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MSc-PG Dip-PGCert Distributed Systems Integration

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  • Objectives
    This programme provides an excellent basis for careers related to developing and managing large business information systems within a global marketplace. An important aim of the programme is to produce computing professionals and entrepreneurs capable of working effectively as software architects and project managers in a rapidly evolving software and systems development environment at all stages of the product life-cycle as well as undertaking research. Some of the key employment domains include the financial sector, healthcare, telecommunication companies, multimedia equipment manufactures and software development houses. Past students have gone on to work in major UK and European companies, government agencies, and to take up research positions at universities many of them leading to PhDs.
  • Entry requirements
    A good Honours degree in a relevant discipline (computer science, engineering, mathematics, physics, creative arts). Students without required academic qualifications but with extensive industry experience will be considered on an individual basis and are encouraged to apply. The part-time programme is particularly suited to computing professionals with time constraints who wish to advance their career with a higher degree in computing.
  • Academic Title
    MSc/PG Dip/PGCert Distributed Systems Integration
  • Course description
    Programme

    The MSc is a course with a strong industrial relevance having input from a number of software development companies, business partners and academic research as to the design of the course. Some of the modules include but are not limited to:

    -Distributed Systems: Concepts and Design
    -IT Project Management
    -Software Development for Networked Applications
    -Distributed Artificial Intelligence and Multi-Agent Systems
    -Electronic Commerce and the Virtual Enterprise
    -Advanced Database Management Techniques
    -Individual Project

    Keeping rapidly changing IT trends in perspectives, additional modules are planned to be introduced that deal with topics such as

    -Service Oriented Systems (Web services)
    -Semantic Web: Technologies and tools
    -Autonomous Systems
    -Grid Computing and Virtual Organisations
    -Mobile and Adaptive Systems
    -Security for Networked and Distributed systems
    -Knowledge Representation in Distributed systems
    -Interactive System Design

    Teaching/assessment

    Students will be expected to undertake a significant amount of self-directed study. The programme consists of eight modules and an individual project. The taught modules run in 2 semesters, starting October and January, with 3 modules in semester 2 being chosen by the student. In full-time mode, the summer is devoted to work on the project, while in part-time mode the final year is devoted to the project. Assessment is via examinations and coursework.

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