With information technology at the heart of modern-day business enterprises, this MSc paves the way to an influential career where you can add genuine and lasting value to any organisation. This course will:
- Develop theoretical knowledge and gain practical skills using our dedicated computing laboratories
- Learn how to use IT intelligently to tackle the real-world challenges faced by the industry today
- Build your skills in a wide range of cutting-edge and emerging business technologies, such as cloud computing and data mining
- Draw on the expertise of our research-active teaching team as well as IT experts from industry
- Balance your studies with your other commitments: you can study full-time or part-time, starting in September or January
- Prepare not only for a high-level career in the field of information technology but also for further research leading to a PhD
An ever-evolving field
The world of information technology is advancing at a remarkable pace, with emerging technologies and developments with smartphones, personal navigation systems and widespread access to broadband Internet. It means there are exciting career opportunities ahead for professionals who can harness IT in new ways to create tangible, business advantage.
Vital to industry
Our far-reaching MSc Information Technology prepares you to tackle work-based challenges using IT practically and intelligently. By the end of this programme, you will be able to analyse, synthesise and evaluate both the human and technology factors that are required to apply IT in the industry successfully.
Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.
You will learn through lectures, seminars, discussion groups, practical sessions, presentations and blended learning. Using our dedicated computing laboratories, you will develop both theoretical and practical skills in applying information technology.
Assessment includes a range of methods such as analytical essays, reports on lab-based problems, assignments using case studies, multi-task practical portfolios and presentations.
Your teaching team
You'll be taught by passionate academics who have an interest in a wide range of areas within the sector. They include:
- Dr Bo Yuan – Bo Yuan is a faculty member of the Data Science Research Centre (DSRC). Their research covers artificial intelligence and business-oriented data science with the aim to help companies establish cost-effective IT infrastructures and state-of-the-art AI solutions.
- Dr Ovidiu Bagdasar – Ovidiu, an Associate Professor in Mathematics, has research interests in applied/computational mathematics, number theory and optimisation.
- Richard Self – Richard’s area of expertise covers the broad area of governance and the issues raised by Big Data Analytics. His projects have included location services and the accuracy of GPS on smart devices, including most recently the success of Covid-19 contact tracing apps.
- Professor Fatih Kurugollu – Fatih is a Professor in Cyber Security and is Head of the Cyber Security Research Group (CSRG). His current research interest is around AI-based security analytics, including Big Data in Cyber Security.
2022/23 Fees (August 2022 - July 2023)
£7,850 for the full course or £875 per 20 credits*
£875 per 20 credits
£14,700 for the full course
Please note fees normally increase in line with inflation and the University's strategic approach to fees, which is reviewed on an annual basis. The total fee you pay may therefore increase after one year of study.
* UK full-time fees paid within one academic year are rounded down to the nearest £50 if applicable
Additional costs and optional extras
About postgraduate awards
Please note at postgraduate level, you’ll need to gain the following number of credits in total to obtain the respective awards. If you have any questions please contact us.
|Postgraduate Certificate||60 Credits|
|Postgraduate Diploma||120 Credits|
|MA or MSc||180 Credits|
This means you will gain 180 credits in total to complete the full MA or MSc. If you are studying part time you will normally complete your studies over two or three years, depending on the course structure.
Funding your studies
Find out more about fees, postgraduate loans and support you may be entitled to.
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Alumni discount for Derby graduates
We offer a discount on postgraduate course fees for all Derby alumni.
Find out about the Alumni discount
How to apply
Please look at our application deadlines before you apply
The MSc Information Technology offers excellent employment and earnings potential. You could go on to work for large corporate enterprises, become an IT 'solution' consultant, provide in-house IT support or design IT infrastructure.
There is also a growing demand for professionals who can specialise in the strategic use of IT to capitalise on innovative business opportunities, harnessing technologies such as cloud computing.
Alternatively, you could undertake further research leading to a PhD or gain employment in a research and development environment.
If you need any more information from us, eg on courses, accommodation, applying, car parking, fees or funding, please contact us and we will do everything we can to help you.Contact us
† Additional information about your studies
Full-time: 1 year or 18 months depending on start date
Part-time: 2-4 years depending on start date
Please see below for the length of study for our January and September intakes:
Full-time, September: 1 year
Part-time, September: 2-3 years
Full-time, January: 18 months
Part-time, January: 2-4 years
Download programme specification
Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.
Additional costs and optional extras
We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, excellent facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.
Please also note that due to the current Covid-19 situation, if your course offers fieldtrips, the location of these may change or be cancelled. If this happens, you will be communicated to in advance and we will do our very best to seek out other practical opportunities to ensure your experience is not affected.
The information below is correct for entry in the academic year September 2021 - August 2022 only. Entry for future academic years may be subject to change.
Included in your fees
- Specialist computing labs
- Access to software and equipment
- Industry speakers
Mandatory costs not included in your fees
- Printer consumables, approx. £100 per year
- Portable hard drive/memory card, approx. £120
- Portfolio case, approx. £40
- Core text books, approx. £250
Optional costs not included in your fees
- Personal computer or tablet computer. From £100 upwards depending on specification
Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.