About this course
LJMU's Computing and Information Systems MSc focuses on the technological aspects of hardware and software, covering the latest innovations in this subject area.
- Learn from academics active in research
- Carry out a novel research project in an area of your choice
- Benefit from high-quality teaching and excellent learning resources commended by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA)
- Access £6 million state-of-the-art laboratories and teaching facilities
- Look forward to excellent career prospects in areas such as project management, system design and IT management
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 and develop expertise in the areas of computer science that you are interested in.
You will become an advanced, autonomous learner with a comprehensive understanding, critical awareness and ability to conduct evaluation of current research issues. You will work with originality in applying analytical, creative, problem solving and research skills and will gain awareness of the advanced, conceptual understanding, underpinning career development, innovation and further study for PhD.
Fees and funding
There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students
The fees quoted at the top of this page cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:
- Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
- Access to programme-appropriate software
- Library and student IT support
- Free on-campus wifi via eduroam
Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:
- accommodation and living expenditure
- books (should you wish to have your own copies)
- printing, photocopying and stationery
- PC/laptop (should you prefer to use your own)
- mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
- field trips (travel and activity costs)
- placements (travel expenses and living costs)
- student visas (international students only)
- study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
- academic conferences (travel costs)
- professional-body membership
- graduation (gown hire etc)
There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students. From Postgraduate Masters Loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist postgraduate funding pages.
Further your career prospects
LJMU has an excellent employability record with 96% (HESA 2016) of our postgraduates in work or further study six months after graduation. Our applied learning techniques and strong industry connections ensure our students are fully prepared for the workplace on graduation and understand how to apply their knowledge in a real world context.
Studying computing 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 and 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 and Fraser Williams.
Discover the building blocks of your programme
Your programme is made up of a number of core modules which are part of the course framework. Some programmes also have optional modules that can be selected to enhance your learning in certain areas and many feature a dissertation, extended report or research project to demonstrate your advanced learning.
This module aims to develop your ability to plan, execute and report in depth on a major investigation.
Advanced Software Engineering Concepts
This module seeks to present advanced techniques of software development for an holistic approach to the whole process of producing software systems incorporating best practice and industry standards. It aims to:
- develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the theories and techniques associated with the software development lifecycle
- appreciate and analyse the roles of specific software development activities in the overall process
- introduce you to the latest research, tools and techniques in software engineering
The aim of this module is to develop your knowledge of effective and academic research design at Masters Level and provide guidance on the purpose and design of literature reviews; the use of theory; writing strategies; citation and ethical considerations. It provides an understanding of how the range of qualitative, quantitative and mixed method data approaches can be most appropriately applied. It provides the knowledge and research skills you need to:
- establish the most effectual research design and method for the dissertation project and write a successful research proposal
- prepare for the project module and for a possible future research career
Computer Systems Technology
This module evaluates the effect of distribution, benefits and problems, on the design and implementation of computer based solutions, using performance analysis tools. It aims to assess critically a variety of principles, tools and techniques used for the design of distributed computer systems.
Management of E-Business
The module covers the technological and managerial aspects of the e-business model. It aims to:
- provide you with in-depth analyses of various concepts concerned with co-ordinating technological and business strategies in the process of electronically buying and selling goods, services and information that impacts individuals and businesses
Database Design and Technology
This module examines recent developments and current trends in databases both from the application and the technology view points. It aims to:
- examine critically selected techniques for modelling the data requirements of database applications at the conceptual level
- develop and understand contemporary advanced issues of database design
- develop an informed appreciation of significant, current issues and trends in database systems
Advanced Data Structures and Algorithms
This course covers the modern theory of algorithms, focusing on the themes of efficient algorithms and intractable problems. It aims to:
- apply various computational techniques to solve many common problems
- develop an understanding of key concepts of complexity theory and illustrate their relevance to practical problems of algorithm design
- understand the difference between a tractable and intractable problem and apply the implications to practical situations
Software Development with Java
This course will develop the necessary skills for the development of object-oriented applications using the Java programming language. You will work cooperatively in groups and demonstrate the skills required to engineer Java-based software applications from initial specification, through to implementation, testing and documentation.
The purpose of the course is to cover the fundamental technical concepts combined with practical skills and contemporary research essential for computer forensic investigations within the organisation, law enforcement or national security. It aims to:
- develop a critical appreciation of both the theoretical and practical issues in the field of computer forensics
- develop the knowledge of various computer systems and technologies and understand their importance to computer forensics investigations
- place the field of computer forensics in the wider field of computer science, the judicial system and national security
- develop the necessary skills, methodologies and processes to conduct a basic computer forensics investigation within an organisation
The purpose of the module is to provide the fundamental technical concepts and research issues essential for computer security. This module develops the understanding of threats to and the security requirements of computer systems, as well as tools and techniques to enforce security. It aims to:
- develop the knowledge of various security threats and vulnerabilities in computer systems as well as the importance of Computer Security
- critically assess a variety of generic security technologies for the protection of computer systems
- promote the use of appropriate methodologies and tools in the analysis, design, implementation and management of secure systems
- examine current research issues in Computer Security
An insight into teaching on your course
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.
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.
How learning is monitored on your programme
To cater for the wide-ranging content of our courses and the varied learning preferences of our students, we offer a range of assessment methods on each programme. Assessment techniques vary from module to module to reflect relevant assessment approaches and the key learning points of each topic.
Assessment methods on the programme comprise: coursework, examinations, laboratory work, reports, project work and presentations.
Our staff are committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning
Featured tutors job title
Before joining the LJMU team, Rubem completed his PhD in Computer Network Performance Modelling in 1997. In the same year he started working at LJMU. He has been a reader in Multimedia Networks and became programme leader for MSc programmes in Computing in 2003. He has also participated in many externally funded projects, supervised PhD students and organised national and international workshops and conferences. Rubem's special areas of interest include: network technologies, distributed systems, video encoding and streaming, the future of Internet, modelling and performance analysis and evaluation of computer systems.
I really enjoy the stimulating environment associated with learning and teaching at the cutting edge of computing and ICT technology.
What you can expect from your School
Studying at the Byrom Street site in the City Campus which has recently enjoyed a £6 million investment, you will have access to state-of-the-art laboratories and teaching facilities. We have over 150 high performance computers including PC/ Linux Workstations and Networked Multimedia PCs for general use, in addition to the campus computing cluster. You’ll also have access to 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.
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You will need:
a good honours degree in computing or a computing-related subject
an equivalent professional qualification
- RPL is accepted on this programme
- IELTS 6.0 (minimum 5.5 in each component)
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Application and selection
Securing your place at LJMU
You will apply for the majority of postgraduate courses using our online application form. You should complete the form thoroughly and provide a detailed personal statement which reflects your suitability and aptitude for the programme.
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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