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Computing and Information Technology MSc

Image: Computing and Information Technology COURSE INFORMATION (2014 ENTRY)

Normally 3 years by distance learning (September and January enrolments)

Engineering and Environment
Ellison Building, Newcastle City Campus

The course has been designed for people who need a more flexible approach to study. As this is a distance learning course, you can decide on the most appropriate time each week when you study. Within limits set by the academic calendar, it is also possible to take short study breaks if your work, or other commitments, require it.

What could you study? 

  • Program Design & Implementation
  • Database Modelling
  • Systems Analysis and Design with UML
  • Computer Networking
  • Website Development and Deployment
  • Research & Project Management

Refer to the MODULES section for the credit value of each module and links to the module descriptions.

The taught modules are delivered over a two year period with three modules being studied each academic year. The delivery schedule for these modules, and your answers to any other queries, may be obtained from the course leader using the Applicant Contact Details to the right of this page.

On successful completion of 60 credits you would be eligible for the award of a Postgraduate Certificate. Normally, however, we would expect you to continue the course by studying a further 60 credits to progress to the award of a Postgraduate Diploma, and then undertake either the MSc Project or the Masters Dissertation to complete the full programme and be awarded the MSc Computing and Information Technology.

The Database Modelling, Website Development and Deployment, Computer Networking, and Program Design & Implementation modules include practical computer work. The remaining modules offer a more theoretical approach to the subject. For the practical work, you may choose to work at home on your own computer or at your place of employment. Students living near to the university are welcome to use the computers here.

Who should study this course?
This course is designed primarily for students who are currently in employment. Students not in employment should consider the full-time delivery of the course.

This course is suitable for students from a non-computing background seeking to gain a solid grounding in a range of skills and techniques that are relevant to the computing and information technology industry. These include learning SQL with the Oracle RDBMS; the Java programming language; (X)HTML, CSS and PHP for web development; and the Unified Modelling Language.


This course is accredited as fully meeting the BCS educational requirements for CITP Further Learning.


As a graduate from this course you could consider a variety of careers in the IT industry, such as software engineering, systems analysis, website development and management, IT consultancy and IT software training. Alternatively, you could return to your current field of expertise with a greater understanding of the nature, capabilities and limitations of computer systems.


As a distance learning student you do not need to attend the University for any of your studies, although you are welcome to come and visit us if you choose. You may use any of the university facilities on campus. This includes sitting in on lectures and seminars where appropriate. We provide students with the learning materials necessary to study each of our modules. Special arrangements have been made by the University library to support distance learning students. It will be necessary for you to have access to a suitable computer for the duration of the course.


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