Computing and Information Systems

Computing and Information Systems MSc

Course fees (2018/19 entry)

Option / fee Value
Home/EU full-time annual tuition fee: £6,300
Home/EU part-time tuition fee: £35 per credit
International full time annual tuition fee: £14,450

Course type

MSc

School

Computer Science

Study mode

Full Time

About your course

This Masters in Computing and Information Systems focuses on the technological aspects of hardware and software. Liverpool John Moores University provides the perfect opportunity to study the latest innovations in this subject at postgraduate level.

  • Course available to study full time (1 year)
  • Delivered by academics active in research
  • Opportunity to carry out a novel research project in an area of your choice
  • High-quality teaching and excellent learning resources commended by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA)
  • £6 million state-of-the-art laboratories and teaching facilities
  • Excellent career prospects in areas such as project management, system design and IT management

The modules are delivered professionally, clearly and matched student expectations.

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You will have access to over 150 high-performance computers plus our exclusive Game Technology Lab, a Computer Forensics Lab, two Multimedia Labs and specialist labs for research on Network Security and Networked Appliances.

Introduction to the School

In an increasingly technological world, there are great challenges and opportunities for professionals with advanced qualifications in computing.

The Department of Computer Science will help you prepare for the career of your choice by providing you with a wide range of programmes at postgraduate level, including taught masters and research programmes (MPhil/PhD)

You will be taught and supervised by subject specialists, in a vibrant and supportive environment. Classroom and lab-based activities, including lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical work, offer a varied and diverse range of experiences as you prepare for the career of your choice. You will also be encouraged to attend Departmental seminars and locally held conferences, participating in the research culture of our area.

Internationally-recognised expertise   

94% of research submitted to the REF 2014 is considered as being of international importance or recognised internationally.

We are proud of our growing research reputation and have a long-standing history of working with local, regional and national industries through student placement, research, consultancy, short course activity and Teaching Company Schemes. We also have a number of collaborative partnerships both locally and internationally.

Our Research Centre for Critical Infrastructure Computer Technology and Protection – PROTECT –  brings together researchers across a number of areas, including computer networks, network security, computer games technology and software engineering, to address emerging research challenges to the protection of critical infrastructure systems.

Why study this course at LJMU?

It is essential for graduates to maintain and update their computing and information skills in order to meet the changing needs and demands of this ever expanding industry.

New advances in techniques and developments in areas such as mobile computing, co-operative working and distributed software projects are becoming ever more important. 

The Department of Computer Science has the academic staff, facilities and programmes to ensure that you learn all you need to accelerate your progression in these dynamic industries. 

You will be based in LJMU’s Byrom Street campus, which is engineered to guarantee your success thanks to the investment of £6million in state-of-the-art laboratories and teaching facilities. 

Our computer laboratories provide access to over 150 high-performance computers, including PC/Linux Workstations and Networked Multimedia PCs for general use, in addition to the campus computing cluster.

The campus includes an exclusive Game Technology Lab, a Computer Forensics Lab, two Multimedia Labs, a Distance Learning Lab and specialist labs for research on Network Security and Networked Appliances.

Our academic staff are leaders in their research fields and will provide you with a platform to enter technology competitions, attend conferences and further your research opportunities.

As a graduate you will be part of an increasing network of leading professionals in the industry.

Programme outline and structure

This MSc in Computing and Information Systems focuses on the technological aspects of hardware and software systems, together with a study of their operational and managerial environment.

Computing and information technology are ever changing. LJMU’s approach ensures that you are kept up-to-date with technical innovations and that you widen your experience, by combining your technical skills with an understanding of information technology and its management. 

The course aims to provide you with a fuller, systematic understanding of current and developing computer technologies and help you to: 

  • explore the issues surrounding the Management of Information Technology in Business and Industrial contexts
  • develop expertise in the areas of computer science that you are interested in
  • become an advanced, autonomous learner
  • develop a comprehensive understanding, critical awareness and ability to conduct evaluation of current research issues
  • work with originality in applying analytical, creative, problem solving and research skills
  • gain awareness of the advanced, conceptual understanding, underpinning career development, innovation and further study for PhD

What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

Level 7
  • Project Dissertation
  • Advanced Software Engineering Concepts
  • Research Methods
  • Computer Systems Technology
  • Management of E-business
  • Database Design and Technology
  • Advanced Data Structures and Algorithms
  • Software Development with JAVA
  • Computer Forensics
  • Computer Security

A major component of the course is the project module. This is an extensive piece of research work in an applications domain relevant to your academic or professional interests.

It is intended to provide you with an opportunity to undertake a major investigation and produce a major dissertation on the outcome of the work. Assessment of the project will be based on this dissertation and presentations of the work.

