Taught course


Open University · Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

Entry requirements

You will need a UK bachelors degree (or equivalent) in computing or a related discipline, or relevant industrial experience. If you do not hold a bachelors degree, irrespective of your industrial experience, you will need to study a module from the Postgraduate Certificate in Computing (K22) to demonstrate your ability to study successfully at postgraduate level.

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.

Our badged open course, Succeeding in postgraduate study, will introduce you to the nature of Master's level study. It offers essential preparation for pursuing your learning at this level – and is free.

Months of entry

May, November

Course content

This flexible diploma enables computing practitioners to pursue their career goals. You’ll gain advanced knowledge, skills and techniques and develop a professional approach to studying and applying computing. You can choose modules to meet your requirements or focus on information security and forensics, networking, or software engineering.

Key features of the course

  • A choice of study routes and specialisms to fit with your professional needs and interests
  • Encourages you to draw on your own background and experience
  • Develops transferable skills applicable to your employment and continuing professional development
  • The chance to top up to the MSc in Computing in just one more year

Fees and funding

For more information about fees and funding, please visit The Open University website.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGDip
    part time
    24 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

The Open University
0300 303 5303