University of Central Lancashire

University of Central Lancashire


This course helps you to develop your computing skills in the theory and practice of designing and developing computer systems. On this course you will build on your existing skills and develop new skills in order to prepare yourself for employment in the computing industry. This requires an understanding of programming, systems design and evaluation, project management, creative problem-solving and a range of technical skills. You will also have the opportunity to work on a substantial project of your own choice. We aim to develop the practical skills and understanding of theory necessary for you to be responsible for the management, design, implementation and evaluation of computing projects. You will investigate the current trends and research activities in the computing community. You will plan, undertake and evaluate a substantial Computing project in which you will put into practice and develop your self-management, communication, critical evaluation and technical skills. Our degree is designed to equip you with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills that are needed within industry. You can take a 6-10 month industrial placement after completing the taught part of the course. A placement is excellent experience and we will help you to look for a suitable placement that will enhance your career opportunities. The placements tutor will support you in applying for placements, we have links with companies that regularly provide placement opportunities. However, placements are employment and the employer has the final say. There are also opportunities to choose an industry-based project.

Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements for the course are a recognised British Honours degree (or its equivalent) with a minimum of a 2.2, or its equivalent, in a computing or technology-related subject area; or a recognised British Honours degree (or its equivalent) in a non-computing subject area plus substantial relevant experience; or a BCS postgraduate diploma plus a PGD project; or qualifications deemed by the University to be equivalent. Applications from all candidates will be considered on their merits. For international students IELTS 6.5, or its equivalent, is a minimum requirement.

Course modules

Compulsory modules include: Critical evaluation; OO software development; user-centred system design and evaluation; information technology project management; project.

Assessment methods

The university provides an 'electronic learning' environment to facilitate flexible learning. This environment combines traditional face-to-face lecture/tutorial and practical sessions with additional, resource-rich, online materials allowing you to continue independent learning through a variety of approaches. Assessment methods will include individual and group assignments, presentation, seminars and examinations.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time - 12 months
MSc Part-time - 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Preston Campus Preston PR1 2HE North West

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