Computing (Masters Stage) (MSC Masters Stage)

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Full-Time or Part-Time


Park, Cheltenham

Offered exclusively through distance learning, get the skills required by the computing industry

Recruiting now for January 2018 entry

Offered exclusively through distance learning, this course will enable you to develop the practical and evaluative skills required by the computing industry. You will develop further expertise and deeper insight into your field of study through project work and research.

The MSc Computing (Masters Stage Award) will enable you to obtain a comprehensive knowledge through independent research in the areas of IT/IS project management, security architecture, games development and web design. We will equip you with the skills required for the creation of the lifelong learner, so you can set your own goals and identify resources for the purpose of learning. You’ll learn how to critically review literature and identify the key developments in a particular area of study, critically analysing them and identifying limitations and avenues for further development or explanation. We’ll also help you to develop an ability to recognise and respond to opportunities for innovation.

Research skills are embedded through the Research Methods in Computing module and include the development of high-level verbal communication, literacy, numeracy and problem-solving skills. In addition, the award stresses the importance of personal and on-going professional development.


  • Research Methods in Computing

Study style

Assessment will be via a portfolio and dissertation. The portfolio will comprise a selection of completed short tasks, typically involving problem solving or short examples of software.

The Masters Dissertation is a report from a major piece of individual project work, which involves a supervised research study.

Entry requirements

  • UK postgraduate diploma or equivalent in a subject cognate with Computing
  • EU and international students need IELTS 6.0 overall (no less than 5.5 in any band) or equivalent.


Fees - 2017/18 Academic Year
Home and EU Students
Masters Stage Award £2500
Non-EU Students
Masters Stage Award £4500

The fee displayed is the total course fee for full or part-time study. Fees can be paid in instalments over the duration of study with further details available in our tuition fee policy.


  • Forensic computing - police, MOD, government
  • Network security and penetration testing
  • Games designer
  • Web developer
  • Business Analyst
  • IT Manager
  • e-Business Manager
  • Business Adviser on IT strategy and sustainability issues

Balance study and other commitments

Through its online delivery, the course allows you to fit studies around other work and personal commitments.

Provides opportunities for Personal Development Planning

Opportunities for Personal Development Planning (PDP) are also available throughout the course, beginning with a distance learning induction session introducing students to the methods of study they will need to adopt.

Be supported by experienced computing experts

Our teaching staff have a wealth of experience, having worked for a range of organisations and across a variety of sectors.

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