Solent University’s computer engineering master’s conversion degree exposes students to a wide range of both existing and emerging technologies and covers areas such as coding, software development, problem solving, computing, digital technologies and engineering.
Working with the latest technology, students on this course will also have the opportunity to learn to program robotic devices, and can learn to develop apps for Android devices. To test these apps, students have access to the University’s new device laboratory which is a special test area consisting of a range of mobile devices, allowing students to assess their website designs and apps on real equipment.
The course curriculum is developed with input from a variety of sources, including an industrial liaison panel, to ensure students are studying the latest technology and working practices employed by industry experts.
With a strong focus on employability, and to complement studies, this course offers students the opportunity to work on live briefs, events and projects with real-world companies. Regular industry speakers and events by the BCS can help students to build their professional network.
What does this course lead to?
The UK’s IT industry is worth over £58 billion annually. With employment of IT professionals expected to grow nearly twice as fast as the UK average (e-skills UK), it looks like demand for well-qualified information technology graduates is set to remain strong.
A postgraduate qualification can put you at the forefront of this demand, demonstrating your commitment to the industry and your ability to carry out in-depth computing research.
There is currently a very high demand for those with technical skills in software development, SQL databases, web scripting and Agile development. Careers in these areas often carry higher than average salaries.
Who is this course for?
This conversion master’s course is ideally suited to students from a number of academic backgrounds who have a strong interest in problem-solving and existing/emerging technologies
The course is also suited to those with extensive industry experience in this area who wish to gain an academic qualification.
The UK’s IT industry is worth over £58 billion annually. With employment of IT professionals expected to grow nearly twice as fast as the UK average between now and 2020 (e-skills UK), it looks like demand for well-qualified information technology graduates is set to remain strong.
In addition, the CBI (2015) have indicated that the skills gaps in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) is affecting employers and have found that STEM-qualified graduates are at a real advantage in the jobs market, with four out of ten employers preferring STEM graduates over other graduates.
Core modules and CATS points:
- Research Methods (15)
This module will initially introduce the student to core methodological approaches. It will then examine a range of specific research methods, which are essential to underpin good research, as well as exploring some of the tools which are used in the processing and analysis of datasets.
- Professional Issues and Practice (15)
The module will look at standards of practice, not as a set of static documents but as a dynamic set of potential achievements, as for example envisaged by TickITplus and CMMI.
- Pilot Project (15)
The Pilot Project module builds on concepts delivered across the Masters degree in technical and research areas, and is designed to develop the student’s research skills by undertaking a pilot study which will then lead onto a larger scale study in the Research Project module.
- Research Project (45)
The MSc project is the culmination of the Masters experience and draws on both the technical skills learned through the taught components of the course, and the research skills developed through the Research Methods and Pilot Project modules.
- Computer Fundamentals (15)
This module introduces students to computer fundamentals and related concepts.
- Cyber Security Application (15)
This module provides students with a practical introduction to cybersecurity.
- Software Design & Development (15)
This module will give students with no prior OO experience sufficient understanding of OO development to undertake a small-scale OO software development project.
- Networking (15)
This is an introduction to networks and is designed to develop the skills necessary to plan and implement small networks across a range of applications. By the end of the module, students will be able to build simple LANs, perform basic configurations for routers and switches, and implement IP addressing schemes.
- Databases (15)
In this module students are introduced to the skills and concepts required for developing relational, SQL-based database application solutions and will apply them by using web-based, enterprise-level database software tools.
- Web Technologies (15)
This module gives graduates from non-computing backgrounds a thorough grounding in web development.