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The Advanced Software Engineering MSc is a newly redesigned course that enables graduates enable students to extend their knowledge of, and gain valuable experience in, software engineering as it applies to a number of new and important areas of IT and computing. Read more
The Advanced Software Engineering MSc is a newly redesigned course that enables graduates enable students to extend their knowledge of, and gain valuable experience in, software engineering as it applies to a number of new and important areas of IT and computing.

Graduates will be able to follow a flexible program of study designed to lead to, and enhance, a career in software engineering with a focus on new technologies and areas of application, such as cybersecurity, big data, or mobile application development.

The rapid pace of technical change in software development is notorious and this has been accompanied and compounded by an increase in the complexity of the systems that are developed. Recently this has been most noticeable in the increase in mobile computing and the use of sophisticated hardware that require developer knowledge of new paradigms.

Many applications that run on these systems whether mobile or stationary are distributed in nature and will consume web services provided by service-oriented architectures and cloud-based platforms. There has also been an increase in the use of virtualisation techniques for providing flexible and maintainable systems. Businesses are now regularly using virtualised systems and techniques to lower cost and complexity and increase availability in computing environments.

The surge in cybersecurity issues and threats facing businesses and organisations that depend on IT systems has meant that software engineers need a thorough understanding of security when building and maintaining software applications and systems.

There is an acknowledged national shortage of IT and computing skills in the workforce. In the specific area of software development, a number of factors contribute to this. Most obviously, the rate of technological change means that an individual's specific knowledge frequently becomes out of date. Secondly, many significant technological developments originate in industry rather than academia, and are not yet firmly embedded in undergraduate curricula. Finally, many people enter the software industry without a specific educational background in computer science and acquire much vital knowledge in the workplace in relatively ad hoc ways.

In response to this, for many years the Department of Computer Science has been running courses that combine an emphasis on methodical approaches to the development of software applications and information systems with a determination to equip graduates with a portfolio of relevant research-oriented and practical skills and knowledge to compliment and expand their own knowledge.

The rationale behind the MSc in Advanced Software Engineering is to draw on this experience to provide an education that will cover in-depth specific skills and best current practice in software development where there is currently a significant skills shortage, whilst at the same time instilling important research-based skills that will equip students for independent lifelong learning in fast-changing and technically challenging environment.

Course content

The Masters of Science in Advanced Software Engineering takes into account the emerging needs of industry underpinned by theory and software engineering practices. As a consequence the modules emphasise both the critical conceptual underpinnings as well as the practical skills for each subject.

Modules

The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course.

Core modules
-ADVANCED SOFTWARE DESIGN
-ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT
-CONCURRENCY AND PARALLELISM
-RESEARCH METHODS AND PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE
-ADVANCED SOFTWARE ENGINEERING PROJECT

Option modules - In addition you will pursue a pathway of your choice, selected with the guidance and advice of our academic staff. You can chose up to five of the following pathways modules:
-BIG DATA THEORY AND PRACTICE
-ADVANCED BIG DATA ANALYTICS
-CLOUD COMPUTING APPLICATIONS
-DATA MINING & MACHINE LEARNING
-DATA VISUALISATION AND DASHBOARDING
-CYBERSECURITY THREATS AND COUNTERMEASURES
-INTERNET SECURITY
-MOBILE APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT
-MOBILE AND UBIQUITOUS COMPUTING
-USABILITY AND USER EXPERIENCE DESIGN
-FREE CHOICE MODULE

Associated careers

Graduates will typically be part of a team working on sophisticated n-tier applications, as a designer, programmer, systems administrator or systems analyst (among others). Graduates will also find positions within new and established businesses that specialise in mobile applications. Other roles are possible in computer science research for either a commercial enterprise or academic institution. Further PhD study opportunities within the University of Westminster are also an option.

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Computers are central to all aspects of our daily lives; as industries ranging from communications to banking have come to rely on them, the need for improved computer security has never been greater. Read more
Computers are central to all aspects of our daily lives; as industries ranging from communications to banking have come to rely on them, the need for improved computer security has never been greater. This course focusses on two aspects of Cyber Security: analysis and assessment of risk plus how to minimise it, and, how to extract and use digital information from a wide range of systems and devices. The course is structured so that all students cover the same introductory material, but then choose to specialise in either Cyber Security or Digital Forensics.

