MSc Computing with Professional Placement

Postgraduate, Full-time

Computing with Professional Placement MSc

Combine a course that best suits your needs and career direction with a professional placement


This programme is aimed at international students who have an interest in computing studies with the added benefit of professional work experience.

By taking this Masters degree in Computing with Professional Placement you will be able to further your undergraduate computing studies and professional experience in the areas of your particular interest. 

As well as building on your existing computing 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.

The programme provides a unique opportunity to undertake work, entrepreneurship, or research training in a professional setting.

This allows you to implement your theoretical knowledge and gain valuable professional experiences as you collaborate with enterprises and research projects across Scotland.

Due to extremely high demand for our programmes starting in September 2022, we are no longer accepting applications from international applicants for this programme. We’re sorry that you won’t be able to join us in September.

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Mode of Study:



2 years

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Course details

In consultation with your tutor, you select from the full portfolio of modules offered by the School of Computing, taking into account your interests and past experience. 

For example, you may choose software development, user experience or information systems and focus on the skills involved, while a theme around security and forensics would comprise different areas of study.

Whichever direction you choose, you will end the course equipped with the expertise needed to take you further in your career.

You can select three modules in the first taught trimester 1, and three in the second, with some restrictions dictated by availability, timetabling, module prerequisites and the subjects you have already studied (as evidenced by your transcript and possibly a short test). The available modules are subject to change.

  • calendar How you’ll be taught

    This is a five-trimester programme lasting two years in total. Of this, two trimesters will comprise taught classes and projects. 

    As a full-time student you will undertake six modules. This 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.

    There is a one-trimester break when you will be attending workshops and events preparing you for the work placement. The placement, which may be either a collaboration with a company, business incubator, or a research project based at Edinburgh Napier University, will take place in trimester 4.

    Trimesters 4 and 5 also comprise of the MSc dissertation. The MSc dissertation offers you the opportunity to specialise further and investigate very recent research, software and development techniques; to successfully conclude this module, you will be expected to produce a dissertation as well as take part in a viva.

  • note and pen Assessments Assessments are a mixture of written coursework allowing you to develop your academic and business reporting skills. The more technical modules include demonstration or evaluation your work.
  • briefcase Work placement The placement, which may be either a collaboration with a company, business incubator, or a research project based at Edinburgh Napier University, will take place in trimester 4.
  • 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 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 two preliminary deliverables prior to the submission of the final dissertation:

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

Further information

Professional Placement ( SOC11110 )

The module provides an opportunity to undertake work or research training in real world settings.

You will undertake a minimum of 180 hours placement within an appropriate organisation, where you will have the opportunity to apply your skills in order to reinforce the organisation’s existing practices.
This will allow you to implement your theoretical knowledge and gain valuable professional experiences as you collaborate with an enterprise, attempt to start own business, or undertake research projects.

You will negotiate, with your line manager, mentor, or a research supervisor, a learning agreement, which will identify relevant objectives. These, once agreed, will form the basis of a written piece of work, which will be based on a live placement issues.

This module is designed to develop critical reflective practice, specialist skills, and act as a focus for your continuous professional development.

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.


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

Placement and study abroad opportunities are subject to UK and Scottish Government health and travel advice.

Full information is available in our disclaimer.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

The entry requirement for this course is a Bachelor (Honours) Degree at a 2:1 equivalent or above in any discipline. However, 30% of the modules studied in the degree must be Computing related.

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 international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:
  • BN Nursing/MSc Nursing (Pre-registration) (Adult, Mental Health, Child, Learning Disabilities)
  • 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 2022/23 2023/24
All students £9,980 tba
You study this course over two academic years, fees listed are per annum.

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

Please note that the tuition fees liable to be paid by EU nationals commencing their studies from 1 August 2021 will be the Overseas fee rate. The University offers a range of attractive Tuition Fee bursaries to students resident in specific countries. More information on these can be found here.


With the new skills and work experience provided as part of this course, you can take advantage of the increased opportunities for advancement.

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

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