MSc Web Development

Postgraduate, Part-time

Combine the theoretical and practical skills involved in developing modern web-based computer systems.

  • Napier code:

    56745MM

  • Course type:

    Part-time

  • Duration:

    2 Years

  • Award:

    MSc

  • Location:

    Merchiston campus

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Course introduction

This is a technical course designed for you to pursue a career in the development and use of practical software technologies for web-based systems development. At its core are four key technologies:

  • software development using Java
  • oracle databases
  • internet-based client and server side software applications.


web design and development

You will expand your current knowledge and critical thinking towards web-based computing and information technology. Building on previous knowledge and practice, this course extends it into new approaches and methodologies.

The course is studied part-time for two and a half years. You will study the same modules, and complete the same course work as a full-time student, but over a longer period of time. You’ll generally come in to University for one day per week, and a four-year Honours degree will take around six years to complete part-time.

Subjects include

  • Web design and development
  • Design dialogues
  • Computer systems
  • Database systems
  • Programming for the web
  • Web-enabled business
  • Group project

Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Full information on this is available in our disclaimer.

Previous graduates have found employment in jobs ranging from programmers and web-based programmers in small software houses to graduate trainee programmers in large multinational companies.

This degree and the experience you will gain of creating and commissioning computer solutions may also open up new opportunities in your existing degree or work experience area. Other graduates have moved into academic fields such as research, education and training.


The entry requirement for this course is a Bachelor (Honours) Degree at a 2:2 or above. We look for applicants to have a background in any discipline other than computing in order to be eligible for the programme.

Although you are not required to have any formal knowledge of computing before starting the course, it does require you to engage with a wide range of new technologies in a relatively short time, so familiarity with basic computing would be an advantage.

We may also consider lesser qualifications if you have sufficient relevant work experience within the industry.

English language requirements

If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test and our minimum English language requirements will apply.

This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English, or your undergraduate degree was taught and examined in English (within two years of starting your postgraduate course). Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you.

Our entry requirements indicate the minimum qualifications with which we normally accept students. Competition for places varies from year to year and you aren't guaranteed a place if you meet the minimum qualifications.

International students

If your qualifications aren't listed above, visit our country pages to get entry requirements for your country.

Please note that non-EU international students are unable to enrol on our nursing courses.

Admissions policies

We are committed to being as accessible as possible to anyone who wants to achieve higher education.

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures and how decisions are made.


Tuition fees
Students from 2016/17 2017/18
Stage 1 £1,700 £1,700
Stage 2 £2,050 £2,050
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Home EU - Total Fee £3,750 £3,750
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Stage1 £6,610 £6,610
Stage 2 £8,080 £8,080
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Overseas - Total Fee £14,690 £14,690
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This course comprises of 120 credits from taught modules and a dissertation. The total fee you will pay is dependant upon the exit award you wish to achieve.

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Information about SFC (Scottish Funding Council) funding available for this course.

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