University of Northampton

University of Northampton


This postgraduate qualification allows students to study computing in greater depth, as well as developing research and analytical skills, whilst undertaking an individual thesis project investigating an area of particular interest. Students utilise our facilities ensuring they are exposed to cutting edge technology and are able to pursue their specialist interests. The general pathway provides a rounded computing education and broadly based computing qualification. The specialist pathways provide more focused routes for those who have clearly defined career aspirations while still seeking to develop knowledge and skills in a broad range of computing disciplines. All students on the programme study 6 modules and undertake a project based dissertation. While primarily having a technological focus, this pathway also provides an awareness of the business context and encourages the development of interpersonal skills which can make a vital contribution to problem solving in business.All modules are 20 credit modules except for the dissertation which is a 60 credit module. An MSc is awarded on successful completion of 180 credits (6, 20 credit modules and one 60 credit dissertation module). Not all the designated modules may run or be offered in trimester 2 due to staff availability or low numbers of students choosing a module.

Entry requirements

Applicants normally hold a recognised 1st or 2nd Class Honours degree from a UK university or international equivalent in a relevant subject. It is assumed that students will have a working knowledge of computers and networks and it is essential that they have practical hands on experience of at least 1 programming language. Those who do not have English as their 1st language need to demonstrate that they meet the minimum English language requirement of IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent).

Course modules

Core modules include: databases; dissertation; modern computer architecture; visual object software. Optional modules include: computer networks; distributed systems; formal methods for software construction; immersive technologies; intelligent systems; internet programming; internet security; java programming; media techniques; mobile device software development; modelling for enterprise; software engineering; specification analysis and design.

Assessment methods

Assessment is by coursework, oral presentations, group work, practical reports, critical reviews and all students undertake a substantial independent research dissertation. Theoretical lectures and seminars are reinforced by practical examples and case studies and using computer simulation tools and laboratory facilities.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 6,200 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 11,700 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 6,200 per Academic year (EU fees) 1 years
MSc Part-time £ 680 per Credit module (home fees) 2 years
MSc Part-time £ 680 per Credit module (EU fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Avenue Campus Northampton NN2 6JD East Midlands

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