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MSc Applied Computing

Course Description


Got a love for computing and technology? Hoping to build on the skills you learnt during your undergraduate studies? This essential applied computing masters is well suited to students from a business IT or computing background, helping you to build on existing skills and develop advanced theoretical and practical proficiencies.

- Students study a curriculum developed with input from an industry liaison panel, ensuring that the course content is up to date and meets the needs of employers.
- This curriculum covers a range of relevant computing disciplines including business IT, software development, security, web design, computer networking, big data analytics, user experience and mobile technologies.
- The Southampton Solent University campus hosts regular British Computer Society (BCS) professional development events.
- Graduates will be well prepared to pursue Cisco Certified Networking Professional (CCNP), BCS agile and BCS software testing certifications.
- Learners have access to a range of professional software suites and state-of-the-art IT laboratories.
- Available labs depend on student specialism, but can include eye tracking / UX facilities or dedicated networking security labs.
- The course comes to a close with students conducting their own research projects. This can be an excellent way to specialise knowledge towards desired careers, or act as a springboard for PhD study.
- This course can be delivered flexibly over two years, allowing students to fit studies around their work.

The industry -

The UK’s IT industry is worth £58 billion annually. With employment of IT professionals expected to grow nearly twice as fast as the UK average between now and 2020 (e-skills UK), it looks like demand for well-qualified information technology graduates is set to remain strong.

A postgraduate qualification can put you at the forefront of this demand, demonstrating your commitment to the industry and your ability to carry out in-depth computing research.

The programme -

Southampton Solent University’s applied computing masters programme places a unique focus on graduate employability, focusing on developing the specific skills that industry employers are seeking.

One of the ways that the course team ensure the curriculum is achieving this goal is through regular consultations with an industry liaison panel. This panel advises the course team on the latest industry developments and the course content is changed accordingly.

These strong links with industry have provided previous School of Media Arts and Technology students with access to a range of work experience opportunities, case studies and guest lectures.

Computing students at Southampton Solent have the opportunity to use industry standard facilities throughout their studies. Our EC Council certified security and networking labs feature a wide variety of equipment from Cisco (including Cisco Packet Tracer), Fluke and HP, as well as high-fidelity simulation systems like the market-leading Opnet. Students also have free access to our devices lab, where they can test their web design projects on a variety of different computing devices.

Students are supported to develop a range of transferable skills throughout the course. These include project management, problem solving and analytical skills that empower students to work in a range of different industries after graduation. Students will also develop high-level academic skills, perfect for those who are hoping to pursue a PhD.

Course Content

Programme specification document - http://mycourse.solent.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=6152

Teaching, learning and assessment -

With few formal lectures, most units are taught in small class-based sessions, usually in IT labs.

For the research and development project you will be assigned a project tutor, who will advise and support you.

Assessment -

The course is assessed through a mixture of coursework assignments, group work, videos, presentations, a project research paper and a final poster presentation.

Teaching -

The course’s teaching staff have a wide range of academic, research and professional experience that they bring to their teaching. Research interests include data mining, learning technologies, gamification, wireless systems, computer systems and OpenStreetMap applications.

Our facilities -

During your studies you will learn to build information systems using a variety of professional-grade software packages. You will also have access to our state-of-the-art IT laboratories; depending on your choice of options you may have access to our specialised network security laboratory or usability lab with eye-tracking facilities.

You’ll have access to our devices lab, a special test area integrated with our existing software development spaces. The devices lab consists of a range of the latest mobile devices mounted on flexible tethers, allowing you to test your websites and apps on real equipment.

Web-based learning -

Solent’s virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

Why Solent?

What do we offer?

From a vibrant city centre campus to our first class facilities, this is where you can find out why you should choose Solent.

Facilities - http://www.solent.ac.uk/about/facilities/facilities.aspx

City living- http://www.solent.ac.uk/studying/southampton/living-in-southampton.aspx

Accommodation - http://www.solent.ac.uk/studying/accommodation/accommodation.aspx

Career Potential

The option choices within the course structure provides students with the opportunity for in-depth study at postgraduate level in selected areas of specialism in computing and business IT – laying the groundwork for a successful career in management, strategic planning or system development.

Suitable roles for graduates include:

- Business Analyst
- Project manager
- Database manager
- Digital marketer
- Software developer
- Web Developer
- Application development
- Project manager
- Senior database analyst
- Senior user experience analyst
- Software architect
- Network deployment specialist.

Links with industry -

Course content is developed with input from an industrial liaison panel, making sure that your studies include the latest technology and working practice from industry experts.

You’ll also have the chance to work directly with real-world companies on live briefs, events and projects, while regular BCS meetings hosted at the University are your chance to build professional connections and secure valuable work experience opportunities.

Transferable skills -

This course will develop your academic, presentation, IT, analytical and project-management skills.

Further study -

If you are interested in research, the course offers opportunities to continue on to PhD study.

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2016/2017 academic year are:

UK and EU full-time fees: £7,210

International full-time fees: £12,380

UK and EU part-time fees: £3,605 per year

International part-time fees: £6,190 per year

Graduation costs -

Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2015, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £42 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost.
For more details, please visit: http://www.solent.ac.uk/studying/graduation/home.aspx

Next steps

Would you like to build on the skills you developed at undergraduate level? Hoping to boost your career prospects? With first-class facilities, an employer led curriculum and an experienced teaching team, Southampton Solent University’s MSc Applied Computing programme is the perfect way to improve your employability and develop advanced computing skills.

Visit the MSc Applied Computing page on the Southampton Solent University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Honours degree in computing or a related IT discipline, or extensive industrial experience in this area.Qualifications equivalent to the above may also be considered – contact the University for further information: View Website

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