About the Programme
About the University of Stirling
The MSc in Information Technology is a one-year course for those who wish to enter the IT field. It places emphasis on the application of computers in Business and Commerce, and is specifically designed for those with little previous experience in computing regardless of previous academic discipline. It is thus particularly suitable for those with first degrees in Arts or Social Science subjects. The course has proved very suitable for mature applicants who wish an opportunity to retrain. In 2007/2008 modules are planned in the following topics:
Principles and Practice of Programming (using Java), Foundations of Information Technology, Database Principles and Applications, Interface Design and the World Wide Web.
Decision Support Systems, Networking and Technologies for E-commerce, Object Oriented Software Design, and Multi-media.
The MSc in Internet Technologies for eBusiness is a one-year course for graduates who have already completed a computing degree. It is concerned with the advanced application of the internet to business and e-commerce, with particular emphasis on web design and scripting, decision support systems, web services and telecommunications. In 2007/2008 modules are planned in the following topics:
Web scripting using PHP and XML, Interface Design and the World Wide Web, Information Systems Management and Analysis.
Decision Support Systems, Networking, Web Services, Telecommunications, Object-oriented Software Design.
Assessment at Stirling is by coursework and examination. There is also a more substantial Winter programming assignment undertaken at the University during a three-week period starting in mid-January. Examinations take place in December and in May, at the end of each semester.
In each programme, students may choose to graduate with the Postgraduate Diploma after nine months, or, if they wish, may continue with a three-month project and dissertation to qualify for the award of the MSc degree. The project usually concerns the application of computers in a field that is of special interest to the student - often a topic developed in previous studies.
For 2007/2008 a further Master of Science programme is being developed: This will be a course for computing graduates, but will cover a wider range of advanced computing topics than the focussed ITeB course, and may be preferred by some applicants.
The University of Stirling was granted its Royal Charter in September 1967 and has around 9000 students and 1600 staff. It took the lead in the UK in establishing a two-semester system, with a key role for continuous assessment. It is well-known for the innovation and quality of its teaching and for research excellence in many academic disciplines. With around 15% of students coming from overseas and some 80 nationalities represented at any one time, the university is well-experienced in the training of students from outside Great Britain.
The University campus is widely acknowledged as one of the most beautiful in the UK, with 60 acres of woodland, 300 acres of mature, landscaped parkland, a loch and a splendid 18th century castle. It lies two miles from the historic town of Stirling and there are excellent road and rail links to the major cities of Glasgow and Edinburgh, both of which are served by international airports. The University's sports facilities are excellent and the campus has a shopping centre, theatre and cinema.