Students taking the course will gain an understanding of the nature of the security threats that face computer systems and the type of information that is stored on digital devices (and how it can be extracted from them). They will benefit from a broad and varied array of state-of-the-art technologies, including:
-EnCase, FTK and open-source forensic tools, and a dedicated forensics computer laboratory
-Specialist input from guest lecturers
-Over 20 university computing laboratories providing access to Unix, Novell and NT servers, all supported by high-bandwidth networks
-Specialist technicians to ensure you can get the most out of these technologies

Course content

All students will take the core modules which are designed to give a comprehensive introduction to this specialist field. They will cover basic digital forensics and network security, and also cover computer system tools and the UNIX operating system. Dealing with digital evidence in a professional manner (that includes adhering to appropriate legal guidelines) is also covered. You will then follow either the Cyber Security or Digital Forensics pathway within the course (though each lead to the same named degree: the pathways are simply opportunities to specialise within the field). In addition, all students will take a Research Methods module and complete a project module.

The course offers the opportunity to examine a variety of tools available on the open market, and the use of forensic tools to retrieve data from electronic sources. It will also consider the analysis of professional and ethical issues relating to computer security and forensics, and the development of professional competencies, such as report writing and presenting evidence in court.

Teaching methods include lab-based sessions, student-led tutorials and lectures by internal staff and guest speakers from industry. Our courses are offered by friendly, highly experienced staff, and benefit from the diverse specialist knowledge and skills within the departments of the Faculty. Assessments will be carried out mostly through practical or research-based course work.

Modules

The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course.
-COMPUTER FORENSICS FUNDAMENTALS
-COMPUTER SYSTEM TOOLS
-EVIDENCE AND PROCEDURE
-NETWORK SECURITY
-POSTGRADUATE PROJECT MODULE
-RESEARCH METHODS

Digital Forensics pathway
-DATA RECOVERY AND ANALYSIS
-ADVANCED COMPUTER FORENSICS

Cyber Security pathway
-CYBER SECURITY
-THREATS AND COUNTERMEASURES

Associated careers

Depending on their chosen pathway graduates of the course are expected to find employment as information security/senior security officers and related cyber security roles or more technical roles investigating threats and safeguarding digital assets their life-cycle. Such roles will range from supporting industry, the public sector in general and the police and law enforcement agencies specifically, while some may focus more on researching new security threats and countermeasures. Additional also arrive for a supportive alumni community, including graduates with work experience who use their new skills and qualification to progress their career to more senior posts.

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This course addresses the need to propel information-gathering and data organisation, and exploit potential information and knowledge hidden in routinely collected data to improve decision-making. Read more
This course addresses the need to propel information-gathering and data organisation, and exploit potential information and knowledge hidden in routinely collected data to improve decision-making. The course, which builds on the strength of two successful courses on data mining and on decision sciences, is more technology focused, and stretches the data mining and decision sciences theme to the broader agenda of business intelligence.

You will focus on developing solutions to real-world problems associated with the changing nature of IT infrastructure and increasing volumes of data, through the use of applications and case studies, while gaining a deep appreciation of the underlying models and techniques. You will also gain a greater understanding of the impact technological advances have on nature and practices adopted within the business intelligence and analytics practices, and know how to adapt to these changes.

Course content

Embedded into the course are two key themes. The first will help you to develop your skills in the use and application of various technologies, architectures, techniques, tools and methods. These include warehousing and data mining, distributed data management, and the technologies, architectures, and appropriate middleware and infrastructures supporting application layers. The second theme will enhance your knowledge of algorithms and the quantitative techniques suitable for analysing and mining data and developing decision models in a broad range of application areas. The project consolidates the taught subjects covered, while giving you the opportunity to pursue in-depth study in your chosen area.

Teaching approaches include lectures, tutorials, seminars and practical sessions. You will also learn through extensive course work, class presentations, group research work, and the use of a range of industry standard software such as R, Python, Simul8, Palisade Decision Tools, Hadoop and Oracle.

Taught modules may be assessed entirely through course work, or may include a two-hour exam at the end of the year.

Modules

The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course.

