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MSc Computing & Information Systems


Course Description

The impact of Information Systems on everyday life continually expands at a monumental rate. Computing is increasingly embedded in everything we use from; transport, financial and telecommunications systems to everyday personal items such as toothbrushes and running shoes. The pervasive nature of computing coupled with the ever increasing demand for improved products and services drives the discovery of innovative solutions through the use of information systems. This has led to a critical dependence emerging between computing and practically all industries.

Graduates and engineers who are able to fully exploit the potential that computing and information systems offer within a range industries including, Retail, Manufacturing, Health, and Communications; are highly sought after. If you are looking to further your employment options in your current industry, but have little or no technical experience, then this programme is for you.

* This programme is suited to students from a non-IT background or with little prior technical experience who want to further enhance or or change career focus, to widen employment opportunities in a vast selection of computing related industries and sectors.
* Designed for non-IT professionals who want to develop a firm technical foundation in the latest industry relevant programming languages and software development techniqus (agile, which can open up more technical and senior level positions in their current industry.
* Guided by academics with an extensive spectrum of industrial experience, the programme introduces you to the core aspects of computing and allows you to choose from a variety of optional specialist modules, such as Mobile Devices and Social Networks, Business Technology Strategy and Graphical User Interface design, developing both your practical and theoretical skills.
* The core modules introduce aspects of computing, including a double module in object-oriented programming (using Java) and a double module in information systems.
* These core modules are supplemented by optional specialist modules covering a broad range of subjects relevant to the software industry, such as Network Planning, Finance and Management, Entrepreneurship in Information Technology and Decision and Risk.
* Your project work will typically involve the design and implementation of a significant piece of software within your chosen specialism. Projects undertaken for external organisations focusing on an industrial or commercial application encouraged.
* You will learn about and develop extensive technical knowledge of the latest developments in new languages and tools for web systems (XML, Advanced databases, Semantic web).
* This intensive one year programme is aimed at students without a background in Computer Science � it is a conversion course for those who want a career in computing.

Why study with us?

Queen Mary has a prestigious history in computing and electronic engineering, we had one of the first Computer Science Departments in the country, and The School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science is rated in the top 20 universities in the UK for studying computer science and electronic engineering.

The best things I have found about the course have been the breadth of content available and the quality of teaching.
Anuruddha Jaithirtha

* This programme is available part-time and part-time distance learning
* It permits students to follow a technical or business focus
* There is a wide range of employment-relevant module choices
* Early coverage of Networks in core modules
* There are lectures and laboratories specific to students on this programme, a number of modules have invited talks from commercial and other organisations
* Up-to-date modules in real-time and critical systems, functional programming and security, intelligent and multi-agent systems (such as Siri), and web-based document databases

Visit the MSc Computing & Information Systems page on the Queen Mary University of London website for more details!

Entry Requirements

* Good upper-class second (2:1) degree or equivalent in a subject not related to computer science, or a degree with less than 50 per cent of the modules in computer science subjects, and we normally look for a Grade Point Average (GPA) of greater than 3.2 * Lower-class second (2:2) degrees will also be considered if the degree specialises in relevant subjects * Candidates will need to show mathematics knowledge to UK GCSE higher tier grade B standard, or international equivalent. Note first and second year University mathematics modules which include basic algebra and geometry will be considered

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