Information Technology MSc/PgDip/PgCert

1. Overview

The course provides an opportunity for graduates of non-computing disciplines to develop the specialist skills suitable for a career in Computing with a focus on software development.

It allows those who wish to apply their knowledge and expertise in a technical environment to develop the computing skills needed to match software solutions to the needs of business. The course is suitable for graduates wishing to transition into an IT career from other disciplines, as well as  for candidates wishing to extend their existing IT experience with a formal Computing qualification.

You will develop skills in software development, database systems, and web programming, as well as the research and development skills required to undertake a sustained piece of software project work. The Information Technology course is designed to provide the core knowledge and skills required to work within the IT industry, using software development tools and techniques to extend and enhance the knowledge and skills of non-computing graduates.

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.

2. What you will study

Full-Time

Semester 1 (Sept start) / Semester 2 (Jan start)

  • Object Oriented Programming
  • Data Management
  • IT Infrastructure and service management
  • Computing Ethics and Law 

Semester 2 (Sept start) / Semester 1 (Jan start)

  • Intranet Systems Development
  • Software Project Engineering
  • Data Visualisation and Analysis
  • User-centred Design

Semester 3

  • MSc Project Investigation
  • MSc Project

Part-Time

Year 1

Semester 1 (Sept start) / Semester 2 (Jan start)

  • Object Oriented Programming
  • Data Management

Semester 2 (Sept start) / Semester 1 (Jan start)

  • Intranet Systems Development
  • Data Visualisation and Analysis

Year 2

Semester 1 (Sept start) / Semester 2 (Jan start)

  • IT Infrastructure and service management
  • Computing Ethics and Law

Semester 2 (Sept start) / Semester 1 (Jan start)

  • Software Project Engineering
  • User-centred Design

Semester 3

  • MSc Project Investigation

Year 3

Semester 1

  • MSc Project

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

You will learn to use modern software tools and environments, allowing you to match these to the needs of commerce and industry using appropriate development methodology to provide high quality software solutions.

The core technical content of the course is directed towards the study of state-of-the-art tools and techniques in the fields of software development, database systems and web programming. Throughout the course, content is complemented by practical work, allowing you to support your theoretical understanding by developing real-world problem solving skills and gaining practical experience.

You will be taught through a mixture of lectures, tutorials, labs and external speakers, supported through our online virtual learning environment affording access to a wide variety of resources and support materials.

Group and Individual Projects

  • You will work on a group project designed to simulate a number of industry-relevant challenges and develop team-working skills.
  • You will also undertake a substantial individual project allowing you to extend and focus skills on a topic of particular interest.

4. Entry Requirements

  • Applicants normally hold a 2:2 undergraduate honours degree or its equivalent in any NON-Computing discipline.
  • Applicants with a lower degree classification and / or relevant work experience will be considered on a case by case basis.

International students who do not meet our direct entry requirements for this course can gain additional entry points through our International College at Robert Gordon University.

English Language

Applicants whose first language is not English should have an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with no component lower than 5.5, or an equivalent.

We accept a variety of in-country and secure English language tests, find out more:

English Language requirements

* All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. A small number of courses require higher levels, but this will be stated explicitly on your offer letter.

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 and is not guaranteed.

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 2018/2019

All Students

  • £320 for optional short placement

UK/EU Students

Full-time

  • £5,500 .

Scottish/EU Students

Part-time

  • £2,750 Year1:
  • £2,750 Year2:
  • No fee for year 3

Rest of UK Students

Full-time

  • £6,750 .

Part-time

  • £2,750 Year1
  • £2,750 Year2
  • £1,250 year 3

International Students

Full-time

  • £13,200 .

Part-time

  • £4,950 Year 1
  • £4,950 Year 2
  • £3,300 Year 3

For Academic Year 2017/2018

UK/EU Students

Full-time

  • £3,400 for September 2017 starts
  • £5,500 for January 2018 starts

Scottish/EU Students

Part-time

  • £1,700 Year1: for September 2017 starts
  • £1,700 Year2: for September 2017 starts
  • £2,750 Year1: for January 2018 starts
  • £2,750 Year2: for January 2018 starts
  • No fee for year 3

Rest of UK Students

Full-time

  • £6,750 .

Part-time

  • £2,530 Year1 for September 2017 starts
  • £2,530 Year2 for September 2017 starts
  • £1,690 year 3 for September 2017 starts
  • £2,750 Year2: for January 2018 starts
  • £2,750 Year1 for January 2018 starts
  • £1,250 year 3 for January 2018 starts

International Students

Full-time

  • £12,820 .

Part-time

  • £4,810 Year 1
  • £4,810 Year 2
  • £3,200 Year 3

Disclaimer

Course fees are reviewed periodically and so are subject to change for new applicants. All tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in your offer letter. 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:

Terms and Conditions of Admissions

The Terms and Conditions of Admission describe to applicants holding an offer of a place to study at RGU, the principal rights, duties and obligations of both the applicant and the University prior to enrolling on a course of study.

Terms and Conditions of Admissions (PDF 142KB)

9. Prospects

Graduates could go on to work in a wide variety of IT careers, for example, to work as software engineers, applications developers, business analysts, database developers, world wide web developers, network managers and administrators. They could also go on to pursue careers in research and academia. 

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MSc/PgDip/PgCert

Start Date

September or January

Course Length

Full-Time September start: 12 months
Full-Time January start: 17 months
Part-Time: 24-36 months

Mode of Attendance

Full-Time or Part-Time

Academic School
School of Computing Science and Digital Media
More Information:
Postgraduate Admissions +44 (0) 1224 262209

ICRGU - Postgraduate Computing

ICRGU - Postgraduate Computing

The International College at Robert Gordon University offers a 10-week pre-masters leading to computing MSc courses at Robert Gordon University for International Students.