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Information Technology MSc 2017/18 entry

Course code:

ECT087

Study options:

1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2017

 

Fees:
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Overview

An Information Technology MSc can fill in the gaps in your knowledge of database management, software engineering and project management.

Information technology (IT) forms a central part of the fabric of 21st century life, both socially and professionally. Now more than ever, the software infrastructure within any business or organisation is a critical factor towards its success. There is increasing demand for graduates who understand modern business systems, processes and strategy as they align to IT.

This professionally accredited course aims to deepen your insight into IT by developing your creative, critical, technical and managerial skills through independent and collaborative research-based or real-life projects, taking advantage of our connections with companies including IBM. You should be able to enhance your technical knowledge in areas such as bespoke software or web development, database management and e-commerce, exploring current issues, like cybersecurity or smart technologies. We will also explore master core project management and strategy development techniques.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Student experience

All the support you need, in a top student city

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:

British Computer Society

The course is fully accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS), the leading professional body for those working in Information Technology both in the UK and internationally. You will be encouraged to attend the local branch meetings of the BCS, which are often held at the University and provide an excellent networking opportunity.  

What our alumni say

When a man is engaged in useful projects, he will not be the only beneficiary. It will encourage other people to look for new ways of earning their living. My MSc programme in Information Technology at Coventry University earned me more recognition in my profession. Today I have one of the big companies in Nigeria, we have trained more than 200 people in the area of ICT since February 2016.

Gift Elendu, Nigeria, MSc Information Technology, graduated in 2012, now Head of IT for GAB-BRANDING Solutions

Course information

The course is focused on bridging the gap between computer science and non-computing graduates who have worked in the IT sector.

It aims to provide a deliberate blend of foundations in business, IT project management and the core principles in computing disciplines such as database management, enterprise systems and software engineering.

We use our professional links with local, national and multinational companies, to stay in tune with the global developments in the industry. For example, the IT Manager of M&S worldwide was instrumental in us updating our project management training to incorporate agile software development, which acknowledges that requirements and solutions often evolve during projects.

We aim to equip you with the specialist skills and knowledge that will enable you to adopt a professional approach to the planning, design and management of complex networked and distributed computer systems. We aim to develop your analytical and communication skills, encouraging you to find and present solutions both individually and working as a group to address existing and emerging issues in the industry, this could include anything from developing databases to writing IT Strategies. 

12th

Ranked 12th University in the United Kingdom (UK)

The Guardian University Guide 2018

Modules

Overview

In your final semester, you will demonstrate the knowledge and skills you should have learned by undertaking an in-depth individual project. Guided by an expert tutor and after receiving training in study skills and research methods, this project helps you to gain an experience matching that of an IT professional. Recent projects have covered topics as diverse as network security for SMEs and digital marketing strategies for a local community centre.

This course includes the Global Professional Development module. Each of the participating postgraduate courses have an individually tailored version of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Global Professional Development module.

Modules

  • Semester 1

    • E-Commerce and Business Continuity: We examine the relationship between technology and business, in terms of the drivers, critical success factors and barriers to the uptake of digital technology in business and how technology can be deployed to leverage strategic competitive advantage. We examine legal and ethical issues, as well as business continuity to ensure sustainable operation of e-commerce activities.
    • Usability: A sub-discipline of Human Computer Interaction (HCI) studies, usability provides a pragmatic and action-oriented approach to the resolution of interface design problems. You’ll be exposed to appropriate methods of applied research and approaches to practical computer interface design, factoring in the importance of user involvement, iteration and research-based design in contemporary, rapid systems development, with a focus on e-commerce and internet systems. 
    • Global Professional Development - Consultancy: January intake
  • Semester 2

    • IS/IT strategy and project management: We explore the theoretical and practical aspects of IS/IT strategy in the context of a global business environment. A robust IS/IT strategy is constructed as part of the strategic business planning cycle; we will consider the drivers, critical success factors and barriers to project management. You’ll be introduced to the tools and techniques associated with constructing and implementing an IS/IT strategy and for evaluative decision-making.
    • Internet Systems Development: Aims to provide the theoretical knowledge and significant practical experience of modern component-based application development. We cover the entire process of building and deploying such applications, including development for smart devices, component security, delivering functionality through rich Internet clients and XML Web Services. We focus on the Microsoft .NET framework and VS.NET development environment.
    • Advanced DB Systems: Covers the theoretical and the technological underpinnings of database management systems. The Entity-Relationship data model and the relational model will be used as foundational material for the practical investigation of database development, whereas topics such as transaction management and concurrency control should provide a sound basis for an understanding of the theoretical underpinning of database management. 
    • Global Professional Development - Consultancy: September intake
  • Semester 3

    • Research Methods in Computing
    • Project dissertation

In more detail...

