Advanced Computer Systems Development

UCAS codes

Course contact

Dr Ying Liang
+44(0)141 849 4015 or 0800 027 1000 (+44 141 849 4101 outwith UK)


  • School of Engineering and Computing

Qualifications and durations

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


Start date(s)

  • February and September
Recognised by the British Computer Society, this Masters programme is designed for students with an Ordinary degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline who wish to upgrade their development skills and qualifications with new technologies and trends.

Please note that this course is recognised as by Scottish Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) for access to postgraduate tuition fee and cost-of-living loans for UK and EU applicants. See the Useful Information section for more details.
Applicants should have a degree with a substantial computing element from a programme such as computing or IT. Graduates in a scientific or engineering discipline who have studied a significant component of technical computing at all, or most levels, will also be considered. Professionals with experience in computing or IT who wish to update their skills in this area will also find the programme of interest.

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 MultiPlatform and Android SDK, 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:


  • Business Database Applications
  • Data Governance and Analytics
  • Decision Support Systems
  • Enterprise Systems Development
  • Interactive Design for Smart Devices
  • Mobile Business Technology and Design
  • Mobile Networks and Smartphone Applications
  • Oracle Database Development – covers Oracle server concepts, Oracle server client applications, (SQL*Plus and Form Developer) environments and concepts, advanced features of SQL and Oracle extensions, and PL/SQL programming language concepts


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 Masters award.

Graduates are equipped to make an immediate contribution to IT functions within organisations or undertake further research towards a PhD.

UWS graduates enjoy careers with IBM, Oracle, J P Morgan, and Bank of Scotland. Their roles include website manager, database developer, software developer, 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.

British Computer Society - UWS

The course was very useful and gave me opportunities to learn and practise advanced computer theories and technologies. It helped me secure employment with Oracle China.
Yucheng Peng, Advanced Computer Systems Development graduate

Useful Information

  • Financial Support

    This course is recognised by SAAS (Student Awards Agency for Scotland) for access to postgraduate loan funding towards postgraduate tuition fees and living costs. Check the SAAS website for details of loan eligibility criteria for UK and EU students.

    * 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.