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The award
MSc

How long you will study
1 - 2 year

Domestic course fees
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How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

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About Computing Systems at The School of Science and Technology, Nottingham Trent University

We will provide you with advanced level education in applied software engineering for computing systems. You will gain skills in the use of programming languages and their development environments for the production of efficient software solutions.

This Computing Systems postgraduate degree will give you experience in the analysis, design and development of computing systems solutions relevant to a wide range of applications in industry and business. You will be able to devise multi-tasking software solutions using both high level and assembler language and implement suitable architecture-software constraints for computer applications. You will develop team-working and project management skills that will allow you to effectively contribute novel solutions to the creation and management of large computing projects and to appreciate the techniques employed in managing such projects.

If you're looking to work in computing and technology industries, this is a great fast-track conversion course for graduates from disciplines unrelated to IT and computing.

For full module descriptions, which include Software Engineering, Systems Analysis and Design, and Mobile Interactive Systems, scroll down to the 'What you'll study' section.

Fast track conversion course with work experience opportunities

Postgraduate open events: We hold postgraduate open events throughout the year. Find out more and book a place.

Contact details: Email us
Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 8351

What you'll study

Throughout the course, you will acquire knowledge of computer technology, architecture and communications as a means to developing computer-based systems in industrial environments. The course offers an excellent combination of theoretical studies and practical experience through coursework assignments, software development and group projects culminating in a significant and practical Masters project individually tailored to meet your career aspirations.

You will study seven core modules.

  • Modules

    Software Engineering 1 (20 cp) - This module will develop your programming skills using suitable high level language and enhance your understanding of software implementation principles.

    Systems Analysis and Design (20 cp) - Understand the life cycle software process. The module introduces a number of Systems Development (SD) methodologies and associated techniques: Real Time Analysis and Design (RTAD), Data Modelling (DM) and Usability Engineering (UE).

    Mobile Interactive Systems (20 cp) - Examine the key issues in the implementation of interactive mobile applications, and gain an appreciation of the platform design guidelines, capabilities and constraints of a variety of mobile computing technologies and applications.

    Software Engineering 2 (20 cp) - Your skills will be developed to an advanced level where you can demonstrate expertise in the design of software, showing analytical judgement in the selection and use of advanced software development tools and techniques.

    Engineering Interactive Applications (20 cp) - Learn about the concepts and processes required to create effective interactive applications by focussing on Computer Assisted Learning (CAL), including design techniques and knowledge of current CAL research issues.

    Research Methods (20 cp) - You will develop the skills of research and enquiry that will enhance your independent learning abilities and enable you to write effective project reports and technical papers.

    Major Project (60 cp) - On completion of the taught modules on this course you will then have the opportunity to undertake an MSc topic. This gives you 15 weeks to concentrate full time on a specialist area that interests you and apply what you have learnt to a specific problem.

  • Learn a new language

    Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have.

    Learning a new language can:

    • Enhance your communication skills;
    • Enrich your experience when travelling abroad; and
    • Boost your career prospects.

    Find out more about the ULP.

  • Expert research

    We have a rich mix of knowledge ranging from software development for different types of systems through to hardware aspects such as networking for you to learn from.

    Benefit from our knowledge which has been built up and maintained through our wealth of industrial experience, our industrial links and our research activity. We are very proud to have achieved 90% world-leading or internationally-excellent research impact (REF 2014). Find out more.

    We engage fully in our subject area and this engagement feeds directly and indirectly into our teaching. Professor David Brown leads several projects, funded by the European Union, in games and assistive technology while Professor Paul Evans' innovative developments in security are supported by USA Dept of Homeland Security.

    Other examples of our activity are:

    • developing patents (for example, in voice signal processing)
    • involvement in the GameCity Festival
    • organising conferences on Interactive Technology and Games and on Intelligent Environments
    • working with local companies on funded projects e.g. enhancing the capability of the press association to search their image database
    • publishing novel findings in research publications on for example financial prediction, mobile communications, detection of human behaviour patterns.

    For more information about courses, your Computing and Technology Admission's Tutor is Dr Eugene Lai.

  • Key stats

    • 90% of our research activity achieved world-leading, internationally-excellent or internationally-recognised status (latest Research Excellence Framework 2014)
    • 95% of our postgraduates are in work or further study within just six months of finishing their degrees (latest Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2014-15)
    • 83% of NTU postgraduate taught students said that overall they were satisfied with the quality of their course (Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2016)
    • Leading university in the UK for the number of postgraduate students taking professional qualifications (latest Higher Education Statistics 2014/15)

Course specification

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Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

How you're taught

You will be assessed by a variety of methods including:

  • Research project
  • Written assignments
  • Case studies
  • Oral presentations
  • Coursework reports

You will learn through:

  • Lectures
  • Guided reading supported by the University's virtual learning portal
  • Workshops and laboratories
  • Seminars
  • Case studies and project work.

Careers and employability

The industry-focused nature of this Computing Systems Masters course will ensure that you stand out from the crowd when it comes to job applications and pursuing your future career.

Nottingham Trent University graduates are widely respected amongst employers and our Science and Technology students are perceived as having the competitive edge due to the hands-on approach of our teaching.

This course provides the software engineering knowledge and programming skills necessary for a broad range of careers in the industrial and business sectors, and the transferable ICT skills to go with them. This means that you will be highly sought after by employers such as Siemens Communications, or for IT positions within the finance and banking sector, for example.

What are the benefits of a work placement?

Practical work experience can help you in your studies and is often paid. It can enhance your commercial awareness and your ability to link theory and practice which will be an invaluable skill in your future career. Although a work placement is highly recommended, obtaining one is based on an individual's efforts and is not guaranteed.

The School is extending its highly successful placement scheme to students of MSc Computing Systems. If you choose this option, you will receive extensive help in obtaining a valuable one-year paid work placement and continued support during the placement period.

For further information please visit our placement website.

Study options for this course

Notes about fees for this course

UK Fees

Tuition fees 2017

  • Full-time study: £6,500
  • Part-time study: £3,250 per year
  • Placement year: £1,350

Tuition fees 2018

  • Full-time study: £7,800
  • Part-time study: £3,900 per year
  • Placement year: £TBC

Please see our Fees and Funding page for details and scholarships.

International Fees

Tuition fees 2017

  • Full-time study: £12,900
  • Placement year: £1,380

Tuition fees 2018

  • Full-time study: £13,900
  • Placement year: £TBC

Please see our Fees and Funding page for details and scholarships.

Funding

We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study at the University.

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