This course is ideal for students with an undergraduate degree in Computer Science, Engineering or a closely allied field. There is a separate award in Information Technology for students who do not have a strong background in Computer Science. This course will develop a depth of knowledge across several specialised or applied areas of Computer Science. You will be encouraged to independently synthesise information and novel ideas in chosen areas of Computer Science and to evaluate or argue alternative approaches. The course will promote a professional attitude in students wishing to enter employment within the field of Computer Science and enhance the career prospects of all its students.
This degree builds upon some of the fundamental undergraduate areas to give the students an deep knowledge and understanding in those areas. The course focuses on Distributed and Mobile Computing, Database Server Management, Software Tools, Web Technologies and Group-based Software Development in which the staff are actively researching or have national or international reputations. Specialist laboratories support the teaching, for Networking and Mobile Computing. This award has a strong practical element, enhancing the underpinning knowledge with a range of practical skills designed to enhance the students’ career prospects.
You will be able to approach a variety of high level roles with confidence, in areas such as the creative industries, product design, the games industry, education, public bodies and environmental monitoring.
At the end of this course you, the student, will be able to:
Display mastery of the principles and practices of advanced Computer Science topics; integrate and apply knowledge and skills to complex problems in a new area or form;
Demonstrate a critical understanding of the concepts and technologies underpinning modern distributed systems, mobile platforms and the internet;
Apply appropriate tools and advanced techniques to develop sophisticated web sites and Internet applications;
Make informed judgements on the application of appropriate models and techniques in modern data handling systems;
Demonstrate expertise in software construction and implementation; apply well-chosen techniques and methodologies to generate sophisticated applications through team work;
Conduct research into advanced areas of Computer Science; apply and extend an understanding of the nature of research and development; demonstrate the professional skills required to produce a high-quality deliverable and communicate results clearly through appropriate media.
Accreditation will be applied for from the British Computer Society.
For direct entry onto the Master’s programme:
A lower second honours degree in Computer Science or equivalent is required for direct entry onto this Master’s programme.
A Postgraduate Certificate in Computer Science or a related subject with a minimum of grade C in all modules.
Upon entry students will:
be assessed for their capability to program to a good standard. The inability to meet the required standard will result in the student transferring to the MSc Information Technology degree
For entry onto the Postgraduate Certificate programme
(Completion of which, with a minimum of grade C in all modules, will allow a student to progress to the Master’s programme)
A pass at degree level.
Students are selected using application form and references in the first instance and may be invited for interview.
Students applying for individual modules will be required to demonstrate the ability to absorb technical concepts and detail, possibly by way of their previous industrial or commercial experience.
Minimum English competency is the standard MSc entry: IELTS 6.0 or equivalent
These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2016/7. Fees are for the academic year only, any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.
Postgraduate Loans: A new system of loans for taught and research Masters courses for students resident in England is being introduced from September 2016. The loans will provide a non means-tested loan of up to £10,000 for Masters degrees in all subject areas and modes of study. More information can be found at www.findamasters.com/funding/guides/new-uk-postgraduate-loans-scheme.aspx
Professional and Career Development Loan: The University is a Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDL) registered Learning Provider, registration number . A PCDL is a commercial bank loan that you can use to help pay for work-related learning. For further information on financial assistance to support your learning, please visit the GOV.UK website or contact the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900.
Charitable Funding: You might also want to explore the possibility of funding from charitable trusts; please see the following websites www.acf.org.uk, www.dsc.org.uk/fundingwebsites or www.family-action.org.uk. Most charities and trust funds offer limited bursaries targeted to specific groups of students so you will need to research whether any of them are relevant to your situation.
University Postgraduate Loyalty Discount: The University also offers a postgraduate loyalty discount (http://www.wlv.ac.uk/study-here/money-matters/financial-support/postgraduate-study/postgraduate-loyalty-discount/): If you have completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Wolverhampton, you may be eligible for a 20% discount on the first year of a taught postgraduate programme.
Financial Hardship: Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund (http://www.wlv.ac.uk/study-here/money-matters/financial-support/dennis-turner-opportunity-fund/) for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.
If you are paying for the fees yourself then the fees can be paid in 3 instalments: November, January and April. More information can be found at www.wlv.ac.uk/howtopay.