Course details

Designed to address the government's ambition of filling the current digital skills gap, this course will provide you with the specialist IT skills set required to succeed in the industry. You will learn to deal with complex IT issues systematically and creatively, enhancing your ability to evaluate and apply advanced theories and techniques to a range of situations.

We recognise that you will have your own personal career aspirations, and this course will provide you with the flexibility to tailor your learning. You can study MSc Information & Technology through an individual programme of study (IPOS), or by choosing one of three pathways.

MSc Information & Technology IPOS

Customise your course by selecting from a wide range of option modules. Depending on the modules you choose, you can direct the course towards your own interests or develop specific skills demanded by your current employer. You will select four option modules from the extensive list detailed below.

Alternatively, you can follow a specific pathway, studying specific modules to meet the requirements of your chosen pathway:

MSc Information & Technology (Software Engineering)

On this pathway, you will study course-specific core modules (Advanced Software Engineering and Software Engineering for Service Computing), four shared core modules, and select two option modules from the list below.

MSc Information & Technology (Network Systems)

On this pathway, you will study course-specific core modules (Network Management and Network & Convergence Architectures), four shared core modules, and select two option modules from the list below.

MSc Information & Technology (Information Technology Management)

On this pathway, you will study course-specific core modules (Managing Data in the Digital & Global Environment and Database Systems), four shared core modules, and select two option modules from the list below.

Across all pathways, our industry contacts and research expertise will ensure your course content will be current and highly relevant to the sector. You will be encouraged to engage with our external partners for your final project in order to refine your knowledge and enhance your professional networks.

Research Excellence Framework 2014

Research Excellence Framework 2014: our University demonstrated strength in five emerging areas of research which it entered into the assessment for the first time, including computer science.

Entry requirements

Applicants should either have at least a second class honours degree in the cognate subject of Computing, at least a second class honours degree in a non-cognate subject supported by evidence of an aptitude for the subject applied for or have equivalent experience or training, normally from within the work environment. All applications should be supported by a reference, either academic or professional; a template can be accessed at this link. All applicants should satisfy our University English language requirements, please access further details at this link


IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.


Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example, completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy.

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Job Prospects

As well as giving you the up-to-date knowledge and skills which are in demand in this sector, our links to the industry will enhance your career networks and our dedicated Employability Team will also be on hand to offer advice on your career path. You can look forward to a wide range of career opportunities in internet and enterprise software development and also information systems.

  • Web Developer
  • User Interface Designer
  • PHP Developer
  • IT Project Manager

Careers Advice

Our dedicated Jobs and Careers team offers expert advice and a host of resources to help you choose and gain employment. Whether you're in your first or final year, you can speak to members of staff from our Careers Office who can offer you advice, from writing a CV to searching for jobs.

Modules & Learning

Core modules (Information Technology Management)

  • Database Systems (core)
  • Managing Data in the Digital & Global Environment

Core modules (Network Systems)

  • Network & Convergence Architectures (core)
  • Network Management (core)

Core modules (Software Engineering)

  • Advanced Software Engineering (core)
  • Software Engineering for Service Computing (core)

Core modules (all routes)

  • Negotiated Skills Development
  • Project Management
  • Dissertation
  • Research Practice

Indicative option modules

  • Network & Convergence Architectures
  • Database Systems
  • Network Management
  • Software Engineering for Service Computing
  • Managing Information in the Digital & Global Environment
  • Software Components & Architecture
  • Data Analysis & Visualisation
  • Simulation & Modelling
  • Eco Engineering
  • Green Computing Strategies
  • Software & Systems
  • Critical Perspectives of Information
  • Data Warehouse Models & Approaches
  • Intelligent Systems & Robotics
  • Lean & Agile Engineering
  • Advanced Software Engineering

Fees & funding

UK & EU 2018/19

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £6500. The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.

International 2018/19

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £12500. The amount you will pay is fixed at this level for each year of your course.


IT Labs

The University is home to a number of modern specialist IT labs equipped with all the up-to-date hardware and software our computing students could need.

Headingley Campus

Our historic Headingley Campus is set in 100 acres of parkland with easy access to Leeds city centre.


Our Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, providing you with access to specialist books and journals, learning spaces, computers, multimedia facilities and media equipment hire. Tens of thousands of our Library's digital resources, including ebooks, e-journals and databases, can be accessed online at a time and place to suit you.

Gym and Sports Facilities

Keeping fit is easy at Leeds Beckett - our fitness suites are easy to get to, kitted out with all the latest technology and available to all sports members.

Program taught in:
  • English

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6,500 GBP
EU & UK students: £6500. International students: £12500.
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