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  • Entry requirements
    Standard Entry Normally a good honours degree (2:2 or above) or equivalent, and normally in a computing-related discipline. This will normally have included study in: # Programming in an Object Orientated Language, ideally Java # System Analysis and Design # Databases (including SQL), ideally Oracle or similar # Computer Operating Systems and Networks. Professional qualifications that are equivalent to an honours degree may also be acceptable. Additional Notes English language requirements International students are required to satisfy a minimum proficiency in both written and spoken English. This requirement is currently a British Council International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.5 (or above) or a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 575 (or above).
  • Academic Title
    Computer Science (MSc)
  • Course description
    COURSE INFORMATION
    This course is designed to give graduates a head start in areas of current significance to the computer industry. Graduates already working within the industry, who wish to update their skill set, can also benefit from this course.

    The course is designed around two taught semesters of study followed by a dissertation project. The project involves both academic and practical aspects and students are encouraged to solve real problems. Throughout the course significant critical evaluation is expected which provides students with the understanding and knowledge which will support their careers for many years to come.

    What will you study?
    Implementation of Object-Oriented Designs
    - focuses on the use of best practice Object-Oriented techniques to enable students to understand and create high quality designs for applications.

    Internet Applications and Management - focuses upon issues connected to Internet applications and management emphasising application-layer paradigms, concepts and principles to allow systematic understanding of the Internet concepts in the context of real-life applications.

    Project Management Studies - an introduction to the skills and knowledge needed to manage a computer project.

    Research Methods - develops an understanding of the research methods that can be applied to the subject of Computer Science.

    Computer Networking - develops an appreciation of network technologies and the knowledge and skills needed to work in a commercial environment in this fast changing and important area.

    Database Administration - Theory and Practice - students gain the skills and critical understanding to plan, configure, maintain and enhance database management systems within an Oracle environment.

    System Development Workshop - students work in groups to complete challenging practical or research-based projects.

    MSc Project - provides students with experience of undertaking a substantial piece of research and software development related to the modules taken elsewhere on the programme. It should enable them to demonstrate personal enterprise and self reliance, combined with a high level of subject understanding and technical competence within the field of computing and information technology.

    MODULE INFORMATION
    Year 1 Modules

    CG0174 MSc Individual Computing Project (CORE, 60 Credits)

    CM0721 Implementation of Object Oriented Designs (CORE, 20 Credits)

    EN0706 Systems Development Workshop (CORE, 20 Credits)

    EN0707 Internet Applications & Management (CORE, 20 Credits)

    EN0708 Database Administration, Theory & Practice (CORE, 20 Credits)

    EN0710 Computer Networking (CORE, 20 Credits)

    IS0430 Research Methods (CORE, 10 Credits)

    IS0737 Project Management Studies (CORE, 10 Credits)

    CG0174 MSc Individual Computing Project (CORE, 60 Credits)

    COURSEWORK AND ASSESSMENT
    Each module on the course is separately assessed. This could be by either coursework assignments and/or examinations. Assignments can take the form of research reports, systems analysis documentation, or programming exercises, as appropriate for the module. The programme also includes a major project.

    ACCREDITATION
    Specialist computing MSc programmes at Northumbria University are accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS).

    TRANSFER OPPORTUNITIES
    Students will gain many practical technical skills including application design, networking, database administration, project management and application development. Additionally, students will develop their communication, time and resource management skills and will be able to critique their own work and learning experience, as well as demonstrating initiative and self-reliance.

    CAREERS
    Graduates from the programme will be equipped with the latest skills and may take up a variety of careers in the IT industry, such as software engineering, network design and management, website design and management, multimedia systems, or IT consultancy.

    FUNDING
    A limited number of scholarships for international students may be awarded for the course. Applications for a scholarship are considered on an individual basis and any award is primarily determined by consideration of academic achievement.

    OTHER INFO
    The computing facilities at Northumbria are excellent. Students are taught in specialist computing laboratories, using the same software and hardware platforms that are used in industry.

    APPLICATION DETAIL
    Applicants should complete a standard university application form available from the enquiries office listed on the right of this page.

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