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Mobile Web Development MSc Tools | Course Overview | University of the West of Scotland

Overview

Our MSc Mobile Web Development is fully accredited by the British Computer Society and is designed to meet the demands of the increasing use of mobile devices to provide applications and services to users and enterprises.

The MSc is both career- and practically-focused; you will spend a large proportion of class time in computing laboratories engaging with the appropriate tools and acquiring practical knowledge. You will learn how to develop applications for mobile devices and software that adapts to various platforms on which they run, especially smartphones. You will develop your design and development skills and position yourself to target employment opportunities in software development for the mobile web.

Teaching on the MSc is via lectures, tutorials, and hands-in laboratory sessions. Active learning is promoted through practical assignments. Certain classes and assignments involve problem-solving through analysis, evaluation and the synthesis of a solution reflecting the practical emphasis of the programme. Assessment is a variety of methods including examination, coursework and dissertation. The entire course ensures that you gain the core skills and hands-in experience, including team development, required by the computing industry.

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Career prospects

As a graduate from this programme you will have excellent career opportunities as a mobile web developer in the media, finance and retail industries, in software/technology companies that develop and maintain mobile application ecosystems or as IT consultants offering your expertise to the broader market.

Recent graduate positions include:

  • Front End Interface Developer at Equator
  • Senior Developer at Visualsoft Ltd
  • Technical Lead Cloud Services at Sonova Group
  • Frontend Developer at Parachute Digital Solutions Limited
  • Technology Analyst at JPMorgan Chase & Co

Professional recognition

The MSc Mobile Web Development is accredited by the British Computer Society, fully meeting the educational requirements for Chartered IT Professional (CITP) registration.

Find out more about the British Computer Society

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Entry Requirements

What qualifications do you need?

We welcome Scottish, UK and international students and consider all applicants on an individual basis.

Don’t worry if your qualifications are not listed here, we take a range of factors into account when assessing your application and are happy to consider other alternative combinations of qualifications and experience

If you are applying with an EU or non-EU qualification, please check our Postgraduate Entry Requirements page which gives more information about country-specific entry requirements.

Academic Requirements

You will normally possess an second-class Honours degree, or equivalent, in one of the following disciplines:

  • Science
  • Engineering
  • Computing
  • Technology

Applicants with appropriate professional experience and/or qualifications will be considered.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for most courses

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. The qualifications below must have been gained within two years of the start of your course.

General English language requirements at UWS: International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • overall score 6.0
  • no sub-test less than 5.5

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII with the minimum of a Pass in all sub-tests
  • PTE Pearson Academic English: An overall score of 54 with no element below 51 (for programmes that require IELTS 6.0 with no element below 5.5). An overall score 61 with no element below 51 (for programmes that require IELTS 6.5 with no element below 6.0)

 

IELTS Score Exceptions (DBA, Certificate of Higher Education, PhD, etc.)

For our research degrees (MRes, MPhil, PhD, DBA, DProf), applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0

For Health, Nursing & Midwifery courses that lead to professional registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 7.0
  • no sub-test less than 7.0

For our Certificate of Higher Education courses, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 5.0
  • no sub-test less than 4.5

 

TOEFL IBT

TOEFL IBT*: 78; no sub-test less than:

  • Reading: 17;
  • Listening: 17;
  • Speaking: 17;
  • Writing: 17

* Please note that TOEFL is still acceptable for admission to this programme for both home/EU and international students.
For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use TOEFL to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level courses. We therefore still accept TOEFL tests taken in the last two years for admission to this programme.

 

West African Senior School Certificate of Education (WASSCE)

West African Senior School Certificate of Education (WASSCE) including acceptance of WAEC Scratchcard*

  • C6 or above in English

*UWS will accept a WAEC scratchcard confirming that an applicant has achieved C6 or above as evidence of meeting English language requirement from Nigeria if the student graduated within the last 5 years. After 5 years applicants would be required to provide the WAEC Certificate.

 

Pre-sessional courses

Applicants who do not meet the minimum English language requirements have the option to study one of our preparatory and pre-sessional English courses. The UWS courses available are:

  • 10 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.0 with no element below 4.5.
  • 5 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.5 with no element below 5.5.
  • English Language for University Study - entry criteria UKVI IELTS with score of 4.0 in all elements (10 month course), or 4.5 with no score below 4.0 (7 month course).

Course details

MSc Mobile Web Development is a technical course covering web and mobile development and addresses the issue highlighted above. Its content will develop as technologies evolve and change, which is the nature of a specialist computing course.

For the Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) stage, you will study the following core modules:

  • Web Development (core, 20 credits)
  • Ethics for the IT Professional core, (10 credits)
  • Dynamic Web Application (core, 20 credits)
  • Security for the Mobile Web (core, 10 credits)
  • Research Design and Methods (core, 10 credits)
  • Interactive Design for Smart Device (core, 10 credits)
  • Mobile Networks and Smartphone Application (core, 20 credits)
  • Mobile Business Technology and Design (core, 20 credits)

Successful completion of the PgDip allows you to proceed to the master's module:

  • MSc Mobile We Development Master's Dissertation (60 credits)

For those students seeking to undertake an internship and/or SAP certification, these may be available on a case-by-case basis after the PgDip requirements have been completed.

Teaching & Assessment

Many of the learning outcomes are practical and a large proportion of class time is spent in computing laboratories engaging with the appropriate tools and acquiring practical knowledge. Theoretical knowledge is provided through:

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Seminars
  • Individual study

Active learning is promoted through practical assignments.

Certain classes and assignments involve problem-solving through analysis, evaluation and the synthesis of a solution reflecting the practical emphasis of the course.

