Information Technology

Course contact

Costas Iliopoulos
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)

  • January and September

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.
This programme is accredited by the British Computer Society and is designed primarily for graduates with a degree not in IT or computing, or graduates with a modest academic background in IT or computing, who wish to develop much sought after, business-relevant IT knowledge and skills.

A modern, postgraduate IT programme with a substantial focus on developing significant, current, and business-relevant IT skills and knowledge, which are in demand by employers.
The programme also provides modern, core IT skills and knowledge followed by rich and diverse specialisations, which students can follow according to career aspirations.

The programme is flexible as it is also available on a part-time basis, through a combination of daytime and/or online learning methods, to meet students’ diverse needs, circumstances, and lifestyles.
Applicants are expected to have an Honours degree from an area other than IT or computing, or a modest academic background in IT and computing, or equivalent professional qualification and experience. Applicants from a business, social sciences, health sciences, engineering, applied sciences, arts, or sports science background are encouraged to apply. Applicants possessing a degree can apply to enrol on the Postgraduate Diploma and, on successful completion, transfer to the MSc programme.

Overseas students must meet UWS English language requirements.
Business requires IT professionals who can design, deploy and utilise business-relevant IT-based systems and services. The programme helps to satisfy this demand, deepening your understanding of modern IT-based business systems and addressing related development, acquisition and deployment issues in modern organisations. This programme has UK and international appeal as it can broaden and deepen your expertise.

Trimester 1

Topics include modern database design, network-based technology infrastructure and object-oriented analysis and design methods for modern IT systems development.

Trimester 2

You may follow technically-oriented specialisations including Oracle-based advanced database development, Java based application development, web technology development, data and network security, wireless networking and Internet of Things.

Alternatively you may follow business-oriented specialisations including eBusiness, mobile business, technology management, strategic and project management, digital marketing and modern business intelligence and analytics.

Technically-oriented specialisations will enable you to focus on developing technical skills such as database and network design and development, application development, web development, creating IT solutions, and designing IT infrastructures for organisations. Business-oriented specialisations will enable you to develop skills and strategies that will help organisations configure and manage appropriate IT-driven and business relevant solutions and infrastructures.

You can also complete your Masters dissertation whilst working in business or industry.
UWS graduates enjoy careers at Agrekko, IBM, CAP-Gemini, Amazon, Atos, Adobe Systems, HP, Dell, NHS, Clydesdale Bank and SMEs. Positions include IT Consultant, IT Systems Developer, e-Business Specialist, Database Developer, Oracle Database Specialist, Data Analyst and doctoral (PhD) researcher.

The programme is accredited by the British Computer Society* (BCS).

*Subject to re-accreditation approval.

Useful Information

  • Merit Scholarships available. Non-EU applicants with a minimum 2nd class upper honours degree or equivalent are invited to apply. Applicants who have succeeded despite unusual challenges are particularly encouraged to apply

    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.

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