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MSc FT Computing and Information Systems with Industrial Experience

H6L4 MSC 2 Years


This MSc is an intensive one-year generalist programme for highly motivated graduates with a good honours degree, but with little prior experience of computer science. You will develop theoretical and practical skills in computing and information systems development. The programme includes modules which introduce core aspects of computing, including a double module in object-oriented programming (using Java), plus modules covering Systems Analysis and Software Engineering – essential for anyone seeking a career in Information Systems development. The core modules are supplemented by optional specialist modules covering a broad range of subjects relevant to the software industry, such as Network Programming, Business Information Systems and Graphical User Interface design. Your project work will typically involve the design and implementation of a significant piece of software within your chosen specialism. Projects undertaken for external organisations are encouraged.

The programme includes a year in industry between the taught component and the project.

Industrial Experience

The industrial placement takes place from the September following the taught part of the MSc and is for a maximum of 12 months. It is a student's responsibility to secure their own placement, but the EECS Placement Team will provide support. The Placement Team source and promote suitable opportunities, assist with applications, and with interview preparation.

The industrial placement consists of 8-12 months spent working with an appropriate employer in a role that relates directly to your field of study. The placement is currently undertaken after you have completed and passed the taught component of the degree and submitted your MSc project. The placement will provide you with the opportunity to apply the key technical knowledge and skills that you have learnt in your taught modules, and will enable you to gain a better understanding of your own abilities, aptitudes, attitudes and employment potential. The module is only open to students enrolled on a programme of study with integrated placement.

In the event that you are unable to secure a placement we will transfer you onto the 1 year FT taught programme without the Industrial Experience. This change will also apply to any student visa you hold at the time.

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