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Why choose this course?
If you have an ambition to progress into a professional computing career in industry or academia, then this course is for you. You will acquire the skills to become an independent learner and, in the final two years, you will gain advanced knowledge of specialist areas of computer systems, cloud computing, wireless and mobile communications, embedded systems and computer security.
A group project to manage and deliver a significant multidisciplinary engineering project will help you to further develop your communication, project management and teamworking skills. In addition, you will undertake a substantial individual project where you will be required to develop software or hardware in an innovative manner.
You have the option to finish your studies at the end of Year Three with a BSc (Hons) qualification or you can transfer onto this course from a BSc course, subject to your performance.
You will also have the opportunity for a year-long paid work placement. The School has strong links with industry, both nationally and internationally. Our industrial partners range from global hi-tech and high finance companies to local SMEs. They include representatives such as:
You will work alongside our highly regarded academics, who are active in a broad range of research areas, achieving 80% world-leading or internationally-excellent research impact (REF 2014).
Many of our students join our academics in live project research and regularly co-author research papers. For example, the annual Interactive Technologies and Gaming Conference includes numerous papers based on student projects.
What you'll study
What's included in the course fees?
Your course fees cover all the facilities and support you need to succeed.
About the Computing and Technology Team
We have 35 full-time academic teaching staff with excellent support from our four dedicated technicians. We are very proud to have achieved 80% world-leading or internationally-excellent research impact (REF 2014).
We have a rich mix of knowledge ranging from software development for different types of system through to hardware aspects such as networking. This involves many uses of computing and considers all aspects including security and management. Our knowledge is built up and maintained through our wealth of industrial experience, our industrial links and our research activity. These are the ingredients for ensuring the relevance and vitality of your course.
Our highly regarded academics are active in a broad range of research areas, particularly in the areas of Games for Learning and in Security. For example, 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.
We engage fully in our subject area and this engagement feeds directly and indirectly into our teaching. Other examples of our activity are:
Visit our academic team pages to find out more about our approach to teaching, our partners and research interests.
For information on International student support or to see our academic terms times please visit our International Student Support pages.
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:
Foundations of Computing and Technology
This module has several strands including programming and technical aspects that introduce you to the fundamentals of writing computer programs, as well as numeracy and website development.
Computer Science Programming
Learn about programming languages relevant to software with industrial scale, reliability and performance characteristics.
Learn the key principles, underlying technologies and practical application of computer networks. You'll be introduced to embedded systems, fundamentals, operation and hardware components.
Systems Analysis and Design (SAD) with Professional Development
Introducing you to the fundamental principles of SAD, this module gives you a working knowledge of key systems development methodologies, techniques and tools.
Analyse and test communication technology applications and understand their constraints and limitations.
Information and Database Engineering
Understand the nature and application of database management systems and acquire skills for database administration and management.
Practical Project Management and Professional Development
Continued professional development and lifelong learning are important to your future career. Through this module you'll improve your time and project management skills, presentations and report writing.
Software Design and Implementation
Gain the knowledge and skills in software development techniques to support the development of robust, secure, maintainable and portable software systems.
Distributed Network Architecture and Operating Systems
Introduction to operating systems running on single machines and how they can be put together to form a large scale system comprising of many networked machines.
Network Design and Administration
Network infrastructure has become key to the effective operation of most organisations. This module will enable you to plan, configure and manage networking solutions to support business needs.
Optional placement for sandwich students. Please see our excellent placement opportunities section.
Investigate problems in computing, implement solutions, critically evaluate and reflect on your work, and develop your abilities to communicate, self-organise and manage.
Advanced Analysis and Design
Study the critical elements of 2D and 3D image capture and display systems.
Wireless and Mobile Communications
Continuing from Year Two's Communications Technology module, you'll study and examine a range of current and emerging wireless communication systems and their applications.
Service-centric and Cloud Computing
Discover two challenging aspects of implementing distributed computing systems in Service-Oriented Architectures (SOA).
Plus, choose one module from:
Advanced Software Engineering
Extend your existing programming skills and develop expertise in a variety of intelligent system engineering contexts and object-orientated program development.
Information Systems Management
Develop an understanding of how to manage the build and deployment of enterprise and Internet information systems in small to medium organisations.
Mobile Platform Development
Gain an awareness of the requirements, capabilities and constraints of a variety of mobile platform technologies and consider how they can be used to build systems which are outside the traditional desktop paradigm.
Year Four ( Year Five for sandwich students)
Group Design Project
During this module, you will focus mainly on the technical aspects of developing a crossdisciplinary group design project. The set projects will be taken from areas of advancing technology.
This module introduces the theory and practice of embedded engineering including performance, limitations, and benefits of micro-controllers and other embedded controller systems. Through the use of a small scale development project on an embedded device, you will develop knowledge and understanding of the communications and integration capabilities of embedded devices.
Principles of Information Security
This module provides you with knowledge and understanding of the main issues related to information security. Learn about security solutions, risks and computer forensics.
Learn how to critically analyse the security problems affecting computing systems at the operating system and application levels, understand the design patterns for developing secure code and devise security solutions and formulate detailed technical reports.
Network and Cloud Security
Develop your knowledge of the security problems associated with computer networks and the main technologies relating to network securities. You'll learn about the challenges of migrating a networked computing solutions to Cloud infrastructure while addressing the associated security risks.
Plus, choose two modules from:
Entrepreneurial Leadership and Project Management
You will develop your appreciation of entrepreneurship and leadership, and their role in economic development, project management and entrepreneurial business success. You will learn the tools and methodologies for effective project management.
Global Business Management
This module includes global business enterprises, global supply chain management, international marketing and the strategic importance of integrated marketing, design, finance, manufacturing and distribution.
