Information and Communication Technology (Conversion) MSc

Postgraduate ( full-time, part-time)

Cambridge

January 2017, September 2016

Full-time - January start, 15 months. September start, 12 months.

Part-time - January start, 33 months. September start, 28 months.

Part-time teaching times: Trimester 1: Tuesdays 11am-2pm; Trimester 2: Tuesdays 9am-1pm.

Overview

Whether you’re employed in IT or want to be, our course is your stepping stone to a rewarding career. Your first degree will probably be non-computing related, so we’ll equip you with essential skills for the modern technology-driven world.

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Your course will have a new home in Compass House, which will extend our campus along East Road. You’ll have the latest technology at your fingertips and be able to collaborate with other students on innovative projects to hone your skills.

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Careers

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Completing our course gives you the opportunity to choose between a wide variety of IT related career options, including software development and project management, software engineering, systems analysis, database administration, network management and technical support. You’re also in the perfect position to continue your academic career and move up to our Computer Science PhD.

Modules & assessment

Core modules

  • Software Engineering
    Gain a real-world experience in software engineering. The number, size, and application domains of computer applications have grown to the extent that many organisations and individuals depend on the effectiveness of software development. Therefore software products have to be efficient, good quality and to help us to be more efficient and productive. Here, you’ll discover the intellectual and practical tools required to be able to design, implement and test software systems. You’ll cover all the phases of the life cycle by taking case studies and building real software applications based on them. As part of this, you’ll discover at least two types of project management, waterfall and agile methodologies with the cost drivers that can influence projects. You’ll use computer-aided software engineering (CASE) tools to study topics including analysis and design in UML and managing the OO software development process. You’ll discuss both the automated and manual testing and demonstrate the ability to use both of them.
  • Computer Systems and Servers
    This module will give you a combination of theoretical knowledge of computer systems and networks, together with a hands-on practical understanding of installing, administering and configuring a networked operating system at both client and server level.
  • Developing Web Applications
    In this module we'll study the web-based applications used in the deployment of server-side relational databases and the scripting languages involved.
  • Secure Systems
    Traditionally, information security has been poorly understood and rarely integrated into system design. With the growth of high bandwidth internet, eCommerce, eBusiness and Virtual Private Networks, security has become a centre-stage issue. However, organisations and businesses find themselves missing the necessary skills and knowledge, especially of the wider security picture, that is needed to develop effective security strategies. Raise your awareness of the overarching IT security issues faced by business today, and equip yourself with the necessary understanding to fulfil management responsibilities in information security strategies. You’ll examine both conventional and public-key encryption including the use of hash functions, digital signatures and Authentication certificates, as well as web and email security and network security tools such as PGP and certificates such as X.509v3. You’ll look at system level security issues including inherent operating system weaknesses and how these are exploited are examined, and in particular the increasing level of systems complexity is addressed as a source of weakness. You’ll also focus on the sources of attack, the culture of the hacker and the human factors that may undermine the effectiveness of security mechanisms.
  • Research Methods
    Gain support and foundations in the research skills needed for your Masters level dissertation. You’ll investigate research activities including project management, research project design and analyses, ethical considerations and dissertation preparation.
  • Major Project
    This module supports students in the preparation and submission of a Master's stage project, dissertation or artefact. The Module provides the opportunity for students to select and explore in-depth, a topic that is of interest and relevant to their course in which they can develop a significant level of expertise. It enables students to; - Demonstrate their ability to generate significant and meaningful questions in relation to their specialism - Undertake independent research using appropriate, recognised methods based on current theoretical research knowledge; critically understand method and its relationship to knowledge - Develop a critical understanding of current knowledge in relation to the chosen subject and to critically analyse and evaluate information and data, which may be complex or contradictory, and draw meaningful and justifiable conclusions. - Develop the capability to expand or redefine existing knowledge; to develop new approaches to changing situations and/or develop new approaches to changing situations and contribute to the development of best practice. - Demonstrate an awareness of and to develop solutions to ethical dilemmas likely to arise in their research or professional practice - Communicate these processes in a clear and elegant fashion - Evaluate their work from the perspective of an autonomous reflective learner.

Assessment

A wide variety of assessment methods include written coursework on an individual and group basis, along with presentations, exams and a major project.

Where you'll study

Your faculty

The Faculty of Science & Technology is one of the largest of five faculties at Anglia Ruskin University. Whether you choose to study with us full- or part-time, on campus or at a distance, there’s an option whatever your level – from a foundation degree, to a BSc, MSc, PhD or professional doctorate. 

Whichever course you pick, you’ll gain the theory and practical skills needed to progress with confidence. Join us and you could find yourself learning in the very latest laboratories or on field trips or work placements with well-known and respected companies. You may even have the opportunity to study abroad.

Everything we do in the faculty has a singular purpose: to provide a world-class environment to create, share and advance knowledge in science and technology fields. This is key to all of our futures.

Where can I study?

Cambridge
Lord Ashcroft Building on our Cambridge campus

Our campus is close to the centre of Cambridge, often described as the perfect student city.

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Fees & funding

Course fees

UK & EU students, 2016/17 (per year)

£6,100

UK & EU students, 2016/17 (per year part time)

£3,050

International students, 2016/17 (per year)

£11,700

Important fee notes

The part-time course fee assumes that you're studying at half the rate of a full-time student (50% intensity). Course fees will be different if you study over a longer period. All fees are for guidance purposes only.

How do I pay my fees?

Paying upfront

You won't need to pay fees until you've accepted an offer to attend, but you must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments.

How to pay your fees directly

International students

You must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments. You will also be asked for a deposit or sponsorship letter/financial guarantee. Details will be in your offer letter.

Paying your fees
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Funding for UK & EU students

It’s important to decide how to fund your course before applying. Use our funding guide for postgraduate students to learn more about the following:

  • The Government’s new £10k Masters loan
  • Applying for our scholarships
  • Additional funding options and support
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Funding for international students

We've a number of scholarships, as well as some fee discounts for early payment.

Entry requirements

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Important additional notes

Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email answers@anglia.ac.uk for further information.

Entry requirements are for September 2016 and January 2017 entry. Entry requirements for other intakes may differ.

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English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for postgraduate courses.

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International students

We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.

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Improving your English language skills

If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry.

We also provide our own English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT) in the UK and overseas. To find out if we are planning to hold an ELPT in your country, contact our country managers.

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