You will need either a bachelors degree (or equivalent) in computing or a related discipline, or relevant industrial experience and also be able to demonstrate that you can study at postgraduate level. If you do not hold a degree, we would expect you to complete our Postgraduate Certificate in Computing (K22) before embarking on this postgraduate diploma. You will gain the postgraduate diploma by studying four 30-credit modules. Each module is of six months duration. It is possible to follow one of three study routes to gain the postgraduate diploma. For the flexible study route you can tailor your study choices to fit with your interests and study goals. We recommend that you begin with one of the modules in the first list of options. You should also be aware that some modules are intended to be studied in sequence (see specialist routes information below). We do not advise you to study the second module in the pathway until you have studied the earlier one. If you feel you already have the necessary skills to study the second module in the pathway without studying the first module, we ask that you discuss this with the programme team. Contact us by email . For the software engineering route, you will study the two 30-credit compulsory modules, Software development (M813) and Software engineering (M814) combined with a further 60 credits of study from a choice of optional modules. You should study and pass M813 before M814, but you can study the optional modules at any time within the four-year time limit for the qualification. For the information security and forensics route, you will study the two 30-credit compulsory modules, Information security (M811) and Digital forensics (M812) combined with a further 60 credits of study from a choice of optional modules. You should complete M811 before M812, but you can study the optional modules at any time within the four-year time limit for the qualification. Your spoken and written English must be of an adequate standard for postgraduate study. If English is not your first language, we recommend that you will need a minimum overall score of 6 and minimum score of 5.5 in each of the four components: reading, writing, speaking and listening under the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Please see the IELTS website for details. Time limit: You must complete the diploma within four years although we expect most students will complete the qualification more quickly than this.
Months of entry
October, April, February
This flexible diploma enables computing practitioners to pursue their career goals by gaining advanced knowledge, skills and techniques; and to develop a professional approach to the study and application of computing. A wide choice of modules means you can tailor your qualification to the varied requirements of industry and your own career needs, with the option to focus on software engineering or information security and forensics in more depth.
You will need a computer with internet access to study for this qualification. For most OU qualifications a Microsoft Windows (new since 2007), Apple Mac (OS X 10.6 or later) or Linux computer should be adequate. However, some qualifications require more specific IT equipment, in which case you will need additional software to use an Apple Mac or Linux computer. A detailed technical specification for your modules will be made available when you register. Please note, technical specifications do change over time to match computer developments and the way we teach.
The Open University is the world's leading provider of flexible, high quality distance learning. Unlike other universities we are not campus based. You will study in a flexible way that works for you whether you're at home, at work or on the move. As an OU student you'll be supported throughout your studies - your tutor or study adviser will guide and advise you, offer detailed feedback on your assignments, and help with any study issues. Tuition might be in face-to-face groups, via online tutorials, or by phone.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
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