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Computing MSc

Key Facts

  • Level:

    Postgraduate

  • Duration:

    1-2 years full time
    2 years part time
    2 years full time with placement
    3 years part time with placement

  • Starting:

    September

  • Fees UK:

    Full Time: £7,470
    Part Time:
    £4,150 (Year One 100 Credits) £3,320 (Year Two 80 Credits) Year 2 (Placement Route Only)Year 2 Placement Fee: £500* see Fees and Funding

  • Fees International:

    International: £14,000 Year 2 (Placement Route Only) Year 2 Placement Fee: £500* see Fees and Funding

  • Location:

    Waterside

Get in touch


For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

UK/EU Students enquiries

study@northampton.ac.uk
0300 303 2772

International Students enquiries

international@northampton.ac.uk
+44 (0)1604 894503

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Overview


Our postgraduate Computing course allows you to study computing at a greater depth, develop your research and analytical skills and complete an individual thesis investigating an area you are particularly interested in.

This course has an Industry Placement Option where you can investigate an area you are interested in, as well as the placement option.

To apply for Placement, please click below. To apply for Non-Placement route, please click the Apply Now button.

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Updated 26/11/2020

Highlights


  • Tailor degree to your individual needs and interests
  • Specialist or broad pathway available
  • Industry Placement Option available.

Course Content


  • There are two ways to study this course. You can take the general pathway, giving you a rounded computing education and a broad qualification, or you can take the specialist pathways to focus on a defined section of computing and meet your career aspirations. While the pathway option is mostly technical in focus, you will also learn about the business context and develop interpersonal skills that are vital to problem solving in business.

    Whichever option you take, you will study six modules and complete a dissertation. Some of the optional modules are only offered according to staff availability and student interest.

     

  • Do you offer a placement option on Computing MSc?

    You can elect to participate in a Work Placement – completing the modules ‘Career Futures: Employability Skills’ and ‘Work-Based Project’. The year in industry will develop your real-world experience and you will undertake an applied research project that identifies and provides a response to an industry specific problem.

    Your placement will last between six and 12 months, it will need to be appropriate to your level of study and subject area; you should also be paid for this work. We will support you in finding and securing a suitable placement opportunity, however it must be noted that placements are highly competitive and there is no guarantee of a placement offer being made by an employer. If you cannot secure a placement, you would join the non-placement route instead.

    You will also complete a work-based Research Project before going on placement.

    Will I have access to any specialist facilities and features?

    • Specialist or broad pathway available
    • Industry Placement Option available
    • Access to PC and Linux workstation computers
    • You will have access to approximately 150 PC and Linux workstation computers housed in six bespoke computer laboratories, all with digital projection facilities, and maintained by two technicians.
    • We enrol small cohorts of students to ensure that you receive personalised care that will enable you to develop your skills and enhance your knowledge.
  • Applicants will normally hold a recognised first or second class honours degree from a UK university or international equivalent in a relevant subject. We expect that you will have a working knowledge of computers and networks and it is essential that you have practical hands-on experience of at least one programming language.

    English Language Requirements

    All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

    • Minimum standard – IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent)
      for study at postgraduate level.

    For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.

  • 21/22 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 21/22 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK – Full Time: £7,470
    • UK – Part Time: £4,150 (Year One 100 Credits) £3,320 (Year Two 80 Credits)
    • International: £14,000
    • Year 2 Placement Fee: £500* (for placements starting in September 2022 or January 2023)

    * Year Two fee may be subject to an inflationary increase for 22/23. The placement fee amount will only be charged to you after you secure a placement and are enrolled on the work based project in year 2 of your course. You will not be charged this fee if you do not secure a work placement.

     

    Additional Costs

    There are currently no additional costs anticipated for this course for 2021 entry.

    20/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK and EU – Full Time: £6,840
    • UK and EU – Part Time: £3,800 (Year One 100 Credits) £3,040 (Year Two 80 Credits)
    • International: £13,750
    • Year 2 Placement Fee: £500* (for placements starting in September 2021 or January 2022)

    * Year Two fee may be subject to an inflationary increase for 21/22. The placement fee amount will only be charged to you after you secure a placement and are enrolled on the work based project in year 2 of your course. You will not be charged this fee if you do not secure a work placement.

    Additional Costs

    There are currently no additional costs anticipated for this course for 2020 entry.

     

    Postgraduate Loans

    If you are starting a postgraduate Master’s course in 2020/21 or 2021/22 either full-time or part-time* you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan through Student Finance England

    *Please note that the maximum period of study allowed for part-time courses is two years.

     

    For information on the scholarships available to you, please see our scholarships page.

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Careers and Employability


When you graduate from this course you will be able to embark upon a range of careers in the broad IT and computing industry. There is a continuing demand for well-trained staff in this industry.

Previous students have gone on to do a variety of areas including, but not exclusive to:

  • Research
  • Data analysis
  • Software Engineering
  • Computer Support