Core modules
-BIG DATA THEORY AND PRACTICE
-BUSINESS ANALYTICS
-DATA MINING AND MACHINE LEARNING
-RESEARCH METHODS AND PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE
-BUSINESS SYSTEMS POSTGRADUATE PROJECT

Option modules
-ADVANCED BIG DATA ANALYTICS
-BUSINESS OPTIMISATION
-DATA VISUALISATION AND DASHBOARDING
-DATA WAREHOUSING AND OLAP
-DATA REPOSITORIES PRINCIPLES AND TOOLS
-SIMULATION MODELLING: RISK, PROCESSES, AND SYSTEMS
-WEB AND SOCIAL MEDIA ANALYTICS

Associated careers

Graduates can expect to find employment as consultants, decision modelling or advanced data analyst, and members of technical and analytics teams supporting management decision making in diverse organisations. Typical employers include local authorities, PLCs (such as GlaxoSmithKline, Prudential, Santander and Unilever), public sector organisations (such as the NHS and primarily care trusts), retail head offices, the BBC, the Civil Service and the host of banks, brokers and regulators that makeup the city, along with all the specialist support consultancies in IT and market research and forecasting, all of the whom us data for the full range of decision making.

Professional recognition

This course is accredited by the British Computer society for partial fulfilment of the academic requirement for Chartered IT professional.

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Businesses today are heavily reliant on computer networks in their daily operations. It is important to ensure that such networks are well designed, optimised, secured and tested for maximum uptime and ease of management. Read more
Businesses today are heavily reliant on computer networks in their daily operations. It is important to ensure that such networks are well designed, optimised, secured and tested for maximum uptime and ease of management. There are excellent opportunities for network engineers with such skills and experience.

The MSc in Computer Networks with Communications aims to produce postgraduates with an advanced understanding of computer networks with hands-on experience of the planning, implementation and maintenance of such systems. The course aims to prepare a student with specialist knowledge and skillset in key areas such as network design, storage area networks, optical networking, network simulation, network redundancy and reliability. Students will be able to review commonly used network simulators, commercial and academic, their common and specific purposes and architectures. The course will enable the student to apply a holistic understanding of networks and their applications in solving real world problems. It will also enables them to develop the ability to critically evaluate and integrate devices and components used for high speed fibre optical communication system, develop the ability to model the behaviour of modern day network systems to design and critically evaluate such systems at all levels of the OSI model.

Course structure

Each MSc course consists of three learning modules (40 credits each) plus an individual project (60 credits). Each learning module consists of a short course of lectures and initial hands-on experience. This is followed by a period of independent study supported by a series of tutorials. During this time you complete an Independent Learning Package (ILP). The ILP is matched to the learning outcomes of the module. It can be either a large project or a series of small tasks depending on the needs of each module. Credits for each module are awarded following the submission of a completed ILP and its successful defence in a viva voce examination. This form of assessment develops your communication and personal skills and is highly relevant to the workplace. Overall, each learning module comprises approximately 400 hours of study.

The project counts for one third of the course and involves undertaking a substantial research or product development project. For part-time students, this can be linked to their employment. It is undertaken in two phases. In the first part, the project subject area is researched and a workplan developed. The second part involves the main research and development activity. In all, the project requires approximately 600 hours of work.

Further flexibility is provided within the structure of the courses in that you can study related topic areas by taking modules from other courses as options (pre-requisite knowledge and skills permitting).

Prior to starting your course, you are sent a Course Information and Preparation Pack which provides information to give you a flying start.

MSc Computer Networks Suite of Courses

The MSc in Computer Networks has three distinct pathways:
-Security
-Communications
-Cloud Technologies

The course structure is quite flexible, affording industry-based students an opportunity to attend and accumulate module credits over an extended period of time. It also simultaneously serves the full-time student cohort which generally progresses through the MSc pathway in a single calendar year.

The MSc programmes are short course based and feature assessment through sequentially submitted result portfolios for the work packages, ie the ILPs. These are assigned immediately upon each short course module where the students are able to concentrate their study efforts just on the most recently-taught subject material. This greatly promotes efficient focused learning. The individual oral examination administered for each ILP furnishes valuable experience in oral defence, and frees students from written examination burdens.

The technical tasks undertaken in ILPs, along with the required major project, thoroughly exercise the concepts covered in the course modules and give scope for originality and industry-relevant study. Team-working activities encouraged within modules, along with the all-oral individual examination regimen employed in this Networks MSc Suite, have proven solidly beneficial in refining the communication and employability-enhancing skills that are strongly valued by industry.

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Cloud computing is a technical and social reality today, it represents a dramatic shift in the design of systems capable of providing vast amounts of computing services and storage space. Read more
Cloud computing is a technical and social reality today, it represents a dramatic shift in the design of systems capable of providing vast amounts of computing services and storage space. It is also a business reality today as an increasing number of organisations are adopting this paradigm since it increases efficiency, helps improve cash flow and offers many more services and benefits. The rapid shift in IT towards cloud computing is creating a worldwide skills gap. Our MSc course in Cloud technologies and its applications will be taught with respect to their design, architecture and implementation, as well as the use of tools which are used to model the behaviour of cloud based systems.

