Career-focused and up-to-date with the latest theory and practice, our Information Technology (Distance learning) MSc course trains you in the fundamentals and development of IT systems. Accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS) - The Chartered Institute for IT, it can also prepare you for the industry-recognised Oracle Professional Certification.
This postgraduate course develops your understanding and knowledge of current and emerging IT and computer technologies.
You’ll develop a combination of relevant technical skills and client-facing awareness within the IT industry, preparing you for an IT career or helping you advance in your current role.
All teaching and learning materials will be provided through our advanced Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). This online tool will allow you to interact with your tutors and other students. It also provides you with flexibility and choice as to where and when you’ll study.
You’ll experience an engaging and rewarding study experience from our experienced academic tutors. There will be regular guidance, ongoing support and timely feedback throughout the course.
The course is specifically designed for career enhancement. It aims to equip you with important knowledge and skills highly valued by employers in the IT industry. These include mobile computing, IT security management, advanced databases and software project management.
Successful completion of the course entitles you to apply for membership of the British Computer Society (BCS) - The Chartered Institute for IT, allowing you to put the letters MBCS after your name. Holding this degree and BCS membership will demonstrate your professionalism to employers.
All assessments are completed via coursework with a built-in oral presentation/viva, using our teleconference facility where appropriate.
This course is accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS) - The Chartered Institute for IT. It also meets the educational requirement for Chartered IT Professional (CITP) Further Learning registration.
You will be required to have:
Applicants without a computing degree will need evidence of considerable computer-based experience or a substantial element of computer studies within a different qualification.
To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Tier 4 student visa you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.
If you need (or wish) to improve your English before starting your degree, the University offers a Pre-sessional Academic English course to help you build your confidence and reach the level of English you require.
If you've completed the NCC Education Level 7 Postgraduate Diploma in Strategic Business Information Technology or NCC Education Level 7 Postgraduate Diploma in Business Management then you’re eligible for Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL). This means you can complete the MSc by completing two 20-credit taught modules and the 60 credit MSc Project (Distance Learning) module.
See the Modular structure section for more details on these modules.
The modules listed below are for the academic year 2020/21 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 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.
The overall aims of the module are to facilitate and provide an understanding of all communication technologies in wired, wireless, mobile and Internet, and their underlying principles and standards for computing and IT professionals.
This module focuses on relational databases and deals mainly with design methodology, conceptual design, logical design, design verification, design revision and implementation.
The main aim of this module is to develop an understanding of how to design a database platform for Information Systems development. This includes the application of appropriate data modelling and data analysis techniques. Implementation aspects will be geared towards supporting professional database certification.
The aims of this module are to:
• provide students with an understanding of fundamental database design concepts as well as the techniques and processes for database development.
• appreciate the purpose and breadth of usage of database systems
• equip students with practical skills in applying design techniques to database development
• support practical preparation for database certification.
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.
Assessment: a research-based technical report
This module aims to provide students with an appreciation of the benefits IT Security Management provides within a business environment. This includes the choice and application of appropriate risk assessment and risk management techniques, the understanding of security standards & procedures, coupled with the application of IT security technology & security measures in a business setting.
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.
Semester: Autumn/Spring/Summer/Year long
Prerequisites: Research and Development skills
Assessment: 100% coursework (project viva is compulsory for all students and will be conducted through video conferencing)
The module aims to encourage and reward individual inventiveness and application of effort. It also aims to allow students:
- To have an opportunity to assimilate the knowledge they gained in their course and extend this knowledge to new area of application.
- To apply newly acquired knowledge and techniques to a specific problem using established research techniques and methods.
- To determine the framework of the project according to a set of specifications relevant to the subject of study.
- To manage an extended piece of work by confining the problem within the constraints of time and available resources.
- To research effectively the background material on the topic using a variety of sources and to develop ability to conduct critical analysis and draw conclusions.
- To develop the ability to produce detailed specifications and design frameworks relevant to the problem of investigation in the subject related to the industry.
- To demonstrate the originality in the application of new knowledge and skills.
- To effectively communicate the work to others by means of verbal and appropriate documentation techniques.
- To raise awareness in potential business development opportunities in an area pertinent to the topic.
This module will introduce to an object oriented programming language and a leading mobile platforms (e.g. Android) to develop interactive mobile applications, to addresses key mobile application development issues, techniques and technologies.
This module aims to give students the opportunity to develop
- skills to use an object oriented programming language to develop interactive mobile applications.
- a good understanding of current mobile technology, application architecture, platforms and tools.
- an awareness of various issues in the development of mobile applications.
- a good understanding of key principles of software engineering for mobile applications.
- a good understanding of HCI design principles for mobile devices.
To develop R & D knowledge and skills required to undertake an independent research project in computing or mathematics area with competence. To make students deeply understand and apply legal, social, ethical and professional issues which they encounter in carrying out such research project, and to equip students with basic tools of project management sufficient to manage their own work successfully.
Assessment: Research methods, applying legal, social, ethical & professional issues, and poster presentation 70% + MSc project preparation 30%. [Pass on aggregate]
The overall aims of the module are to facilitate a clear understanding of nature of research and development, identifying a research project theme, proposing a programme of work, and providing thorough training in research methods, legal, social, ethical and professional issues that can be used in commercial and academic contexts.
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%
The module aims to develop an understanding of project management issues in the context of software development – including the consideration of a standard method, software development frameworks, financial evaluation, planning, monitoring, control and team management – together with the ability to apply these as appropriate to a business case study.
"I looked at many universities but London Met had the combination of subjects that I was interested in. When I went to see the University, I saw the big library and the facilities and that helped me make the decision that London Met was for me.”
Marcio Guerreiro, Information Technology MSc graduate
Successful completion of this course will offer you a wide range of career opportunities in the Information Technology industry in private and public sectors.
You’ll be fully prepared to work in a variety of areas. These include:
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.
Government guidance for EU students currently states that, as an EU national, you will be eligible for the home fee and to apply for Student Finance if your course starts in the 2020-21 academic year, which includes courses beginning in January/February 2021, provided you meet the residency requirements. This is subject to change based on decisions made by the UK government – please check the latest government guidance for EU students for the most up-to-date information.
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Non-EU applicants looking to study part-time should apply direct to the University. If you require a Tier 4 visa and wish to study a postgraduate course on a part-time basis, please read our how to apply information for international students to ensure you have all the details you need about the application process.
You are advised to apply as early as possible as applications will only be considered if there are places available on the course.To find out when teaching for this degree will begin, as well as welcome week and any induction activities, view our academic term dates.
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Professor in Computer Science, Head of Intelligent Systems Research Centre