Computing and IT Management with Placement (MSc)

The ‘with placement’ programme provides the opportunity to undertake a 7-10 month experience as an IT professional for students who successfully find a suitable placement.

Designed for graduates who want to move into computing from another discipline, MSc Computing and IT Management provides you with a broad technical knowledge and a sound business context for managing IT systems.

Through this course you will learn the skills needed to develop business applications through a fundamental understanding of software and web development, e-commerce and database management. You will also gain an understanding of the professional skills required to lead IT managers by working as a part of a team on a business change project.

You will have the option of learning about new and emerging technologies, such as cloud computing, that are radically changing the opportunities and threats for the provision of IT systems. You may also opt for human-centric computing which focuses on defining and delivering effective information systems from a human-centric perspective. You also have the option of learning the knowledge and skills required to create interactive visualisations and explanations of data.

Students may choose to apply for a paid 7-12 month professional work placement to be undertaken on completion of Spring semester and before completing the MSc course with a 60-credit dissertation. This provides valuable work experience to develop your IT Professional skills.

The dissertation provides the opportunity of developing your research skills and applying technical and management concepts and techniques to solve a complex computing problem.

This two-year course offers a balanced combination of theory and practice, and can serve either as preparation for a career as an IT professional, doctoral research, or as a self-contained advanced qualification in its own right.

Distinctive features

  • The opportunity to undertake a conversion course in Computing and IT.
  • It provides an intensive course specifically designed for those who wish to move into computing and IT management from another discipline.
  • Professionally accredited by the BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT.
  • The opportunity to learn the technical knowledge and skills needed to develop business applications.
  • Working in a team on a business change project to develop IT management skills.
  • The facility to tailor the course to your interests by the selection of an advanced option module.
  • 7-12 month experience as an IT Professional for students who successfully find a suitable placement.

Key facts

Next intakeSeptember 2017
Duration2 years
QualificationMSc
ModeFull time with sandwich year
Admission Tutor contact(s)

Admissions criteria

Applicants will possess minimum of a 2:2 honours degree in or equivalent professional qualification in a subject other than computing.

Non-graduates whose relative lack of formal qualifications is compensated for by their relevant work experience will also be considered.

Applicants whose first language is not English are normally expected to meet the minimum University requirements (e.g. 6.5 IELTS, with at least 5.5 in each area).

Applicants holding international qualifications are welcomed.

Please feel free to supplement your application with a detailed CV or any other supporting material you may consider to be appropriate.

Courses commence in September each year but applications made directly to the University are considered throughout the year.

Students will undertake a placement following the taught stage of the course and prior to undertaking their individual project and dissertation. Most students start their placement in the summer of Year 1. The breakdown is as follows:

  • Year 1: 100 credits core modules, 20 credit optional modules.
  • Year 2: 120 credits placement, 60 credits core module.

This is a full-time course undertaken over two calendar years. It is also available as a full-time course over one year or a part-time course over three years, both without placement.

Year one

Module titleModule codeCredits
Information Processing in PythonCMT10320 credits
Web Application DevelopmentCMT11220 credits
Information Modelling and Database SystemsCMT20720 credits
Business and IT ManagementCMT30120 credits
E-Commerce and InnovationCMT30220 credits
Module titleModule codeCredits
Distributed and Cloud ComputingCMT20220 credits
Human Centric ComputingCMT20620 credits
Visual Communication and Information DesignCMT21220 credits

Year two

Module titleModule codeCredits
PlacementCMT305120 credits
DissertationCMT40060 credits
The University is committed to providing a wide range of module options where possible, but please be aware that whilst every effort is made to offer choice this may be limited in certain circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have limited numbers of places available, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, while others have minimum student numbers required before they will run, to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered; some modules require students to have already taken particular subjects, and others are core or required on the programme you are taking. Modules may also be limited due to timetable clashes, and although the University works to minimise disruption to choice, we advise you to seek advice from the relevant School on the module choices available.

How will I be taught?

The School of Computer Science and Informatics has a strong and active research culture which informs and directs our teaching. We are committed to providing teaching of the highest standard and received an excellent report in the most recent Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) review.

A diverse range of teaching and learning styles are used throughout the MSc in Computing and IT Management. Students will attend lectures, participate in seminars, workshops and tutorials, and carry out practical and laboratory work.

Students obtain support materials usually via Learning Central (Cardiff University’s Virtual Learning Environment).

You will also undertake a project and independent study to enable you to complete a dissertation. Dissertation topics may be suggested by you or chosen from a list of options proposed by academic staff reflecting their current interest.

How will I be supported?

As a School, we pride ourselves on providing a supportive environment in which we are able to help and encourage our students.

All students are allocated a personal tutor who will monitor your progress throughout your time at university and will support you in your personal development planning. You will see your Personal Tutor at least once each semester.

Our Senior Personal Tutor can also advise and respond to any personal matters as they arise. The School also has a formal student-staff panel to discuss topics or issues of mutual interest.

Students are responsible for obtaining their placement. The School actively assists students on “with Placement” courses in finding a suitable placement.

Feedback

Feedback on coursework may be provided via written comments on work submitted, by provision of ‘model’ answers and/or through discussion in contact sessions.

How will I be assessed?

The taught modules are assessed through examinations and a wide range of in-course assessments, such as written reports, extended essays, practical assignments and oral presentations.

The placement is assessed through a reflective report that demonstrates that the student has developed skills as an IT Professional.

The individual project and dissertation will enable you to demonstrate your ability to build upon and exploit knowledge and skills gained to exhibit critical and original thinking based on a period of independent study and learning.

What skills will I practise and develop?

Students will acquire and develop a range of valuable skills, both those which are discipline specific and more generic ‘employability skills’, such as being able to:

  • Critically analyse and evaluate current issues in the application of computing.
  • Clearly communicate ideas, principles and theories by oral, written, diagrammatic and practical means.
  • Demonstrate self-direction, initiative, professionalism, critical judgement and planning skills in tackling and solving computing problems using appropriate technologies.
  • Design, using appropriate tools, a simple information system or selected part of a larger system.
  • Apply technical and management concepts and techniques to the solution of computing problems.
  • They will also develop a number of valuable research skills through completion of the dissertation.

Furthermore, graduates will be expected to demonstrate:

  • A systematic understanding of general computing concepts, both theoretical and practical.
  • Understanding of the nature of organisations and their use of information for business purposes.
  • Understanding of the methods, techniques, and tools available to specify, design, implement and manage computer based systems for organisations.
  • Understanding of the principles and characteristics of computer and communications hardware and software and of how these support the development of computer systems.
  • Critical awareness of current trends in selected research areas of computing, and discuss their contribution to developing computer based systems.

Recent graduates from the MSc Computing and IT Management course have gained employment in roles such as systems and business analysts, quality assurance testers, IT consultants and project managers.

Graduates are employed by organisations of all sizes locally, nationally, and internationally.

Tuition fees

UK and EU students (2017/18)

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Students from outside the EU (2017/18)

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Costs for sandwich/placement years

During a sandwich year (e.g. year in industry, placement year or year abroad) a lower fee will apply. Full details can be found on our fees pages.

Students may apply for a paid 7-12 month professional work placement to be undertaken on completion of Spring semester.

Whilst you are responsible for finding your own placements, the School will give advice on applying for placements, keep you informed of a variety of opportunities, and ensure that you receive support and guidance throughout the whole process.

Students undertaking a placement will be expected to comply with the standard requirements of their placement provider and adhere to the Cardiff University policy on Dignity at Work and Study.