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If you already hold an HND or foundation degree in a Computing subject or international equivalent qualification, top it up to a full Computing and IT BSc degree in one to two years with this online course. Gaining the full bachelors degree can improve your career prospects, strengthen your CV and allow you to move onto a master's degree at a later date, should you wish to.
Developed by leading specialists, our newly updated Computing and Information Technologies (Top-Up) BSc (Hons) degree has been designed around diverse cutting-edge issues, events and digital developments.
The course will allow you to deepen your knowledge and understanding through research, case studies and practical skills-based projects. With a core focus on professional ethics and the wide-ranging impact of computing technologies in society, the programme will support learners in acquiring crucial skills which underpin the duties and responsibilities of today’s computing professionals.


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Online course details
Study options
  • Part-time: 2-3 years
  • UK fee  £8,775 (2020/21) 
  • International fee £8,775 (2020/21) 
Course level Postgraduate
Qualification MSc
Start dates: 26 September 2021, 
Location:  ONLINE
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
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.
Build your continued professional development (CPD)
We’ve designed our modules, all at level 7, to be studied as part of this Masters award, or they can be completed as a short standalone course. Delivered over a 10-week term, you’ll study with the Masters course cohort and achieve a Certificate of Credit on successful completion of the module. So, if you are looking to build your CPD and are not yet ready to commit to a full Masters course, then a 20 credit module is an ideal alternative to support your professional development.
Work towards a British Computing Society (BCS) Membership
After successfully achieving the BSc 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.
What you will study
We will advise you of your study plan - the running order and availability of the modules - when you are invited to enrol.
The Masters (MSc) award is achieved by completing six 20 credit modules (five core and one of the three 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.
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
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.
Assessment method
This course is assessed entirely through 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.
Study Computing and IT Online Webinar
Tuesday, 8 September 2020 14.00 - 15.00
Join this webinar to discover more about studying Computing and IT online at Derby. The webinar includes a 30 minute presentation from Dr Tariq Abdullah, Academic Lead for Computing and IT.
Entry requirements
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.
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) 
RPL may be available for you based upon past study and experience.
English language qualification
If English is not your first language, or you have not successfully completed your highest level of qualification in English, you will need an English language qualification. For this course you will need at least one of the following:
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) 6.5 - also accepting IELTS Indicator (where available) 
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) 580 (paper based) 237 (computer based) or 92 (internet based) - also accepting TOEFL online
  • Pearson Test of Academic English: 51
  • Cambridge Advanced Certificate: pass
  • London Tests of English: we accept level 5 for postgraduate courses
  • International GCE O-level English Language: grade C
  • International GCSE English/English as a Second Language: grade C
Fees and funding
2020/21 Fees for new entrants Starting between September 2020 and August 2021.
Per 20 credits Modules Cost
UK/EU/International £975 7 (six 20-credit modules and one 60-credit module) £8,775


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