The internet revolution has generated a socially interactive environment that creates new business opportunities for enterprises. The MSc Social Computing programme addresses this market demand by providing you with training for understanding, managing, developing, implementing and commercialising interactive social media on the internet.
There are growing employment opportunities in this emerging field with many international software development enterprises such as Microsoft and Google, equipped with their own social computing and media development teams. A number of IT enterprises, including Apple and Oracle, own products with social computing functions while many companies successfully turn significant profits through social network sites such as Facebook, Amazon and TaoBao.
You will graduate equipped with the knowledge and skills to forge a successful career in the new interdisciplinary area of social informatics and internet computing.
Why Study Social Computing at XJTLU?
Benefit from specialist lab facilities for operating systems, networking, mobile computing and multimedia technology located on campus;
Take advantage of XJTLU's strategic location close to many international high tech companies with opportunities for networking, internships and site visits;
Tailor your studies to suit your career ambitions with modules in big data analytics, computer systems security and more available;
Earn a University of Liverpool degree that is recognised by the Chinese Ministry of Education.
Knowledge and Skills
By the time you graduate from the MSc Social Computing, you will have:
theoretical and practical knowledge of key areas of social business and social computing in both industry and research;
the ability to apply your skills in management, design and implementation of IT-based solutions to social business and computation domains;
practical skills in research, analysis, realisation and evaluation of technical or research documents in social commerce and social computing.
"Social computing, a new paradigm of computing and technology development, has become a central theme in information and communication technology fields. The MSc Social Computing programme prepares students to harness complex data and advanced tools to address fundamental questions."
You will complete eight modules in the first two semesters and a dissertation project in the third semester for a total duration of 18 months. The precise content of your dissertation project will be discussed and decided with your project supervisor and is subject to approval.
Social Media Marketing
Social Web Programming
Social Network Analysis
Technological Project Management
MSc Dissertation Project
Data Mining and Big Data Analytics
Computer Systems Security
Additional learning activities
The completion of additional learning activities is required to complete your master's degree. Normally, required ALA hours will be distributed evenly across each semester, amounting to 200 hours per semester. Part-time programmes will normally require 100 to 150 hours per semester.
Graduates from this programme are well prepared for positions such as research and development engineer, systems developer, and project leader in IT companies. The programme also offers a solid foundation to pursue further study at a doctoral level.
RMB 120,000 for the entire 18-month full-time programme.
University tuition fees cover the cost of your study with us.
If you are a graduate of XJTLU, the University of Liverpool or Xi’an Jiaotong University, you will automatically receive a discount of 20 per cent of the tuition fee.
We offer a partial entry scholarship of 30 or 50 -per cent of the total programme tuition fee for all full-time masters programmes based on academic merit. Your indication of interest during the online programme application process and a scholarship application letter are required to be considered for an XJTLU masters scholarship.
Bachelor Degree or equivalent academic qualification/experience in a relevant area such as computer science, engineering, information systems, e-business and mathematics, with some programming and programme design experience
Applicants who do not meet the standard entry requirements but have substantial relevant work experience will be considered for enrolment of the programme on a case-by-case basis
English Language Requirement
IELTS 6.0 (5.0 in all skills) or TOEFL 80 or equivalent
Minimum Entry Requirements
The minimum entry requirements for all masters programmes:
211 Project; Top 100 of 2020 Shanghai Ranking-75 per cent or above (Weighted Average Mark)
Non 211 project; Non-Top 100 of 2020 Shanghai ranking-80-85 per cent or above (Weighted Average Mark), depending on your undergraduate institution
Note: Shanghai Ranking of The Best Chinese Universities is subject to annual update https://www.shanghairanking.cn/rankings/bcur/202010
Upper second class (2:1) honours or equivalent
3.0 Cumulative GPA (out of 4) or
3.2 Cumulative GPA in the final two years of your undergraduate programme.
English Language Requirements
If English is not your native language or if you have not studied in English at the degree level, you will need to provide evidence of your level of English proficiency. You should normally possess an appropriate IELTS, TOEFL, PTE or equivalent score (Tests completed no earlier than 1st January 2019) as listed on each programme page.
You will qualify for an exemption from the English language requirement if one of the following applies to you:
You are a national of a majority English-speaking country: Antigua and Barbuda; Australia; Bahamas; Barbados; Belize; Canada; Dominica; Grenada; Guyana; Jamaica; New Zealand; St Kitts and Nevis; St Lucia; St Vincent and the Grenadines; Trinidad and Tobago; USA; UK.
You have completed/are completing a degree in a majority English-speaking country (Chinese joint venture programmes are not included). Your degree shall be conferred no earlier than 1st January 2019
You have completed/are completing a degree that has been taught and assessed in English (Chinese joint venture programmes are not included), and your degree shall be conferred no earlier than 1st January 2019 with an English proficiency letter issued by the institution. The English proficiency letter should: be typed and printed on institutional letterhead; bear the seal/signature of the issuing authority; indicate your degree has been taught and assessed entirely in English
You have completed/are completing a degree from one of the universities listed below. Your degree shall be conferred no earlier than 1st January 2019: Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University; University of Nottingham Ningbo China; New York University Shanghai; Wenzhou-Kean University; Duke Kunshan University; The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen; Beijing Normal University-HongKong Baptist University United International College (aka UIC); Guangdong Technion-Israel Institute of Technology.
If you miss the English language requirements by 0.5 – 1.0 of an overall IELTS band but meet the language requirements for the Pre-sessional English (PSE) Course (including minimum component scores or equivalents), you may be accepted onto the PSE course subject to Programme Director’s approval. Upon successful enrolment on the PSE course, you will be able to change your XJTLU Master’s offer letter to ‘Unconditional’ for English level.
Conditional offer holders
Please note that the Password Test is only available to students who have been issued a conditional offer to study at XJTLU. In principle, the University provides one Password Test opportunity for each conditional offer holder.
Please note that the Password test’s schedule will be available soon.
Additionally, students who are admitted onto a Master’s programme by taking the Pre-sessional English (PSE) Course are required to complete English language modules listed on the Programme Specification on a pass/fail basis as part of their Additional Learning Activity plan during their studies at XJTLU.
XJTLU strives to adopt and adhere to recognised international standards in providing equality of opportunity, and fairness in the admissions process and decision-making. We evaluate each application on its individual merits and in comparison with other applications. We do not guarantee to make an offer to all applicants who have met or are predicted to meet the minimum entry requirements.
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