MSc Computing and Information Systems

If you want to move into the computing and information systems field, or if computing plays an increasing part in your role, the MSc Computing and Information Systems is ideal personal development. This postgraduate computing course is designed for people who have little or no previous experience or specific qualifications in computing or information technology, though you should have some related experience or skills that you wish to build upon.

We place emphasis on the effective use, design and development of software for information systems. You will become skilled in programming and learn how to design and implement information systems. MSc Computing and Information Systems graduates have relevant, up-to-date knowledge, along with the professional and technical skills needed to develop, manage and employ information systems applications in a range of organisations.

Study Mode 2017 Duration Start Date Location
Full-time 1 Years September Pontypridd
Part-time 3 Years September Pontypridd

You will study the following modules:

  • Principles of Computing
  • Security Management
  • Network Security
  • Professional Skills Development
  • Advanced Research Methods
  • Project Management
  • ICT Systems Development
  • MSc Project: the development and evaluation of a significant application or task of your choice, related to the course

Teaching

The course is delivered in four major blocks that offer an intensive but focused learning pattern, with two entry opportunities for applicants every year – February and September. Full-time students will typically spend 12 hours in classes each week. If you choose to study part-time, this is reduced to around six hours each week. You will also need to work independently on reading, coursework assignments and other computer related activities. .

Assessment

Several modules are assessed entirely through coursework and some involve coursework and an examination. You will also work on a significant research project and major project of your own choice where strong independent thinking, critical analysis and project management skills will be important.

Facilities

We have a full range of high-specification computer labs and an ongoing investment programme to ensure that our facilities stay at the forefront of computing developments.

The MSc Computing and Information Systems is designed for graduates with a minimum 2:2 Honours degree or equivalent in a connected subject. It is not suitable for people who have a degree in computing. The course welcomes international applicants and requires an English level of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

All fees are per year. Once you have started your course, your fee will remain the same for each year of study.

August 2017 - July 2018 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC
  • Full-time International: £12600
  • Part-time UK and EU: TBC
  • Part-time International: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are significant additional costs either obligatory or optional these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

Apply directly to the University if you are applying for a part-time, professional or postgraduate course, an Erasmus/Exchange programme, the Legal Practice (part-time) course, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution.    

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Admissions statement 

Graduates have a very strong record in gaining employment. You could develop a career as an analyst programmer, database developer, network administrator or in ICT management. To enhance your employability, the skills and knowledge you gain on the course are directly relevant to industry. This MSc is also suitable if you are interested in continued professional development.

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.

This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.