The MSc in Computer Networks with Cloud Technologies aims to produce postgraduates with an advanced understanding of Cloud based systems and their planning, implementation and maintenance. The course aims to prepare a student with specialist knowledge and skillset in key areas such as cloud architecture, modelling tools, virtualisation, distributed systems, cloud services and management. Students will be able to develop technical solutions and strategies for cloud systems’ management and operations. They will also be able to develop the ability to critically evaluate and analyse the associated architectures, management protocols and associated policies for cloud based systems. The course aims to provide experience in the design and implementation of distributed systems and to build applications in the cloud using platforms and toolkits such as Google App Engine, VMware Cloud Foundry, Microsoft Windows Azure, CloudSim, CloudBees, GigaSpaces.

Course structure

Each MSc course consists of three learning modules (40 credits each) plus an individual project (60 credits). Each learning module consists of a short course of lectures and initial hands-on experience. This is followed by a period of independent study supported by a series of tutorials. During this time you complete an Independent Learning Package (ILP). The ILP is matched to the learning outcomes of the module. It can be either a large project or a series of small tasks depending on the needs of each module. Credits for each module are awarded following the submission of a completed ILP and its successful defence in a viva voce examination. This form of assessment develops your communication and personal skills and is highly relevant to the workplace. Overall, each learning module comprises approximately 400 hours of study.

The project counts for one third of the course and involves undertaking a substantial research or product development project. For part-time students, this can be linked to their employment. It is undertaken in two phases. In the first part, the project subject area is researched and a workplan developed. The second part involves the main research and development activity. In all, the project requires approximately 600 hours of work.

Further flexibility is provided within the structure of the courses in that you can study related topic areas by taking modules from other courses as options (pre-requisite knowledge and skills permitting).

Prior to starting your course, you are sent a Course Information and Preparation Pack which provides information to give you a flying start.

MSc Computer Networks Suite of Courses

The MSc in Computer Networks has three distinct pathways:
-Security
-Communications
-Cloud Technologies

The course structure is quite flexible, affording industry-based students an opportunity to attend and accumulate module credits over an extended period of time. It also simultaneously serves the full-time student cohort which generally progresses through the MSc pathway in a single calendar year.

The MSc programmes are short course based and feature assessment through sequentially submitted result portfolios for the work packages, ie the ILPs. These are assigned immediately upon each short course module where the students are able to concentrate their study efforts just on the most recently-taught subject material. This greatly promotes efficient focused learning. The individual oral examination administered for each ILP furnishes valuable experience in oral defence, and frees students from written examination burdens.

The technical tasks undertaken in ILPs, along with the required major project, thoroughly exercise the concepts covered in the course modules and give scope for originality and industry-relevant study. Team-working activities encouraged within modules, along with the all-oral individual examination regimen employed in this Networks MSc Suite, have proven solidly beneficial in refining the communication and employability-enhancing skills that are strongly valued by industry.

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Today there are high level tools easily available to perform sophisticated attacks on computer and network systems. As a result computer network security is a very important consideration in every organisation using computer networks. Read more
Today there are high level tools easily available to perform sophisticated attacks on computer and network systems. As a result computer network security is a very important consideration in every organisation using computer networks. Without proper implementation, businesses could suffer financial losses. There are excellent opportunities in this area with excellent rewards. At present there are skills shortages globally in some areas of security which is an indicator of the demand for highly skilled security professionals.

The MSc in Computer Networks with Security aims to produce postgraduates with an advanced understanding of modern networks with the integrated need of security. The course aims to prepare the student with specialist knowledge and skillset in key areas such as threat analysis, network security systems, cryptography, cybersecurity, penetration testing, wireless security and information security. Students will develop skills to critically evaluate the threats and vulnerabilities of network systems and to implement and integrate security strategies. They will also be able to develop the ability to critically evaluate and implement principles and practices used in modern day cryptography used to secure data and communication in computer network systems. There will be an opportunity to explore current security tools used in penetration testing and get hands on experience at configuring enterprise level security appliances such as firewalls, intrusion detection systems and VPNs.

Course structure

Each MSc course consists of three learning modules (40 credits each) plus an individual project (60 credits). Each learning module consists of a short course of lectures and initial hands-on experience. This is followed by a period of independent study supported by a series of tutorials. During this time you complete an Independent Learning Package (ILP). The ILP is matched to the learning outcomes of the module. It can be either a large project or a series of small tasks depending on the needs of each module. Credits for each module are awarded following the submission of a completed ILP and its successful defence in a viva voce examination. This form of assessment develops your communication and personal skills and is highly relevant to the workplace. Overall, each learning module comprises approximately 400 hours of study.

