Advanced Computer Systems Development

Course contact


  • School of Engineering and Computing

Qualifications and durations

MSc (full-time/part-time) 1 year*/2-3 years


Start date(s)

  • January 2017

Tuition Fees

Additional costs
Please note that for some programmes of study there may be additional costs involved which are not included in the tuition fee advertised. These could be, for example, for study materials, fields trips or equipment. Programme leaders will be able to provide detail of any additional costs.
Recognised by the British Computer Society^, this Masters programme is designed for students with an Honours degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline who wish to upgrade their development skills and qualifications with new technologies and trends.
Applicants should have an Honours degree (normally 2.2 or above) in Computing, IT or a relevant discipline, from a UK academic institution or an equivalent international degree qualification. Applicants who have other academic, vocational or professional qualifications deemed to be equivalent or have at least 3 years of relevant industrial experience may also be considered.

Overseas students must meet UWS English language requirements.
The programme is designed with significant industrial input to represent the latest developments in computer systems analysis, design and implementation – the main areas of employment in the computing/IT sector. It uses various development tools and environments such as UML, Oracle, IBM Websphere, MS BizTalk, MS ASP.NET, NetBeans, Java Multi-Platform and Android SDK, MongoDB, data management/BI software such as MS Business Intelligence Development Studio, MS Project, and Security Architecture.

You will develop practical skills relevant to modern technologies for various software systems development and management with different devices, enabling you to make an immediate contribution to an organisation’s IT functions.

Your Learning

Core modules include:

• Ethics for the IT Professional
• Managing Projects and Security
• Research Design and Methods
• Service Oriented Development

Optional modules (offered subject to demand) include:

• Data Governance and Analytics
• Database Applications for Business
• Decision Support Systems
• Enterprise Systems Development
• Intelligent Systems
• Interactive Design for Smart Devices
• Mobile Business Technology and Design
• Mobile Networks and Smartphone Applications
• NoSQL Database
• Oracle Database Development

Full-time students undertake three or four modules and part-time students undertake two or three modules in each trimester. 60 credits are required for a Postgraduate Certificate award and 120 credits for a Postgraduate Diploma award. You will complete an individual MSc project (60 credits) to obtain 180 credits for a Master award.
Graduates are equipped to make an immediate contribution to IT functions within organisations or undertake further research towards a PhD.

The programme’s graduates enjoy careers with IBM, Oracle, J P Morgan, Bank of Scotland and other organisations. Examples of their roles include website manager, database developer, software developer, business analyst, and doctoral (PhD) researcher. This MSc is recognised by the British Computer Society (BCS) as partially meeting the educational requirement for chartered IT professional recognition. This MSc is recognised by the British Computer Society (BCS) as partially meeting the educational requirement for chartered IT professional recognition.

Useful Information

  • Financial support
    In session 2016/17 the Postgraduate Diploma element of this programme carried SAAS postgraduate loan funding for eligible students. Check for 2017/18 loan information.

    * To obtain the MSc, students will usually take 9 months to gain the Postgraduate Diploma and then normally an additional 3 months of study to gain the MSc, from the date of commencement of the project.