Have an interest and a little experience in computing? Develop skills and understanding so you can apply computing to industry, commerce and research.
If you've graduated from a non-computing subject and are looking to enhance your computer skills this could be the right course for you. This MSc in Applied Computing course allows students to move forward from their previous studies and expand their knowledge into the world of computing.
With a strong focus on software development, this course is far more than just an introduction to the basics of computing. It will drive you deeper into the understanding of engineering computer programs and databases.
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 Applied Computing ensures that students are kept up-to-date and instilled with a high level of employability.
You will have the opportunity to develop your projects by injecting your own personality into them, reflecting your own personal preferences within your practical work. The course also encourages a high degree of autonomy, functioning in a manner best described as 'assisted self-learning.'
You will have 24-hour access to our award winning and purpose-built Queen Mother Building. It has an unusual mixture of lab space and breakout areas, with a range of conventional and special equipment for you to use. It's also easy to work on your own laptop as there is wireless access throughout the building. Our close ties to industry allows us access to facilities such as Windows Azure and Teradata, and university and industry standard software such as Tableau for you to evaluate and use.
The University maintains a friendly, intimate and supportive atmosphere, and we take pride in the fact that we know all of our students. We have a thriving postgraduate department with regular seminars and guest speakers.
Who should study this course?
The MSc in Applied Computing is for students that have graduated from subjects other than computing, but have a keen interest in developing their computing knowledge and skills.
Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)
The University of Dundee has been given a Gold award – the highest possible rating – in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).
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 our University's research-active computing 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.
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, e.g. writing computer programs, designing interfaces, writing reports, constructing web sites, testing software, implementing databases, analysing problems or presenting solutions to clients.
What you will study
Over two semesters (between September and April) students will undertake 6 taught modules covering:
- Internet and Computer Systems
- Software Engineering
- Software Development and Advanced Programming using C++
- Graphical User Interfaces
- Human-Computer Interaction
- Database Systems
Detailed module guides are available online.
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.
Possible career paths include 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.
Rajaram Lakshmanan, Software Developer, HRH Geological Services
"I am part of the development team working on development, maintenance, documentation and support of in-house software. I also provide technical back up to the log bureau department to assist with customer support."
“I’ve enjoyed the MSc even more than my undergraduate degree. Everybody in the department is very approachable and there’s a great collaborative ethos. The best part was the learning curve. I like to be challenged. I came to this course with no background in computing, no experience of coding and now I’ve developed an entire website. The course has definitely been worthwhile.”
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
English Language Programmes
We offer Pre-Sessional and Foundation Programme(s) throughout the year. These are 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.
The fees you pay will depend on your fee status. Your fee status is determined by us using the information you provide on your application.
|Fee status||Fees for students starting 2017/18|
|Scottish and EU students||£7,450 per year of study|
|Rest of UK students||£7,450 per year of study
See our scholarships for UK/EU applicants
|Overseas students (non-EU)||£17,950 per year of study
See our scholarships for international applicants
For the MSc Applied Computing with Work Placement option, the responsibility for finding a placement lies with you but our Careers Service can support and guide you. You will only be considered for the work placement route if your academic progression is satisfactory, and this will be discussed with your Advisor of Studies. If you cannot, or decide not to go on a placement, you will complete the MSc Applied Computing.
You apply for this course via the UCAS Postgraduate (UKPASS) website which is free of charge. You can check the progress of your application online and you can also make multiple applications.
You'll need to upload relevant documents as part of your application. Please read the How to Apply page before you apply to find out about what you'll need.
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Dr Keith Edwards
Science and Engineering
+44 (0)1382 384463