The work carried out during the project is expected to have a strong research component and will, in many cases, be appropriate in forming the basis of further academic research - for example a PhD programme.

Further guidance on modules

The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Academic Framework reviews are conducted by LJMU from time to time to ensure that academic standards continue to be maintained. A review is currently in progress and will be operational for the academic year 2016/2017. Final details of this programme’s designated core and option modules will be made available on LJMU’s website as soon as possible and prior to formal enrolment for the academic year 2016/2017.

Please email courses@ljmu.ac.uk if you require further guidance or clarification.



How will I be assessed?

You’ll gain core knowledge and understanding on this course via lectures, tutorials, practicals, coursework, projects, seminars and guided independent study.

You will also receive feedback on all work you produce.

Assessment methods for knowledge and understanding comprise coursework and examinations including laboratory work, reports, project work and presentations.

Staff research interests

Departmental staff are active in a number of research areas.

Research expertise includes: 

  • Applied Artificial Intelligence
  • Distributed Multimedia Systems and Security
  • Information Systems Development
  • Mathematics Education
  • Neural Computation and Statistics
  • Computer Games

Research within the Department is recognised internationally in the area of Networked Systems and Security, Computer Entertainment, and Neural Networks with funding from EPSRC, BBC, European Union to name a few. This research drives and informs all Departmental programmes.  

Some examples of current relevant research specialisms include:

  • Computing and Information Systems

  • Decision and Risk Modelling

  • HCI

  • Critical Infrastructure Systems

Entry requirements (Home)

Good Honours degree in Computing or a Computing-related subject OR equivalent professional qualification. International applicants: minimum of IELTS 6.0 (5.5 in each component) Applicants awarded a UK degree within 24 months of the start of the MSc are exempt from this requirement.

Entry requirements (International)

LJMU welcomes applications from international students. In addition to normal entry requirements, you will be expected to demonstrate a very good level of English language competence, for example an IELTS score of 6.0-6.5 or equivalent. Please note: specific courses may require higher levels of English language competence. If you have applied to study a full-time taught Masters, MRes, MPhil or PhD at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate. It can take four to six weeks to receive an ATAS certificate, so please make sure you apply as early as possible. You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website. Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for guidance. Please note: international students entering on a Tier 4 visa cannot study part time. Students entering the UK on alternate types of visa may be in a position to study part time. Please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for further details before making your application.  In order to obtain a visa you will also need to show evidence that the money required to cover your tuition fees and living expenses has been in your bank account for at least 28 days prior to submitting your visa application. So please make sure that your finances are in place before applying. For more details, go to our international website

For advice on any aspect of the application process, please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team.

Will I be interviewed?

Interviews may be conducted in some cases.

IELTS

6.0 (Min 5.5 in each component)

Is RPL accepted on this programme?

Yes


Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

Financial support

Tuition fees

All students enrolled on postgraduate taught programmes at LJMU are liable to pay an annual tuition fee. You can opt to pay your tuition fees in full at the start of each academic year or in instalments. If you need advice about how to pay your tuition fees, please email LJMU’s Student Funding Team.

Funding sources

There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students. From Postgraduate Masters Loans and Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDLs) to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist postgraduate funding pages.

Graduate employment

Studying computing also enhances your transferable skills, such as IT, problem solving, report writing, giving presentations and working in teams. These skills allow you to operate effectively in an ever changing world of work and are highly regarded by employers.

You can expect career opportunities in areas such as:

  • E-commerce application development
  • software system analysis/programming
  • project management
  • IT management
  • software quality assurance
  • system design
  • further research via an MPhil / PhD

Companies who have employed graduates of this course include:

  • BT
  • Marconi Communications
  • Seagate
  • Unilever
  • Littlewoods
  • Tubedale Communications
  • Chance & Hunt
  • Eli Lilly
  • Fraser Williams

International Study

International applicants are required to demonstrate equivalent qualifications to the standard requirements for entry when applying for courses at LJMU.

Students must also demonstrate a proficiency in communicating through English, for example via an IELTS tests or equivalent.

Please note: UK visa restrictions mean that international students are only permitted to study on a full-time basis.

Please contact LJMU’s International Team by visiting www.ljmu.ac.uk/international for more information and advice.

Scholarships

LJMU has launched a range of generous international scholarships for students enrolling at the University.

These prestigious scholarships take the form of tuition fee waivers and are available for outstanding international students applying for taught postgraduate programmes and research degrees.

You will need to complete an additional application form in order to be considered for these scholarships. Full eligibility criteria and the online application form are available here: www.ljmu.ac.uk/international

Applications for these scholarships are welcomed from:

  • new international applicants
  • current LJMU international students hoping to progress onto postgraduate study at the University
  • LJMU international alumni

The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.
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