Computing and IT Management (MSc) Part-time
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Designed for graduates who want to move into computing from another discipline, this programme provides you with a broad technical knowledge and a sound business context for managing IT systems.
Designed for graduates who want to move into computing from another discipline, the 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.
On successful completion of the taught phase you will move to the dissertation phase. This provides the opportunity of developing your research skills and applying technical and management concepts and techniques to solve a complex computing problem.
This three-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 distinctive features of this course include:
- The opportunity to undertake a conversion course in Computing and IT.
- Provides an intensive course specifically designed for those who wish to move into computing and IT management from another discipline.
- A course which is 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.
- You will be provided with a laptop during induction week that will remain with you throughout the duration of the course.
|Next intake||September 2020|
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Applicants will possess minimum of a 2:2 honours degree 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.
Note: International students pursuing part-time courses of study are not eligible for Tier 4 (General Student) visas and must have alternative leave to remain in the UK if they intend to study at the University in person.
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.
Find out more about English language requirements.
Applicants who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK must present an acceptable English language qualification in order to meet UKVI (UK Visas and Immigration) requirements
You will study core modules to a total of 160 credits, with an optional module worth 20 credits. Students will also undertake an individual project and dissertation. The breakdown is as follows:
- Year 1: 60 credits core modules.
- Year 2: 40 credits core modules, 20 credits optional module.
- Year 3: 60 credits core module.
This is a part-time course undertaken over three calendar years. It is also available as a full-time course over one year, and with placement.
The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2020/21 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2020.
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).
Students will also undertake a project and independent study to enable them to complete their dissertation. Dissertation topics may be suggested by the student 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.
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 within the courses are assessed through examinations and a wide range of in-course assessments, such as written reports, extended essays, practical assignments and oral presentations.
The individual project and dissertation will enable students to demonstrate their 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.
- 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.
Due to the duration of this programme only Welsh and EU domiciled students who meet residency requirements (English domiciled students are excluded) are eligible for a postgraduate loan. See more information about eligibility for UK Government Postgraduate loans.
UK and EU students (2020/21)
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EU students entering in 2020/21 will pay the same tuition fee as UK students for the duration of their course. Please be aware that fees may increase annually in line with inflation. No decisions regarding fees and loans for EU students starting in 2020/21 have been made yet. These will be determined as part of the UK's discussions on its membership of the EU and we will provide further details as soon as we can.
Students from outside the EU (2020/21)
More information about tuition fees and deposits, including for part-time and continuing students.
Will I need any specific equipment to study this course/programme?
No specific equipment is needed.
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.