Master’s Qualifying Programme (Computing) 2021/22 entry

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1 year full-time



Coventry University (Coventry)


January 2022
May 2022


£16,000 - CUCMQP07
£11,750 - CUCMQP08

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The course has been designed to prepare international students from different educational and language backgrounds for postgraduate study at a UK university. It aims to give you a deep understanding of the academic culture that will allow you to flourish on your postgraduate degree programmes.

As well as providing a thorough orientation and induction to postgraduate study, it also supports you to develop the appropriate level of academic language, study skills, and content knowledge to enable you to meet the entry requirements of your destination degree programme on successful completion. This solid foundation aims to enable you to ‘hit the ground running’ on your postgraduate degree, help you take a critical approach, reflect on your learning, and organise your studies to be an independent learner.

Subject to meeting the academic entry requirements, on successful completion of the Master’s Qualifying Programme (Computing), you will be eligible to progress onto one of the following Coventry University master’s degrees:

Course information

The Master’s Qualifying Programme consists of six modules – three academic language and skills modules, one research skills module and two subject-specialist modules. Depending on your English language score, you could have the opportunity to join the course at the third language and skills module, subject to meeting the minimum requirements.





  • Introduction to graduate study

    This module aims to provide you with an opportunity to explore academic language and skills required for successful university study. You will be taught to consolidate strategies for approaching academic texts and for structuring academic writing and presentations. We will emphasise a critical approach to help you develop reasoned arguments and the ability to summarise and incorporate supporting evidence. The module will also explore different types of assessment tasks used in postgraduate degrees.

  • Developing your approach to graduate study

    This module aims to provide an in-depth exploration of academic language and skills. This includes strategies for approaching academic assignments, structuring academic writing and presentations, developing a reasoned argument, incorporating supporting evidence, summarising and proofreading. It will also explore different types of assessment tasks used in universities.

  • Succeeding at graduate study

    This module aims to develop and refine your academic skills, language accuracy and fluency. This will be done by analysing academic genres to identify successful approaches and strategies, deepening reading and listening skills for gathering information, and exploring different ways of organising arguments and appropriately incorporating source material. It aims to strengthen critical thinking and analytical skills and support you in refining an appropriate academic style. It will consolidate your knowledge and understanding of your destination postgraduate degree course and UK academic conventions.

  • Research skills for graduate study

    This module aims to develop your understanding of quantitative and qualitative research methods. It will also introduce you to ethical issues surrounding research. We will ask you to design a research project, searching the literature around a subject of interest, and prepare a literature review. The emphasis is on developing knowledge and skills in the analysis and utilisation of quantitative and qualitative data.

  • Subject-specialist modules

    Internet of Things

    The underlying principles, technologies and architecture of wireless sensor networks will be examined in this module along with current practical applications and future trends. You will critically evaluate the security, privacy and trust implications of IoT technology and explore the approaches and mechanisms that mitigate security risks.

    Contemporary Issues in Computing

    This unit focuses on a range of contemporary and emerging technologies, applications and professional issues in computing. Throughout the module, you will engage with research and advanced practice literature with the aim of extending and broadening your subject knowledge. There’s a focus on professional, ethical, business and societal issues, through an international lens.

In more detail...

This Master’s Qualifying Programme will be delivered by CU, part of the Coventry University Group, for and on behalf of Coventry University. You will be taught using a variety of approaches, which may include lectures, group discussion, pair work, individual and group presentations, research projects and tutorials.

Each one of the modules requires the equivalent of between 225 and 300 study hours. They run over six weeks and are taught consecutively, with a combination of assessments in each six-week block.

The university may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via emerging online technologies and methods across all courses. In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are prepared for courses due to start in or after the 2020/2021 academic year to be delivered in a variety of forms. The form of delivery will be determined in accordance with Government and Public Health guidance. Whether on campus or online, our key priority is staff and student safety.

Due to the ongoing restrictions relating to Covid-19, some facilities (including some teaching and learning spaces) and some non-academic offerings (particularly in relation to international experiences) may vary from those advertised and may have reduced availability or restrictions on their use.

*We have set out the typical teaching contact hours that you will receive on this course. Teaching contact hours will vary in different semesters/blocks and years of study and may vary due to module selection (if applicable). In addition to the contact hours detailed, we offer the opportunity to attend additional optional sessions, or to meet with staff during their advice and feedback hours.

You will be assessed on the first three academic language and skills modules of the Master’s Qualifying Programme through a combination of continuous, formative and final assessments. Formative assessments will be delivered at the end of module one and two, and there will be continuous assessment of your performance and output throughout each module.

