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MSc in Information Technology

Programme Overview

This programme is designed for graduates of disciplines other than computing, focussing on practical aspects of information systems development, modern management topics, and professionalism in IT.

The programme is accredited as meeting the educational requirements for Chartered IT Professional (CITP) registration by the British Computer Society (BCS).

As of the academic year of 2021-22, MSc Information Systems & Management (MSc ISM) programme is merged into one programme MSc IT, where MSc ISM remains as a distinguished “pathway” and would result in a distinguished exit award. This specialised pathway is designed for mid-career professionals in either Management or Computing who will be further empowered by developing new knowledge from both of those domains. Those with computing first degree can only apply for the ISM pathway.

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Aims

This programme provides students who hold a first degree in a subject other than computing with knowledge of Information Systems, Computers and Computing, and the management of IT.

The programme covers practical aspects of information systems development, modern management topics, and professionalism in IT. It is suited to those who wish to embark on a career in the IT industry, and to those who already have experience of working in IT and wish to broaden their knowledge and skills.

In addition to seven taught modules, students undertake an individual project, which may be either: Management (Type A) to conduct a piece of research related to the design of an information system using appropriate quantitative or qualitative methods; Development (Type B) to design, develop and evaluate a substantial software system; Analysis (Type C) to investigate a relevant area of data science in depth and to develop a substantial piece of software in order to address one or more problems in the area, or a project on a topic relating to Learning Technologies.

Students who complete this programme will have gained in-depth knowledge which they will be able to use in

Features

The programme has been designed to meet the needs of both full-time students who wish to advance their knowledge of computing, information systems and the management of IT before embarking on a career in the IT industry, and part-time students who are already working in the IT sector.

Entry requirements

A Second Class Honours Bachelors degree or equivalent in a subject other than computing or information systems. Applicants with less than the required level of academic qualification may be considered if they have significant relevant experience in the IT industry.

Attendance

The course may be completed in one calendar year (October to September) of full-time study or two calendar years of part-time study. Full-time students attend lectures on four days/evenings a week. Part-time students attend lectures on three evenings a week.

Dates & timetables

Dates and timetables are listed in the programme handbook, avalaible from the Downloads section of this page.

How to apply

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The programme starts in October each year. To have the best chance of being accepted onto the programme send your application before the end of June. Applications received after then will be processed provided that the course is not already fully subscribed. Your application will be processed by the college registry and we will be in touch to tell you what to do next.

Information System Management (ISM) Pathway

For ISM pathway, students must complete two modules of Department of Management from the list of the available modules and complete “MSc Information Technology Project - Type A" which conducts a piece of research related to the design of an information system using appropriate quantitative or qualitative methods. If a student has completed the MSc IT in such a way that they satisfy the ISM pathway's requirements, they will obtain the ISM exit award.

Specific Entry Requirements

You are not eligible for general MSc IT if you have a Second Class Honours Bachelors in computing or information systems, but you are eligible for the ISM pathway. After you complete the application for the MSc IT, the admission tutors will contact you to ask if you are interested in the ISM pathway.

Students with Extensive Programming Experience

You are considered to have extensive programming experience, if you either have a degree in computing or you have at least one year of professional experience that involves significant time of coding. We have a special provision for the students with extensive programming experience, namely:

After you complete the application for the MSc IT, the admission tutors will contact you to ask if you consider yourself to have extensive programming experience. If you consider yourself to have the experience, please indicate the details in the supporting documents (e.g., a CV) during the application for MSc IT.

Course content

Full-time students take 7 taught modules and a 3-4 month project, which may be one of:

  • MSc Information Technology Project
  • Project in Learning Technologies

Part-time students take 3 to 4 taught modules in each of their two years, and the project in the second year.

Guided by the Programme Director, students choose 4 additional modules from a range of available options. Please note that the list of optional modules available may vary from year to year, and choices are also subject to timetabling constraints.

Modules

Optional