Computing and Information Technology MSc

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Every business relies on computing to succeed, and on knowledgeable, skilled and passionate people to manage that vital technology. No matter what your background, if you are organised and ambitious this course can prepare you for a vast range of management opportunities in the field.

Northumbria’s BCS-accredited distance learning MSc has been designed for busy people who need a flexible approach to study. You don’t need to be online at any fixed times and you will be supported by a 24/7 IT helpline to ensure that your learning experience runs smoothly. All aspects are taught on industry-standard software, including Oracle, which you can access from your home or work computer.

You will study three core modules each year for two years, covering the five core pillars of computing: programming in Java, web development, database design and building, systems analysis and design with UML, and computer networks. The sixth module covers transferable skills in project management and research, to prepare you for a final year dissertation or project in a specialist subject. Assessment is by coursework, mainly practical computing tasks accompanied by critical reflection, to help you develop the technical skills and strategic approaches that will enable you to thrive in the workplace.

Our graduates will be perfectly placed to build on their current career or progress to new roles in software development, equipped with a greater understanding of the nature, capabilities and limitations of computer systems.


This course fully meets the educational requirements for BCS Chartered IT Professional registration.


Facilities InformationWhen you want to get hands-on with technology and really understand how everything connects, how to create games or protect data integrity, our range of specialist facilities will support you. Throughout your work, whether undergraduate, postgraduate or research, you will be able to investigate, diagnose, apply fixes and protections to ensure that organisations can make the best use of their technology. 


Discovermore _button58% of the department of Computer Science and Digital Technologies research outputs were ranked world-leading or internationally excellent according to the latest UK wide research assessment exercise (REF2014, UoA11) making us the leading Modern University in the North East for research power. 


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Level of Study Postgraduate

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

Department Computer Science and Digital Technologies

Location Ellison Building, Newcastle City Campus

City Newcastle

Start September or January

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