The project counts for one third of the course and involves undertaking a substantial research or product development project. For part-time students, this can be linked to their employment. It is undertaken in two phases. In the first part, the project subject area is researched and a workplan developed. The second part involves the main research and development activity. In all, the project requires approximately 600 hours of work.

Further flexibility is provided within the structure of the courses in that you can study related topic areas by taking modules from other courses as options (pre-requisite knowledge and skills permitting). Prior to starting your course, you are sent a Course Information and Preparation Pack which provides information to give you a flying start.

MSc Computer Networks Suite of Courses

The MSc in Computer Networks has three distinct pathways:
-Security
-Communications
-Cloud Technologies

The course structure is quite flexible, affording industry-based students an opportunity to attend and accumulate module credits over an extended period of time. It also simultaneously serves the full-time student cohort which generally progresses through the MSc pathway in a single calendar year.

The MSc programmes are short course based and feature assessment through sequentially submitted result portfolios for the work packages, ie the ILPs. These are assigned immediately on each short course module where the students are able to concentrate their study efforts just on the most recently-taught subject material. This greatly promotes efficient focused learning. The individual oral examination administered for each ILP furnishes valuable experience in oral defence, and frees students from written examination burdens.

The technical tasks undertaken in ILPs, along with the required major project, thoroughly exercise the concepts covered in the course modules and give scope for originality and industry-relevant study. Team-working activities encouraged within modules, along with the all-oral individual examination regimen employed in this Networks MSc Suite, have proven solidly beneficial in refining the communication and employability-enhancing skills that are strongly valued by industry.

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The MSc in Telecommunications with Satellite and Broadband Technologies aims to produce postgraduates with an advanced understanding of communication systems utilising satellite and broadband elements. Read more
The MSc in Telecommunications with Satellite and Broadband Technologies aims to produce postgraduates with an advanced understanding of communication systems utilising satellite and broadband elements. Students’ understanding of the theoretical principles underpinning digital communication systems is taken to an advanced level, and the problems and challenges associated with the implementation of both fixed and mobile wireless communication systems receives special attention. Leading- edge satellite and broadband systems utilising modern architectures are central to this programme of study.

Course Structure

Each MSc course consists of three learning modules (40 credits each) plus an individual project (60 credits). Each learning module consists of a short course of lectures and initial hands-on experience. This is followed by a period of independent study supported by a series of tutorials. During this time you complete an Independent Learning Package (ILP). The ILP is matched to the learning outcomes of the module. It can be either a large project or a series of small tasks depending on the needs of each module. Credits for each module are awarded following the submission of a completed ILP and its successful defence in a viva voce examination. This form of assessment develops your communication and personal skills and is highly relevant to the workplace. Overall, each learning module comprises approximately 400 hours of study.

The project counts for one third of the course and involves undertaking a substantial research or product development project. For part-time students, this can be linked to their employment. It is undertaken in two phases. In the first part, the project subject area is researched and a workplan developed. The second part involves the main research and development activity. In all, the project requires approximately 600 hours of work.

Further flexibility is provided within the structure of the courses in that you can study related topic areas by taking modules from other courses as options (pre-requisite knowledge and skills permitting).

Prior to starting your course, you are sent a Course Information and Preparation Pack which provides information to give you a flying start.

MSc Telecommunications Suite of Courses

The MSc Telecommunications has three distinct pathways:
-Digital Signal Processing
-Satellite and Broadband Communications
-Wireless Technologies

The demand for engineers in both wide-area and local-area communication systems is currently flourishing and is expected to grow for the foreseeable future. These three pathways offer both recent engineering graduates and industry-based engineers access to in-depth skills for closely related aspects of the communications discipline.

The course structure is quite flexible, affording industry-based students an opportunity to attend and accumulate module credits over an extended period of time. It also simultaneously serves the full-time student cohort which generally progresses through the MSc pathway in a single calendar year.

The MSc programmes are short course based and feature assessment through sequentially submitted result portfolios for the work packages, ie the ILPs. These are assigned immediately upon each short course module where the students are able to concentrate their study efforts just on the most recently-taught subject material. This greatly promotes efficient focused learning. The individual oral examination administered for each ILP furnishes valuable experience in oral defence, and frees students from written examination burdens.