  • 92% of our graduates were in work or further study after six months (DLHE 2014/15).
  • High levels of student satisfaction of 90%, above the sector average of 80% (2016 Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey PTES).
  • Study in our £55m Engineering and Computing building, which features sustainable technologies including rainwater harvesting, solar thermal energy and biomass boilers.
  • Research-informed teaching – our Faculty includes experts actively researching pervasive computing, distributed computing and applications, innovative applications for interactive worlds, serious games and virtual worlds.
  • Access to extensive facilities and equipment, such as appropriate development environments, database applications, as well as on and off site access to commercial IT software for project management and process modelling, like Microsoft Project and other software programs

Opportunity to participate in UK fieldtrips with costs partially funded by the University. A recent industrial visit has included for example Bletchley Park, the central site for Britain's codebreakers during World War II.

This course, which has two entry points in September and January, can be studied on a full-time or part-time basis. Tuition is conducted in 16-week blocks, including three weeks of study break prior to the examination period. There are two to three modules per semester taught in the first two semesters, followed by the individual project in Semester Three. The programme runs over one year for full-time students and three years for part-time students. Part-time students would study one semester each year and work on their project in the third year. 

Emphasis is placed on an Activity-Led Learning (ALL) approach with group work introduced to help you develop transferrable skills and to ensure you are industry ready. You may find yourself working on real-world problems, for example, one group of students were asked to produce an IT Strategy for the Coventry Refugee Centre, which the group also visited to understand the impact of IT within a small business.

Teaching methods include: lectures, computer laboratory sessions, web-based learning, seminars, discussions, problems classes, tutorials, guided independent study, personal supervision and support.

Achievement of learning outcomes in most taught modules is assessed by a combination of group and individual coursework and can vary per module. The learning outcomes of modules, assignments and projects will be clearly stated in advance and your work will be marked according to how well you achieve these learning outcomes. You need to achieve above 40% to pass.

A variety of assessment methods are included: written examinations, in-class tests, practical assessments, individual or group presentations (eg. of a software product), portfolio, log books and your dissertation.

On the successful completion of 180 level Masters credits, awards may be made with a ‘Distinction’ or ‘Merit’, based on the achievement of an average mark of at least 70% or 60% respectively. Students may be awarded the Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) if they achieve 120 credits and a Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) if they achieve 60 credits. Students may only progress to the final stage of Masters programmes after meeting the requirements for award of a Postgraduate Diploma.

On successful completion, you should be able to:

  • Apply and demonstrate understanding of a range of systematic approaches used in the specification, development and management of IT systems.
  • Conduct a thorough and systematic analysis of a practical IT problem and use appropriate channels to disseminate the findings.
  • Critically evaluate a range of possible options or solutions to address a sizeable practical IT problem and present soundly reasoned justification for the final recommendation.
  • Advise on current and emerging practices for the effective use of mobile and web-based technologies in a business organisation.
  • Critically evaluate the technologies and issues of advanced areas in computing technologies and computing research, including risk management, social, legal, ethical and professional issues.
  • Select and apply relevant management skills to make effective and efficient use of time and resources, individually or as a team, when undertaking computing and information technology projects.
  • Identify and make effective and systematic use of a range of suitable tools and techniques for design, analysis and development of software-based solutions to complex problems. 
  • Make a significant contribution to the formulation and implementation of an effective IS/IT strategic plan to meet the requirements of an organisation. 

The amount of teaching varies and will depend on which modules you take, but is most likely around one day a week per module. 

In addition, you will be expected to undertake a further 12-15 hours of self-directed study each week, e.g. working on course assignments.

