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School of Computing
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Address St. Andrew St., Aberdeen AB25 1HG
Scotland
Tel. No. +44 (0) 1224 262700
Fax No. +44 (0) 1224 262727
E-mail address msc-enquiry@comp.rgu.ac.uk
Courses MSc Computing: Software Technology
MSc Computing: Software Technology with Network Management
MSc Computing: Information Engineering
MSc Computing: Information Engineering with Network Management
MSc Information Technology Management
Type of courses All courses run in full time or part time mode. MSc Information Technology Management also runs in distance learning mode.
Length of course 12 months in full time mode except the January intake of MSc Computing: Information Engineering which lasts 17 months.
Date of commencement All courses have an intake in September each year. The MSc Computing: Software Technology and the MSc Computing: Information Engineering also have an intake in January each year. The MSc in Information Technology Management has a January intake for part-time distance learning.
Application deadlines: Applications are considered up to the commencement of the course
Class size Typically around 30
Accommodation The University offers some accommodation for rent by students. There is also a large private rented sector in Aberdeen.
Fees 2009/10 fees for Home and EU students are £3,400 for all courses except the MSc in Information Technology Management (see below).
2009/10 fees for students outside the EU are £8,550 for all courses except the MSc in Information Technology Management (see below).
2009/10 fees for the MSc in Information Technology Management are £12,750.
Student grants/
Financial Assistance
EU students may apply for SAAS funding towards the cost of their tuition fees. It may also be possible to apply for an income-assessed maintenance grant, plus other supplementary grants, but this will be based on individual circumstances and eligibility.
Some partial scholarships may also be available for International students.
Student Profile 1.Countries of origin: UK/EU, India, Nigeria, China
2. Ratio Men: Women 70:30
3. Age Range: 24-40
4. Average Age: 26
5. Average Work Experience: 0-2 years
Course director Dr. Ines Arana


 


The Postgraduate Programme in Computing

The Postgraduate Programme in Computing offers a range of courses aimed at producing highly skilled graduates for the IT industry. All of our courses are highly rated by employers – we have among the highest rates of graduate employment in the UK. According to government statistics, 97% of our graduates are employed in IT within 6 months of graduation.

The programme offers two types of course – generalist courses, aimed at graduates of non-computing disciplines who wish to work in IT; and specialist courses, aimed at graduates who already have degrees in computing but who wish to gain advanced skills.

The courses available are:

Generalist courses:

MSc Computing: Software Technology

The course provides an opportunity for graduates of non-computing disciplines to develop specialist skills suitable for a career in Computing. The course is designed for students who wish to apply their knowledge and expertise in a technical environment and need to develop core computing skills in order to achieve this. Students will develop skills in software development, database systems and web programming as well as the research and development skills required to undertake a sustained software development project. The Software Project Engineering and MSc Project modules are of particular value to employers as evidence of the ability to produce high quality work of an advanced technical standard to deadline and to a high standard of presentation.

MSc Computing: Software Technology with Network Management

This course is a development from MSc Computing: Software Technology which includes a practically-focused Network Management theme, reflecting the strong demand from industry for graduates with hands-on skills in this area. The networking modules are taught by CISCO-accredited trainers in a purpose-built networking lab. The module content covers Semesters 1 to 4 of CISCO's Training Academy and will fully prepare students for CISCO accreditation

Specialist Courses:

MSc Computing: Information Engineering

The MSc/PgD/PgC Computing: Information Engineering is a specialist masters programme, designed to equip honours Computing graduates with expert knowledge of information systems technology and to provide a foundation of research skills to become an independent researcher. It provides the technical skills and research training necessary to develop sophisticated information systems and to meet the challenge required in merging the various technologies.

The technical content of the course is aimed at relevant industrial techniques and theoretical underpinning in the specialised area. In addition, the technical work is supplemented by a significant amount of research training to provide students with an introduction to the skills required to become independent researchers. The MSc project modules are of particular value to employers as evidence of the student's ability to produce high-quality work of an advance technical standard to deadline and to a high standard of presentation.

