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Computing MSc

Key Facts

  • Level:

    Postgraduate

  • Duration:

    Full Time: 1 Year
    Part Time: 2 Years
    Full Time with Placement: 2 Years
    Part Time with Placement: 3 Years

  • Starting:

    September, January

  • Fees UK:

    Full Time: £7,650
    Part Time:
    Year One: £4,250
    Year Two: £3,400
    Placement: £500*

  • Fees International:

    International: £15,000 Placement: £500*

  • 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

Overview


With the computing field evolving rapidly around the world, the need for good quality professionals and specialists is increasing. Our postgraduate MSc Computing course has been designed to build on your existing computing skills and take them to the next level. It has a significant programming component and is different from other IT programmes.

This MSc Computing course provides you with the additional option to apply for a ‘work placement’ opportunity. The ‘work placement’, which if secured, is designed to further develop your skills, knowledge and professional experience with the aim of maximising your employability prospects.

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

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Updated 11/11/2021

Highlights


  • Tailor degree to your individual needs and interests
  • Specialist or broad pathway available
  • Industry Placement Option available.
  • Interactive Teaching with small classroom sizes.
  • September and January Starts.
  • Focus on Practical Skills Development.
  • Approachable Staff from Diverse Backgrounds.

Course Content


  • There are two ways to study this Masters in Computing 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, during the course of this MSc in Computing, you will study six modules and complete a dissertation. Some of the optional modules are only offered according to staff availability and student interest.

    Modules

    Information about the modules for this course can be found on the award map:

    View Computing MSc (Non-placement) modules

    View Computing MSc (Placement) modules

     

  • 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.

  • 22/23 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 22/23 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK – Full Time: £7,650
    • UK – Part Time: £4,250 (Year One 100 Credits) £3,400 (Year Two 80 Credits)
    • International – Full Time: £15,000
    • Year 2 Placement Fee: £500* (for placements starting in September 2023 or January 2024)

    * Year Two fee may be subject to an inflationary increase for 23/24. 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 2022 entry.

    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.

     

     

    Postgraduate Loans

    If you are starting a postgraduate Master’s course in 2021/22 or 2022/23 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.

    • Specialist or broad pathway available
    • Industry Placement Option available to enhance your Computing work experience
    • 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 support that will enable you to develop your computing skills and enhance your knowledge.
  • Do you offer a placement option on this Masters in Computing course?

    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 Computing work 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.

    What is MSc Computing?

    A Masters of Science in Computing will not only supply you with the sufficient knowledge needed to enter into the IT and Technology sectors, but you will also have the room to develop your existing expertise and practice gained from previous levels of undergraduate study. This will be an opportunity to explore the necessary thought process and practice applicable within the IT and Tech business and industry.

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Careers and Employability


With this postgraduate qualification, you will be well prepared for a career in Computing, with the various types of Computing graduate jobs available, and put your transferable skillset to practice.

Whether it be Web Development or IT, your knowledge and computing work experience will provide a strong portfolio as you enter into your profession of choice. When you graduate from this Computing degree, you will be able to embark upon a range of careers in the broad IT and Computing industry.

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

  • Research
  • Data analysis
  • Software Engineering
  • Computer Support