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Birmingham City University, Full Time MSc Degrees in Computer Science

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The programme intends to develop your competence in using tools and techniques for producing computer systems solutions from a sound mathematical and scientific base while appreciating the professional responsibilities and quality needed by industry. Read more
The programme intends to develop your competence in using tools and techniques for producing computer systems solutions from a sound mathematical and scientific base while appreciating the professional responsibilities and quality needed by industry.

What's covered in the course?

The course is designed to cover the advanced concepts of computer science in the first semester, including service-oriented architecture, advanced HCI techniques and advanced mobile computing.

In your second semester, you will consolidate your first semester learning by studying further advanced subjects that emphasise Semantic Web technologies, advanced data science, and Research and Project Management. In addition, you will complete an individual project that provides opportunity to demonstrate technical and general employability skills in preparation for career progression. More specifically, the individual project simulates typical graduate workplace tasks that require in-depth knowledge and skills in a specific area of computer science. This will include consideration of wider issues and the ability to manage activities and resources, as well as generate, implement and report on solutions to meet task objectives.

Throughout your studies, you’ll be supported by our expert teaching staff, all of whom have a wide range of research and industrial experience in areas such as intelligent systems, mobile computing, Semantic Web, machine learning and software engineering, which they use to enhance the curriculum.

Why choose us?

-You’ll have access to dedicated industry-standard facilities in our own fully equipped laboratory. Based within our £114 million Millennium Point building, you’ll be able to undertake work such as artificial intelligence, human computer interaction, mobile and web application development, and data science.
-We are home to a Cisco Systems and a Microsoft Academy Centre – one of Microsoft’s top UK university-based academies – and we are a member of the Microsoft Developer Network Academic Alliance. We are also a Cisco ASC (Academy Support Centre) and Cisco Instructor Training Centre (ITC) – one of only 10 such instructor training centres in the UK.
-The course is supported through the activities of the Innovations in Computing Education research group, designed to keep teaching and assessment updated to match international trends.
-We have strong links with companies such as Oracle, LPI, Microsoft, AWS and Apple, which ensure that the course is relevant and respected by employers.

Course in depth

Knowledge and understanding are acquired though a mixture of formal lectures, tutor-led seminars and practical activities, with other independent learning activities at all stages.

Emphasis is placed on guided, self-directed and student-centred learning with increasing independence of approach, thought and process.

The course provides access to effective commercial development environments and ensures students have practical awareness of computer systems requirements. You are required to meet strict deadlines, and to manage and plan overall workload.

Knowledge is assessed formatively and summatively, by a number of methods, including seminars, course-work, viva, presentation, and project work.

Assessment criteria are published both at a generic course level and to provide guidance for individual items of assessment.

You will undertake a major project involving research and application of that research in the solution of appropriate systems problems.

Semester One
-Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) 20 credits
-Advanced Mobile Computing 20 credits
-Advanced HCI 20 credits

Semester Two
-Research Methods and Project Management 20 credits
-Advanced Data Science 20 credits
-Semantic Web and Knowledge Engineering 20 credits

Semester Three
-Master’s Project 60 credits

Enhancing your employability skills

We know that employers are looking for graduates who have a good balance between in-depth academic knowledge and technical and practical expertise, which is why our course is geared towards employability.

What you learn on our course will help you to stand out when you look for your first professional role.Because you’ll know how to use sophisticated, industry-standard software, you will be able to demonstrate that you can put into practice your deep theoretical knowledge.

We will also prepare you for a career by equipping you with a range of transferable skills, such as complex problem-solving expertise, the ability to analyse in a careful and considered manner, and working as a team member.

In addition, our specialist industry links with the Linux Professional Institute, the Oracle Academy, Cisco, and Microsoft, plus our world-class facilities, will mark you out as a highly employable graduate.

This is why our graduates have gone on to pursue computing and software development and designer careers in a wide range of industries, from SME software companies, to industry, government, banking and healthcare. Furthermore, many graduates continue their studies to Doctorate level.

