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MSc / PG Dip / PG Cert Information Technology

Course Description

The MSc Information Technology prepares you for the intellectual, analytical and practical challenges of a career in IT. You will develop the knowledge and skills necessary to collate information, define, design and build or select the most appropriate IT solutions and develop a deeper understanding of how those solutions apply to professional contexts.

You can study part-time whilst in full-time employment, as there are few pre-requisites for most modules.

Key benefits

The British Computer Society's Professional Graduate Diploma (PGD) is accepted as an appropriate entry qualification for this course. The PGD is also accepted as advanced standing to IT-related undergraduate degrees at UWE Bristol.

Course detail

Upon graduation, you will be able to critically evaluate developments and new applications of information and communication technology systems, and relate them to the roles and uses of IT in different business settings. You will also have an enhanced understanding of system problems and how to choose the right methods and approaches to develop systems. From engaging in primary research for the dissertation and studying relevant literature, you will learn to recognise what constitutes suitable research questions or hypotheses and the appropriate perspectives for analysis.


The full Masters course is made up of 180 credits divided into three 60 credit stages: Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and Masters. You will work incrementally through the three stages and need to pass all modules at each stage to be able to progress onto the next.

The MSc route is structured so that three quarters of the taught course comprises core modules, while you choose the rest to fit your personal and professional aspirations and career goals. In the first term, there are four core modules, followed by one core module and two optional ones in the second term.


Core modules:

• Professionalism And Governance In IT (15 credits)
• Project Management (15 credits)
• Information Security (15 credits)
• Digital Design and Development (15 credits)
• Group Software Development Project (30 credits)

Optional modules:

• Information and Knowledge Management
• Data Management
• Designing The User Experience
• Cloud Computing
• Linked, Open Data and The Internet of Things
• Machine Learning And Predictive Analytics
• Social Media And Web Science
• Big Data


You learn through taught classes supported by independent study, and we provide considerable material online, via UWE Bristol's virtual learning environment, Blackboard.


Assessment is through coursework and exams, and the dissertation.

Careers / Further study

UWE Bristol monitors its employment trends closely, and since 1986, we have ensured graduates of this course are equipped for the demands of the real world and are highly regarded by potential employers.

There is a growing need for creative IT graduates who can work with an ever-widening range of technologies and can meet organisational needs in business, education and health. This newly designed course tackles the challenges of technology in modern business and society, head on.

How to apply

Information on applications can be found at the following link: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/study/applyingtouwebristol/postgraduateapplications.aspx


- New Postgraduate Master's loans for 2016/17 academic year –

The government are introducing a master’s loan scheme, whereby master’s students under 60 can access a loan of up to £10,000 as a contribution towards the cost of their study. This is part of the government’s long-term commitment to enhance support for postgraduate study.

Scholarships and other sources of funding are also available.

More information can be found here: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/students/feesandfunding/fundingandscholarships/postgraduatefunding.aspx

Visit the MSc / PG Dip / PG Cert Information Technology page on the University of the West of England, Bristol website for more details!

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Entry Requirements

We normally require an honours degree of 2.2 or above.You need to have some knowledge of computing, either from your first degree or work / voluntary experience, which you should outline in your application.We can consider applicants who do not meet the normal entry requirement, but who do have relevant professional experience or qualifications. In your application, you should describe in detail your professional experience and qualifications.

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