Master in Software Engineering PgCert/PgDip/MSc

MSc Computing: Software Technology with Network Management

1. Overview

The course provides an opportunity for graduates of non-computing disciplines to develop the specialist skills suitable for a career in Computing. It allows those who wish to apply their knowledge and expertise in a technical environment to develop the core computing skills needed to do so.

You will develop skills in software development, database systems, network management and web programming, as well as the research and development skills required to undertake a sustained piece of software project work. The Software Project Engineering, Cisco modules and MSc Project modules are of particular value to employers.

This course is available to study full-time or part-time. The part-time mode is ideal if you would like to develop your career but are unable to commit to full time study.

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2. What you will study

FULL-TIME

Semester 1

  • Introduction to Object Oriented Programming
  • Computer Systems
  • Relational Database Systems
  • Cisco CCNA courses 1 and 2

Semester 2

  • MSc Project Investigation
  • Software Project Engineering
  • Object Oriented Programming Techniques
  • Cisco CCNA courses 3 and 4

Semester 3

  • Intranet Systems Development
  • MSc Project

PART-TIME

Year1:

Semester 1

  • Introduction to Object Oriented Programming
  • Cisco CCNA courses 1 and 2

Semester 2

  • Software Project Engineering
  • Cisco CCNA courses 3 and 4

Year 2:

Semester 1

  • Computer Systems
  • Relational Database Systems

Semester 2

  • Object Oriented Programming Techniques
  • MSc Project Investigation

Semester 3

  • Intranet Systems Development

Year 3:

Semester 1

  • MSc Project

The two networking modules are taught by Cisco-accredited trainers. The module content covers courses 1 to 4 of Cisco's Training Academy and will fully prepare students for Cisco accreditation. This is the key professional training required for a career in network management.

The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our Course Disclaimer for more information.

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. 

By studying the network management route, you will complete two networking modules which cover semesters 1 to 4 of Cisco’s CCNA curriculum, in addition to the core course content. You will be taught by Cisco-accredited trainers using their training materials, enabling you to apply for exams leading to Cisco Network Associate certification (CCNA), the key professional training required for a career in network management, once you have successfully completed the course. 

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 a first degree in any non-computing discipline. Other qualifications and experience will be considered with entry being subject to the University's judgement that the person has reasonable expectation of being able to fulfil the requirements of the award.

All international students, for whom English is not their first language, must provide evidence of linguistic ability, by gaining either IELTS 6.0 or its equivalent prior to receiving an unconditional offer of a place on the course.

IELTS 6.0 or equivalent means: 

  • IELTS 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each of the 4 individual elements 
  • TOEFL 80 overall with a 18 in reading, 17 in listening, 20 in speaking and 17 in writing 
  • Pearson PTE 59 overall with a minimum of 51 in each of the 4 individual elements

We also accept alternative qualifications which can be found on the page:

English Language Requirements

5. Placements and accreditations

Students have the option to seek a short placement. However, permission to undertake a placement is at the discretion of the School.

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 2016/2017

All Students

Full-time

  • £320 for a short placement

Scottish/EU Students

Full-time

  • £3,400 for the entire MSc course

Part-time

  • £1,700 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

Full-time

  • £7,480 for the entire MSc course

Part-time

  • £ 3,740 per academic year

International Students

Full-time

  • £13,700 for the entire MSc course

Part-time

  • £5,150 for year 1
  • £5,150 for year 2
  • £3,400 for year 3

For Academic Year 2015/2016

All Students

Full-time

  • £320 for a short placement

Scottish/EU Students

Full-time

  • £3,400 for the entire MSc course

Part-time

  • £1,700 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

  • £13,700 for the entire MSc course

Part-time

  • £6,850 per academic year

For Academic Year 2014/2015

Scottish/EU Students

Full-time

  • £3,400 for the entire MSc course

Part-time

  • £1,700 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. You will also be liable to pay a graduation fee of £40 before receiving a University award.

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

Lonie, Dr David

David Lonie

David holds an Honours degree in Physics, an MSc in Financial Mathematics and a PhD in Mathematics. David currently teaches computer systems at undergraduate level, and programming at masters level, and is involved in the supervision of PhD students. David’s current research includes interests in computational and mathematical modelling of financial and energy markets; the application of information geometry to computational problems; and the application of computer algebra to solve applied maths problems

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PgCert/PgDip/MSc

Start date

September & January

Course length

Full-time September start 12 months, January start 17 months; Part-time 24-36 months

Mode of Attendance

Full-time / Part-time on campus

Academic school
School of Computing Science and Digital Media
More information:
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Accredited Modules
Cisco

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