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Professional Computing MSc (Distance Learning)

Course Description

The course is intended for graduates currently working in the computing industry or for those who have been working in computing for a considerable length of time and can demonstrate that they have graduate level professional skills.

This award is innovative in that it combines high level technical training with academic research and masters level study through the University, whilst continuing with full time employment in the computing industry.

Course content

The course is completely by distance learning i.e. there is no attendance at the University. The timing of study is built around the award structure which consists of three levels; Certificate, Diploma and Masters The first two levels act as an entry point to the next level, but if you wish to stop then you can ‘cash in’ your credits and accept the appropriate award. The academic study for each level is negotiated with a supervisor or award leader and usually is in an area of interest which is either work related or of particular interest to the individual. Students who are studying Learning Tree modules can use these to underpin the scope of their academic study at each level and form part of a negotiated learning contract. The content of the learning contract for each level will depend on educational and work background.

The course typically takes 3 years to complete in that the certificate stage is one academic year; the diploma another academic year and the masters a final year.

The distance learning mode enables students to carry out study at work or at home at their own pace.

Employment opportunities

The award can take students from a vast range of IT backgrounds and from a large number of countries including Germany, Spain, Italy, Canada and Morocco and from major international organisations such as the UN and NATO. We have students who already have doctorates doing it for continued learning and students who have no undergraduate qualifications but a vast experience who have passed their Masters and have progressed to greater things. This is also a popular award with military personnel who are in IT and looking for a qualification in the civilian sector.

Visit the Professional Computing MSc (Distance Learning) page on the Staffordshire University website for more details!

Student Profiles

International Merit Scholarship - No. of awards TBC

The Merit scholarships will be awarded automatically on application to the University as follows:Applicants with results equivalent to UK First Class degree: £2,000
Applicants with results equivalent to UK 2:1 degree: £1,500
Applicants with results equivalent to UK 2.:2 degree: £1,000

Value of Scholarship(s)

International Merit Scholarship


Available to international students enrolling for the first time on campus in September 2015 are are domiciled in one of the following countries:Africa: Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon, Kenya and Uganda
Europe: Norway and Turkey
East Asia: China, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, South Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam
Middle East Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and UAE
South Asia: Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka
South East Asia: Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand

Application Procedure

For information on how to apply, please refer to the Staffordshire University website.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

An Undergraduate Honours degree (grade 2.2 or above) in a related Computing discipline from a UK University or the international equivalent. You must be able to demonstrate a good standard of English. A minimum score of IELTS 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in all bands) or an equivalent qualification is required for this award. Applicants with appropriate experience will also be considered provided you satisfy the University that you are capable of responding to the challenge of postgraduate study.

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