Our specialist Mobile Computing course will develop your understanding of the aspects that face mobile computing in today’s society. You will assess a range of platforms that users may interact with, their expectations of products and the overcoming issues that they may experience, with a view to improving the usability of systems. Computing is an integral part of people’s daily lives, and businesses, and it continues to grow and evolve. You will investigate the wide reaching influences that computers and computing technology have on the world, whilst also making your own contributions to help you find your place within the industry.
Our specialist course covers the fundamental principles that are important to computing technology and meeting future demands. You will be given a sound understanding of mobile computer systems, mobile and wireless networks, network planning and development, mobile devices, internet and computer security, multimedia technologies and data communication, including their relevance to modern industry and commerce.You will reinforce your theoretical knowledge through practical work in our computer facilities.
You can also study Computing (Mobile Computing) at HND level.
Starting university is a big step and we want you to have everything you need from day one. That’s why if you choose to study this course full-time at Northampton from September 2018, you will be provided with your own brand new Hewlett Packard laptop* to keep at no additional cost. For more information on this and many other benefits you can enjoy, please visit our benefits webpages.
*Terms and conditions apply. Please see the benefits webpages for more information.
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Our new campus opens its doors in September 2018 and while Waterside will be home to most of our teaching, we’ll also be making use of the excellent facilities around the town. We’ll also be retaining some facilities at our current campuses (Park and Avenue) on a temporary basis for the initial period. These will mostly be used to offer off-campus accommodation options to make sure we have a great range of rooms to suit everyone.More about our campuses »
Your first year focuses on the fundamental principles such as computer systems, communications, problem solving, programming and internet technology. These modules will be shared with all Computing students to give you the flexibility to specialise in your second and third year.
In your second and third year, you can specialise focusing on topics such as mobile computing, internet programming, network planning, programming and computer security. Through out your degree, you will develop your general and specialist software engineering techniques including encountering and solving common problems faced in the Mobile Computing. During year two, you will work on a group project and in your final year, you will complete an individual dissertation.
You will develop your programming expertise specific to Mobile Computing including the common issues that may arise when users interact with the same content using different devices. You will learn how to network plan, develop internet and system security and how to employ different media streams on platforms.
Module information is quoted for 17/18 entry. Please note that modules run subject to student numbers and staff availability, any changes will be communicated to applicants accordingly.
Methods of Learning
You will be taught through a variety of activities and problem solving challenges, so that you can apply your theoretical knowledge. Being able to analyse problems, implement statistical methods, research solutions and apply them in new ways, are all skills that are highly valued in the computing industry.
A wide range of assessment is used including essays, reports and end of year examinations.
Facilities and Special Features
- acquisition of highly relevant vocational skills – CISCO, Microprocessors, O-O Programming, Prince2
- exciting career opportunities: GE, HMGCC.
- up-to-date workstation hardware and software in dedicated laboratories.
- exclusive 24/7 access to a specialist laboratory.
- an emphasis on practical learning to reinforce academic underpinnings in specialist laboratories – Robots.
- a supportive approach to tuition with small classroom and laboratory sizes.
- student Support Initiative – Year 2 students mentor Year 1 students.
- Computing Society – the largest Students’ Union Society
Our specialist degree will give you the skills and knowledge you need to work in a range of roles, most commonly software development or mobile and internet systems. Our graduates have gone onto working with employers such as Microsoft, IBM, Oracle, Barclaycard and Network Rail. Commonly they work in the following job roles:
- Mobile Applications Developer (Android, Blackberry, IOS, Windows)
- Mobile Applications Testing Specialist/Analyst
- Game Developer
- Mobile Technician
- Mobile Security Expert
- Web application developer
- Mobile software engineer
We also offer postgraduate courses in Computing which will help you to further your knowledge and expertise. Our postgraduate courses give you the opportunity to choose a specialism which will improve your employability. You can specialise in internet and security, computer networks engineering, serious games or software engineering.
How to apply
For application information please see our how to apply page.
Applications can be made throughout the year, with a September start available.
Standard entry requirements apply. A typical offer could be BCC at A Level or DMM at BTEC. Applicants will be expected to have achieved GCSE Mathematics (or equivalent) at grade C/4 or above. We welcome international applicants and applications from students with a range of non-traditional educational or professional qualifications. Those who do not have English as their first language will need to demonstrate that they meet the minimum English language requirement of IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent).
For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.
Fees and funding
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 18/19 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
This course is available to international students.
Full-time international tuition fees
For information on our international tuition fees, please see our Tuition fees for international students page.
Please note that tuition fees for EU students will remain the same as UK fees for 2018/19. For more information, please visit the Gov UK website.
How to apply as an international student
For information on how to apply to study with us, please see our How to apply page.
Scholarships available to international students
For information on the scholarships available to you as an international student, please see our International scholarships page.