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Computing (MSc)

Course Description

Choose from a wide variety of optional modules to design a course that best suits your needs and career direction.

By taking a Masters degree in Computing, you will be able to further your undergraduate computing studies or work experience in the areas of your particular interest.

As well as building on your existing computer skills and taking them to the next level, you will learn to develop a critical understanding and an analytical approach to your choice of specialist areas.

See the website http://www.napier.ac.uk/en/Courses/MSc-Computing-Postgraduate-FullTime

What you'll learn

For example, you may choose software development or information systems, and focus on the skills involved, while a theme such as security and forensics would obviously comprise different areas of study.

This course is studied full-time over three trimesters or part-time. It requires an intensive period of study, involving lectures, tutorials, laboratory sessions and independent study. While classes for each module may account for only three or four hours a week, you'll be expected to commit at least 13 hours per week per module.

As a full-time student you'll take three modules per trimester, for the first two trimesters. This course is also available part-time, with one or two modules studied per trimester.

Whichever direction you choose, you will end the course equipped with the expertise needed to take you further in your career.

Subjects include:

Advanced applications programming
Advanced cloud and network forensics
Advanced software development
Computer penetration testing
Computer systems
Database systems
Design dialogues
Emergent computing for optimisation
Enterprise computing
Enterprise information systems with SAP
e-Security; group project
Host-based forensics
Information systems engineering
Interaction design
Management of doftware projects
Network security
Network technology
Programming for the web
Routing technology
Security audit and compliance
Software development 1 & 2
Switching technology
Web Design and development
Web-enabled business; MSc dissertation

Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.


Thanks to its content, and the high demand for well-qualified graduates in computing, this course can open doors to a wide range of careers.

With previous work experience in the field, you can take advantage of the increased opportunities for advancement that your new skills offer.

You could pursue a new role in your specialist area, or take on a research, education or training role.

School of Computing

The world of computing offers many different and rewarding career paths for specialists with the appropriate skills. With professional accreditation from the British Computer Society, our wide range of innovative courses is designed to meet industry needs.

Our courses are very practical and give you the necessary skills to join dynamic, hard working IT teams.

At Masters level, you can study anything from one module right up to a full MSc, full or part time. Modules include technologies such as .NET, Cisco, UML, SAP, Java, PHP, Ajax, all studied at Masters level. Choose to study full or part time.

There are also Executive Masters degrees available, including MSc Strategic ICT Leadership, MSc Advanced Security and Cybercrime, MSc Project and Programme Management and MSc Sound Design, where the majority of learning and study takes place at work or draws on your workplace experience. And the GCHQ accredited MSc Advanced Security and Digital Forensics can even be studied via distance learning.

The School of Computing is a member of a number of software alliance schemes which allows us to offer students of the school a large range of free software. Membership currently includes the Microsoft Academic Alliance (MSAA), the VMWare Academic Program (VMAP) and the iPhone Developer University Program. We are one of only two NVIDIA CUDA Teaching Centres in Scotland, a Cisco Academy Support Centre and an Encase Partner. Students benefit through access to the latest hardware, software and expertise.

Visit the Computing (MSc) page on the Edinburgh Napier University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

The entry requirement for this course is a Bachelor (Honours) Degree at a 2:2 or above, or equivalent. We look for applicants to have a backgroud in any discipline in order to be eligible for the programme. We may also consider lesser qualifications if you have sufficient relevant work experience within the industry. If English is not your first language, it is usually required that you sit an English language test in order to gain entry onto our postgraduate programmes.

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