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Information Technology (Graduate Certificate)
School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences

Heriot-Watt University


Address Heriot-Watt University,
Edinburgh Campus,
Edinburgh EH14 4AS, UK
Tel. No. +44 (0)131 451 3221
E-mail address
Postgraduate courses Information Technology (Graduate Certificate)
Type of courses Full-Time, Part-Time and a flexible learning MSc in Information Technology (IS)
Length of course 1 or 2 years
Date of commencement October
Accommodation All overseas students are guaranteed a place in a hall of residence on campus during their course of postgraduate study
Top recruiters of our graduates GEC Marconi Avionics
Citibank NA (Greece)
Fees Enquire with the School for up to date fees
Student grants/Financial Assistance Scholarships are available to support study
Admission requirements Designed for MSc applicants without the equivalent of a good Honours degree but with at least a good three year degree.

TOEFL (NEW computerised version) 213
Student Profile 1.Countries of origin - Heriot-Watt has a strong tradition of attracting students from overseas and extensive experience of advising and supporting them. Our students come from all over the world…China,, Malaysia, Japan, Greece, Spain, Norway, India, France
2. Ratio Men: Women - Our postgraduate programmes attract both male and female students – we see students as people not numbers.
3. Age Range - The ages of our postgraduate students vary – from 21 upwards.
4. Average Age - Average age for postgraduate study is 26.
5. Average Work Experience - Our postgraduate students often come with work experience – they finish their undergraduate degree, work for several years and then find their promotion chances are enhanced by studying one of our programmes.
Contact person for application Dr Hamish Taylor,
Tel: 0131 451 4152


The Graduate Certificate in Information Technology

The Graduate Certificate in Information Technology is a full-time postgraduate foundation course. It enables overseas MSc applicants, without the equivalent of a good Honours degree but with at least a good three year degree, to acquire the academic qualifications for admission to one of our Masters courses in Computer Science.

The course structure consists of three flexible learning modules and a major software development project extended over the full period of the course. The three flexible learning modules are chosen from a list of six modules. Study for the Graduate Certificate can be done in conjunction with English language study in our School of Management and Languages.

The Department of Computer Science

All Computer Science programmes at Heriot-Watt are accredited by the British Computer Society. Our taught postgraduate courses draw very much on the strength of the research activities carried out by academic staff. Masters courses are available in such contemporary areas as Creative Software Systems, Intelligent Web Technology, Interactive Multimedia and Mobile and Handheld Applications, to name but a few. These courses are available to applicants with a first degree in Computer Science or a related discipline. Flexibility is key to the course structures at Heriot-Watt, therefore the department also offers an MSc in Information Technology with specialisms such as e-Learning and Business. Those studying the Information Systems option also have the opportunity to work on a Flexible Learning basis.

The pace of change in Computer Science and Information Technology is quite staggering, underpinned by challenging and fast paced research. The wide range of research topics addressed in the department includes:

• Synchronisation of voices and faces in cartoon animations.
• The effect of lighting variations on image texture and texture features.
• Personalised computing in a pervasive world
• The role of emotion and affective behaviour in computer systems.
• Diagnosing eye disorders using neural networks for pattern matching
• Fingerprint detection using photometric stereo computer techniques.
• Biologically inspired approaches to computation ranging from membrane, neural, glial and cerebrovascular networks to evolutionary algorithms.
• The design of robust programming languages with provably correct properties.

Heriot-Watt University

Heriot-Watt is a vibrant, forward looking University offering a high quality learning experience and a welcoming and friendly environment. With an international reputation for innovative education, enterprise and leading edge but practical research, it is one of the leading UK universities for business and industry. Often referred to as Scotland's international university, Heriot-Watt has four student campuses: three in Scotland - Edinburgh, the Scottish Borders and Orkney - and a campus in Dubai.

Heriot-Watt University is the eighth oldest higher education institution in the UK. The name commemorates George Heriot - the 16th century financier to King James, and James Watt - the great 18th century inventor and engineer. The University originated as the School of Arts of Edinburgh in 1821, and in 1966, Heriot-Watt became a University by Royal Charter.

At Heriot-Watt, the community of postgraduate students undertaking taught and research courses is 1,500 strong and has representation from around 100 countries.

Around two thirds of the on-campus students are from countries outside of the UK. With this in mind there is huge opportunity for cross-cultural and interdisciplinary interaction. This opportunity has been recognised by the University through the creation of a new multi-million pound, purpose built Post Graduate Centre.

Research pooling amongst the Scottish Universities is leading to multi-site lectures, tutorials and research-group meetings, enabled by virtual conferencing. Expanding collaborations with industry and the commercial sector, always a strong feature at Heriot-Watt mean that more than ever there is a need for a central forum for meetings, real or virtual, where fertilisation of ideas crossing the disciplines can take place.

Establishment of the Postgraduate Centre was approved by the University Planning & Management Executive in May 2005 with the first taught-course students to experience the benefits of our investment will be those entering in Autumn 2008.


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