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MSc / PG Dip Databases and Web-based Systems

Course Description

This course is your opportunity to specialise in the development of web-based software systems that use databases. During your time with us, you will gain a critical awareness of the methodologies, tools and techniques used for the development of web-based computer systems and an advanced understanding of the techniques used for the development, evaluation and testing of databases.

The course also develops an awareness of the latest developments in the field of advanced databases, data mining and data warehousing. You will also gain substantial knowledge and skills in the deployment of SAS business intelligence software leading towards SAS data miner accreditation, and learn what the Semantic Web and Linked Data are, together with what these technologies enable.

Key benefits:

• The course gives you hands-on experience in design and implementation of databases in both Oracle and Microsoft SQL Server DBMS and prepares you to obtain DBA certification
• You learn how to design and implement a web application using ASP.NET, Microsoft SQL Server, and PHP with My SQL
• You learn the data mining techniques to mine data in different application domains using most popular data mining tools.

Visit the website: http://www.salford.ac.uk/pgt-courses/databases-and-web-based-systems

Suitable for

This course is for students who want to become trained professionals:

• In designing and implementing database systems in Oracle Micro Soft SQL Server DBMS and who want to be prepared to obtain DBA certification
• In designing and implementing a web application using ASP.NET, Microsoft SQL Server, and PHP with My SQL
• With hands-on experience in data mining techniques to mine data in different application domains using the most popular data mining tools.

Programme details

This course covers a very comprehensive range of topics split in to four large modules worth 30 credits each plus the MSc Project. External speakers from blue-chip and local companies will give seminars to complement your learning, that will be real-world case studies related to the subjects you are studying in your modules. These are designed to improve the breadth of your learning and often lead to ideas that you can develop for your MSc Project.


Teaching on this course takes the form of lectures, individual and group class work, topical class discussions and critical case study evaluation.

You will gain hands-on lab experience of using and setting up databases and web-based systems. What’s more, tutorials will give you practice in solving the theoretical and design problems associated with these systems.

Module titles

• Advanced Databases
• Web-Based Software Development
• Semantic Web and Information Extraction
• Business Intelligence
• MSc Project


• Coursework 60%
• Examinations 40%

Career potential

With this qualification, you’ll be equipped as web/database designer and programmer, data analytics and miner among other roles. Your experience will be in high demand across all industrial and commercial sectors.

Previous students have gone on to work with companies including British Airways, Google, Hewlett-Packard, Oracle and other IT firms.

How to apply: http://www.salford.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/applying

Visit the MSc / PG Dip Databases and Web-based Systems page on the University of Salford website for more details!

Student Profiles

International scholarships - 20+ Awards

International StudentsNew Scholarship and bursary scheme for September 2010 entrantsAt Salford we recognise the effort you’ve put in to starting your career and we want to support you to achieve your potential. We think that studying at a world class university together with other high-achievers will give you the best opportunity to attain the targets you set yourself.That’s why the University of Salford now has one of the largest scholarship and bursary schemes in the UK, with an estimated total value of £2 million. The awards are there to help you to get the education you deserve and to attract the best students to the University.The new scheme is open to all full time UG and PGT international students applying for entry in September 2010. It guarantees a discount of at least £1,000, but you could qualify for as much as £5,000.The new awards are:The International Undergraduate Bursary – worth up to £2,000 for first year undergraduates only.The International Postgraduate Bursary – worth up to £1,000The International Excellence Scholarship – worth up to £2,000The Vice Chancellors International Postgraduate Scholarship – worth up to £5,000

Value of Scholarship(s)

up to £5,000


The new scheme is open to all full time UG and PGT international students applying for entry in September 2010. It guarantees a discount of at least £1,000, but you could qualify for as much as £5,000.

Application Procedure

We will automatically consider you for an award when you apply for a place at the University – there is no need to apply for an award separately – and there is no scholarship application fee.There are lots of other scholarships and bursaries available for specific courses or available from external organisations. To find out more about these please use our Scholarships Finder on our website.Our existing scholarships and bursaries will continue to apply until September 2010.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

An honours degree (second-class or above) in an appropriate subject, such as electronic or electrical engineering, computer science or physics. Other subjects with a high technical content will be considered individually. We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully. The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count.

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