Combining the rigour of academic discipline with leading-edge technical IT skills, our MSc Computing course will really help you to stand out from the crowd.
The beauty of this course is that you do not require prior IT knowledge because it is designed to provide graduates of other disciplines with the opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge and competency in a range of advanced topics in computer science and business computing.
You’ll look at the use of major commercial software such as Cisco, Oracle, PRINCE2, SAS and SAP – and investigate them within a wider theoretical context.
We have a long history of delivering successful Master’s courses in business computing and pride ourselves on delivering a stimulating and supportive learning environment.
Central to your Master’s course is integrating learning with using major commercial software, such as SAS (data mining and business intelligence) and Cisco (networks and distributed systems), as well as investigating the wider theoretical context.
In the first term, you will study the key topics of systems development, network technology and databases. In the second term, you will have the opportunity to study a range of specialised topics, with either a technology/software construction or business focus. You will also learn about the skills needed to become a successful entrepreneur in the IT sector.
Your third term will be spent on an in-depth academic Master’s project. You will also learn about the skills needed to become a successful entrepreneur in the IT sector.
You’ll also benefit from our strong industry links, which enable us to keep our courses relevant and up-to-date, and that will help you to stand out from the crowd when you look to enter the workplace.
We also have close links with SAS, the global leaders in Data Analytics.
We’re based within the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment at the £114 million Millennium Point building in Birmingham city centre, which is fully equipped with state-of-the-art, industry-standard labs.
Throughout your course, our expert teaching staff will provide all the support you need.
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We would normally expect you to hold at least a Second Class Honours degree or equivalent in an appropriate discipline.
However, we can also consider your application without standard entry qualifications if you can provide evidence of the necessary knowledge and skills to successfully complete the course.
|MSc||Sep 2016||FT||1 year||£7,500|
|MSc||Sep 2016||PT||29 months||£675 per 15-credit module|
|MSc||Jan 2017||FT||17 months||£7,500|
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|MSc||Sep 2016||FT||1 year||£12,000|
|MSc||Jan 2017||FT||17 months||£12,000|
If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.
The University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.
There are no compulsory additional costs or charges associated with studying on this course. While you may choose to purchase personal copies of text books, all our key text books are available from our library or online (subject to normal library loan and online access arrangements). If your course includes a residential study session, the accommodation costs for this are already included in your course fee.
Based on the past experience of our students, you might find it helpful to set aside about £50 for each year of your studies for stationery and study materials. All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.
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We offer further information on possible postgraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.
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Professional Skills and Research Methods
You’ll be introduced to research methods, academic writing and project management – all of which will help you to complete your Master's project. This module also covers professional skills, including consultancy.
You’ll be introduced to the fundamental principles of computer programming to develop the underpinning knowledge and skills required to develop modern software applications.
Databases for Enterprise
You’ll study and examine key database skills and knowledge, and explore recent trends, such as object oriented approaches, XML and web-database technologies.
You’ll study networking concepts, using a top-down, theoretical and integrated approach to network applications, network protocols and future network technologies.
What skills, knowledge and attributes do you need to become a successful entrepreneur in IT? This module looks at these questions in detail, and explores the issues involved in identifying e-business opportunities and realising them.
IT Project Management
You’ll get to grips with major contemporary project management techniques used in industry across the world, including PRINCE2.
Strategic IT Planning
The course is divided into taught modules of 15 and 30 credits and a Master’s project of 60 credits. You’ll need to complete 60 credits for the Postgraduate Certificate, 120 credits for the Postgraduate Diploma and 180 credits for the MSc. Each credit represents 10 notional hours of student learning and assessment.
The programme has one intake in September, although the course can be studied on a full-time or part-time basis, which will take 13 and 29 months respectively.
You’ll be assessed in a number of different ways during your course, including a combination of coursework, examinations, presentations, practical assignments, vivas, online activities and project work. Emphasis is placed on the development of a broad range of relevant skills because this will enable us to appraise your all-round ability and it also gives you the best opportunity to excel.
Our course is designed to equip you with first-hand practical expertise and the rigorous academic understanding you will need to enter the workplace.
Our graduates are very highly sought-after because we deliver computing-related courses that are designed to meet the demands of industry and employers. You’ll also have a range of other transferable skills – such as problem solving and team-working abilities – that you can take into a general business career.
You will be equipped for a range of careers requiring high level skills, including areas such as computer science, software engineering, information systems, e-business technologies, electronics, embedded systems, web technologies, telecommunications, networking and computer forensics. You may become a researcher in a university or commercial research laboratory.
OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.
It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.
You may become a researcher in a university or commercial research laboratory. The course also develops a wide spectrum of transferable skills to take into a general business career.
We continually organise student trips to various external events and organisations. We also frequently put students and the university in direct contact with employers through events such as careers fairs where you can meet big vendors such as SAS, Oracle and Microsoft.
Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.
The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.
Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:
International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.
BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.
We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.
As a student at the School of Computing and Digital Technology, you have access to networked laboratories equipped to industry standards and running the latest software, giving you the best possible introduction to the technologies you will encounter in the world of work.
Dedicated facilities are provided for systems analysis, computer networks, programming in a wide range of languages, artificial intelligence, modelling and visual programming, e-commerce and .net environments, and business intelligence, as well as supporting the application areas of mechatronics, games technology, electronics and computer forensics.
The laboratories are well-equipped for all our computer networking courses, as well as specialist areas for practical work such as voice-over internet protocol (VoIP), forensic and ethical hacking technologies, wireless and mobile technologies and radio frequency identification technologies to name but a few.
There are a number of open access, software development and computer programming
laboratories that can be used to develop systems and programmes, including database management systems such as MySQL, to name but a few.
Our embedded systems laboratories are used to develop real-time systems, such as specialist hardware training and development resources, and industrial-standard software development and simulation tools. These include microcontroller software and robotics design and development, to name but a few.
Students on SAP-certified courses in Enterprise Systems will have access to the University’s unique SAP Lab, providing an inspirational research and development space for you to use for creative thinking and design.
The SAP lab is equipped with recent SAP softwares from SAP ERP, BI, SAP Configuration, SAP HANA and PI as well providing access to SAP conferences and events.
Our successful development of forensic computing has led to a specialist forensics laboratory that is fully equipped with essential hardware and software for this sensitive area of study. The laboratory includes high-spec PC’s with built-in multi interface Tableau write blockers, EnCase and FTK computer forensic software and steganography detection and analysis software, to name but a few.
Aug 1986 – Aug 1987 (part-time, sandwich student)
Company: The Wellcome Foundation Ltd (now part of GlaxoSmithKline)
Position: Trainee Systems Analyst/Programmer
Oct 1988 – Dec 2002 (full-time)
Company: Midlands Electricity PLC (now part of E-ON)
Position: Systems Analyst/Programmer
Feb 2001 – June 2005 (part-time, Visiting Lecturer)
Company: The University of Birmingham, School of Computer Science.
Position: Visiting Lecturer in Computer Science.
Jan 2003 – Present Day (full-time)
Company: Birmingham City University.
Position: Lecturer in Computing.