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Full time (Sep start). 12 months. Gamer Camp Pro (MA/MSc Video Games Development) has been created in partnership with the likes of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe,Codemasters,Rareand Exient. Read more

Course Duration

Full time (Sep start): 12 months

Course Summary

Gamer Camp Pro (MA/MSc Video Games Development) has been created in partnership with the likes of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe,Codemasters,Rareand Exient. We aim to help you become a perfect recruit for a career in the games industry- with not just the skills, but also the experience you’ll need. Our graduates have been employed by companies including Sony Evolution Studios, Ubisoft and Rockstar Games.

The course was developed in partnership with the industry to provide a ‘finishing school’ that produces work-ready graduates with the practical skills they needed to be successful. Many companies recruit directly from the course, giving you access to jobs that you would not come across elsewhere.

You will get specialist skills training, mentoring and support from leading game developers, the chance to design and build a working game that can be published, and experience at every stage of the games development cycle. You will receive real game briefs, training and mentoring from industry partners such as Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, Exient, Rare and Codemasters.

Employment Opportunity

Students leaving Gamer Camp course have gone onto work with many of the industry’s biggest names. Roles secured by our graduates include Concept Artist at Sony Evolution Studios, Character Artist at Sega Hardlight Studios, Associate Producer at Spicy Horse Games, and Environmental Artist at Rockstar. MA and MSc students have also set up their own studios.

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Our MSc Data Networks and Security course will provide opportunities for you to engage in the design and implementation of secured and optimized communication network solutions, including SDN (Software Defined Networks and wireless technologies. Read more
Our MSc Data Networks and Security course will provide opportunities for you to engage in the design and implementation of secured and optimized communication network solutions, including SDN (Software Defined Networks and wireless technologies.

This will be achieved by industry-led, research-informed, practice-based teaching and learning. Using industry-standard resources, you will apply the skills and knowledge gained to real-life project scenarios across industry, commerce and public sector.

The programme of study will include areas such as requirements capture, network design, evaluation, securing and optimisation, ranging from hardware configuration to protocol analysis and software definition. The programme will include research and scholarly activity in order to incorporate the latest thinking into the proposed solution.

What's covered in the course?

On this course, you will learn to:
-Critically evaluate and apply knowledge of advanced routing principles.
-Evaluate and apply advanced routing protocols for specific networking solutions.
-Evaluate a variety of routing techniques for a given network environment.
-Critically evaluate routing policy requirements for a network.
-Design and implement ethernet-based LANs. Ensuring security within the given environment.
-Apply mathematical analysis to use VLSM efficiently.
-Apply security considerations to the design and management of networks.
-Design/plan and implement LAN/WAN solutions which require switched hybrid.
-Critically assess SDN solutions in both the industry and research domains.
-Design an SDN-based network for a given system, identifying appropriate components and network structure.
-Implement an appropriate SDN controller to manage device configuration, and any other relevant network policies within an SDN network.
-Select, plan and implement an appropriate testing strategy to validate security requirements against a threat model.
-Critically evaluate the requirements for penetration testing, ethical hacking and effectively communicate security audit results to a variety of audiences.
-Design and conduct security assessment experiments to expose security vulnerabilities and to interpret, analyse and critically evaluate the resulting data to recommend remedial actions.
-Critically appraise the role of security testing within the wider context of continuous security improvements to the information assurance processes within the organisation.

Why choose us?

-The Centre for Cloud Computing houses the Cisco Networking Academy, which has an international reputation for delivering high-quality teaching, training and support acrossEurope, the Middle East and Africa.
-In six purpose-built rooms, the Centre also houses £500,000 of computer networking and communications equipment, together with more than £200,000 of web-based equipment and bookable resources.
-The course provides opportunities for you to engage in advanced studies using problem-based learning and flipped curricula strategies. You will work in groups and on your own to deliver solutions to industry-related problems and scenarios.
-The unique combination of employer-led, research-informed technical knowledge and practical experience on industry-standard resources makes our graduates more employable and sought after.
-The course encourages critical thinking and problem solving, giving you the opportunities for research.

