The aim of both the MSc and the Postgraduate Diploma in Information Technology (Software Systems) is to educate software engineers. The programme is concerned with the use and application of information technology in the specification, design, development and deployment of software. Throughout the programme, you will implement software solutions to remedy practical problems and put into practice the theoretical concepts learned in lectures.
As well as studying core software engineering topics, like Java programming and UML specification of object-oriented systems, you will follow a range of other courses such as Databases and Network Applications.
Students starting the programme in January should note that it runs part-time only 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.
Full-time students take four courses in Semester 1 and a further four in Semester 2. Results from these examinations determine whether students progress to an individual project of four months’ duration leading to the MSc degree.
On this programme the following taught courses are mandatory:
- Database and Information Systems
- Network Applications
- Research Methods and Project Planning
Students can then choose five courses from the following:
- Computer Network Security
- Mobile Communications and Programming
- Industrial Programming
- Software Engineering Foundations
- Advanced Software Engineering
- Digital and Knowledge-Economy
- Computer Games Programming
- F21AD Advanced Interaction Design
- F21GA 3D Graphics and Animation
F21RO Intelligent Robotics
In addition to these taught courses, students pursuing the MSc qualification undertake a Masters project, which culminates in a dissertation.
New career opportunities and prospects for career enhancement are both excellent. The continued growth in new technologies, network services, mobile applications and handheld devices in the industry, commerce and the public sector is increasing the demand for experts who can design, implement and manage software 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).
About the School
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