The modules will be assessed as follows:

  • 50% Coursework (Assessment methods vary and include class and course work performance, oral presentations and individual and group tasks)
  • 50% Phase Tests (these tests for all three academic language and skills modules will follow the end of your final Academic Language and Skills module)

For the Research Skills for Graduate Study module, you will need a module mark of 40% to pass your assessment and any components.

  • Component 1 – Assessments: 1,500 word individual portfolio demonstrating knowledge and understanding of quantitative and qualitative research skills.
  • Component 2 –  2,500 word research proposal

To consolidate your skills and abilities, you will undertake several individual and group tasks and projects, culminating in a final research proposal related to your chosen field.

The learning outcomes of your subject-specialist modules, assignments and projects will be clearly stated. Your work will be marked according to how well you achieve these learning outcomes and will be given a score, and your final feedback will refer to each outcome and provide an overall score.

Course Breakdown (approximately):

  • 100% Coursework

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards achieving the intended learning outcomes.

On successful completion of all your modules, including the subject-specific module, you will be able to: 

  • Understand approaches to learning in UK universities and expectations in your chosen subject area. 
  • Write an extended piece of academic writing that requires elements of research and follows standard academic conventions.
  • Express facts, information and ideas with effective grammatical accuracy and accuracy, using an appropriate range of academic and subject specific vocabulary.
  • Communicate effectively in everyday situations within the university environment and more generally in English-speaking contexts. 
  • Deliver a well-structured presentation on an academic topic.
  • Participate in seminar discussions on academic topics.
  • Access academic texts in order to select relevant information.
  • Differentiate between different academic genres of writing.
  • Comprehend extended academic listening texts and record relevant information. 
  • Access online materials and demonstrate increased digital literacy.
  • Organise academic study and manage your time.
  • Reflect on learning.
  • Understand, engage with and critically evaluate knowledge relating to global issues. 
  • Apply your knowledge and language skills to a realistic learning opportunity and assessment, at an appropriate academic level. 

On successful completion of the Master’s Qualifying Programme (Computing), you will be eligible to progress onto one of the Coventry University postgraduate degrees listed in the Overview tab (subject to meeting the specified entry criteria).

All modules are non-credit bearing. A progression meeting is held at the end of the your modules to determine whether you can progress to the postgraduate degree course.

You will receive approximately 18 hours of teaching contact hours per week through a combination of lectures (which may take place in person on-campus or online. There will also be regular small group or individual tutorials. The remaining study hours required for the module will be self-guided.

Entry Requirements

Applicants are required to have suitable academic qualifications, in a subject relevant to their chosen pathway, equivalent to a UK undergraduate degree.

You must have a valid Secure English Language Test (SELT) listed on the UKVI’s ‘List of approved tests and providers’, score of 5.0 or equivalent. 

Non-Student visa students may be accepted with equivalent scores on Cambridge Preliminary (PET), First (FCE) or Advanced (CAE); PTE Academic; TOEFL iBT; or the Coventry University English Test (CUET), on a case-by-case basis.

Depending upon the SELT score already obtained, you will have the opportunity to join the course at the second or third module, subject to meeting the minimum requirements.

Entry to the course on the first Language and Skills Module requires a SELT. Direct entry on to the second or third Language and Skills Modules requires students to have obtained CEFR Level B2 or above; evidence of B2 level competence can take the form of a non- SELT language test.

Once we have processed your application form, you will receive the outcome of your application by email.

Please be aware you will need the following information to make your application:

  • Copies of your full (final) and up-to-date academic transcripts
  • Copies of degree/diploma certificates or work reference if employed
  • An English Language test result or certificate
  • One academic reference letter
  • Your personal statement supporting your application to study at Coventry University
  • Copy of your current passport



January 2022

£16,000 - CUCMQP07
£11,750 - CUCMQP08 (per year)

May 2022

£16,000 - CUCMQP07
£11,750 - CUCMQP08 (per year)

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees, which we review annually. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course, and we aim for total financial transparency.

Fees breakdown:

Course Code Fee
Master’s Qualifying Programme (IELTS 5.0) CUCMQP07 £16,000
Master’s Qualifying Programme (IETLS 6.0) CUCMQP08 £11,750

Career prospects

If you successfully pass the Master’s Qualifying Programme (Computing), you will be guaranteed a place on a relevant postgraduate degree course at Coventry University (listed in the Overview section), subject to meeting the specified entry criteria.

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