Course in depth

All the modules are practice-based and learning is carried out in the labs. Each 20-credit module will have two hours contact, and you are expected to undertake approximately six additional hours of learning, research and assessment preparation for each module.

Assessment is carried out through presentations (both group and individual), timed tests and exams, written reports, research activity and publication of findings, and practical-based time assessments.

At the start of the course, there will be a three-week, full-time induction tool kit, comprising of a review of CCNA and associated technologies.

The course also provides the base knowledge for students to undertake the CCNA certification, and with an additional boot camp to undertake the individual CCNP certification exams.

Modules
-Information Security 20 credits
-Software Defined Network Engineering 20 credits
-Advanced Networking Systems 20 credits
-Network Management 20 credits
-Advanced Ethical Hacking 20 credits
-Research Methods 20 credits
-Project and placement 60 credits

Enhancing your employability skills

The University is eager to recognise students have made the effort to gain industry experience and stand out from the typical graduate. Thus, we offer a range of options for you to get extra awards and recognition for your work in industry.

We also have our Graduate+ programme, an extracurricular awards framework that is designed to augment the subject-based skills that you’ve developed throughout the programme with broader employability attributes, which will enhance your employability options upon graduating.

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Enterprise Systems Management is an innovative MSc degree course designed for those who want to pursue careers as managers and leaders in implementing technology-based information systems solutions to achieve business excellence. Read more
Enterprise Systems Management is an innovative MSc degree course designed for those who want to pursue careers as managers and leaders in implementing technology-based information systems solutions to achieve business excellence.

What's covered in the course?

To understand the design of Enterprise Systems and the benefits, you will firstly gain a broader understanding of systems thinking. Case studies and live project briefs underpin reinforcement of the learning and teaching.

The modules studied in this highly rigorous course are directly relevant to industry's current and expected future needs. You will be challenged to think outside the box, and apply knowledge and skills to provide robust and innovative solutions to a range of business problems.

You will study at our Enterprise Systems Centre at the City Centre Campus, where you will learn how modern management information systems are structured, how they are managed and the issues in integrating them to support effective management of robust business processes.

You will also be given access to SAP systems based on a virtual industry. This practical element of your programme provides an applied learning experience to develop knowledge in enterprise systems.

The Master's Project module will give you the opportunity to apply your skills and knowledge to practical problems and investigate an enterprise systems management research topic.

Why choose us?

-The course explores systems and activities within an enterprise that bring together processes, people and technology to help streamline operations to gain competitive advantages, improved performance and reduced operational costs, as well as implementing efficient business processes and improving real-time decision-making capabilities.
-Enterprise Systems Management students will have access to the University’s unique SAP Lab, providing an inspirational research and development space for you to use for creative thinking and design.
-You will participate in ERPsim to gain experience of enterprise systems, using virtual business scenarios to evaluate the impact of integration of processes on manufacturing and business analytics.
-The Faculty is a member of SAP University Alliance. This programme provides you with the opportunity to undertake SAP certification in a number of key areas including enterprise resources planning (ERP) and business warehouse (BW).

Course in depth

Our teaching philosophy revolves around you both ‘learning by doing’ and also transferring acquired knowledge to others. Activities will be conducted both individually and in teams, with tutors providing leadership and mentoring aimed at supporting your transition into independent learners. In this partnership, we will be encouraging you to become proactive, so that you can develop your confidence to undertake a range of progressively complex and challenging tasks.

We expect you to attend all teaching sessions, as well as to read and prepare before these sessions. Good preparation will enable you to get the most from your contact time and will help you become an autonomous learner. Advanced preparation is also a critical skill which you must develop if you wish to succeed in business or professional practice. Teaching sessions will include lectures and small group interactive seminars.