The technical tasks undertaken in ILPs, along with the required major project, thoroughly exercise the concepts covered in the course modules and give scope for originality and industry-relevant study. Team-working activities encouraged within modules, along with the all-oral individual examination regimen employed in this Telecommunications MSc Suite, have proven solidly beneficial in refining the communication and employability-enhancing skills that are strongly valued by industry.

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The MSc in Telecommunications with Wireless Technologies aims to produce postgraduates with an advanced understanding of communication systems with a focus on wireless technologies. Read more
The MSc in Telecommunications with Wireless Technologies aims to produce postgraduates with an advanced understanding of communication systems with a focus on wireless technologies. It fosters the student’s ability to analyse, design and build RF and microwave systems for wireless communication systems. Special emphasis is placed on enhancing the student’s ability to model the behaviour of wireless systems from circuits, filters and antennas, and to utilise these models to guide the design and implementation of a variety of communication techniques.

Course Structure

Each MSc course consists of three learning modules (40 credits each) plus an individual project (60 credits). Each learning module consists of a short course of lectures and initial hands-on experience. This is followed by a period of independent study supported by a series of tutorials. During this time you complete an Independent Learning Package (ILP). The ILP is matched to the learning outcomes of the module. It can be either a large project or a series of small tasks depending on the needs of each module. Credits for each module are awarded following the submission of a completed ILP and its successful defence in a viva voce examination. This form of assessment develops your communication and personal skills and is highly relevant to the workplace. Overall, each learning module comprises approximately 400 hours of study.

The project counts for one third of the course and involves undertaking a substantial research or product development project. For part-time students, this can be linked to their employment. It is undertaken in two phases. In the first part, the project subject area is researched and a workplan developed. The second part involves the main research and development activity. In all, the project requires approximately 600 hours of work.

Further flexibility is provided within the structure of the courses in that you can study related topic areas by taking modules from other courses as options (pre-requisite knowledge and skills permitting).

Prior to starting your course, you are sent a Course Information and Preparation Pack which provides information to give you a flying start.

MSc Telecommunications Suite of Courses

The MSc Telecommunications has three distinct pathways:
-Digital Signal Processing
-Satellite and Broadband Communications
-Wireless Technologies

The demand for engineers in both wide-area and local-area communication systems is currently flourishing and is expected to grow for the foreseeable future. These three pathways offer both recent engineering graduates and industry-based engineers access to in-depth skills for closely related aspects of the communications discipline.

The course structure is quite flexible, affording industry-based students an opportunity to attend and accumulate module credits over an extended period of time. It also simultaneously serves the full-time student cohort which generally progresses through the MSc pathway in a single calendar year.

The MSc programmes are short course based and feature assessment through sequentially submitted result portfolios for the work packages, ie the ILPs. These are assigned immediately upon each short course module where the students are able to concentrate their study efforts just on the most recently-taught subject material. This greatly promotes efficient focused learning. The individual oral examination administered for each ILP furnishes valuable experience in oral defence, and frees students from written examination burdens.

The technical tasks undertaken in ILPs, along with the required major project, thoroughly exercise the concepts covered in the course modules and give scope for originality and industry-relevant study. Team-working activities encouraged within modules, along with the all-oral individual examination regimen employed in this Telecommunications MSc Suite, have proven solidly beneficial in refining the communication and employability-enhancing skills that are strongly valued by industry.

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This newly redesigned course enables graduates to be able to understand, design and develop digital solutions within the emergent digital economies. Read more
This newly redesigned course enables graduates to be able to understand, design and develop digital solutions within the emergent digital economies. Graduates would be able to follow a flexible program of study and either plan a career in interaction design, mobile and digital solutions, data and analytics, or emergent systems or to explore the opportunities offered in London as a start-up capital.

The digital sector continues to evolve and technologies, platforms, interaction paradigms and business models are increasingly requiring technical ability combined with commercial and design acumen that the course encourages.

Boston Consulting Group estimated that by the end of 2016 the internet economy in the G-20 economies will be worth USD 4.2 trillion (up from USD 2.3 trillion in 2010) and that the internet contributes over 12 per cent of GDP in the United Kingdom.

The mobile apps sector has revenues of more than €10 billion per annum or jobs in the order of 790.000 across the whole EU economy and continues to grow at a fast rate. Within the UK the digital sector has critical importance and reports suggest 14.4% of companies in the UK are involved in the Digital economy and some 1.46 million people are employed. More than one million jobs were advertised in 2014 showing a growth of 28% and there are suggestions that the growth forecast is around 5.4%

The Business Growth Fund and Barclays published a report in March 2014 that supported the phenomenal growth experienced by tech businesses in the UK, finding that London is home to Europe’s fastest growing tech cluster, with 27% of all job growth in London generated by the tech and digital sector.

