Taught course

Information Technology

Institution
University of Glasgow · School of Computing Science
Qualifications
MSc

Entry requirements

A minimum of a 2.1 Honours degree of equivalent (eg GPA 3.0 or equivalent) in a subject other than computing science.

International students with academic qualifications below those required should contact our partner institution, Glasgow International College, who offer a range of pre-Masters courses.

Months of entry

September

Course content

The Masters in Information Technology is an intensive, practically oriented taught postgraduate programme which will equip you with advanced IT skills. This is a conversion degree programme intended for students without a computing science background. You will apply your knowledge and skills by conducting a development project.

Why this programme

  • The School of Computing Science is consistently highly ranked achieving 2nd in Scotland and 10th in the UK (Complete University Guide 2017)
  • The School is a member of the Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance: SICSA. This collaboration of Scottish universities aims to develop Scotland's place as a world leader in Informatics and Computer Science research and education.
  • You will have opportunities to meet employers who come to make recruitment presentations, and often seek to recruit our graduates during the programme.
  • You will benefit from having 24-hour access to a computer laboratory equipped with state-of-the-art hardware and software.

Programme Structure

Modes of delivery of the MSc in Information Technology include lectures, seminars and tutorials and allow students the opportunity to take part in lab, project and team work.

Core courses

  • Database theory and applications
  • Enterprise cyber security
  • Programming
  • Software engineering
  • Software project management
  • Systems and networks
  • Group project

Optional courses

  • Advanced programming
  • Algorithms and data structures
  • Cryptography and secure development
  • Cyber security fundamentals
  • Cyber security forensics
  • Digitisation
  • Human computer interaction: design and evaluation
  • Internet technology
  • Safety critical systems

Depending on staff availability, the optional courses listed here may change.

If you wish to engage in part-time study, please be aware that dependent upon your optional taught courses, you may still be expected to be on campus on most week days.

Projects

  • To complete the MSc degree you must undertake a project worth 60 credits. This is a project chosen by you to design, implement, and test an application system.
  • The project will integrate subject knowledge and generic skills that you acquire during the MSc program.
  • We offer a wide range of projects, and each student is normally allocated a different project. We take your preferences into account when we allocate the projects.
  • You will also have the opportunity to propose your own project, subject to academic approval.

Example projects

Here are some typical project titles from recent years:

  • Augmented reality iPhone application
  • Comparison of matching methods for medical students
  • Developing a mobile chess game using Bluetooth
  • Drawing editor for digital hardware diagrams
  • Economic video game
  • Gesture media player
  • Improving the facial analysis tool for clinical use
  • Mind games: Othello
  • Multimodal simulation of string instrument bowing
  • System to support real estate valuation
  • Tactile navigation system
  • Tactile widgets for mobile devices
  • Touchscreen accessibility
  • Using light for input
  • Web-based data miner
  • Web-based metabolomics database

Furthermore for students hoping to continue into research, we have four major research sections:

  • human computer interaction (GIST)
  • formal analysis, theory and algorithms (FATA)
  • information, data and analysis (IDA)
  • computer systems (GLASS)

Most MSc students choose projects offered by these groups, giving them an opportunity to go on to PhD study. See details of our research.

Accreditation

MSc Information Technology is accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS).

Our conversion MSc graduates in Information Technology and Software Development are recognised by the British Computer Society (BCS), The Chartered Institute for IT, for the purposes of partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered IT Professional (CITP Partial Fulfilment).

Industry Links and Employability

  • The School of Computing Science has extensive contacts with industrial partners who contribute to several of their taught courses, through active teaching, curriculum development, and panel discussion. Recent contributors include representatives from IBM, J.P. Morgan, Amazon, Adobe and Red Hat.
  • Employers are interested in graduates who have a combination of good technical skills and well-developed personal skills, and in this respect graduates of the MSc in Information Technology from the University of Glasgow are particularly well placed.
  • During the programme students have an opportunity to develop and practice relevant professional and transferrable skills, and to meet and learn from employers about working in the IT industry.

Information for international students

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • overall score 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0
  • or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification:

Fees and funding

UK students
£7250
International students
£19500

The College of Science and Engineering is proud to announce that we have been allocated Scottish Funding Council (SFC) funding for the MSc Information Technology programme. The programme is a conversion programme intended for graduates of disciplines other than computing.

The SFC funding is for tuition fees only and is available to Scottish and EU students only, providing students with an excellent opportunity to gain additional skills and expertise at a postgraduate level, with programmes being selected on the basis of industry skills gaps in Scotland.

For further information on our SFC funded programmes, please contact: katherine.henderson@glasgow.ac.uk

Qualification and course duration

MSc

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Name
Dr Ron Poet
Email
Ron.Poet@glasgow.ac.uk