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MSc Computing

Course Description

The MSc Computing is designed to provide graduates of other disciplines with the opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge and skills in a range of advanced topics in computer science and business computing.

In the first semester, students study the key topics of systems development, network technology and databases. In the second semester, they have the opportunity to study a range of specialised topics, with either a technology/software construction focus or a business focus.

An important aspect of the programme is that the learning experience integrates use of major commercial software - Cisco (networks and distributed systems), SAS (data mining and business intelligence), SAP (strategic IT planning) - with investigation of the wider theoretical context. Students will also learn about the skills needed to become a successful entrepreneur in the IT sector.

The programme has two intakes, in September and January, and may be studied in full or part-time mode.

Key Facts
* This course does not require prior IT knowledge and is ideal for students with a non-IT related honours degree.
* The MSc Computing programme combines the rigour of academic discipline, with leading edge technical IT skills that develop your career with either current employability skills or the option to engage in further postgraduate study.
* This course enables students to study a range of modules that leverage the following international IT brands: CISCO, Oracle, PRINCE2, SAS and SAP.

* Professional Skills and Research Methods
Introduces students to research methods, academic writing and project management, to support the Master’s project. It also covers professional skills, including consultancy.
* Systems Development
The module introduces the fundamental principles of computer programming to develop the underpinning knowledge and skills required to develop modern software applications.
* Databases for Enterprise
This module combines coverage of key database skills and knowledge with an exploration of recent trends such as object oriented approaches, XML and web-database technologies.
* Network Technology
Networking concepts, using a top-down, theoretical, and integrated approach to network applications, network protocols and future network technologies.
* Technology Entrepreneurship
This module explores the skills, knowledge and attributes required for becoming a successful entrepreneur in IT. The special issues involved in identifying eBusiness opportunities and realising them are also explored
* IT Project Management
Provides an insight into the major contemporary project management techniques used in industry across the world, including PRINCE2.
* Business Intelligence
Provides students with a range of skills for processing, examining and extracting information from raw data using appropriate statistical analysis techniques.
* Service Architecture
Topics include service architecture models and designs, protocols used in service architectures, and software frameworks for implementing service architectures.
* Strategic IT Planning
This module combines exploration of key theoretical ideas in Business Process Design and Strategic Planning, with practical work based on the widely used SAP ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) software.

Assessment is through a combination of coursework, examinations, presentations, practical assignments, vivas, online activities and project work. Emphasis is placed upon the development of a broad range of relevant skills. Assessment methods will vary according to the particular knowledge skills being assessed.

Further Studies
The University can offer postgraduate research (MPhil and PhD) programmes. Details can be found on the postgraduate section of the website.

Employment Opportunities
You will be equipped for a range of careers requiring high level skills, including software engineering, web development, business analysis, consultancy, project management and technical authoring. You may become a researcher in a university or commercial research laboratory. The course also develops a wide spectrum of transferable skills to take into a general business career.

Visit the MSc Computing page on the Birmingham City University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

We would normally expect you to hold at least a Second Class Honours degree or equivalent in an appropriate discipline. However, we can also consider your application without standard entry qualifications if you can provide evidence of the necessary knowledge and skills to successfully complete the course.

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