Staffordshire University

Staffordshire University

Computer Science (distance learning)

This award is designed to broaden understanding and knowledge of computing science, and enhance the ability to apply this within industry or commerce; also in addition to gaining an in-depth knowledge of state-of-the-art technologies, it also develops further the competence and ability to apply them, particularly through the inclusion of an optional period in industry as an integral part of the course; the award has 3 stages; in the first stage students study 1 core and 3 option modules; in the second stage (postgraduate diploma), students can choose a further 4 option modules; in between the postgraduate certificate and dissertation students can undertake an optional 12 month placement; the final stage of the award gives students the opportunity to pursue at depth a computing topic of their choosing by submitting a dissertation.

Entry requirements

UK 2nd Class Honours degree or equivalent in a related computing discipline; those who lack the academic requirements but with significant appropriate experience are considered on an individual basis; applicants whose 1st language is not English require IELTS 6 or TOEFL 550 (213 computer-based).

Course modules

Core modules: Personal development and research methods; dissertation (60 credits); optional modules may include: low-level game programming; advanced game programming concepts; computer graphics; object oriented software systems engineering; mobile applications and systems; mobile computer communications systems; network systems and technologies; interaction design; internet applications; forensic computing concepts; methods and issues of e-investigation; multimedia research; strategic planning and systems development; advanced computing investigation topics; enterprise applications; survey design and statistical data analysis; knowledge management; database design and development; media editing and multimedia applications; programming for web applications; web multimedia; game engine programming; low-level game programming; advanced game programming concepts; game industry software development practice; game artificial intelligence.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Distance learning - 21 months
PgCert Distance learning - 21 months
PgDip Distance learning - 21 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Distance Learning

Key information

Telephone number: 
01782 294400