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Information Technology (Distance Learning) - MSc

Why study this course?

A career-focused, up-to-date exploration of information technology, this distance learning course trains you on the fundamentals and the development of IT systems. It can also prepare you for industry-recognised Oracle Professional Certification. In the most recent (2014-15) Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, 100% of graduates from this course were in work or further study within six months.

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The course aims to develop a good understanding and knowledge of current and emerging IT and computer technologies. The course aims to equip students with a combination of relevant technical skills and 'client-facing' awareness in preparation for, or in enhancement of, a career within the IT industry.

The distance learning delivery mode offers significant flexibility whereby all teaching and learning materials are provided in the most advanced Virtual Learning Environment.

Students can obtain an engaging and rewarding study experience with regular guidance, on-going support and timely feedback throughout their course from experienced academic tutors

A variety of online facilities are available for interaction between both students and tutors, as well as among students.

The course is specifically designed for career enhancement. It aims to equip students with a wide range of necessary knowledge and skills highly valued by employers and IT industry. These include mobile computing, IT security management, advanced databases and software project management.

Successful completion of  the course entitles students to apply for Membership of the British Computer Society ( MBCS). Becoming  a Member of the British Computer Society entitles students to put the letters MBCS after their name.


All assessments are completed via staged coursework with a built-in oral presentation/viva where appropriate using teleconference facility.

Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS), The Chartered Institute for IT and meets the educational requirement for Chartered IT Professional (CITP) Further Learning registration. 

You will be required to have:

  • a lower second-class honours degree in a computing-related subject or a pre-master's course in Computing and Technology (Graduates without a computing degree will need evidence of considerable computer-based experience or a substantial element of computer studies within a different qualification)

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

Accelerated study

Applicants who have completed the NCC Education Level 7 Postgraduate Diploma in Strategic Business Information Technology are eligible for Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) and can be awarded the MSc award by completing two 20 credit taught modules and the 60 credit MSc project, see the course structure section.

Stage 1 topics include:

Students will attend an online Induction session

Stage 2 topics include:

Students need to complete six 20 credit taught modules

  • Database Systems with Professional Certification
  • Mobile Applications Design and Development
  • IT Security Management
  • Software Project Management
  • Communication Technologies for IT
  • Research and Development Skills 

Stage 3 topics include:

Students need to take the 60 credit MSc project

Read more about the course modules

Successful completion of this course offers wide-ranging career opportunities in the IT industry in either private or public sectors.

Graduates will be equipped to work in a variety of areas such as database administration, project management, mobile and web development, business or systems analysis, IT consultancy, support services, product management and training.

Meanwhile, the School of Computing has a ‘World of Work’ agency, which enables students to contact potential employers and work on real projects, during their course and afterwards.

Between 2016 and 2020 we're investing £125 million in the London Metropolitan University campus, moving all of our activity to our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching location of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2017. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

How to apply

Use the apply button to begin your application.

When to apply

You are advised to apply as early as possible as applications will only be considered if there are places available on the course.

Fees and key information


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