You will be assessed in a number of different ways, including coursework, patchwork assessment, examinations (seen and unseen, open and closed-book), presentations, practical assignments, vivas, online forums, podcasts and project work.

Semester One
-Enterprise Systems 20 credits
-Manufacturing Systems 20 credits
-Strategic Information Systems Planning 20 credits

Semester Two
-Technology Relationship Management 20 credits
-Business Intelligence and Technology Entrepreneurship 20 credits
-Principles of Project Management 20 credits

Semester Three
Postgraduate Project 60 credits

Accreditation

The Faculty is a member of SAP University Alliance. This programme provides you with the opportunity to undertake SAP Certification in a number of key areas, including enterprise resources planning (ERP) and business warehouse (BW).

Enterprise Systems Management students have access to the University’s unique SAP Lab, providing an inspirational research and development space for you to use for creative thinking and design.

Enhancing your employability skills

Birmingham City University programmes aim to provide graduates with a set of attributes which prepare them for their future careers. The BCU Graduate:
-Is professional and work-ready
-Is a creative problem solver
-Is enterprising
-Has a global outlook

The University has introduced the Birmingham City University Graduate+ programme, which is an extracurricular awards framework that is designed to augment the subject-based skills that you develop through your programme with broader employability skills, enhancing your employment options when you leave university.

The programme will help you with crafting your CV, personal statements, covering letters and presentations, and will also help you seek part-time work experience and voluntary placements.

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Our MSc Big Data Analytics programme is designed to provide students with in-depth knowledge of the new field of big data analytics from a computing perspective. Read more
Our MSc Big Data Analytics programme is designed to provide students with in-depth knowledge of the new field of big data analytics from a computing perspective. Data is being generated on an exponential scale by individuals and organisations. Valuable insights can be drawn from this data to inform strategic decisions, resulting in increased market share, profitability, possible cost savings and procedural efficiency. You will develop a critical understanding of the contemporary tools, techniques and models used for big data analytics.

The programme will enable you to develop practical skills, using tools and techniques from the forefront of business computing, and use these effectively to conduct big data analytics. It also seeks to promote an awareness of the moral, ethical and professional framework, within which you will operate as an IT professional in a business environment.

A key aspect of the programme philosophy is that the learning experience tightly integrates the use of Oracle commercial software (a world leader in this field), with investigation of the wider theoretical context. You will also learn about the skills needed to become a successful entrepreneur in the IT sector.

Why choose us?

-Our course is accredited by the British Computer Society, ensuring our course is fresh and relevant.
-The University is one of Oracle’s university-based academies, as well as being a member of UK Oracle User Group.
-This is the only big data analytics programme developed in partnership with Oracle, which is a major global leading IT vendor in the field.
-Previous graduates have progressed into roles with established companies such as Hewlett Packard, BT, Capgemini, Cisco, IBM and more.

Course breakdown

The MSc programme is normally studied over one year full-time or two years part-time (one year and one term full-time for January start). You may move between full and part-time modes of attendance. The course is divided into taught modules of 20 credits and a Masters project of 60 credits. Students complete 60 credits for Postgraduate Certificate, 120 credits for Postgraduate Diploma and 180 credits for the full MSc. Each credit represents 10 notional hours of student learning and assessment. The structure of the course, the module, levels and credit ratings and the awards that can be gained are shown below.

A range of assessment methods are employed, assessment criteria being published in each assignment brief. Knowledge and skills are assessed, formatively and summatively, by a number of methods: coursework, examinations (seen and unseen, open and closed-book), presentations, practical assignments, vivas, online forums, podcasts and project work.

Modules
-Research Methods and Project Management 20 credits
-Applied Statistics 20 credits
-Databases for Enterprise 20 credits
-Big Data Management 20 credits
-Data Mining 20 credits
-Web/Social Media Analytics and Visualisation 20 credits
-Master’s Project 60 credits

Enhancing your employability

This course is suitable for undergraduates and those who have worked in the industry but do not have the recognised qualifications. Students will be provided with the opportunity to complete industry-recognised Oracle Professional Certification.

