MSc Computing with Professional Placement

Postgraduate, Full-Time

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

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Course introduction

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 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.

The program provides a unique opportunity to undertake work, entrepreneurship, or research training in real world settings. This allows you to implement your theoretical knowledge and to gain valuable professional experiences as you collaborate with enterprises and research projects across Scotland.

This programme is intended for international students.

In consultation with a 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.

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.

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.

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.

With previous work experience in the field, 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.

The entry requirement for this course is a Bachelor (Honours) Degree at a 2:1 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 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 onto the following courses:

BN Nursing/MN Nursing (Adult, Child, Mental Health or Learning Disability)

BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery

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 2018/19 2019/20
All students £8,700** tba

Students starting in 2018/19 will be invoiced the 2018/19 fee £8,780 in both years of their study. A total fee of £17,400.
Students starting in 2019/20 will be invoiced the 2019/20 fee in both years of their study.