam Internet Exchange.

How to apply: http://www.salford.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/applying

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This course is for students who want to become trained professionals in computer network and modern telecommunications fields. Read more
This course is for students who want to become trained professionals in computer network and modern telecommunications fields. You will gain a comprehensive understanding of techniques used to transmit digital information, modern computer network design and operation, communication protocols and the importance of standards and regulatory issues. MSc students also undertake an individual project.

Key benefits:

• Great employment prospects in a large and growing industry for good graduates
• Your will be based at MediaCityUK
• The teaching and topics of this course are closely aligned to a top research centre at the University

Visit the website: http://www.salford.ac.uk/pgt-courses/data-telecommunication-networks

Suitable for

You will usually have a first degree in computer science, electronic or electrical engineering, telecommunications or physics. You must also have recent programming experience, either as part of your final year of study, as part of your degree project or during work experience.

We may also accept you if you have significant industry experience in telecommunications and networking such as working on the design and implementation of networks and data in a telecommunications organisation.

Programme details

This course covers a comprehensive range of topics split in to four large modules worth 30 credits each plus the MSc Project.

External speakers from blue-chip and local companies will give seminars to complement your learning, that will be real-world case studies related to the subjects you are studying in your modules. These are designed to improve the breadth of your learning and often lead to ideas that you can develop for your MSc Project.

Format

Teaching will be in the form of lectures, individual and group class work, plus topical and relevant participative class discussions and critical evaluation using case studies

Laboratories will be used to provide you with hand-on experience of using and setting up network systems. Tutorials will be used to give you practice in solving theoretical and design problems associated with network technologies and network systems.

Module titles

• Network Technologies, Architecture and Design
• Research Methods and Project Management
• Network Programming and Simulation
• Wireless and Mobile Technologies
• MSc Project

Assessment

Over the programme, the assessment of the taught modules is as follows:

- Examinations - 50%
- Coursework and Assignments - 50%

Career potential

Graduates with experience of computer network systems and digital communications are in demand in all industrial and commercial sectors.

The employment record for the MSc is good, with students obtaining jobs in traditional telecommunication companies, software development companies and companies in the service and commercial sectors.

Typical jobs range from network design engineers, network maintenance, software development, systems design and integration, marketing, after-sales support and technical support.

How to apply: http://www.salford.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/applying

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This course gives you an opportunity to develop a detailed understanding of the role of information systems and technology (IS/T) in businesses around the world, along with a critical awareness of current and emerging issues in this continually developing sector. Read more
This course gives you an opportunity to develop a detailed understanding of the role of information systems and technology (IS/T) in businesses around the world, along with a critical awareness of current and emerging issues in this continually developing sector.

Key benefits:

• Developing critical thinking and employability skills in high demand from a range of employers
• Put Information Systems theory into real practice with an exciting Business Innovation Project
• Benefit from a course backed by cutting-edge research in Information Systems at Salford Business School

Visit the website: http://www.salford.ac.uk/pgt-courses/information-systems-management

Suitable for

This course is ideal if you want to develop your management skills and are a graduate with a degree in information technology, computer science or a related field, or if you have suitable IT work experience.

Course detail

You will learn from our expert team and external guest speakers, renowned for their specialist knowledge. You will also enjoy the programme’s emphasis on debate, critique and interaction with other students and staff.

On completion of your course you will have the necessary skills to become an effective IS/T manager with strategically valuable capabilities in IS/T.

Purpose

The aim of this course is to provide you with the advanced level skills and knowledge required by 21st century managers of information systems and technology (IS/T).

You will acquire the management and technical knowledge necessary to succeed in an IS/T management role and to be able to make decisions in complex and unpredictable situations.

You will develop a systematic understanding of the context of IS/T in local and global organisations and in society in general; and a critical awareness of current issues in the management of IS/T.

You will also become a reflective practitioner in the IS sphere, capable of critically reflecting on your practice and that of others.

Format and assessment

- Semester 1 -

• Strategic International Business Management
• Digital Innovation

- Semester 2 -

• Information Systems
• Project Management, Leadership, and Skills Planning and Control

- Semester 3 -

- Business Innovation Project

For the final third of your studies you can choose from 4 differing pathways, all of which are designed to accommodate your career aspirations and enhance your professional practice:

• Dissertation
• Live Project
• Internship
• Placement

The course is delivered in four blocks of three day intensive study periods, followed by independent study and online support through the University’s virtual learning environment, Blackboard. Each module is taken and assessed over a six week block.

Teaching is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials, using a wide range of learning activities.

Over the duration of your course a range of assessment techniques will be used. Types of assessment include; essays, assignments, exams, multiple choice tests, online tests, group reports, and portfolio work.

Career potential

This course will provide you with flexible employment opportunities leading to potential roles with a variety of management-level national and international sectors.