Robotics and Cybernetics
This module provides an introduction to robotics, including sensors, actuators, feedback control systems, embedded systems programming and algorithm development. You will develop knowledge of the relevant theory, advanced techniques, and practice underpinning modern robotic and cybernetic systems. The module also investigates the issues and ideas associated with robotics including robot design, construction and programming techniques.
View the full course specification
Please note that course specifications may be subject to change
Careers and employability
As one of our graduates, you will have the knowledge and skills to take up roles across a wide spectrum of jobs in the computing industry or to become a professional computer systems engineer specialising in, for example, telecommunications, cybernetics or automation.
You will possess a wide range of practical, academic and transferable skills that are highly sought after by employers, including investigative and analytical techniques, problem-solving, planning, organisation and communication skills.
Recent graduates have gone onto work in the following roles and companies:
What our graduates say
My experience at NTU has been the foundation for where I am now. Ten years ago I wouldn't have dreamed of having my own business. My placement was invaluable and if it were not for NTU, I would never have had the opportunity to work for Microsoft and I honestly believe that having this on my CV has helped me get to where I am today.
Graduate - Paul Turnbull
Sabalex - Senior Software Engineer / Webmaster
We encourage students to take the optional placement year at the end of Year two. This will give you the chance to:
A placement could help start your career and many of our students impress their placement employers so much they are offered jobs upon graduation. Recent placement salaries have ranged from £12,000 to £30,000 and our students have worked both here in the UK and internationally, in companies including:
Notes about fees for this course
Once our 2018/19 fees have been set, they will be available on our fees and funding pages.
Getting in touch
For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service on telephone +44 (0)115 848 2494.While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.
We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study at the University.
What are we looking for?
Applicants without A-levels will have their qualifications assessed for subject compatibility. We also consider equivalent qualifications and combinations. Please see UCAS Course Search for more details.
We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our UG and PG degrees. If you're not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.
English language entry requirements
If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.
Help and support
If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our International Team for advice.
MSc Internet and Security - Nottingham Trent University
"I joined NTU for postgraduate studies directly after completing my undergraduate BSc degree overseas. My high academic achievements led to achieving the International Student Scholarship.
Multiple factors influenced my choice of postgraduate studies. The UK’s and NTU's reputation for exceptional education, along with my thirst to experience different cultures and systems were amongst the top reasons. Family influence played a role also as my father completed his postgraduate education in Nottingham.
Postgraduate studies are more self-driven and carry more responsibilities. The teacher is more of a friend who guides, and the responsibility to educate yourself and pursue extra areas of interest lie within your own hands. This by itself is a challenge and maintaining it requires a lot of work and effort.
The teaching and educational facilities available for students are above my expectations. Every resource is made readily available including libraries, online resources and well equipped group study rooms.
The course has enhanced my skills in multiple areas including academic knowledge, new programming languages and research and personal skills such as creativity and management. This is of paramount importance in building my future career.
I would highly recommend this course - the field of internet and security is becoming increasingly important. The opportunity for an industrial placement is a rare opportunity that this course helps facilitate."
MSc Biomedical Science Flexible Learning - Nottingham Trent University
"I had been working in an NHS Haematology/Transfusion laboratory for three years when I came across the flexible Biosciences course at NTU.
I first heard about this degree through the IBMS website. I was looking for an accredited long distance course and found this was my favourite because of the specialised syllabus and the ability to carry out the modules at my own pace whatever time of day.
I read about the bursary award for this course on the NTU website. The bursary application was really straightforward and easy to complete. I had to explain my reasons for applying and how I was suitable for the bursary.
Without financial assistance I believe that I would have found it very difficult to complete this course over the two years and would perhaps have had to prolong my study to be able to manage the payments. Being awarded the bursary was a huge privilege and it has allowed me to concentrate on the course content instead of worrying about finding the next payment, for which I am extremely grateful.
The course is highly specific to my line of work and attendance will benefit the department by producing a more knowledgeable and experienced member of staff. This will improve both the quality of service and patient experience as well as ensuring my continuous professional development within the NHS.
My undergraduate research project was concerned with stem cells and the amount of apoptosis that occurs with overnight storage at 4◦C. This has encouraged me to read around the subject of stem cells and I believe these amazing cells have yet to be fully understood. I hope that my postgraduate research project will also give me passion for another subject area.
Science is forever changing and the structure of scientists within the NHS is under development in accordance with modernising scientific careers. I hope to be involved with these changes and progress both academically and professionally, with hope of becoming a senior Biomedical Scientist in the near future."
MRes Sports and Exercise Science - Nottingham Trent University
"After looking around the university on an open day I was amazed by the quality of the equipment throughout the university on Clifton.
The BSc (Hons) Exercise, Nutrition and Health degree course allows students to understand up to date, relevant sports science data in a hands-on job related environment with the most up to date equipment. I liked the fact that each course module was different, keeping each subject interesting, but with elements that allowed learning to overlap.
After finishing my undergraduate course I started looking for Masters Courses. I could not find a university with the same facilities and equipment that would help me achieve in the areas of sports science. Through my academic career I have developed the ability to apply scientific principles in the design, data collection and write up of nutrition/ physiology research projects.
All of my lecturers over my four years at Nottingham Trent University helped me with my studies, from drop in sessions, labs and lectures. They also helped me to achieve one publication and funding from the European Hydration Institute to begin research on another.
Nottingham is a busy city, which is easy to get to and cheap when living as a student and after student life. I am now working for Nottingham Trent University as a Laboratory Technician in CELS.
During my social time I am also continuing to research within the areas of sports science and nutrition with the help from fellow lecturers to add more published research to my CV.
The more you put into your time at university, the more you will get out. University is a stepping stone to your future. So use it wisely."
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