The course

Full-time, Part-time, Per course
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The aim of this programme is to impart the understanding and skills required to manage complex computer systems as part of the support services of an organisation. This will include selection, installation, maintenance and support of a wide range of computing technologies and an understanding of currently recommended computing technologies.

This is an integrated course delivered both in Dubai and Edinburgh which offers a wealth of experience to students coming both from an undergraduate Information Technology background and from other relevant disciplines.

Graduates can expect to find employment with software houses, IT companies, computer services divisions of companies, financial services organisations, defence contractors or government IT agencies and as researchers/research students within universities.

Further details are available.

Programme duration

This full-time programme starts in mid September and lasts one year.However, the programme can also be taken part time or as a 9 month Postgraduate Diploma.

Course content

   Detailed course guide

Full-time students take 4 courses each semester and must normally take all core courses.

Core courses:

  • Computer Network Security
  • Information Systems Methodologies
  • Research Methods and Project Planning
  • Project Management
  • Masters project and dissertation

Optional courses:

  • Advanced Network Security
  • Big Data Management
  • Advanced Software Engineering
  • Database and Information Systems
  • Digital and Knowledge Economy
  • Industrial Programming
  • Mobile Communications and Programming
  • Network Applications
  • Software Engineering Foundations

After semester 2, students continue full-time on the MSc project.

Further details are available for study in Edinburgh and also for study in Dubai.


In the third semester (May-August) students undertake a specialist MSc project which is written up as a 15000 word dissertation. This project enables further development and consolidation of skills introduced in the taught courses, applying them to a challenging practical problem in this subject area.