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Mobile Device Application Development (Extended International) MSc

Course Description

This award is aimed at graduates of Computing-related degrees who want to develop the key skills needed to create applications for phones, tablets, and other mobile devices. As well as downloadable applications for the consumer market, you will learn to create mobile clients for larger computer systems. On the extended international route computing students study the same modules for one semester to develop the skills and self-confidence of international students who have not previously studied in a UK Higher Education learning environment

This is a full-time, on campus award but you can also study Mobile Device Application Development part-time by distance learning or without the preliminary semester - Mobile Device Application Development full-time.

Course content

On the computing extended MSc you will spend your first semester studying modules which have been written to provide you with the academic, professional and technical skills that you will need to succeed on your chosen award. All students on the extended MSc study the same modules for one semester and then study specialist modules depending on their degree. This means that whether you have chosen MSc Computer Science, MSc Computer Networks & Security, MSc Web Development or any of our other taught MSc Computing awards, you will study the following modules in your first semester:

Academic English: This module will help you to develop your English Language speaking, listening, reading and writing skills and will introduce you to the conventions of academic writing.

Study skills & Employability: This module will help you to develop the skills and knowledge required to support study at Masters level. It will also help you to develop skills which will aid you in the job market and will look at things such as writing a C.V. and creating a personal development plan.

Computing Fundamentals: This is a double module which has been designed to provide an introduction to fundamental concepts which underpin Computing. The module will enable you to revise and refresh your existing skills to prepare you for study on your specialist awards.

After successfully completing the first semester, you will be able to study core modules and choose from option modules as set out in your award handbook.

You need to be an experienced programmer before you start. Core modules on the award will teach you the programming and software engineering skills needed to develop and publish applications on three of the most popular mobile platforms: Android (Java), iOS (Objective-C) and Windows Phone (C#).

You will also study the design aspects of mobile systems, from user interface design to the design of enterprise systems which incorporate mobility.

You will undertake an MSc dissertation which will involve researching and demonstrating advanced techniques in mobile application development. You can complete in 20 months if you are able to undertake and finish your dissertation over the summer vacation.

Our laboratories are equipped with high-spec PCs with development environments for Android (Android Studio) and Windows Phone. iPhone and iPad development is supported with a laboratory of iMacs equipped with the XCode developer toolset. There are a variety of mobile devices available for application deployment and testing.

Core modules
-Enterprise Mobility
-Android Application Development
-Advanced Android Application Development
-Location Aware Mobile Application Development
-Application Development for iOS Devices
-Professional Development
-Research Methods
-MSc Dissertatio

Plus one option from a selection of Masters-level Computing modules.

Graduate destinations

On graduating from this award you will be well equipped to become an independent developer of mobile applications, as well to work in the computing industry developing mobile clients and systems. You will also have a good foundation to progress to further research study.

Visit the Mobile Device Application Development (Extended International) MSc page on the Staffordshire University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Normal requirements are at least a UK second class honours degree or equivalent in a related computing discipline. If you do not meet the above but have significant appropriate experience, your application will be considered, provided that you satisfy the University that you are capable of responding to the challenge of postgraduate work. If your first language is not English, you will need to demonstrate that you are fluent enough to cope with the course. A minimum score of IELTS 6 or TOEFL 550 (213 computer-based) is normally required.

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