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MSc Computing

Course Description

This is a conversion course aimed at graduates with a first degree in a non-computing discipline who want to gain employment in the lucrative IT industry.

You begin by studying key computing topics including:
-Introduction to databases and big data.
-Computer programming and web development.
-Introduction to technology and computer hardware.
-IT project management and modern development methods.

These modules provide the background knowledge you need to develop more advanced skills later in the course. They allow you to become familiar with the major technologies and concepts that underpin the modern computing industry.

Your learning at this stage has a practical focus and you are encouraged to take part in technical development work.

You go on to study a specialist topic in more depth with the choice of: databases; big data; web and cloud technologies. These areas are very current within the computing industry and in high demand of qualified IT personnel.

You then take an industrial expertise module where you have the opportunity to engage in live projects for real clients. This gives you experience working in a team to identify client needs, plan projects and produce working solutions.

During the final part of the course you complete an individual project which is the equivalent of a dissertation. To prepare you for this project, you first take a module on research skills and principles. You gain an understanding of research methods and learn how to manage a project of this kind.

As well as submitting project materials, you also deliver an assessed presentation describing your work to an audience.

For more information, see the website: https://www.shu.ac.uk/study-here/find-a-course/msc-computing

Course structure

1 year full time. Starts September

Core modules
-Databases and big data
-Web and multimedia programming
-Technology and networking
-Project management methods
-Industrial expertise
-Research skills and principles
-Product development project

Optional modules
You choose one from:
-Web and cloud technologies
-Big data

Assessment: individual assignments; group work; practical projects; reports; presentations.

Other admission requirements

Overseas applicants from countries whose first language is not English must normally produce evidence of competence in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 with 5.5 in all skills (or equivalent) is the standard for non-native speakers of English. If your English language skill is currently below an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English level.

Visit the MSc Computing page on the Sheffield Hallam University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Normally you need a 2:2 honours degree or above in any discipline from a UK university or equivalent from an overseas university. We also consider applicants who do not meet these academic criteria but have several years' experience and a keen interest in computing.

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