Computing with International Business
Industry and commerce have an increasing need for IT-enabled decision makers and business-aware IT professionals. This postgraduate degree is designed to meet that need. The degree aims to give students a firm grounding in the knowledge, skills and understanding of computing, software development with a user-centric approach and the global business environment.
Closing date: For entry Sept 2014, apply before 18th July 2014, if you need a visa to study in the UK
Why study MSc Computing with International Business at Dundee?
The MSc in Computing with International Business offers students a practical mix of technical computing modules such as internet programming and software development and business modules like economics for business managers and international business strategy.
At the University of Dundee we have a flexible approach to Computing with International Business. This course can be tailored to suit students with a strong computing background or those with less experience seeking to develop their skills while simultaneously developing their business acumen.
We encourage a professional, inter-disciplinary and user-centred approach to software design and production, and we will enable you to develop research skills so that you can undertake a major software development project.
What's so good about MSc Computing with International Business at Dundee?
International Business at the University of Dundee is well known abroad and as a result, there is a strong multicultural aspect in these classes. Students from countries all over the world like India, China Nigeria and more come here to study giving you the opportunity to work alongside people with a multitude of different ideas, skills and experiences.
The University of Dundee is at the leading edge of computing giving you the opportunity to take advantage of tutelage from leading researchers in an informal and supportive environment.
Your studies will take place in the Queen Mother Building, the University of Dundee’s award-winning epicentre of computing, which boasts an array of conventional and specialised equipment.
Who should study this course?
This postgraduate degree, run as a partnership between the School of Computing & the School of Business, is designed for graduates who feel that a postgraduate degree combining computing with business would be a relevant and marketable addition to their existing qualifications.
Teaching & Assessment
The start date is September each year. The MSc course lasts for 12 months and the PGDip lasts for 9 months.
How you will be taught
We know how important it is to be at the leading edge and so you will learn from research-active staff. Leading researchers teach you and small class sizes mean that they really get to know you, making for an informal and supportive community.
Industrial collaboration is part of our ethos too, so we regularly include guest experts from industry.
What you will study
You select six taught modules, three per semester, during the period September-April. You make module selections with your advisor, and this will be partially dictated by your background and previous study, plus any timetabling restrictions.
The typical list for students with limited computing background is shown *. Any module which has a significant overlap with your previous education will be disallowed, for students with a computing-related degree this will usually include most of the modules shown +.
Four Computing modules from:
- Internet and Computer Systems* +
- Software Development* +
- Software Engineering* +
- Design Ethnography 1
- Agile Engineering
- Technology Innovation Management
- Secure e-Commerce
- Computer Graphics
- Computer Vision
- Multimedia Audio
- Database Systems* +
- Advanced Programming Techniques* +
- Human Computer Interaction*
- Internet Programming
- Research Frontiers
- Design Ethnography 2
- Research Methods
- Designing Innovative Research
Two Business modules from:
- Economics for Business Managers
- International Marketing & Market Research
- International Business Strategy
Subject to examination performance, you then progress to the MSc project which runs from May to September, or to a Diploma project lasting 9 weeks.
Please note that some of the modules in the programme are shared with other masters programmes and some of the teaching and resources may be shared with our BSc programme. These joint classes offer a valuable opportunity to learn from, and discuss the material with, other groups of students with different backgrounds and perspectives.
How you will be assessed
The taught modules are assessed by continuous assessment plus end of semester examinations in December and March/April. The project is assessed by dissertation.
Coursework is often very practical, eg writing computer programs, designing interfaces, writing reports, constructing web sites, testing software, implementing databases, analysing problems or presenting solutions to clients.
Career opportunities in software development, website design, network support, database development and research, working as computer systems manager, data processing manager, software engineer, computer analyst & programmer, computer & IT consultant.
Our students are highly employable:
- They develop the expertise that employers want from computing graduates - our Industrial Advisory Board includes experts from a range of industries including Amazon, Scottish Enterprise Tayside, NCR, Chevron and Microsoft
- They are prepared for a wide range of good career prospects in computing - the UK faces a massive shortage of graduates qualified to fill the 120,000 new jobs in computing and IT every year
EU and International students visit our EU and International webpages for entry requirements tailored to your home country.
You should have, or expect to have, a degree in Computing, Information Technology, Information Systems, Software Engineering or related title, with a grade equivalent to at least a Class 2.2 Honours degree from a UK university, or equivalent qualifications.
IELTS of 6.0 (or equivalent), if your first language is not English. Please check our Language Requirements page for details of equivalent grades from other test providers, and information about the University of Dundee English Language courses.
English Language Pre-Sessional Programmes
We offer Pre-Sessional programmes throughout the year and Foundation Programme(s) for both undergraduate and postgraduate students which start at the beginning of the academic year. These programmes are all designed to prepare you for university study in the UK when you have not yet met the language requirements for direct entry onto a degree programme. Successful completion of these programmes guarantees progression to various degrees at the University of Dundee as long as you hold a relevant offer.
The 30 week (one Academic Year) Foundation Programme(s) allow applicants who have not met our typical academic entry requirements, and require additional English Language support by up to 1.0 IELTS, to gain the necessary qualifications to enter the University of Dundee degree programmes in the following year.
The 24 week Pre-Sessional programme (March – August) provides additional English Language tuition for students who do not meet our minimum English Language requirements by up to 1.0 IELTS and the 10 week Pre-Sessional programme (June – August) (October – December) provides specialist English Language tuition for students who are 0.5 IELTS below the requirement for their degree programme.
Fees and Funding
(inc Jan 2015)
Sources of Funding
Information about the School of Computing scholarships can be found on the School of Computing scholarships webpage.
Other sources of funding for postgraduate students can be found on our Scholarships webpage.
SAAS tuition fee loans are available for this course for students who meet the eligibility criteria. Visit our SAAS tuition fee loan webpage for more information and links.
- Dundee is ranked as one of the most affordable places for students to live in the UK, and the cost of living is around 15% cheaper than the UK average.
- Increasing numbers of students are successfully undertaking part-time work to supplement their income. You can get advice from our Careers Service, both about job opportunities and how to find a suitable study/work/life balance. EU and international students are also allowed to work up to 20 hours per week.
- As a student in Scotland, you have free access to the National Health Service. Visits to doctors and hospitals, as well as prescriptions, sight tests and dental checkups, are available free of charge.
How to Apply
Apply online via UKPASS
You must read the information regarding how to upload relevant documents to UKPASS before proceeding with your application.
Programme DirectorDr Keith Edwards
School of Computing
University of Dundee
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