Computing and IT Management with Placement (MSc)
- Duration: 2 years
- Mode: Full time with sandwich year
This is a conversion course. No prior knowledge or specific degree is required but you need to demonstrate interest and understanding of the subject.
Why study this course
The 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.
- The opportunity to undertake a conversion course in Computing and IT.
- 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.
- Tailor the course to your interests through a range of advanced option modules.
- Includes a 7-12 month experience as an IT Professional for students who find a suitable placement.
- You will be provided with a laptop during induction week that will remain with you throughout the duration of the course.
Where you'll study
School of Computer Science and Informatics
Our degree programmes are shaped by multidisciplinary research, making them relevant to today's employers and well placed to take advantage of tomorrow's developments.
This is a conversion course. Conversion courses allow you to study a subject unrelated to your undergraduate degree or current career, and support you with a change of career path. No prior knowledge or degree in the subject is required.
Typically, you will need to have either:
- a 2:2 honours degree in a subject other than computing, or an equivalent international degree
- a university-recognised equivalent academic qualification in a subject other than computing
- or relevant professional experience evidenced by a reference.
English Language requirements:
IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 with 5.5 in all subskills, or an accepted equivalent.
Other essential requirements:
You may choose to supplement your application with:
- a detailed CV
- or any other supporting material you may consider to be appropriate.
We allocate places on a first-come, first-served basis, so we recommend you apply as early as possible.
We will review your application and if you meet the entry requirements, we will make you an offer.
Find out more about English language requirements.
Applicants who require a Student visa to study in the UK must present an acceptable English language qualification in order to meet UKVI (UK Visas and Immigration) requirements.
You are not required to complete a DBS (Disclosure Barring Service) check or provide a Certificate of Good Conduct to study this course.
If you are currently subject to any licence condition or monitoring restriction that could affect your ability to successfully complete your studies, you will be required to disclose your criminal record. Conditions include, but are not limited to:
- access to computers or devices that can store images
- use of internet and communication tools/devices
- freedom of movement
- contact with people related to Cardiff University.
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.
The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2023/24 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2023.
|Module title||Module code||Credits|
|Computational Thinking||CMT119||10 credits|
|Fundamentals of Programming||CMT120||30 credits|
|Databases and Modelling||CMT220||20 credits|
|Topics, Research and Skills in Computing and IT Management||CMT222||10 credits|
|IT Management, Change and Innovation||CMT312||30 credits|
|Module title||Module code||Credits|
|Distributed and Cloud Computing||CMT202||20 credits|
|Human Centric Computing||CMT206||20 credits|
|Data Visualisation||CMT218||20 credits|
|Algorithms, Data Structures and Programming||CMT219||20 credits|
|Module title||Module code||Credits|
|Computing and IT Management Dissertation||CMT404||60 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.
Learning and assessment
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 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.
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 on coursework may be provided via written comments on work submitted, by provision of ‘model’ answers and/or through discussion in contact sessions.
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.
Tuition fees for 2023 entry
Your tuition fees and how you pay them will depend on your fee status. Your fee status could be home, island or overseas.
Learn how we decide your fee status
Fees for home status
Students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland
If you are an EU, EEA or Swiss national, your tuition fees for 2023/24 be in line with the overseas fees for international students, unless you qualify for home fee status. UKCISA have provided information about Brexit and tuition fees.
Fees for island status
Learn more about the postgraduate fees for students from the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man.
Fees for overseas status
More information about tuition fees and deposits, including for part-time and continuing students.
Financial support may be available to individuals who meet certain criteria. For more information visit our funding section. Please note that these sources of financial support are limited and therefore not everyone who meets the criteria are guaranteed to receive the support.
Costs for sandwich 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.
We’re based in one of the UK’s most affordable cities. Find out more about living costs in Cardiff.
Careers and placements
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.
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.
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HESA Data: Copyright Higher Education Statistics Agency Limited 2021. The Higher Education Statistics Agency Limited cannot accept responsibility for any inferences or conclusions derived by third parties from its data. Data is from the latest Graduate Outcomes Survey 2019/20, published by HESA in June 2022.