At all stages of study, the course content is complemented by practical work intended to reinforce the learning process but also to enhance the vocational relevance of the programme of study. The syllabus content also incorporates course units intended to enhance the technical and professional skills required to manage and execute state of the art information systems. Students who perform well in semesters 1 and 2 have the opportunity of undertaking an Industrial Placement. Transfer to the Industrial Placement course is dependent on a selection procedure based on academic performance, an interview and a suitable matching with a company. Successful students undertake a placement in industry up to a period of one year.

MSc Computing: Information Engineering with Network Management

This course is a development from MSc Computing: information engineering that includes a practically-focussed Network Management theme, reflecting the strong demand from industry for graduates with hands-on skills in this area. The networking modules are taught by CISCO-accredited trainers in a purpose-built networking lab. The module content covers Semesters 1 to 4 of CISCO's Training Academy and will fully prepare students for CISCO accreditation.

This course also offers the opportunity of an Industrial Placement to suitable candidates.

MSc in Information Technology Management

The course is designed to provide experienced IT professionals with the key management and professional skills needed to take on senior roles in the IT industry including: leadership of strategic IT projects; and the broader role of management of corporate IT services and development. Thus, the course aims to produce graduates who: (i) can take on leading management roles in large-scale IT projects; (ii) can manage IT projects effectively making best use of people; (iii) can manage IT projects efficiently, on cost and on time, and; (iii) can devise and direct the IT strategies of large organisations.

The course has been developed with strong IT industry involvement from its inception through to its content and delivery, leading to credibility and acceptance of the course as professionally leading. Modules seek to draw from individual’s experiences and engender reflective practice. Assessment is based on individual experiences.

Applicants for this course require some experience of project management, leadership of small teams and / or IT strategy planning in addition to an honours degree in computing or related discipline.

The School of Computing and the University

The School of Computing at RGU is at the leading edge of innovation in computing and information technology. Located in the centre of Europe’s Oil Capital, the School is renowned for both its applied research and its pioneering approaches to education.

With 97% of our students in relevant employment following graduation, it is clear that our courses provide a professional, educational experience that meets the needs of industry and commerce. If you want a career in an exciting and dynamic discipline that will challenge your imagination and can shape the future then think about Computing.

The School of Computing at RGU has an international reputation for research. The research interests of our staff influence our courses through up-to-date subject content, leading edge developments and research based projects that will give you an insight into exciting new innovations and applications of computing. Our courses are also developed in collaboration with industry, and take account of the practical needs of potential employers.

All of our courses therefore also focus on team working, communication and presentation skills. As a result, you will graduate with a range of skills and professional experience that will open career opportunities in both industry and research and development.

Robert Gordon University

The Robert Gordon University is a dynamic modern University with an international reputation for providing high quality education from Undergraduate to PhD level.

With a diverse and exciting range of degree programmes in Business, Law, Engineering, Science, Computing, Art, Design, Architecture, Pharmacy and Health Sciences all taught in state-of-the-art facilities, RGU can set you on the path to the career you want.

In 2009 the Sunday Times named RGU as one of the three top UK universities for graduate employment. The Guardian University Guide has noted that Robert Gordon University "… has one of the best graduate recruitment records in the UK....97% of its graduates were in employment within six months of graduating. The Times Good University Guide 2008 noted that Robert Gordon University "… is at the top of our graduate employment table, combining the lowest level of unemployment with one of the best rates of graduate-level employment. Robert Gordon also has a good track record of widening access to higher education with more than 25% mature students studying at the university". All our programmes are designed to offer students an effective combination of academic study and practical experience, developed by close consultation with industry. In combining the best of the academic and professional worlds, a degree from Robert Gordon University places graduates ahead of the rest. Collaborative work with professional bodies, industrial organisations, government departments and research institutes continues to enhance our academic profile at home and abroad. The majority of our courses enable part-time study, and an increasing number are available distance learning via the University's Virtual Campus.


 


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