Your knowledge and understanding are assessed through class tests and by the structure it gives to practical work assignments and by reflective practice exercises.

Course Structure

Find out more about the structure, learning outcomes, compulsory and optional modules in this course.

MSc Mobile Web Development Course Structure

Implementing Europe's 5G mobile network

Remote surgery, driverless cars and smooth mobile HD streaming could all become a reality thanks to pioneering research taking place at UWS.

UWS computing researchers Jose Alcaraz-Calero and Qi Wang are the technical leads on the SELFNET project, which is developing a ‘self-healing’ mobile network. The new network is 1,000 times faster than 4G, delivering dramatic improvements to quality of user experience, reliability and security – and unlocking a wealth of new online opportunities.

”SELFNET will allow 5G networks to make possible things that would have been considered science fiction just a few years ago.”

DR ALCARAZ-CALERO

As part of this course, you will hear from PhD students who are working on the 5G mobile project, and the course content will be updated to reflect the findings of this work.

Tuition Fees

Scottish campuses lab-based 2018/19

Scottish & EU

£5,500 per year of study

English, Northern Irish & Welsh

£7,000 per year of study

Channel Island & Isle of Man

£7,000 per year of study

International (Non-EU)

£13,100 per year of study

More on current & future tuition fees

Lab-based (Scottish campuses) 2019/20

Scottish & EU

£5,500 per year of study

English, Northern Irish & Welsh

£7,300 per year of study

Channel Island & Isle of Man

£7,300 per year of study

International (Non-EU)

£14,600 per year of study

More on current & future tuition fees

Module Fee: Lab-based (Scottish campuses) 2019/20

Scottish & EU

£790 per module (20 credits)

English, Northern Irish & Welsh

£1,045 per module (20 credits)

Channel Islands & Isle of Man

£1,045 per module (20 credits)

International (Non-EU)

£2,350 per module (20 credits)

More on current & future tuition fees

Our MSc Mobile Web Development has been awarded a number of Key Skills Funded Scholarship places from the Scottish Funding Council (SFC). These scholarships cover the cost of the tuition fees and were awarded on a first come, first served basis to applicants who are normally eligible for SAAS funding.

Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) postgraduate tuition fee and living cost loans may be available for eligible (Scottish/EU) students. Check SAAS website for more information.

Additional Costs & Sources of Funding

The cost of attending university is an investment in your future career.

In addition to tuition fees and living expenses, some courses involve extra costs like study materials, field trips, equipment and uniforms.

Fortunately, there is a great deal of financial support available to help students meet the cost of their study. This ranges from:

  • statutory government loans to pay for tuition fees
  • scholarships for Scottish, EU and International (non-EU) students
  • bursaries to help towards living expenses

The sections below provide details of additional costs that your course may involve along with any financial support that may be available.

You can also find additional information in our Postgraduate Money, Fees & Funding section.

Additional Costs

Students on certain degrees will incur some additional costs not covered by their tuition fees. These could be for things like specialist equipment, study materials, work placements, graduation, membership of relevant organisations or costs related to carrying out fieldwork.

For students on course with an element of fieldwork, there may also be extra costs for travel and accommodation.

Please contact the course leader for details of the additional costs associated with this course.

Tuition Fees & Living Cost Support

Tuition Fees & Additional Costs

Tuition fees are calculated based on where you are from and what you are studying. Some courses also involve additional costs, such as mandatory field trips, equipment or studying abroad.

Find out how much it will cost you to study at UWS as a postgraduate student.

Funding for Scottish Students

Scottish students studying at postgraduate level at UWS are entitled to various funds and support towards tuition fees and living costs.

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Funding for English, Welsh & Norther Irish Students

English, Welsh and Northern Irish students studying at postgraduate level at UWS are entitled to various funds and support towards tuition fees and living costs.

Find out more.

Funding for EU Students

EU students studying at postgraduate level of UWS may be eligible for SAAS funding, as well as support to meet the costs of childcare and various sources of additional funding.

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Funding for International Students

There are several scholarship and incentive schemes available to international students studying at postgraduate level at UWS, as well as support to meet the costs of childcare and various sources of additional funding.

Find out more.

Other Financial Support

Discretionary & Childcare Funds

UWS administer a range of discretionary and childcare funds. These are designed to support students who are experiencing financial difficulty or struggling to meet the costs of childcare.

Find out more.

Benefits & Tax Credits

Becoming a student can have an impact on your entitlement to certain benefits. It may mean you are no longer eligible to claim a benefit you have been receiving, or your new income from student funding may affect the amount you are able to receive.

Find out more.

Additional Financial Support

If there isn’t a statutory source of funding for you or your course, or you are in need of additional financial support, you may wish to consider more alternative sources of funding such as trust funds and scholarships.

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Money & Debt Advice

Choosing to become a student can have a big impact on your budget and you may need to reassess your spending to account for a reduced income. We’ve put together some guidance to help you manage your money and make the right financial choices for you and your family.

Find out more.

How to apply

Postgraduate courses (MA, MSc, MEd, MBA, DBA, PG Cert, PG Dip, etc.) & some Post-experience courses (CertHE, BA, Grad Cert, Grad Dip, etc.)

All students should apply directly to the University through our online application system. Before you apply, you should check that you meet our entry requirements and you should have all your supporting documents ready.

The first stage of the process is to create a profile; you don't have to complete the application in one session - you can complete it in stages by saving each section and return to complete it at a later date.

You will need to upload documents with your applications, which may include transcripts and degree certificates.

Most courses don't have a formal closing date, but they will close when they are full; apply early to avoid disappointment. There may also be funding deadlines that apply to you.

Before you begin your application, it is important to read the Postgraduate & Post-Experience application step-by-step guide for a smooth process.

 

An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.

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