Information technology is a global business with employers all over the world crying out for specialists with knowledge in emerging technologies such as wireless and Web 2.0, as well as traditional network and security know-how. We collaborate with other universities across the globe in Online International Learning (OIL) projects. For example, we are currently engaged in a project with MEC Oman, which involves critically evaluating IT Strategies.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2014/15, we were able to provide a total of 2,264 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 73% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 27% from postgraduate travel. Plus, we've been able to help more than 5,000 students spend time in other countries, from America to China, India and beyond.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA)


2,264

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2014/15



12,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far

21

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses


What our alumni say

When a man is engaged in useful projects, he will not be the only beneficiary. It will encourage other people to look for new ways of earning their living. My MSc programme in Information Technology at Coventry University earned me more recognition in my profession. Today I have one of the big companies in Nigeria, we have trained more than 200 people in the area of ICT since February 2016.

Gift Elendu, Nigeria, MSc Information Technology, graduated in 2012, now Head of IT for GAB-BRANDING Solutions

Entry Requirements

To enter the course you need to have one of the following:

  • a good honours degree or an equivalent qualification
  • a relevant professional qualification of equivalent standard e.g. BCS Professional Graduate Diploma, CEng, CIM Diploma
  • a lower qualification plus appropriate and relevant experience at a professional level.

To enter the course you need to have one of the following:

  • A good honours degree or an equivalent qualification.
  • A relevant professional qualification of equivalent standard e.g. BCS Professional Graduate Diploma, CEng, CIM Diploma.
  • A lower qualification plus appropriate and relevant experience at a professional level.

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS 6.5 overall. Pre-Sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

To enter the course you need to have one of the following:

  • A good honours degree or an equivalent qualification.
  • A relevant professional qualification of equivalent standard e.g. BCS Professional Graduate Diploma, CEng, CIM Diploma.
  • A lower qualification plus appropriate and relevant experience at a professional level.

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS 6.5 overall. Pre-Sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

What our alumni say

When a man is engaged in useful projects, he will not be the only beneficiary. It will encourage other people to look for new ways of earning their living. My MSc programme in Information Technology at Coventry University earned me more recognition in my profession. Today I have one of the big companies in Nigeria, we have trained more than 200 people in the area of ICT since February 2016.

Gift Elendu, Nigeria, MSc Information Technology, graduated in 2012, now Head of IT for GAB-BRANDING Solutions

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

Starts

Fee


September 2017

£7,374 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2017

£7,374 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


September 2017

£14,311 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

What our alumni say

When a man is engaged in useful projects, he will not be the only beneficiary. It will encourage other people to look for new ways of earning their living. My MSc programme in Information Technology at Coventry University earned me more recognition in my profession. Today I have one of the big companies in Nigeria, we have trained more than 200 people in the area of ICT since February 2016.

Gift Elendu, Nigeria, MSc Information Technology, graduated in 2012, now Head of IT for GAB-BRANDING Solutions

Career prospects

The course is designed to help prepare you for careers in the management of IT systems within a business.

We have an outstanding record for graduate employability – 92% of our graduates were in work or further study after six months, with 90% of those employed in professional-level jobs (DLHE 2014/15). 

In a competitive marketplace, a Master’s qualification demonstrates advanced level knowledge and skills, which could enhance your employment prospects. Our strong focus on evolving industry trends and the practical experience of business-based IT systems should enable you to make a positive contribution to your future employer right away. You should already have relevant experience of tackling industry-related issues, such as adaptive planning, evolutionary development, early delivery and continuous improvement.

We enjoy close links with employers, including IBM and Coventry City Council, so we are in a good position to advise you of employment opportunities as they arise. As a postgraduate student, you also receive support from our award-winning Faculty careers service, EC Futures, which won the ‘Best Placement Service in the UK’ award at the National Undergraduate Employability Awards in 2015 and 2016.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University’s Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

Where our graduates work

Our Master’s provides a route into many careers incorporating IT management and software development; many of our graduates have gone on to work as IT Managers and project managers. 

What our alumni say

When a man is engaged in useful projects, he will not be the only beneficiary. It will encourage other people to look for new ways of earning their living. My MSc programme in Information Technology at Coventry University earned me more recognition in my profession. Today I have one of the big companies in Nigeria, we have trained more than 200 people in the area of ICT since February 2016.

Gift Elendu, Nigeria, MSc Information Technology, graduated in 2012, now Head of IT for GAB-BRANDING Solutions
Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place with us, a Student Contract (“the Contract”) will be formed between you and the University. The Contract will detail all of your rights and also the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and will also contain all of the obligations that the University owes to you.  We would encourage you to read the Student Contract before you accept any offer of a place at the University. A copy of the Contract can be found here.