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MSc IT Consultancy


Course Description

This unique course prepares graduates for a career in IT consultancy, particularly in relation to small and medium enterprise (SME) clients. It includes practical work experience in a real consultancy business, the Kent IT Consultancy (KITC).

The course may appeal to graduates seeking a career in consultancy, or to practising consultants wishing to round out their skills and achieve formal academic recognition. All taught Master's programmes at Canterbury are available with an optional industrial placement.

Visit the website https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/265/it-consultancy

About the School of Computing

Our world-leading researchers, in key areas such as systems security, programming languages, communications, computational intelligence and memory management, and in interdisciplinary work with biosciences and psychology, earned us an outstanding result in the most recent national research assessment.

In addition, two of our staff have been honoured as Distinguished Scientists by the ACM and we have also held Royal Society Industrial Fellowships.

As an internationally recognised Centre of Excellence for programming education, the School of Computing is a leader in computer science teaching. Two of our staff have received the ACM SIGCSE Award for Outstanding Contribution to Computer Science Education. We are also home to two National Teaching Fellows, to authors of widely used textbooks and to award-winning teaching systems such as BlueJ.

Modules

The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This list is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation. Most programmes will require you to study a combination of compulsory and optional modules. You may also have the option to take modules from other programmes so that you may customise your programme and explore other subject areas that interest you.

CB932 - Management of Operations (15 credits)
CO843 - Extended IT Consultancy Project (60 credits)
CO845 - New Enterprise Development (30 credits)
CO871 - Advanced Java for Programmers (15 credits)
CO881 - Object-Oriented Programming (15 credits)
CO882 - Advanced Object-Oriented Programming (15 credits)
CO874 - Networks and Network Security (15 credits)
CO876 - Computer Security (15 credits)
CO846 - Cloud Computing (15 credits)
CB937 - Financial and Management Accounting (15 credits)
CO887 - Web-Based Information Systems Development (15 credits)
CO889 - C++ Programming (15 credits)
CO894 - Development Frameworks (15 credits)
CO899 - System Security (15 credits)
CO892 - Advanced Network Security (15 credits)
CO834 - Trust, Security and Privacy Management (15 credits)
CO838 - Internet of Things and Mobile Devices (15 credits)
CO841 - Computing Law, Contracts and Professional Responsibility (15 credits)
CB934 - Strategy (15 credits)
CB904 - Structure and Organisation of the E-Commerce Enterprise (15 credits)
CB9067 - Digital Marketing (15 credits)
CO847 - Green Computing (15 credits)
CO886 - Software Engineering (15 credits)

Assessment

Assessment is through a mixture of written examinations and coursework, the relative weights of which vary according to the nature of the module. The final project is assessed by a dissertation, except for the MSc in IT Consultancy for which the practical consultancy work is assessed through a series of reports covering each of the projects undertaken.

Programme aims

This programme aims to:

- enhance the career prospects of graduates seeking employment in the computing/IT sector

- prepare you for research and/or professional practice at the forefront of the discipline

- develop an integrated and critically aware understanding of one or more areas of computing/IT and their applications (according to your degree title)

- develop a variety of advanced intellectual and transferable skills

- equip you with the lifelong learning skills necessary to keep abreast of future developments in the field.

Study support

We provide an extensive support framework for our research students and encourage involvement in the international research community.

While studying on a taught Master’s, you can gain work experience through our industrial placement scheme or with the Kent IT Consultancy (KITC), which provides a project-based consultancy service to businesses in the region.We have strong links with industry including Cisco, IBM, Microsoft and Oracle and are among the top ten in the UK for graduate employment prospects.

Postgraduate resources
The School of Computing has a large range of equipment providing both UNIX (TM) and PCbased systems and a cluster facility consisting of 30 Linux-based PCs for parallel computation. New resources include a multi-core enterprise server with 128 hardware threads and a virtual machine server that supports computer security experiments.

All students benefit from a well-stocked library, giving access to e-books and online journals as well as books, and a high bandwidth internet gateway. The School and its research groups hold a series of regular seminars presented by staff as well as by visiting speakers and our students are welcome to attend.

Our taught postgraduate students enjoy a high level of access to academic staff and have their own dedicated laboratory and study room. Students whose course includes an industrial placement are supported by a dedicated team which helps them gain a suitable position and provides support throughout the placement.

Our full-time research students are offered funds for academic conference travel, to assist in publishing papers and getting involved in the international community. You have your own desk and PC/laptop in a research office, which is shared by other research students. We also provide substantial support, principally via one-to-one supervision of research students and well-integrated, active research groups, where you have the opportunity to test and discuss your ideas in a friendly environment. You also go on an activity weekend at an outward-bound centre in the Kent countryside, where you will take part in team-building exercises designed to help you learn how to communicate effectively and work together to solve work-based problems.

Dynamic publishing culture
Staff and research students publish regularly and widely in journals, conference proceedings and books. Among others, they have recently contributed to: Journal of Artificial Evolution and Applications; International Journal of Computer and Telecommunications Networking; Journal of Visual Languages and Computing; Journal in Computer Virology.

Links with industry
Strong links with industry underpin all our work, notably with Cisco, Microsoft, Oracle, IBM, Agilent Technologies, Erlang Solutions, Hewlett Packard Laboratories, Ericsson and Nexor.

The Kent IT Consultancy
The Kent IT Consultancy provides School of Computing students with consultancy experience while studying. KITC provides a project-based consulting service to small businesses in Kent. Its wide variety of services range from e-commerce solutions and network support contracts to substantial software development projects.

