In the competitive world of IT, having a masters degree can help to set you apart from your peers, strengthening your skills and confidence and, ultimately, giving you an added advantage when considering career progression.
This Information Technology MSc online degree has been designed to give you the tools and understanding to forge a successful career in IT with the flexibility of online learning, so you don’t need to take a career break to make this happen. You’ll expand your theoretical knowledge with the practical application of research, analysis and decision making.
Our tutors have many years of experience in IT and they understand the pressures of balancing study around work and family commitments.
This is an exciting MSc because it asks you to find solutions to existing and emerging issues in the industry.
Our expert online tutors will help you learn to tackle work-based challenges and use IT practically and intelligently. You’ll explore relatively new topics such as cloud computing as well as fundamental skills in traditional areas such as advanced databases and IT project management. Because of the course’s practical application, you can explore areas within your own geographical region, industry and personal interest which can be directly applied to the workplace.
Practical application for global developments
We use our professional links with local, national and multinational companies to stay in tune with the global developments in the industry and to help us ensure the programme covers the ground that today’s employers would expect.
Studying online gives you the flexibility to study at the most convenient time and place for you. Course modules still operate within a fixed trimester but you can choose to study during the day, in the evenings or at the weekend rather than having to attend fixed lectures.
A talk from our Academic Lead
Our Academic Lead for Computing and IT, Dr Tariq Abdullah, talks about our online Information Technology MSc course in this video.
We will advise you of your study plan when you are invited to enrol.
You will need to complete all of the following modules. The order in which you take modules will vary depending on when you start your course.
Pace of study
We recommend about 20 hours of study per week to complete one 20-credit module over a 10-week trimester. If you aim to study two modules in one trimester, we recommend 40 hours of study per week.
This course is assessed through 100% coursework with a range of methods, such as essays, research reports, presentations, group work and practical reports.
You will need an honours degree in any discipline at the 2.2 level or its international equivalent.
Applicants with a lower degree classification in a Computing-related discipline may still be considered for entry to the programme where they can demonstrate a minimum number of years of relevant work experience in a management or supervisory position, supported by employers' references.
English language qualifications
If English is not your first language you will need an English language qualification. For this course you will need at least one of the following:
- IELTS 6.5
- TOEFL 550 (paper based) 213 (computer based) or 80 (internet based)
- Pearson Test of Academic English: 51
- Cambridge Advanced Certificate: Pass
- London Tests of English: we accept level 5 for postgraduate courses
- International GCE O Level English Language: Grade C
- International GCSE English/English as a Second Language: Grade C
Documents to support your application
You'll need to provide:
- Photo ID – this could be your passport or driving licence
- Current CV
- Copies of certificates and transcripts or a letter of testimony for previous qualifications*
*Documents not in English or Welsh must be accompanied by a certified translation by a professional translator/translation company. Each translation must contain:
- Confirmation from the translator that it is an accurate translation of the original document
- The date of the translation
- The full name and signature of the translator, or an authorised official of the company
- The translator’s contact details
A list of approved translators can be found on the UK Government website.
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||7 (six 20-credit modules and one 60-credit module)
† Prices correct for 2019/20 new students. Subject to potential annual increase in September 2020.
Flexible payment plans available
Choose from three options:
Pay monthly and only for the modules you are studying
Pay your full course fees upfront, receive 5% discount and avoid annual increases
Pay for all modules studied in the year and receive a 5% discount (September enrolment only)
Masters funding options
Depending on where you are from in the UK or EU, and on your pace of study, you may be eligible for a postgraduate student loan. Accessible through Student Finance, this is a non-income based loan to help with living costs and tuition fees whilst studying your masters programme.
Students should apply directly to the University.
This MSc in Information Technology will give you excellent employment and earnings potential because Information Technology is such a large and vital business, right across the globe.
Due to the diverse nature of IT, opportunities will exist in a variety of business areas including programming, networking, databases and web technologies. There is also a growing demand for specialists who can make strategic use of IT to deliver innovative business opportunities, using technologies such as cloud computing.
If you enjoy the Independent Scholarship part of this MSc, you might want to think about undertaking further research leading to a PhD or look for roles within a research-and-development environment.
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Prices correct for 2019/20 new students. Subject to potential annual increase in September 2020.
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