Recent Salford Business School graduates have gained employment with leading companies including:

• Ernst & Young
• Dixons Group plc
• British Airways
• Cooperative Insurance Services
• BMW
• American Express
• BBC
• Citibank
• Ladbrokes
• Numberica
• Office of the Legal Services Ombudsman
• KPMG
• PricewaterhouseCoopers
• Premier Travel Inn
• BUPA
• Thomson Holidays
• BT
• DTS Logistics
• Greater Manchester Police
• The NHS

How to apply: http://www.salford.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/applying

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This course is your opportunity to specialise in the development of web-based software systems that use databases. Read more
This course is your opportunity to specialise in the development of web-based software systems that use databases. During your time with us, you will gain a critical awareness of the methodologies, tools and techniques used for the development of web-based computer systems and an advanced understanding of the techniques used for the development, evaluation and testing of databases.

The course also develops an awareness of the latest developments in the field of advanced databases, data mining and data warehousing. You will also gain substantial knowledge and skills in the deployment of SAS business intelligence software leading towards SAS data miner accreditation, and learn what the Semantic Web and Linked Data are, together with what these technologies enable.

Key benefits:

• The course gives you hands-on experience in design and implementation of databases in both Oracle and Microsoft SQL Server DBMS and prepares you to obtain DBA certification
• You learn how to design and implement a web application using ASP.NET, Microsoft SQL Server, and PHP with My SQL
• You learn the data mining techniques to mine data in different application domains using most popular data mining tools.

Visit the website: http://www.salford.ac.uk/pgt-courses/databases-and-web-based-systems

Suitable for

This course is for students who want to become trained professionals:

• In designing and implementing database systems in Oracle Micro Soft SQL Server DBMS and who want to be prepared to obtain DBA certification
• In designing and implementing a web application using ASP.NET, Microsoft SQL Server, and PHP with My SQL
• With hands-on experience in data mining techniques to mine data in different application domains using the most popular data mining tools.

Programme details

This course covers a very comprehensive range of topics split in to four large modules worth 30 credits each plus the MSc Project. External speakers from blue-chip and local companies will give seminars to complement your learning, that will be real-world case studies related to the subjects you are studying in your modules. These are designed to improve the breadth of your learning and often lead to ideas that you can develop for your MSc Project.

Format

Teaching on this course takes the form of lectures, individual and group class work, topical class discussions and critical case study evaluation.

You will gain hands-on lab experience of using and setting up databases and web-based systems. What’s more, tutorials will give you practice in solving the theoretical and design problems associated with these systems.

Module titles

• Advanced Databases
• Web-Based Software Development
• Semantic Web and Information Extraction
• Business Intelligence
• MSc Project

Assessment

• Coursework 60%
• Examinations 40%

Career potential

With this qualification, you’ll be equipped as web/database designer and programmer, data analytics and miner among other roles. Your experience will be in high demand across all industrial and commercial sectors.

Previous students have gone on to work with companies including British Airways, Google, Hewlett-Packard, Oracle and other IT firms.

How to apply: http://www.salford.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/applying

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The overall objective of this course is to add value to your first degree and previous relevant experience by developing a focused, integrated and critically aware understanding of underlying theory and current policy and practice in the field of control systems engineering. Read more
The overall objective of this course is to add value to your first degree and previous relevant experience by developing a focused, integrated and critically aware understanding of underlying theory and current policy and practice in the field of control systems engineering.

The course is control systems focused, with the emphasis on control systems theory together with a range of control applications including industrial control (SCADA), intelligent control, flight control and robotic control. The control systems approach provides continuity in learning throughout the one year of study.

Key benefits:

• Emphasis on feedback control, robotics, flight control and discrete event manufacturing control
• Real opportunities for career progression in to the automation industry
• Programme designed using Engineering Council benchmarks

Visit the website: http://www.salford.ac.uk/pgt-courses/advanced-control-systems

Suitable for

This course is suitable for engineering graduates seeking employment in the automation and control sector, and, in part-time mode, for practising engineers from the control systems area who wish to extend and update their skills.

Programme details

On completion of the course you should have a critical awareness and understanding of current problems in control engineering, techniques applicable to research in the field of control systems and how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in the field of control systems. You should also be able to deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively, make sound judgments in the absence of complete data, and communicate your conclusions clearly to specialist and non-specialists.

Format

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials, computer workshops and laboratory activities.

Module titles

• Automation and Robotics
• Instrumentation and Control
• Artificial Intelligence
• Flight Dynamics and Control
• Operations Techniques and Management
• MSc Project and Dissertation

Assessment

• 35% examinations
• 65% coursework (labs, reports, dissertation)

Career potential

The course could lead to control and automation opportunities in manufacturing and engineering companies, plus careers in the aerospace sector. There are also opportunities to pursue further research within our CASE control and Intelligent Systems Research Centre.

