MSc Computing and IT 電腦 及 資訊科技 理學碩士

This programme gives you the academic and technical knowledge to develop essential skills required by a wide range of industries on a global scale. Equip yourself with the skills required for design, development and management of the latest data-driven enterprise computing systems that enhance efficient communications and minimise error.

The University

About the University

The University of Derby, with origins traced back to 1851, is accredited by British Royal Charter. The University consists of Derby campus and Buxton campus that opened by Prince Charles. In 1995, the University became a charity.

The University offers a wide range of undergraduate and post-graduate degrees. In addition to on-campus study, the University offers an extensive of e-Learning programmes. There are 20,000 students, of whom more than 1,300 overseas students from around 100 countries worldwide.


Accreditation, Recognition, Ranking

  • University of Derby is a recognized British University.
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  • Ranked 81 out of 129 Universities in UK (Times Good University Guide 2018).
  • Rated Gold Standard Award, Teaching Excellence Framework 2017, by the Department of Education, UK
  • Ranked no. 7 in the East Midlands Region, UK (The Complete University Guide, 2010)
  • Ranked 54 out of 109 Universities in UK (Times Higher Education, Annual National Student Experience Survey, 2009)
  • Ranked 12 in the UK out of 151 Universities for employability,
    ahead of Cambridge (20th) and Oxford (72nd). (HESA, 2013)
  • Business courses at Derby are rated ‘Excellent’, with a rating of 22 out of 24 (UK Quality Assurance Agency)
  • The Law School was rated in the top 5 (National Student Satisfaction Survey, 2009)
The Award

About the Award

Awarding Body: University of Derby, UK

  • Graduates will be issued with the same University of Derby degree award certificate.
  • There is no mention of online study on the University of Derby degree certificate.

Graduation ceremony:

You will be invited to attend a graduation ceremony at the University of Derby campus after fulfilled award requirements.

The Program

About the Programme

Information Technology (IT) is at the heart of modern-day business. Emerging technological areas like big data, artificial intelligence, machine learning, edge computing, Internet of Things (IoT) and advances in the development of smart devices with widespread access to the Internet, are making demands for professionals who can recognise opportunities to build IT solutions in new and creative ways to help businesses be ahead of the curve with their technology and processes.

On this MSc Computing and Information Technology, you will study how technologies impact society and the environment whilst learning about the ethical issues that impact on making decisions as a Computing and IT professional. You will develop your understanding of a wide range of technologies and business intelligence tools within an operational and tactical context applicable to modern day enterprise software.

The course is designed to provide a global context benefit graduates across the world, and industry professionals from a range of backgrounds including IT, engineering, business and management, delivering key transferable skills to meet the needs of a rapidly evolving technological landscape and future-proofing your career.

A cutting-edge, globally oriented curriculum based on real-world learning

Throughout this course, you will gain a holistic view of Computing and IT, exploring the subject in a global context and across professional disciplines. You will be required to work in environments that embrace an awareness of cultural issues, exploring the global context and impact on the design, implementation and evaluation of enterprise computing systems. Your learning will be enriched by an international and multi-disciplinary cohort, all sharing experiences, local practices and cultures.

Choose from an exciting range of optional modules at the forefront of Computing

The programme has been designed to align with the British Computing Society’s (BCS) core competencies with us working towards BCS accreditation. You will study a forward-thinking curriculum which has been designed to encompass hot topics in Technology. Future proof your knowledge and tailor this course to your professional interests and choose from an exciting range of modules including Cyber Security and IoT, Software Systems Engineering, Emerging Technologies and Research Methods and Information Visualisation.

Manage large scale IT orientated projects in a global context

Throughout this course you will learn about organisational, managerial and professional issues in preparation for large scale and enterprise-wide IT projects. You will develop the ability to analyse, plan and streamline business processes and evaluate the human and technology factors that are required to successfully develop and apply these systems in the industries around the world.

Defend against cyber-attacks and fraudulent activity

Cyber security is of crucial importance to all legitimate users of the Internet – from government and commerce through to private users and particularly for IoT users. However, the level, scale and profundity of cyber-attacks and fraudulent activity continue to increase.

As a result, there is a vital and continuous need for organisations to adapt and enhance security in order to keep ahead of ever more sophisticated forms of attack. During this Masters programme, you will learn to verify the effectiveness of security arrangements, to identify weaknesses (which are always present) and to determine the value gained from financial investment in cyber defence.

Work towards a British Computing Society (BCS) Membership

After successfully achieving the MSc award, in conjunction with professional development planning (PDP) records that satisfy the BCS (British Computing Society), you will be able to apply for membership of the BCS. Upon completion of a satisfactory post-award industrial experience, you may become eligible for Chartered Information Technology Professional (CITP) status.

Program structure

The Masters (MSc) award is achieved by completing six 20 credit modules (four core and two optional modules). In addition, there is the final 60 credit research project that spans over three trimesters, during which you will undertake an in-depth independent study.

