Computing (Masters Stage) (MSC Masters Stage)

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Study mode

Full-Time or Part-Time


Park, Cheltenham

The MSc Computing (Master’s Stage Award) will enable you to obtain a comprehensive knowledge through independent research in the areas of information system design, development and management, IT project management, cyber security, and games design and development. You will develop further expertise and deeper insight into your field of study through project work and research.

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. 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 communication, literacy, numeracy and problem-solving skills.

Module Descriptions

  • Research Methods in Computing Learn the practical and theoretical skills to undertake academic research
  • Dissertation You will conduct a sustained and intensive investigation into one project area, drawing on programme-related cognitive and practical skills

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Study style

  • A research project proposal report (for Research Methods in Computing module)
  • Dissertation – the master’s dissertation is a report from a major piece of individual project work, which involves a supervised research study

Course modules

Take a look at the course content for full details of all the modules you'll study on this course.

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 - 2020/21 Academic Year
Home and EU Students
Full-Time Fees
Masters Stage Award £2800
International Students
Full-Time Fees
Masters Stage Award £5100

The fee displayed is the total course fee for full-time or part-time study; see also the details of potential extra costs. Please refer to the Tuition Fee and Bursary Policy for payment methods and timescales.


  • Web developer
  • Business analyst
  • IT manager, e-business manager
  • Business adviser on IT strategy and sustainability issues
  • Forensic computing - police, MOD, government
  • Network security and penetration testing
  • Games designer

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Balance study and other commitments

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

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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.

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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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