A recent study published by the Department of Culture, Media and Sports valued the creative industries as contributing was worth £133 billion in 2014 accounting for 8.2% of the UK Economy. The Creative Economy has grown more than 25% in the last four years. Within this sector technology represents a substantial scale of impact both directly in terms of for example software as well as indirectly through areas such as digital marketing. Direct Gross added value of IT, software and computer services sectors were worth £36.6 billion in 2014.

Course content

The Masters of Science in Interaction Design and Computing takes into account the emerging needs of the marketplace focusing on the key areas of enterprise, user experience, interaction, innovation and development as well as offering options in various subjects including web, mobile and data. As a consequence the modules emphasise both the critical conceptual underpinnings as well as the practical skills for each subject.

Modules

The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course.

Core modules
-DIGITAL INTERACTION MANAGEMENT AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP
-INTERACTION DESIGN & COMPUTING PROJECT
-RESEARCH METHODS & PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE
-USABILITY AND USER EXPERIENCE DESIGN

Option modules
-BIG DATA THEORY AND PRACTICE
-DATA MINING AND MACHINE LEARNING
-DATA VISUALISATION AND DASHBOARDING
-EMERGENT AND SOCIAL INTERACTIVE PLATFORMS
-GAMES INTERACTION TECHNOLOGY
-MOBILE APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT
-MOBILE AND UBIQUITOUS COMPUTING
-WEB AND SOCIAL MEDIA ANALYTICS
-FREE CHOICE MODULE

Associated careers

Graduates from the course would find employment opportunities in the digital and interaction sectors working as user experience specialists, application and systems developers, data experts, and as entrepreneurs working for corporates, start-ups, digital agencies, web 2.0 enterprises and so on.

Graduates from the proceeding course have found employment in various companies, both corporates and agencies, as well as NGOs. This includes for example Cisco, Hearst, Hubspot, KPMG, Lloyds Banking, Microsoft, Microsoft Xbox, Neverbland, News UK, Pearson, Periscopix, PwC, Reckitt Benkiser, QVC, Samsung, SapientNitro, and Skype. A number of graduates have started their own business including Software Optics Limited, Olyvon, Brave Media, D Crypt Digital and FanTeamz.

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The demand for information technology specialists is steadily rising all over the world. Read more
The demand for information technology specialists is steadily rising all over the world. The European Commission believes that even in a 'stagnation' scenario, demand for IT specialists will exceed supply within the EU, while all forecasts suggest that, as economic growth resumes, the demand for IT expertise will be even greater.

This innovative course responds to the latest developments in business practice. It examines the broader issues of business imperatives and technology responses that have changed the way information systems are perceived. It also addresses the key aspects of contemporary business information systems, from requirements analysis, system modelling and design to the development of modern software solutions and databases that can be incorporated into fully operational information systems.

The course provides an excellent vehicle for challenging postgraduate study, which will develop your skills for employment and professional life. The course is aimed both at graduates with a good Honours degree in an IT or computing-related discipline, and at practitioners who want to further their careers, update their technical skills and deepen their knowledge of emerging technologies.

Course content

You will explore the latest technologies and industry standard, with a particular emphasis on the web, internet applications, enterprise information system, service-oriented and component-based development, and similar areas. By examining issues such as security, privacy and ethics in information system, you will enhance your understanding of societal use of information system. Embedded into the course are three themes that enable you to specialise your studies in contemporary information systems, enterprise-wide information system, or application development. Your course project consolidates the taught subjects of the course, while giving you the opportunity to pursue in-depth study in your chosen area.

Teaching methods include lectures, student-led activity and smaller, instructor-led groups. Your coursework will range from presentations and group investigations to software development or research review. Taught modules may be assessed entirely through coursework, or may include a two-hour exam at the end of the year.

Modules

The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course.

