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MSc Applied Computing & Information Technology

Course Description

Course Summary

This course is designed for non-computing graduates who need to apply information technology to their current career, or want to change career direction. It covers a wide range of topics including programming, databases, security, project management and computer networking, giving you both the underpinning theory and the ability to apply it to complex real-world problems, as well as an awareness of emerging technologies and developments.

Intermediate qualifications available:

Postgraduate certificate – 60 credits at Masters level
Postgraduate diploma – 120 credits at Masters level

Choose Applied Computing and Information Technology MSc at Bedfordshire and:

- Study key areas of information technology including applications of web technologies, information systems strategy and emerging technologies
- Explore creative and innovative applications of technology to real-world problems
- Develop your analytical, evaluative and problem-solving skills in relation to IT-based solutions
- Gain a thorough understanding of the social and legal aspects of the Information Technology field (e.g. British Computer Society Code of Conduct and Data Protection)
- Benefit from valuable experience of working on projects for real business, opening up new career opportunities in management, supervision or as a practitioner (eg database/IT developer or system designer/analyst) in industries which make substantial use of computers and information technology.

Why choose this course?

Gain valuable experiences by working on projects for real businesses. Open up your own career opportunities by utilising the tools of computing and information technology to lead to innovation within your area of expertise.

Career Management Skills

Employability is understood widely as encompassing knowledge, skills and a professional attitude which your tutors expect you to display in all your units. All University of Bedfordshire courses aim to help you to be prepared for the world of work. The Careers Service is there to support you throughout the three years of your study. Our curriculum gives you skills that are valuable for a career within Electronic Engineering in particular but is also relevant for a much wider range of applications such as computer science or wider system engineering.

The unit `Professional Project Management in particular requires you to work in a team so as to apply a current project management methodology that embraces all of these knowledge areas in an integrated way while going through the stages of planning, execution and project control; you will work as part of a team, take responsibility and make autonomous decisions that impact on the project team performance.

Career/Further study opportunities

The critical, theoretical, analytical and practical skills of this degree will prepare you for a range of careers. The most common destination will be in industries dealing with IT or any other industries which have to utilise IT. You may work as IT managers or practitioners within commerce or be a database and IT developer. You may also work as a system designer or analyst.

The theoretical foundations taught in the course will enable you to continue your studies and register on PhD programmes by research which can lead to a career in higher education.

Further study:

Opportunities exist for further postgraduate study (e.g. MSc by Research) or students can also continue onto MPhil or PhD by research that can lead to a career in higher education.

Visit the MSc Applied Computing & Information Technology page on the University of Bedfordshire website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree at Honours level, or equivalent in a non-computing subject.Additional:Applicants who do not possess a degree may be granted entry on the basis of their previous industrial work experience. Such work experience should be of 5 or more years in duration.

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