Information Engineering Course MSc

MSc Computing: Information Engineering

1. Overview

The course offers advanced topics in Computing Science to existing graduates in Computing or a strongly-related discipline. The degree provides the opportunity to extend undergraduate skills into up-to-date specialist areas of Computing such as Data Mining, Web System Development and Intelligent Systems.

You will become a practitioner in the specification, design and implementation of advanced information systems, and will learn to access, critically appraise, apply and disseminate state-of-the-art knowledge in the topics covered in the course. You will gain advanced skills in specialist areas of Computing Science that are useful and sought after in the computing industry.

In the full-time mode you will have the opportunity to apply for an industrial placement. Applications will be reviewed and student interviews held to select suitable candidates for the placements available. The paid placement runs for up to 45 weeks and students are supported by staff within the company and a supervisor from the School of Computing and Digital Media.

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Information Engineering Course

2. What you will study

FULL-TIME

Year 1

Semester 1

  • Databases
  • Data Mining
  • Object Oriented Programming
  • Intelligent Web Technologies

Semester 2

  • Professional Development and Research Skills
  • Web System Development
  • Cloud Computing
  • Adaptive Intelligent Systems

Year 1 Semester 3 to Year 2 Semester 2

  • Industrial Placement

Year 2

Semester 3

  • MSc Project Investigation
  • MSc Project

 


 PART-TIME

Year 1:

Semester 1

  • Databases
  • Object Oriented Programming

Semester 2

  • Professional Development and Research Skills
  • Web System Development

Year 2:

Semester 1

  • Data Mining
  • Adaptive Intelligent Systems

Semester 2

  • Cloud Computing
  • Elective

Year 3:

Semester 1

  • MSc Project Investigation

Semester 2

  • MSc Project

3. How you will learn

All students will be taught through a mixture of lectures, tutorials, labs and external speakers. During your course you will be invited to attend talks presented by highly-experienced researchers, speakers from industry, and members of the BCS (British Computer Society) on a wide range of computing-related topics. Example topics covered recently have included HTML5, cloud computing, and legal issues with outsourcing. You will also be supported through our online virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle, where you can access a wide variety of resources and support materials. Throughout the course, content is complemented by practical work allowing you to support your theoretical development by providing real-life simulation. 

Individual Project 

The MSc project provides a vehicle for integrating specialist knowledge with analytic, problem-solving, managerial and communication skills. You will be able to apply your expertise within your chosen specialist area and plan; organise and execute an individual project on areas such as substantial investigative or information systems; develop projects; critically appraise different approaches and technical solutions; or integrate different information system technologies.

Previous project topics have included solving sensor network problems, multimedia retrieval using Web 2.0 technologies, 2D face recognition, traffic simulation tool, automating software inspection and management of DHCP starvation attack.

4. Entry requirements

This course is ideal for students who possess an honours degree in a Computing discipline or an honours degree in another discipline with significant computing content.

All international students, for whom English is not their first language, must provide evidence of linguistic ability, by gaining either IELTS 6.5 or its equivalent in TOEFL prior to receiving an unconditional offer of a place on the course.

English Language Requirements

5. Placements and accreditations

If you choose the full-time mode of study you will be open to apply for a placement.  

You will be provided with Placement Guidelines and company policies and procedures as required. At the end of the placement period you will complete a module report and give a demonstration of the work undertaken whilst on placement. Successful completion of the placement and the report gains the award of 120 credits. These credits cannot be used to compensate for any credits from the taught subjects.

Successful completion of the placement is not required for progression to the MSc Stage. In Year 2, Semester 3, you will return to the School to complete the MSc Project modules.

This course is fully accredited by the British Computer Society.

6. Student Funding

Scholarships

Applicants to this course may be eligible for a scholarship. More information can be found on the Computing Scholarships pages.

Postgraduate Tuition Fee Loan

Applicants (Scottish domiciled and EU) to this course may be eligible for a Postgraduate Tuition Fee Loan (PTFL). Full-time students can apply for a PTFL up to £3400. Part-time students can apply for up to £1700. The tuition fee loan is only available to part-time students who are undertaking at least 50% of a full-time course, and therefore, complete their qualification in 2 years.

Students can apply now by downloading an application form from the SAAS web site.


7. Course Fees

For Academic Year 2014/2015

Scottish/EU Students

Full-time

  • £3,400 for the entire MSc course

Part-time

  • £1700 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

Full-time

  • £6,750 for the entire MSc course

Part-time

  • £ 3,375 per academic year

International Students

Full-time

  • £12,800 for the entire MSc course

Part-time

  • £6,400 per academic year

For Academic Year 2013/2014

Scottish/EU Students

Full-time

  • £3,400 for the entire MSc course

Part-time

  • £1700 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

Full-time

  • £6,750 for the entire MSc course

Part-time

  • £ 3,375 per academic year

International Students

Full-time

  • £11,500 for the entire MSc course

Part-time

  • £5,750 per academic year

For Academic Year 2012/2013

Scottish/EU Students

Full-time

  • £ 3,400 entire course

Part-time

  • £ 1,700 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

Full-time

  • £ 6,750 entire course

Part-time

  • £ 3,375 per academic year

International Students

Full-time

  • £9,950 entire course

Part-time

  • £4,975 per academic year

For Academic Year 2011/2012

UK/EU Students

  • Full-time - £3,400 entire course
  • Part-time - £ 1,700 per academic year

International Students

  • Full-time - £9,700 entire course
  • Part-time - £4,850 per academic year

All course fees are reviewed annually and subject to change. Published fees apply to the course's mode of delivery.

For further information see Student Finance pages

 

8. How to apply

All students can apply online by visiting Apply Online at www.rgu.ac.uk/applyonline/

If you have any queries, please contact our Admissions Office: 

If you are an International Student and would like further information and application advice:

9. Prospects

Opportunities exist in the design and implementation of complex, often safety-critical, information systems, and the provision of transparent access, intelligent browsing and streamlined maintenance. Previous graduates have gone on to work as IT consultants, software engineers, network managers/ administrators, database developers/ administrators, and web services developers.

Graduates have also gone on to pursue careers in research and academia

 

10. Meet Your Course Leader

Hatem AhrizHatem has an undergraduate degree in Computer Engineering and both an MSc and a PhD in Artificial Intelligence. He teaches databases and intelligent systems modules and is involved in the supervision of MSc and PhD students and in commercial projects.

Hatem’s research focuses on using Artificial Intelligence techniques to solve real-life combinatorial and optimisation problems, such as scheduling and resource allocation. Hatem is an Educational Affiliate Member of the British Computer Society (BCS).

Hatem Ahriz's staff profile 

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Start date
Full-time - September or January / Part-time - September
Course length
Full-time September start 12 months, January start 17 months; Part-time 24-36 months
Mode of Attendance
Full-time / Part-time
Academic school
School of Computing Science and Digital Media
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