The school boasts graduates who have gone on to work for Hewlett Packard, Bell Micro, Birmingham City Council, BT, Cap Gemini, Cisco, Deloitte, Ericsson, Fujitsu, IBM, Intel Corporation, NHS, Motorola, National Express, NEC, Royal Mail, Shell IT, JP Morgan Chase and Co, Carillion plc, Siemens and Nokia and many more.

You will also be provided with the opportunity to complete industry recognised Oracle Professional Certification.

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On our highly regarded MSc Cyber Security, you will work with internationally renowned experts from our Centre for Cyber Security. Read more
On our highly regarded MSc Cyber Security, you will work with internationally renowned experts from our Centre for Cyber Security.

What's covered in the course?

This course provides a broad foundation for Cyber Security concepts while delivering advanced knowledge and skills in key technical areas. Designed to meet the growing demand from global business and industry for robust cyber security systems, this course underpins the principles and practical professional skills you’ll need to meet the future challenges faced by organisations, particularly when it comes to strategic security planning.

This course provides future Cyber Security professionals with the knowledge and skills needed by the employers. Our strong links with industry enable us to teach the most demanding topics. You will develop state of the art technical knowledge, intellectual know-how, management capabilities and hands-on practical skills to succeed in meeting the Cyber Security challenges faced by modern organisations.

Our academic staff members are actively engaged with government and industry to help solve their complex problems. These strong links provide you with plenty of professional opportunities that will help you to acquire valuable exposure to the real life challenges of Cyber Security.

Why choose us?

-Our Centre for Cyber Security is at the forefront of advancing information security.
-We provide research-led, practice-driven teaching underpinned by our research projects and strong industrial links.
-Our teaching staff have rich professional experience and are engaged with government and industry, helping to solve complex problems.
-You will have access to state-of-the-art, industry-standard equipment and laboratories with forensic software, network security software for penetration testing, and Cloud software.
-We are home to a Cisco Systems, Oracle academy, and the Microsoft Academy Centre. We are one of Microsoft’s top UK university-based academies and we are a member of the Microsoft Developer Network Academic Alliance. We are also a Cisco ASC (Academy Support Centre) and Cisco Instructor Training Centre (ITC) – one of only 10 such instructor training centres in the UK.

Course in depth

The MSc is normally studied over one year full-time or two years part-time.

The course is divided into taught modules of 20 credits and a Master’s project of 60 credits. Students complete 60 credits for Postgraduate Certificate, 120 credits for Postgraduate Diploma and 180 credits for the full MSc. Each credit represents 10 notional hours of student learning and assessment.

A range of assessment methods are employed, assessment criteria being published in each assignment brief. Knowledge and skills are assessed, formatively and summatively, by a number of methods: coursework, examinations (seen and unseen, open and closed-book), presentations, practical assignments, vivas, online forums, podcasts and project work.

Modules
-Information Security Management 20 credits
-Industrial Control Systems Security 20 credits
-Digital Forensics 20 credits
-Software Security and Cloud Security 20 credits
-Advanced Ethical Hacking 20 credits
-Research Methods and Project Management 20 credits
-Individual Project 60 credits

Enhancing your employability skills

This course is designed to ensure that you are a very sought-after graduate with the necessary first-hand, practical expertise of cyber security issues as well as a rigorous academic understanding of the sector.

Globally there is a shortage of experts who can work in cyber security at this very high level, so you will focus on the important technical material you will need for effective decision-making in a highly demanding career.

You will be equipped for a range of careers requiring advanced skills, such as:
-Security architect
-Security analyst
-Security administrator
-Security manager
-Incident response manager
-Risk and compliance analyst.

You will have the opportunity to get support for obtaining industry recognised Professional Certifications.

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