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Information Technology and International Business

MSc

The migration of more and more business presence and commercial transactions to the internet has produced the need for managers who are familiar with the potential and the limitations of e-commerce, and also for software designers and developers who are aware of the business and marketing environment that sustains them. The fast past of technology changes requires managers and software designers who can operate comfortably and interchangeably in both worlds.

Closing date: For entry Sept 2014, apply before 18th July 2014, if you need a visa to study in the UK

Why study MSc Information Technology and International Business at Dundee?

The MSc in Information Technology and International Business offers students a practical mix of technical computing modules such as internet and computer systems and software development and business modules like economics for business managers and international business strategy. 

The course is based on practical, real-world assignments to provide great experience for your future career. As it is modelled on good practice within the industry, the MSc in Information Technology and International Business ensures that students are kept up-to-date and instilled with a high level of employability.

What's so good about MSc Information Technology and 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 in subjects other than Computing or Economics/Business who feel that a postgraduate degree combining IT with Business would be a relevant and marketable addition to their existing qualifications.

Debora Kagohara from Brazil graduated in 2007 from this course, she then went to Victoria University of Wellington, in New Zealand to study for a PhD.
She says "The work was challenging but very enjoyable and the lecturers and tutors were always at hand if I needed help. The degree was not only a good learning experience but I also met great people."

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Teaching & Assessment

This course is taught by staff in the School of Computing and the School of Business.

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 of computing and so you will learn from research-active staff in the School of Computing. 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. The typical list is shown below:

  • Internet and Computer Systems
  • Software Engineering
  • Software Development
  • Graphical User Interfaces
  • Human Computer Interaction
  • Database Systems
  • Economics for Business Managers
  • International Marketing and Marketing 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. This is a business-related software development project supervised by a member of staff, culminating in a dissertation.

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.

Careers

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

Entry Requirements

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 a subject other than computing, with a grade equivalent to at least a Class 2.2 Honours degree from a UK university, or equivalent qualifications.

English Language Requirement: 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 and Foundation Programme(s) which are designed to prepare you for university study, the 24 week and 10 week programmes provide additional English Language tuition for students who do not meet our minimum English Language requirements by up to 1.0 IELTS and 0.5 IELTS respectively. 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 to 1.5 IELTS, to gain the necessary qualifications to enter the University of Dundee degree programmes in the following year.

Fees and Funding

Academic Year Home/EU Overseas
2014-15
(inc Jan 2015)
£3,800 £13,250

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.

Living Costs

  • 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.

Your Application

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 Director

Dr Keith Edwards
School of Computing
University of Dundee
Nethergate
Dundee
DD1 4HN
Scotland

Telephone: 01382 384463 (from the UK)
Telephone: +44 1382 384463 (from outside the UK)

Fax: 01382 385509 (from the UK)
Fax: +44 1382 385509 (from outside the UK)

Email: kedwards@computing.dundee.ac.uk

Admissions Contact

Postgraduate Admissions
Admissions and Student Recruitment
University of Dundee
Nethergate
Dundee
DD1 4HN
Scotland

Telephone: 01382 384 384 (from the UK)
Telephone: +44 1382 384 384 (from outside the UK)

Fax: 01382 385 500 (from the UK)
Fax: +44 1382 385 500 (from outside the UK)

Email: postgrad-admissions@dundee.ac.uk