The aim of the MSc and Postgraduate Diploma in Computer Systems Management is to impart the skills and understanding required to manage complex computer systems as part of the support services of an organisation. This will include the selection, installation, maintenance and support of a wide range of computing technologies and an understanding of currently recommended methodologies.
As the pace of change in computer science and information technology is quite staggering, our taught postgraduate programmes draw very much on the strength of the research activities carried out by academic staff.
The MSc Computer Systems Management degree is accredited by BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT.
Students starting the programme in January should note that it runs part-time runs for 4 semesters (24 months) + dissertation (March to August, 6 months) (total 30 months).
Students enrolling for the January intake programmes are not required to be on campus during the summer break.
Students undertake four courses in semester 1 and a further four courses in semester 2. On this programme, the following taught courses are mandatory:
- Computer Network Security
- Database and Information Systems
- Project Management
- Research Methods and Project Planning
Students can then choose four courses from the following:
- Advanced Network Security
- Advanced Software Engineering
- Big Data Management
- Data Communications & Networking
- Information System Methodologies'
- Mobile Communications and Programming
- Industrial Programming
- Network Applications
- Software Engineering Foundations
In addition to these taught courses, students pursuing the MSc qualification undertake a Masters project, which culminates in a dissertation.
New career prospects and opportunities for career enhancement are both excellent. The continued growth in-network services and mobile handheld devices in the industry, commerce and the public sector are increasing the demand for experts who can design, implement and manage computer systems.
English language requirements
Where English was not the medium of instruction at secondary school, applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.5 (with all elements passed at 6.0 or above). Applicants who have completed secondary and tertiary education will need to provide documentary evidence. A minimum of one-year full-time study in English will be required.
Our Dubai Campus operates a rolling year-round admissions process: as soon as one intake has closed we begin accepting applications for the next one. It is also possible for you to defer your start date for up to a year.
Most students apply 6–10 months in advance of their chosen intake. We can accept applications up until 3 weeks before the start of each intake but you should note that a late application will almost certainly mean a delay in the provision of essential administrative services, such as your student matriculation card (without which you won't be able to access the library or online services).