MSc Computing

Postgraduate, Part-time

Computing MSc

Choose from a wide variety of optional modules to design a course that best suits your needs and career direction


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.

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.

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Mode of Study:

Part-time (available as Full-time)


2 years

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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.

The programme is structured around three pathways to suit your ambitions and interests. Each pathway comprises specific modules, which must be selected among the ones available to the chosen pathway. The only compulsory module is the Masters Dissertation. You will discuss your module enrolments with your Personal Development Tutor before starting your studies.

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 part-time course is studied over two years, with one or two modules studied per trimester, and will involve lectures, tutorials, laboratory sessions and independent study.
  • 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.


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.

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.

We may also consider lesser qualifications if you have sufficient professional 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.

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

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 2019/20 2020/21
Home/EU-Taught modules *£922 *£960
Home/EU-Dissertation module £553 £570
Overseas-Taught modules *£2,364 *£2,459
Overseas-Dissertation module £1,575 £1,634
Fees for modules are calculated according to the number of credits (multiples of 20). The rate shown in the table is for 20 credits*. The total fee you will pay is dependant upon the exit award you wish to achieve.

Please note tuition fees are subject to an annual review and may increase from one year to the next.
For more information on this and other Tuition Fee matters please see Frequently Asked Questions about Fees

Click this link for 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.

This course comprises of 180 credits from taught modules and a dissertation.


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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