Online course details

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Part-time: TBC

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Online course description

Due to open 2020*

The University of Derby Online Learning is pleased to be introducing a new and contemporary research-based Computing and IT Masters programme, which will be suited to IT practitioners from around the world.

The programme is being developed by subject matter experts in line with the evolving computing and information technology professions. This will ensure the programme you are taught meets the requirements for IT specialists, both for today and for tomorrow.

The latest research from our team of academics will be incorporated into the curriculum along with the latest global advancements, in technologies (such as cloud computing, artificial intelligence) and changes to the legislative environment (such as GDPR, Privacy Shield).

As well as gaining the relevant IT skills for you, the programme will also support learners in the acquisition and development of key professional and highly transferable skills such as team work, communication and time management.

A cutting-edge curriculum based on real world developments

Students will be able to achieve a holistic view of computing and IT systems. Core topics intended to be covered by the programme will include data governance and management, software systems engineering, enterprise network management, cyber security and the Internet of Things (IoT).

The programme is designed so that you can focus on areas that are of the most interest to you – both through the range of elective modules you can choose from and through your choice of major research project.

Optional modules on offer will enable you to delve deeper into topics such as web and mobile technologies; business analytics; and Big Data and how to process it.

British Computing Society (BCS) accreditation

The new programme is being developed in line with guidance from the British Computing Society (BCS). It is intended to submit the course for accreditation from the BCS in due course. Upon accreditation, graduating students who have work-based experience will be able to apply to the BCS for ‘Chartered Information Technology Practitioner’ (CITP) status.

Flexibility of study options

The Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma exit awards mean that, if required, you will be able to opt for a shorter award to meet your professional requirements. In addition, there will be a range of standalone 20-credit modules, which can be completed independently of the programme providing you with a Certificate of Credit to count towards your continuing professional development (CPD).

A fully online course

The MSc Computing & IT programme is taught fully online, including well-supported practical work involving both hardware and software development.

There will also be a wealth of resources and study materials hosted in our virtual learning environment and full access to our cloud campus facilities.

Group work will be a key element of the programme and you will engage with fellow students from around the world through digital cafes, forums and virtual workspaces to share ideas, experiences and insights.

Your academic team will bring their industry experience and research-informed practice to the programme experience too. Plus, you will have regular online presentations from industry guest speakers on emerging topics.

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Tuesday, 16 June 2020 14.00 - 15.00

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