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Applied Computing (MSc, PgDip, PgCert)

The course is aimed at students who already have a first degree in computing, have some existing software engineering skills, and wish to deepen their knowledge.

This programme will have a strong focus on how data can be exploited within an organisation and will emphasise the communication of that data to a target audience. Graduates would undertake a range of tasks associated with IT in organisations, and develop sophisticated solutions to IT problems


Applied Computing (MSc) | 180 credits

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Applied Computing (PgDip) | 120 credits

Applied Computing (PgCert) | 60 credits

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Tuition Fees 2020/21:
£7,500 (Home/EU)
£13,340 (Overseas)
  1. Taught by staff with academic and industry qualifications.
  2. Hands on experience with all relevant hardware and software.
  3. Learn in-depth, a range of programming concepts, data visualisation and data mining techniques to develop sophisticated and complex information systems solutions.
  4. Highly trained staff constantly update the programme to reflect the exciting, dynamic and rapidly developing computing field in today’s business environment.
  5. The programme structure was developed in conjunction with industry-leading companies.

What you will learn

Course Overview

This MSc provides significant technical content which will inform the management decision-making process. In this context, major organisations such as Tesco, Sainsbury and Amazon have been making a significant investment into data warehousing and data mining technologies. To effectively use this technology requires a large number of people to apply and manage the technology. The price of the technology has reduced significantly since the inception of data warehousing with Microsoft and Oracle supplying the appropriate add-on tools to their database management system products. These factors allow smaller organisations to gain a competitive advantage by utilising the large pool of transactional data that in some cases has been stored for many years.

In an industrial context, students may be required to manage teams of developers in small to large scale projects. To efficiently manage such projects, they will require a significant technical understanding of the issues arising to be able to appreciate the complexity of the tasks to be undertaken.

Indeed, in an SME this role is often fulfilled by a senior member of the development staff with both development and management duties. As either a developer or manager, the graduate would be expected to demonstrate their initiative and be able to use their research skills to rapidly adapt to the demands of new technology.

Module Topics

Part 1:

  • Data Security (20 credits)
  • Emerging and Future Trends (20 credits)
  • Data Mining and Visualisation (20 credits)
  • Web Technologies (20 credits)
  • User Experience Design (20 credits)
  • Research and Professional Development (20 credits)

Part 2:

  • Master’s Project (60 credits)

Student works are assessed through a combination of coursework, portfolio, lab-based practical exams and written examinations. The final mark for some modules may include one or more pieces of course work set and completed during the module. Project work is assessed by a written report and oral presentation. Part 2 requires the student to research and prepare an individual project of a substantial nature. 

University students who are unable to successfully complete all aspects of Part 1 may be eligible for a Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) or Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits). 

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Professional Accreditations

Successful completion of the Programme offers the eligibility for registration by the British Computer Society (BCS) of Chartered IT Professional (CITP) full status.

Key Information

Entry Criteria

Applicants require an Honours Degree (2.2 or above) or advanced qualification in Computer Science or cognate discipline from a UK University or recognised overseas institution or industrial experience in IT and an Honours Degree.

For International applicants, we ask that you hold an Academic IELTS test with a score of at least 6.0 (no element less than 5.5). For full information please visit our International page.

Career Opportunities

Students on this programme develop a broad range of technical skills and will study a number of topics related to information systems. The programme covers the three themes of Data Management, User Experience and Web Technologies in the computing sector. A significant emphasis is placed on data management and the implementation of applications for manipulating information including both database systems and web applications. Additionally, graduates would be able to lead teams and manage projects.

It is expected that graduates would seek positions such as:

  • Project manager (within the Computing field)
  • Data analyst
  • Database administrator
  • Application developer
  • Web developer
Additional Costs

It is possible to complete this programme of study without any additional costs.

Students may wish to purchase materials for modules, such as major project but this is not a requirement and will have no bearing on the final grade. 

Bursary / Scholarship Information

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