PgCert | PgDip | MSc
You’ll gain an understanding of current computing trends, and modern applications and environments. You’ll learn to match tools and technologies to the needs of commerce and industry and integrate these technologies to develop high-quality information systems. The technical content is directed towards the study of state-of-the-art software development tools and techniques, complemented by practical work.
The individual project provides an opportunity to apply specialist knowledge together with analytic, problem-solving, managerial and communication skills to a particular area of interest. Working with the full support and guidance of your Project Supervisor, you’ll be given the opportunity to propose, plan, specify, develop, evaluate, and present a substantial project.
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 topics.
The general format of the course consists of two semesters of taught modules, followed by a semester for the project modules. Semester 1 and Semester 2 consist of 12 weeks each. Each semester comprises 4 taught modules. Each module generally consists of a 2 hour lecture and 2 hour lab weekly sessions. Part-time students attend only 2 modules per semester.
Modules and delivery order may change for operational purposes. The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our Course and module disclaimer for more information.
You will be taught through a mixture of lectures, tutorials, labs and talks from external speakers. You will also be supported through our online virtual learning environment where you can access a wide variety of resources and other support materials. Course content is complemented with practical work, supporting your theoretical development with real-life simulation.
Part-time September-start students who would like to work on their project during the summer start their project in May of their second year and complete in December of their third year.
Part-time September-start students who would like to avoid working on their project during the summer start their project in September of their third year and complete in May that year.
- Lectures - 5 students per group, 6 hours per week
- Project Supervision - 17 hours per semester (semester 3 only)
- Practical class or workshop - 5 students per group, 10 hours per week
- Independent Study - 36 hours per week
A significant portion of this courses is underpinned by independent learning, and you will be expected to be responsible for managing your coursework, reading and other learning activities appropriately.
Staff Delivering on This Course
Our staff members feature in the annual Support and Teaching staff with Appreciation and Recognition (STAR) awards voted by the students and organised by RGU:Union. Recently we have been awarded two Lecturer of the Year awards and an award for Continued Excellence.
Many of our academic staff are Fellows or Senior Fellows of the Higher Education Academy or are working towards this accolade. This is a professional recognition of practice, impact and leadership of teaching and learning.
Staff on this course could also include: visiting lecturers, visiting Distinguished Researchers, library staff and industry experts and postgraduate researchers.
Typically students are assessed:
- 4 written exams, typically for 3 hours
- 6 written assignments, including essays
- 2 reports
- 1 project output
- 2 oral assessments
- 5 practical skills assessments
- 1 group critique
We aim to provide you with feedback within 20 working days of hand-in for all written exams, coursework and practical exams.
The Disability & Dyslexia Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.
Study Skills Support
The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in:
- Academic writing
- Study skills (note taking, exam techniques, time management, presentation)
- Maths and statistics
- English language
- Information technology support
Optional paid short placements (3 months) and long placements (45 weeks) are built into the course structure. You are supported in finding a placement through the University Placements Office. Alternatively, you can seek your own placement.
This course will allow you to gain the knowledge and skills required to work within a diverse number of computing roles. Opportunities exist in the analysis, design, implementation and management of software projects; the development of web applications and services; consultancy work in software architecture, Big Data Analysis and Cloud Computing. Previous graduates have gone on to work as IT Consultants, Software Engineers, Network Managers/Administrators, Database Developers/Administrators, and Web Services Developers. Examples of companies where graduates secured employment include Microsoft, Accenture, Atos, SAIC, and Total. Graduates have also gone on to pursue careers in research and academia.
- Applicants normally hold a 2:2 undergraduate honours degree or its equivalent in a relevant subject area, or with Computing content.
- 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 Requirements
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:
* 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.
For Academic Year 2018/2019
£1,000 for optional long placement
£320 for optional short placement
£2,750 for year 1
£2,750 for year 2
No fee for year 3
Rest of UK Students
£2,750 for year 1
£2,750 for year 2
£1,250 for year 3
£4,950 for year 1
£4,950 for year 2
£3,300 for year 3
The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:
- The cost of books that you may wish to purchase.
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- Costs associated with your placement / study abroad
- Accommodation and Living costs
- £1,000 for optional long placement
- £320 for optional short placement
- £40 Graduation Fee
Postgraduate students will normally make their own arrangements for payment of fees. However, there are a limited number of SAAS funded places on certain postgraduate courses.
There are also sources of funding that are applicable to categories of student.
Robert Gordon University is delighted to offer a 20% loyalty discount on course fees for all alumni who have graduated from RGU.
Scholarships and Financial Awards
Applicants to this course may be eligible for a scholarship. More information can be found on the Computing Scholarships pages.
For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter. For further information see:
This course is accredited by the British Computer Society, so as a graduate, you can apply for membership of the Society, providing you with valuable additional professional recognition.
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