Global Skills Award
All students registered for a taught Master's programme are eligible to apply for a place on our Global Skills Award Programme (http://www.kent.ac.uk/graduateschool/skills/programmes/gsa.html). The programme is designed to broaden your understanding of global issues and current affairs as well as to develop personal skills which will enhance your employability.

Careers

Students can gain practical work experience as part of their degree through our industrial placements scheme and KITC (see above). Both of these opportunities consolidate academic skills with real world experience, giving our graduates a significant advantage in the jobs market. Our graduates go on to work for leading companies including Cisco, GlaxoSmithKline, IBM, Intel, Lilly, Microsoft, Morgan Stanley, Thomson Reuters and T-Mobile. Many have gone on to develop their careers as project leaders and managers.

Find out how to apply here - https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/apply/

Visit the MSc IT Consultancy page on the University of Kent website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Oyinua Fumudoh

2436.jpg Oyinua is currently employed by as an IT Consultant at Digital Bananas Technology in London.

Why did you choose to study at Kent?

Because no other University offers my course in the same style as Kent - with the opportunity to work in a consultancy on live projects and practice what one has learnt in a real environment with real stakes.
I also liked the fact that the University ranks highly on UK league tables.

What did you particularly enjoy about your time at Kent?

I really enjoyed working closely with my tutors, supervisor and KITC manager, they are absolutely wonderful people, very open, always willing to listen, teach and offer advice.


What were the most interesting things you learned on the course?

The culture of failure within technology, from software engineering (CO886), learnt from the case studies that were examined. We examined a broad variety of cases where large scale, expensive projects failed terribly, it was so interesting to see the recurring themes from these.

One of the most interesting things I learned from the consulting experience is how easily the way you manage stakeholders (amongst other things) within a project can determine whether it succeeds or fails.

How did postgraduate study differ from undergraduate study?

It was quick! On a more serious note though, after my undergraduate degree I felt like a general practitioner who knows a bit of everything but specialises in nothing. With my Post graduate degree I found that the course was more structured and focused on a specific career path, like being one step up from a GP and becoming a specialist in one aspect of medicine.

How did your studies help you achieve your personal goals?

With this MSc, I have achieved my goal of switching careers from working in banking to IT, which I really wanted to do because my first degree was so broad in content that I could not identify with a specific profession. Thankfully, I am now a proud IT Consultant.

I also believe my course has helped me stand out amongst other recent graduates at the same level as myself, because of the work experience that I gained whilst working in the KITC.

(Student Profile)

Andrea Reyes Romo

What did you particularly enjoy about your time at Kent?

The intercultural interchange. Getting to know and share with people from other nationalities has been awesome.

What were the most interesting things you learned on the course?

My MSc gave me loads of knowledge on how to be an entrepreneur. It also gave me good business skills with the complementary courses such as Management of Operations. But mainly, it gave me more experience and knowledge in how to deal with real IT consultancy projects, work within a team and improve leadership thanks to the Kent IT Clinic.

How did your studies help you find employment?

It definitely helped me to improve career prospects, all over the world. I have managed to prove my knowledge and experience and now I have a Master's degree and a job.


(Scholarship)

School of Computing Scholarships (UK/EU) - 3 Awards

Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit as evidenced by your application form (including transcripts and references) and the online funding request form.The award covers full tuition fees at UK/EU rate (currently worth about £4900).

Value of Scholarship(s)

4900

Eligibility

Requests for funding will be considered for students who are:- UK or European Union citizens (i.e. paying tuition fees at UK rate)
- and funded privately (i.e. not sponsored by their employer)
- and applying for a qualifying course and format (see web page below for list).Other terms and conditions may apply - see web page below for further details.

Application Procedure

Online via web form (see link below).
Deadline 31 July in year of entry.

Further Information

http://www.cs.kent.ac.uk/teaching/pg/gen-info/funding/sources.html


(Scholarship)

School of Computing Scholarships (overseas) - 3 Awards

Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit as evidenced by your application form (including transcripts and references) and the online funding request form.

Value of Scholarship(s)

2000

Eligibility

Requests for funding will be considered for students who are:- paying tuition fees at the overseas rate
- and funded privately (i.e. not sponsored by their government or employer)
- and applying for a qualifying course and format (see web page below for list).Funding is guaranteed for all eligible overseas students with the equivalent of a UK First Class Honours degree. Some applicants with good Second Class degrees also receive funding and are encouraged to apply.Other terms and conditions may apply - see web page below for further details.

Application Procedure

Online via web form (see link below).
Deadline 31 July in the year of entry.

Further Information

http://www.cs.kent.ac.uk/teaching/pg/gen-info/funding/sources.html


(Scholarship)

University International Scholarship - 3 Awards

The University of Kent has a long tradition of welcoming international students from around the world and is pleased to be able to offer a number of scholarships for entry at taught masters level.The scholarships will be worth £5000 (for one year of study) towards the cost of tuition fees and are offered to nationals of any country paying international fees.

Value of Scholarship(s)

5000

Eligibility

Open to applicants for any taught postgraduate course at Kent who will be paying international fees.

Application Procedure

See web link below for further details.

Further Information

http://www.kent.ac.uk/scholarships/postgraduate/international/Taught_Masters.html



Entry Requirements

A first, 2.1 or good 2.2 honours degree (or the equivalent) in any subject. Applicants must have a keen interest in, and sufficient prior knowledge of, information technology (which need not have been gained via formal academic study). For detailed information see our English language requirements web pages (View Website).

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