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MSc in Computing

  • This industry-relevant qualification provides a rigorous approach to the study and application of computing, covering a range of topics and incorporating transferable skills applicable to professional development.

    You can choose between the flexible route (offering a wide choice of modules to suit your needs) and the more focused software engineering route or information security and forensics route, (which enable you to develop in-depth specialist knowledge). All three routes finish with a substantial independent project that will either have a professional or research orientation.

    Key features of the course

    • Brings together theory and practice and draws on your own background and experience.
    • Enables you to tailor your studies to your specific career needs and professional interests.
    • Provides an excellent platform for further research studies.

    Information on the stages and modules can be found here.

    Learning outcomes, teaching and assessment

    The learning outcomes of this qualification are described in four areas:

    • Knowledge and understanding
    • Cognitive skills
    • Practical and professional skills
    • Key skills

    Credit transfer

    If you have already completed some successful study at postgraduate level at another institution you may be able to transfer credit for this study and count it towards this Open University qualification. If you wish to apply to transfer credit you must do so as soon as possible as it may affect your choice of OU modules. If you are awarded credit for study completed elsewhere, you may find that you need to study fewer OU modules to complete your qualification with us.

    On completion

    On successful completion of the required modules for the qualification you can be awarded an MSc in Computing or if you have completed the modules required for a specialist study route you will be awarded either the MSc in Computing (Information Security and Forensics) or the MSc in Computing (Software Engineering). You will be entitled you to use the letters MSc Comp (Open) after your name. The degree will be classified as pass or distinction.

    You will have the opportunity of being presented at a degree ceremony.

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