UWE Bristol - MSc Information Technology

UWE Bristol

MSc Information Technology


Designed to help you become a qualified information technologist with highly sought-after skills and knowledge that apply to a wide range of private and public sector organisations' needs.

The MSc Information Technology prepares you for the intellectual, analytical and practical challenges of a career in IT. You will develop the knowledge and skills necessary to collate information, define, design and build or select the most appropriate IT solutions and develop a deeper understanding of how those solutions apply to professional contexts.

You can study part-time whilst in full-time employment, as there are few pre-requisites for most modules.

The tools to take you to the next stage

Upon graduation, you will be able to critically evaluate developments and new applications of information and communication technology systems, and relate them to the roles and uses of IT in different business settings. You will also have an enhanced understanding of system problems and how to choose the right methods and approaches to develop systems.

Entry Requirements

  • We normally require an honours degree of 2.2 or above.

  • applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent)

Career Prospects

Careers / Further study

UWE Bristol monitors its employment trends closely, and since 1986, we have ensured graduates of this course are equipped for the demands of the real world and are highly regarded by potential employers.

There is a growing need for creative IT graduates who can work with an ever-widening range of technologies and can meet organisational needs in business, education and health. This newly designed course tackles the challenges of technology in modern business and society, head on.

Our award-winning careers service helps you develop your employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity plus support for entrepreneurial activity, and access to employer events.

Course Details

The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.

The MSc route is structured so that three-quarters of the taught course comprises core modules, while you choose the rest to fit your personal and professional aspirations and career goals. In the first term, there are four core modules, followed by one core module and two optional ones in the second term.

Core modules

  • Strategy and Governance in IT (15 credits) - In this module, we explore current issues in the strategy of IT services in organisations. We will look at the key challenges and competing demands facing the industry, and the potentially transformative impact of IT on complex organisations. You will learn how to evaluate and reconcile the sometimes conflicting social, business, legal and ethical pressures of working as an IT professional.
  • Project Management (15 credits) - You will learn how to make choices when approaching a project, as well as gaining the tools and techniques to use in planning and monitoring progress. We will cover all these aspects in the context of working towards successful project outcomes, as well as fitting in with project management frameworks and philosophies such as PRINCE2 and Agile.
  • Information Security (15 credits) - This module explores the key information security principles, risks, threats and vulnerabilities faced by public or private organisations. You will analyse issues relating to privacy, civil liberties and intellectual property; learn how to propose a compliant information security framework or policy; and also research and communicate current and emerging information security trends.
  • Digital Design and Development (15 credits) - You will learn about the fundamentals of digital design and development, including information architecture and user interface fundamentals, prototyping and delivery on web, mobile and emerging platforms. We will cover how to identify and develop creative solutions to design problems; how to respond to critiques on designs and prototypes; and how to write clean, reusable and efficient code.
  • Within this module, you will have the opportunity to extend, consolidate and apply the knowledge you have gained in the other modules, while working on a group focused software project involving the analysis of project requirements, project management, prototyping, coding, quality assurance and documentation.

You will then choose two of the following 15 credit optional modules:

  • Big Data
  • Business Intelligence and Data Visualisation
  • Cloud Computing
  • Data and Information Governance*
  • Designing The User Experience
  • Knowledge Management
  • Linked, Open Data and The Internet of Things
  • Machine Learning And Predictive Analytics
  • Social Media And Web Science.

This module is not available if you complete the professional placement.

You will also complete a CSCT Masters project (60 credits).

*The information’s are correct at the time of publishing, however it may change if university makes any changes after we have published the information. While we try our best to provide correct information, It is advisable to call us or visit university website for up to date information.

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