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MSc Social Computing

Course Description

The web revolution has generated a social interactive environment that creates new business opportunities for enterprises. Many international software development enterprises such as IBM, HP, Microsoft, Google and SAS have their own social computing/media development teams. Other IT enterprises, such as Apple, Oracle, CISCO and Nokia, own products with social computing functions. Similarly, many national and international companies successfully turn significant profits through social network sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Yahoo, Twitter, Google, Myspace, Amazon, Sina Weibo, TaoBao, RenRen and QQ.

This programme addresses market demand by providing you with training for understanding, managing, developing, implementing and commercialising interactive social media on the internet. It will train you for advanced technical or managerial roles in new interdisciplinary areas of social informatics and internet computing. You will gain:
• theoretical and practical knowledge of key areas of social business and social computing in today’s industry and research
• key tools enabling you to enhance and apply your skills in management, design and implementation of IT-based solutions to social business and computation domains
• practical skills in research, analysis, realisation and evaluation of the technical or research documents in social commerce and social computing

You will complete eight in the first two semesters and a dissertation project in the third semester for a total duration of 18 months. The precise content of your dissertation project will be discussed and decided with your project supervisor and is subject to approval. The department is equipped with specialist lab facilities for operating systems, networking, mobile computing and multimedia technology that will support your learning and research.


Core Modules
• Cloud Computing
• Project Management
• Research Methods
• Social Media Marketing
• Social Network Analysis
• Social Web Programming
• Dissertation

Elective Modules
• Computer Systems Security
• Data Mining and Big Data Analytics
• Interactive Systems
• Object Oriented Programming
• Social Commerce

What are my career prospects?

Graduates from this programme will find employment research and development engineers, systems developers and project leaders in an IT companies. Some students choose to go on to further studies as a PhD candidate at XJTLU or a renowned overseas university.

Visit the MSc Social Computing page on the Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University website for more details!

Student Profiles

Scholarship - No. of awards TBC

50% ScholarshipXJTLU offers a generous scholarship of 50% of the total tuition fee for all full-time masters programmes. All applicants will be considered for this scholarship based on academic merit.
Note: There are currently no scholarships available for part-time programmes.

The University of Liverpool discount If you are a graduate of XJTLU, the University of Liverpool or Xi’an Jiaotong University, you will automatically receive a discount of 20% of the tuition fee.

Corporate and Association Discounts

We are pleased to offer corporate and business/professional association discounts for managers

• For 2 or more managers from the same company or organisation for the same start date: 10% company discount on presentation of a confirmation letter from the employer • For managers working for a company or organisation that is a paid-up member of an approved professional or industry association: 10% association discount on presentation of a confirmation letter from the employer and/or the association
To sign up for the corporate or association discount or to enquire whether an association has already been approved by the University please contact [email protected] e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Value of Scholarship(s)

50% off the tuition fee


All applicants for full-time programmes will be considered for this scholarship, based on academic merit.

Application Procedure

For any enquiries regarding scholarships please contact [email protected]

Further Information


Entry Requirements

An undergraduate degree in computer science, engineering, information system, e-business, or mathematics, with suitable programming and programme design experience.

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