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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.

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2017/18 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester


    This module aims to develop an understanding of all means of digital communication technologies and the underlying principles and standards that make them possible. Topics include wireless technology, broadband communication, mobile communication, Internet communication and web servers, cloud/grid computing, geo-computing, net-centric computing, communication systems and services, multimedia communication, and security in communication technologies. This module aims to understand communication technologies for computing and IT professionals.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester


    This module focuses on relational databases and deals mainly with design methodology, conceptual design, logical design, design verification, design revision and implementation.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester

    This module focuses on various aspects of IT Security Management and deals mainly with the protection of information assets in a business environment by concerted measures.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start)
    • autumn semester
    • summer studies
    • spring semester

    2013-14: THIS MODULE WILL RUN IN AUTUMN or SPRING or SUMMER - or YEAR long for Part-time students

    The module provides students with the experience of planning and bringing to fruition a major piece of individual work. Also, the module aims to encourage and reward individual inventiveness and application of effort through working on research or company/local government projects. The project is an exercise that may take a variety of forms depending on the nature of the project and the subject area. Particular students will be encouraged to carry out their projects for local companies or government departments.

    Prerequisites: Research and Development skills

    Assessment: 100% coursework (project viva is compulsory for all students and will be conducted through video conferencing)

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester


    This module will introduce to an object oriented programming language and a leading mobile platforms (eg. Android) to develop interactive mobile applications, toaddresses key mobile application development issues, techniques and technologies.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester
    • autumn semester

    To develop R & D knowledge and skills required to undertake an independent research project in computing area with competence, to make students aware of possible ethical and professional issues which they may encounter in carrying out such research project, and to equip students with basic tools of project management sufficient to manage their own work successfully.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester

    The module provides an understanding of project management in the context of software development.
    Students will gain an overview of a standard project management method (e.g. Prince 2); an understanding of the software development process and overview of a variety of specific system/software development methods; knowledge of a range of planning techniques; basic skills in financial evaluation; an understanding of team management issues.
    Teaching Period: Semester (15 weeks)
    Required prior learning: None
    Assessment: Course Work 100%

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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.

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