MSc Computing

Postgraduate, Full-time

Computing MSc



You design the course that best suits your needs and career direction by choosing from our range of postgraduate modules

Overview

By taking a Masters degree in Computing you will be able to build on your undergraduate computing studies or work experience in the areas of your particular interest.

As well as building on your existing computer skills and taking them to the next level, you will learn to develop a critical understanding and an analytical approach to your choice of specialist areas.

With a strong emphasis on a digital business environments, we show you how to provide the best solutions for the company and the clients. 

Our aim is to prepare you to contribute relevant expertise within the interdisciplinary environments that characterise this sector.

This programme is structured around three pathways as an inspiration for your programme.

Specifically created to address the ever-increasing demand for technical web developers, the MSc Computing (Web Development) will convert students with no prior knowledge of computing into web developers in this intensive one year masters.

We also offer the MSc Computing (User Experience) pathway which combines research, design and technological know-how, to help you develop next generations of systems and services.

This course is eligible for a SFC funded place for Scottish and EU students – please see the SFC funding page for more information on how to apply. The deadline for applications for a January 2019 start is the 30th of November 2018

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Mode of Study:

Full-time (available as Part-time)

Duration:

1 year

Start date:

JanSep


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Course details

Designed to prepare students for the workplace with a solid understanding of how information systems operate in their many different forms, the MSc Computing (Information Systems Development) will convert students with no prior knowledge of computing into software engineers able to apply for a variety of jobs including software developers.

We also offer the MSc Computing (User Experience) pathway which combines research, design and technological know-how, to help you develop next generations of systems and services.

If you choose not to follow one of these pathways, you can compose your own theme to add networking, or security skills to your portfolio.

User Experience (UX) Pathway

UX has become the differentiator between service providers and the most important quality of technology. Great experiences enabled through smooth, effective and engaging interactions keep customers coming back.

The Centre for Interaction Design at Edinburgh Napier University specialises in UX, user-centred design and people-technology interactions of the future. By engaging with technologies at the forefront of development, we explore the emerging issues in UX.

The MSc Computing with UX pathway combines research, design and technological know-how, to help you develop next generations of systems and services. With strong emphasis on a digital business environments, we show you how to provide the best solutions for the company and the clients. Our aim is to prepare you to contribute relevant expertise within the interdisciplinary environments that characterise this sector.

During two taught trimesters, you will have an opportunity to experience both, practical and theoretical aspects of industry methods. With state of the art labs, like the Sensorium, you will be able to investigate physical, psychological, and neurological reactions and behaviour of people as they interact in real-time with systems and services. In final trimester you will implement your own work, in form of an MSc dissertation.

  • calendar How you’ll be taught This course is studied full-time over three trimesters. It requires an intensive period of study, involving lectures, tutorials, laboratory sessions and independent study. While classes for each module may account for only three or four hours a week, you'll be expected to commit at least 13 hours per week per module.

    This is a full-time course and is split up into three trimesters. You can choose to start in either January or September.

    Duration:

    • September starts: 12 months
    • January starts: 18 months with a three-month break over the summer (after the first taught trimester)
  • library Facilities

    Depending on chosen modules, our specialist labs may include:

    The Sensorium - A forward-looking User Experience (UX) Evaluation Lab utilising the next generation of real time human behaviour insight technology

    SOCLAB - Virtual Security Operations Centre

    Swarm Robotics - A custom-designed robot arena and laboratory

    Lions Gate - A locus of interdisciplinary research focusing on sustainability, digital interaction, health and well-being.

Modules

Modules that you will study* as part of this course

Masters Dissertation ( SOC11101 )

The work for this module comprises the completion of an individual research project. Each student is assigned a personal Supervisor, and an Internal Examiner who monitors progress and feedback, inputs advice, examines the dissertation and takes the lead at the viva.

There are three preliminary deliverables prior to the submission of the final dissertation:

(1) Project proposal
(2) Initial Report including time plan and dissertation outline

Further information

* These are indicative only and reflect the course structure in the current academic year. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

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

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.

International students

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
Entry requirements by country

Please note that non-EU international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:
  • BN Nursing/MN Nursing (Adult, Child, Mental Health or Learning Disability)
  • BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery

Admissions policies

We’re committed to admitting students who have the potential to succeed and benefit from our programmes of study. 

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures, and how we use the information you provide us in your application to inform the decisions we make.

Undergraduate admissions policies
Postgraduate admissions policies

Executive Masters

We run a suite of Executive Masters courses for organisations looking to upskill their staff and professionals looking to develop new skills and advance their career.

Fees & funding

The course fees you'll pay and the funding available to you will depend on a number of factors including your nationality, location, personal circumstances and the course you are studying. We also have a number of bursaries and scholarships available to our students.

Tuition fees
Students from 2018/19 2019/20
Home/EU £5,850 £6,084
Overseas £15,150 £15,755


Frequently Asked Questions about Fees.
Information of Bursaries and Scholarships.
The University offers a 10% discount on MSc Postgraduate Taught Masters programmes to its alumni. The discount applies to all full-time, part-time and online programmes.

Careers

Thanks to its content, and the high demand for well-qualified graduates in computing, this course can open doors to a wide range of careers. You can take advantage of the increased opportunities for advancement that your new skills offer.

You could pursue a new role in your specialist area, or take on a research, education, or start up a new business.

  • Business analyst
  • Data analysist
  • Java developers
  • System administration or network administration
  • UX design
  • Web developer
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