Taught course

Advanced Computer Systems Development

University of the West of Scotland · School of Computing

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a degree with a substantial computing element from a course such as Computing or IT. Graduates in a scientific or engineering discipline who have studied a significant component of technical computing at all, or most levels, will also be considered. Professionals with experience in computing or IT who wish to update their skills in this area will also find the course of interest.

Months of entry

September, February

Course content

The Masters programme in Advanced Computer Systems Development at University of the West of Scotland was designed with significant industrial input. Recognised by the British Computer Society (BCS), this MSc course is delivered at our UWS Paisley campus, just a few miles from Glasgow, this MSc offers modules covering the latest developments in computer systems analysis, design and implementation – the main areas of employment in the computing and I.T. sector.

The field of computing and information technology has changed a great deal and become increasingly complex in recent years. The pace of change may make many computing and I.T. graduates and professionals feel that they have been unable to keep up with new developments in the field. This programme will bring degree-holders in relevant subject areas, or equivalently qualified computer professionals with significant experience, up-to-date in software and software development practices, enhancing their ability in the work setting.

In particular for employers it offers the ability to re-skill the workforce enabling them to implement new I.T. strategies or review current and developing trends to assess likely investment decisions. For employees it offers the ability to upgrade their skills and simultaneously enhance their qualifications.

The course has been designed with significant industrial input and represents the latest developments in computer systems analysis, design and implementation – the main areas of employment in the computing/IT sector. It uses various development tools and environments such as UML, Oracle, IBM Websphere, MS BizTalk, PlayStation 3, MS ASP.NET, NetBeans, MS Project, and Security Architecture.

Information for international students

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Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


part time
24-36 months
full time
12 months


part time
18 months
full time
9 months

Course contact details

Student Enquiries Team
0800 027 1000 (+44 141 849 4101 out with UK)