The University will advise you of your study plan – the running order and availability of the modules – when you are invited to enrol.

Core Modules:

  • Emerging Computer Technologies and Research Methods
  • Software Systems Engineering
  • Data Management and Governance
  • IT Project Management
  • Research Project

Optional modules:

  • Cyber Security and IoT
  • Enterprise Network and Management Security
  • Information Visualisation
  • Business Analytics

Remark: Please note that our modules are subject to change – we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

Programme Study Duration:

2-3 years of part time workload study, depending on your own study pace, study options chosen and module availability.

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How you will learn

Teaching and learning

Modules within this course will be delivered by expert academics who are practising professionals too. This ensures that module content remains up-to-date and highly relevant and brings through pertinent examples from the business world which are current and topical. You will learn of new technological developments including programming languages and development tools to help you further your skill set. We have also worked with current students on the programme to develop aspects of the course they feel are important, making sure our content is relevant and up-to-date.

We have worked closely with our contacts to bring you a series of guest lectures from leading researchers in Computing and acclaimed professionals who will share their knowledge of the computing landscape.

All learning resources will be delivered entirely online through our user-friendly student portal dashboard and intuitive digital learning environment. You will interact with your tutors and fellow students through a mix of virtual live classrooms, tutorials and guest lectures. Group discussions and debate are held through forums and community spaces and the use of collaborative tools such as wikis for group projects and assignments. Digital texts, ebooks, journals, databases and more are available electronically via our library.

Student support and guidance

Whilst we encourage our students to become independent, life-long learners, we also recognise that offering the right support and guidance will help you to achieve your goals. There is a wealth of support available to you at the University, from your dedicated Personal Tutor and Online Learner Advisor, through to our Library, Health and Wellbeing Centre, Careers and Employability Service, IT Support and the Union of Students. All these services, and more, are available to you as an online student at the University of Derby.

Study skills

Many of our students are mature learners who may have not studied academically for a number of years. To help you to become an effective student, able to study at postgraduate level, there are a number of advanced study skill resources available to you covering areas such as research skills, critical evaluation in academic context, literature search, referencing, plagiarism and so on.

Pace of study

The academic year is made up of three 10-week terms, known as trimesters. During the term times, we recommend around 20 hours of study per week to complete one 20-credit module for the standard study plan.

If you opt to undertake the accelerated study plan whereby you will study two modules in one trimester, we recommend 40 hours of study per week.



This course is assessed through 100% coursework with a range of methods such as essays, research reports, presentations, group work and practical reports.

Assessment method

This course is assessed through 100% coursework. You will undertake formative and summative assessments to demonstrate that you have met the module and programme learning outcomes.

You will take part in collaborative group work. This will help expand your thinking and give you the opportunity to share your knowledge and experiences with others on your course.

Formative assessment opportunities will be available throughout your modules to provide structured learning and feedback. This may be gained through feedback such as self-assessment, peer review, or feedback directly from your tutor.

More formal summative assessments which count towards your grades such as, research projects, business reports, case study analysis, collaborative group work and reflective reports will develop your skills and knowledge at Masters level.

The final assessment on the MSc is the independent study, a triple module worth 60 credits. This can be a research project, software development project applied to a workplace, or a combination of both.

Career Prospect
Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

Academic requirement :

  • You should normally have a UK undergraduate degree (at least a 2:2) with honours in any discipline, or an equivalent international qualification.
  • Applicants with a degree in a non-computing discipline or a lower degree classification in a computing related discipline may still be considered for entry to the programme where they can demonstrate relevant work experience in a management or supervisory position, and followed by an interview to demonstrate effective communication, learning skills and the motivation to succeed on the programme. However, applications may also be considered where there is extensive evidence of key practical experience and work-based training.
  • Where required, interviews will be conducted by the Academic Lead and may be undertaken by telephone or other suitable methods. After the interview, depending on applicants’ profile, you may be offered admission with a level 7 access module after the interview.

English language proficiency requirement:

  • IELTS 6.5 or equivalent, if English is not your first language you will need an English language qualification.

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Programme information is correct at time of publish. The University reserves the right to make variations to the programme schedules, contents, information and fees without notice.
It is a matter of discretion for individual employers to
recognise any qualification to which this course may lead.

British Computing Society (BCS)

Work towards a British Computing Society (BCS) Membership

After successfully achieving this MSc award (in conjunction with professional development planning (PDP) records that satisfy the BCS professional development framework), you will be able to apply for membership of the BCS.

Upon completion of a satisfactory post-award industrial experience, you may become eligible for the Chartered Information Technology Professional (CITP) status.

Employers’ needs and opinions have been taken into consideration in the design, content and delivery of this programme through dialogue with a range of local employers through the Advisory Board and the British Computer Society, as well as ongoing contacts with former students on the programme who are now working in a range public and private industry sectors. Employer input is encouraged within the programme through the use of guest speakers on a range of subjects and modules, and association with the BCS for a range of regional and national events.


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