The course

Delivery type
Weekdays (full-time) / Weekends (part-time)
1 year (full-time) / 2 years (part-time)
Intake date
September, January* (* part-time only)



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.

Professional recognition

The MSc Computer Systems Management degree is accredited by BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT.

January entrants

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 be on campus during the summer break.


The Dubai Campus is accredited by the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) and fully licensed to teach its degrees in Dubai.  All graduates receive a British degree that is accredited by Royal Charter in the UK.

Detailed course information

Course content

Detailed course guide

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 industry, commerce and the public sector is increasing the demand for experts who can design, implement and manage computer systems.

Entry requirements

For MSc entry, a good relevant Honours degree (first or second class) or equivalent overseas qualifications will be considered. Given the clear practical element of the programmes, we will also consider non-graduate candidates holding less than a good Honours degree, or its equivalent, but with compensating qualifications or experience may be admitted to the Postgraduate Diploma programme. Transfer to the MSc will be possible later on if exams and course work are at MSc level.

To find out about the entry requirements for this programme, kindly call +971 4 4358700 or please send an email to

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.


  • AED 85050*

* All tuition fees inclusive of VAT

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