How to apply: http://www.salford.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/applying

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This course is for students who already have a strong engineering background and wish to specialise in robotics and automation. This course has a particular emphasis on advanced robotics, where robots are designed to operate with a degree of intelligence. Read more
This course is for students who already have a strong engineering background and wish to specialise in robotics and automation. This course has a particular emphasis on advanced robotics, where robots are designed to operate with a degree of intelligence.

You will gain a firm grounding in control engineering and intelligent systems concepts, along with the ability to comprehend and fully specify integrated automation systems embodying intelligence, robotic and automation hardware and software, and virtual reality (VR)/simulation technologies.

The course also provides a suitable background for research in advanced autonomous systems with reference to robotics.

Key benefits:

• Gain a firm grounding in control engineering and intelligent systems concepts
• This course has a particular emphasis on advanced robotics, where robots are designed to operate with a degree of intelligence
• Projects supported by internationally-leading research

Visit the website: http://www.salford.ac.uk/pgt-courses/robotics-and-automation

Suitable for

Suitable for students who already have a strong engineering background and wish to specialise in robotics and automation.

Format

You will be taught via a series of lectures and workshops with many of the modules taught via extensive hands-on practical lab-based sessions.

Practical experience includes the use of robotics platforms to produce a software system using the MATLAB toolboxes or the C programming language or to produce a finished hardware/software based mobile robotics system.

Module titles

• Automation and Robotics
• Interactive Visualisation
• Artificial Intelligence
• Mobile Robotics
• MSc Project/ Dissertation

Assessment

70% coursework and 30% examination.

Career potential

This qualification will equip you for employment in a number of industries. Excellent opportunities exist in areas including robotic design, control systems integration and design, factory automation, engineering management and research.

How to apply: http://www.salford.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/applying

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Have you ever wanted to ‘Mung’ data? Apply Machine Learning techniques? Search for hidden patterns? Be part of Big Data?. This course is your opportunity to specialize as a Data Scientist, one of the most in demand roles across all sectors including health, retail, and energy. Read more
Have you ever wanted to ‘Mung’ data? Apply Machine Learning techniques? Search for hidden patterns? Be part of Big Data?

This course is your opportunity to specialize as a Data Scientist, one of the most in demand roles across all sectors including health, retail, and energy. Companies such as Google and Microsoft, and also public organisations such as the NHS are struggling to fill their vacancies in this field due to a lack of suitably qualified people. This course is unique in the UK in that it has been developed as a MSc conversion course – if you have a good honours degree in any discipline with a demonstrable mathematical aptitude, an enquiring mind, a practical and analytical approach to problem solving, and an ambition for a career in data science; then this course is for you.

Key benefits

• We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

• The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

• Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

Visit the website: http://www.salford.ac.uk/pgt-courses/msc-data-science

Course detail

During your time with us, you will develop an awareness of the latest developments in the fields of Data Science and Big Data including advanced databases, data mining and big data tools such as Hadoop. You will also gain substantial knowledge and skills with the SAS business intelligence software suite due to the partnership of the University with the SAS Student Academy.

This course covers a very comprehensive range of topics split in to four large modules worth 30 credits each plus the MSc Project. External speakers from blue-chip and local companies will give seminars to complement your learning, that will be real-world case studies related to the subjects you are studying in your modules. These are designed to improve the breadth of your learning and could lead to ideas that you can develop for your MSc Project.

Suitable For

Students who want to become trained professionals in:

• Data Science and Analysis Consultancy
• Implementing and designing Big Data platforms ie Data Warehouses, Hadoop, NoSQL databases
• Modelling and Visualisation of data

Format

The course is focused around the underpinning knowledge and practical skills needed for employment within the data sciences industry. There will be 22 hours of lectures; 11 hours of tutorials and 22 hours workshops; 2 hours of examination-based assessment; and 245 hours of independent study, assessed coursework and preparation for examination. This makes a total of 300 hours total learning experience.

• Lectures will be used to introduce ideas, and to stimulate group discussions.
• Tutorials will be used to develop problem solving strategies and to provide practice and feedback with scenarios to help with exam preparation.
• Workshops will be used to develop expertise in SAS tools, by analysing example datasets of increasing complexity.

Modules

• Principles of Data Science
• Advanced Databases
• Applied Statistics and Data Mining
• Big Data Tools and Techniques

Assessment

• 50% of the assessment will comprise a practical project where students will be given some data, will devise and carry out an analysis strategy and will present their interpretations and explain their strategy.
• 50% will comprise an examination, which will assess more theoretical aspects of the course and will explore students’ immediate response to unseen scenarios or data.

Career Prospects

A recent report by e-Skills and SAS (Big Data Analytics: An assessment of the demand for labour and skills, 2012-1017) indicates the demand forecast for staff with big data skills is predicted to ”rise by 92% between 2012 and 2017, and by 2017 there will be at least 28,000 job openings for big data staff in the UK each year…”

With this qualification, you’ll be equipped with the skill set and technical knowledge relevant for the data science and big data job market.

How to apply: http://www.salford.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/applying

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