University of Hull

University of Hull

Computer Science (Mobile Computing)

Mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets are part of everyday life, essential in every aspect of personal, social and business computing. Our MSc will give you a firm understanding of the latest techniques for developing software for mobile devices, and teach you how to integrate such software into larger-scale distributed computing systems. You will study the architecture and implementation of mobile connected systems, the component-based environments used to create them, and the security and operational constraints associated with mobile devices. By the end of the course, you will have the necessary skills to create mobile software applications for industry-standard mobile platforms (Android, iOS, Windows). We also give you experience of the latest technologies and commercial perspectives, equipping you to innovate the next generation of connected mobile systems. A key feature of this course is its unique blend of academic and commercial perspectives. The course begins each September and lasts 12 months. There are two trimesters of taught modules, followed by an individual dissertation project during the third trimester. There is an option to take an extra trimester immediately before or after the dissertation, gaining industrial experience through a module based in SEED, our software development unit working with commercial clients and software. This is unique to Hull. The Department of Computer Science creates an excellent experience for students, with a supportive student community. We have an international reputation for our research activities, with a strong record of industrial and public grant funding. We are also affiliated with Microsoft's DreamSpark programme, which allows you to access the latest Microsoft operating systems and development software for home use. Once registered with the department, you can download the software free of charge.

Entry requirements

2.2 Honours degree in computing or equivalent, or demonstrable suitable computer programming experience; International applicants - Competence in English is required for international students. For example: IELTS with 6.0 overall with 5.5 in each skill; previous study in English is accepted; candidates that do not meet the language requirements may take an English course at the University of Hull prior to entering the programme.

Course modules

Core modules: Object Oriented Design and Development Using C#; Mobile Devices and Applications; Development Project; Distributed Applications; Trustworthy Computing.

Optional modules - Component-based Architecture; Network Security; Computer Science Software Development Practice - pass/fail module; The Industrial Experience optional 60-credit single trimester module allows students to gain significant commercial experience

Dissertation - Up to 20,000 words. There is the option of taking this module either in trimester 3 or trimester 4, depending on whether you take the Industrial Experience module

Assessment methods

The MSc Computer Science (Mobile Computing) programme supports students with varying levels of computing and programming practice experience, with material that supports the transition into the postgraduate environment. There is also suitable content on professional skills and the importance of ethics for practising computer scientists.

As a route into research, the programme is supported by the development of postgraduate technical skills, alongside critical research, analysis and planning activities.

In lectures you'll benefit from a range of techniques, from interpreting complex ideas through interactive discussions, to live programming or other problem-solving demonstrations.

Teaching and learning - We place a strong emphasis on practical laboratory sessions. These will significantly develop your core computer science skills, and enhance your employability through exposure to commercial projects.

As teamwork plays a key role in commercial software development and has great value as an employable skill, group work is used in a number of modules.

Assessment - Practical coursework is the main form of assessment, and you will design, build and test software solutions to a variety of problems. This is complemented by written coursework. The largest assessment is the dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 5,200 per Year 1 (EU) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 5,200 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 15,000 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 5,200 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 5,200 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 5,200 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Hull Campus Hull HU6 7RX Yorkshire and the Humber

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