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Advanced Computer Systems Development (MSc)

Course Description

Recognised by the British Computer Society, this Masters programme is designed for students with an Ordinary degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline who wish to upgrade their development skills and qualifications with new technologies and trends.

About the programme

The programme is designed with significant industrial input to represent the latest developments in computer systems analysis, design and implementation – the main areas of employment in the computing/IT sector. It uses various development tools and environments such as UML, Oracle, IBM Websphere, MS BizTalk, MS ASP.NET, NetBeans, Java MultiPlatform and Android SDK, data management/BI software such as MS Business Intelligence Development Studio, MS Project, and Security Architecture.

You will develop practical skills relevant to modern technologies for various software systems development and management with different devices, enabling you to make an immediate contribution to an organisation’s IT functions.

Your learning

Core modules include:
• Ethics for the IT Professional
• Managing Projects and Security
• Research Design and Methods
• Service Oriented Development

Optional modules (offered subject to demand) include:
• Business Database Applications
• Data Governance and Analytics
• Decision Support Systems
• Enterprise Systems Development
• Interactive Design for Smart Devices
• Mobile Business Technology and Design
• Mobile Networks and Smartphone Applications
• Oracle Database Development – covers Oracle server concepts, Oracle server client applications, (SQL*Plus and Form Developer) environments and concepts, advanced features of SQL and Oracle extensions, and PL/SQL programming language concepts

Full-time students undertake three or four modules and part-time students undertake two or three modules in each trimester. 60 credits are required for a Postgraduate Certificate award and 120 credits for a Postgraduate Diploma award. You will complete an individual MSc project (60 credits) to obtain 180 credits for a Masters award.

Our Careers Adviser says

Graduates are equipped to make an immediate contribution to IT functions within organisations or undertake further research towards a PhD. UWS graduates enjoy careers with IBM, Oracle, J P Morgan, and Bank of Scotland. Their roles include website manager, database developer, software developer, and doctoral (PhD) researcher.

Professional recognition

This MSc is recognised by the British Computer Society (BCS) as partially meeting the educational requirement for chartered IT professional recognition.

Financial support

In session 2015/16 the Postgraduate Diploma element of this programme carried SAAS postgraduate loan funding for eligible students. Check http://www.saas.gov.uk for 2016/17 loan info.

Cutting-edge facilities

As you would expect, we offer access to high-quality computing and state-of-the-art software systems as well as tried and tested in demand technologies such as Oracle, CIW, Adobe, CISCO, SAP and Microsoft.

Research and collaboration

We have a proven track record in knowledge and technology transfer in the form of applied research, training and consultancy. More than 65% of our research outputs were rated as world-leading and internationally excellent in the Research Excellence Framework 2014. We are proud that our research expertise informs teaching and our students are taught by academic staff who are at the forefront of their profession.

Visit the Advanced Computer Systems Development (MSc) page on the University of the West of Scotland website for more details!

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a degree with a substantial computing element from a programme such as computing or IT. Graduates in a scientific or engineering discipline who have studied a significant component of technical computing at all, or most levels, will also be considered. Professionals with experience in computing or IT who wish to update their skills in this area will also find the programme of interest. Overseas students must meetUWS English language requirements.

Course Fees

Scottish/EU Students: £3,400, Rest of UK Students: £3,400, International Students £11,000

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