Core modules
-ARCHITECTURES, DESIGN AND DEPLOYMENT OF IS
-RESEARCH METHODS AND PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE
-BUSINESS INFORMATION SYSTEMS PROJECT
-REQUIREMENTS AND SYSTEM MODELLING

Option modules
-BUSINESS SYSTEMS PROGRAMMING
-COMPUTING FOR BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT
-DATA MANAGEMENT AND REPOSITORIES
-DATA VISUALISING AND DASHBOARDING
-DATA WAREHOUSING AND OLAP
-DATABASE LANGUAGES
-ENTERPRISE UTILITY COMPUTING
-IT BUSINESS MODELS
-PROJECT MANAGEMENT
-SEMANTIC AND COLLABORATIVE TECHNOLOGIES
-WEB AND SOCIAL MEDIA ANALYTICS
-WEB-ENABLED DATABASE APPLICATIONS

Associated careers

Graduates can expect to find employment as business intelligence consultants, business systems analysts and designers, enterprise consultants and managers, ETL marketers, and ETL/OLAP programmers and application developers. Recent graduates have found employment with a range of organisations including Accenture, the British Council, Centaur Holdings PLC, Deutsche Bank, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, GlaxoSmithKline, Home Office, IBM, Logica, Merrill Lynch, Nationwide, PWC, Standard and Poor's, University of Hertfordshire, Taylor Woodrow, and a number of local authorities.

Professional recognition

This course is accredited by the British computer society for partial fulfilment of the academic requirement for a Chartered IT Professional.

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This course has been designed to enhance your professional abilities, and deepen your knowledge and understanding of emerging, state-of-the-art database technologies. Read more
This course has been designed to enhance your professional abilities, and deepen your knowledge and understanding of emerging, state-of-the-art database technologies. It will equip you with the range of highly marketable, hands-on skills required in data modelling, and in designing, managing, monitoring and administering corporate database systems divisions, information centres and webenabled database applications.

The course combines academic study with Oracle certification training, and you will be encouraged to take the associated Oracle exams and become an Oracle Certified Associate. It is suitable for recent graduates who wish to study for a higher qualification and/or gain relevant technical and professional skills in database systems. It's also a strong course for practitioners looking to enhance their professional abilities, develop their careers, and update their technical skills, knowledge and understanding of state-of-the-art and emerging technologies.

Course content

The course addresses new technologies, and advanced theories and techniques, along with their application, implementation and integration with legacy systems. You will analyse new demands and the application of new technologies in the management of data and information resources, and examine emerging technologies shaping the way data is now processed, accessed, retrieved, structured and modelled.

Embedded into the course are these themes that will help you to develop skills in the use and application of specific area in the database discipline. One theme is related to database administration and the ability to deliver and administer web-enabled database solutions. A second theme is related to database application development, and the ability to deliver web-enabled information systems solutions. The third theme focuses on the role of data architect, and the skills and knowledge needed to organise and design data and manage projects in a way that harnesses potential emerging technologies.

Teaching methods include lectures, student-led activity and smaller, instructor-led groups. You are encouraged to gain greater understanding of topics through practical activity and the use of scaled down versions of real life scenarios. The Oracle training materials that we use will prepare you to take the Oracle Certified Associate (OCA) exams. Assessment usually involves a combination of exams and coursework, leading to a product such as a presentation, group investigation, technical solution, a piece of software or a research review. Exams are normally two hour long and take place at the end of the year.

Modules

The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course.

Core modules
-BUSINESS INFORMATION SYSTEM POSTGRADUATE PROJECT MODULE
-BUSINESS SYSTEMS PROGRAMMING
-DATA MANAGEMENT AND REPOSITORIES
-DATABASE LANGUAGES
-RESEARCH METHODS AND PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE

Option modules
-DATA WAREHOUSING AND OLAP
-DATABASE ADMINISTRATION AND MANAGEMENT
-DATA VISUALISATION AND DASH-BOARDING
-ENTERPRISE UTILITY COMPUTING
-IT BUSINESS MODELS
-PROJECT MANAGEMENT
-REQUIREMENTS AND SYSTEM MODELLING
-SEMANTIC AND COLLABORATIVE TECHNOLOGIES
-SYSTEMS INTEROPERABILITY
-WEB-ENABLED DATABASE APPLICATIONS
-WEB AND SOCIAL MEDIA ANALYTICS

Associated careers

Graduates can expect to find employment as business systems analysts and designers, data analysts, database administrators, database application developers, database systems consultants, information resources managers, systems designers and systems integrators. Recent graduates have joined a variety of organisations, including Bank of America, Vodaphone, the Metropolitan Police, CGI, Network Rail, Business & Decisions, JCC Payment System, Jacobs Engineering, Virgin Media, Accenture, Chevron and a number of local authorities and NHS trust.

Professional recognition

This course is accredited by the British Computer Society for partial fulfilment of the academic requirement for Chartered IT Professional.

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