The course

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This Graduate Diploma in Information Technology prepares overseas graduates without an honours degree for admission to one of our MSc programmes in Computing or IT. English language can also be studied over the same period within the University's School of Social Sciences if required.

Successful completion of the Graduate Diploma with an overall average of at least 50% and an IELTS overall level of at least 6.0 can lead to progression to the MSc in the following year.

Programme duration

This programme starts in mid September. It lasts until June for those with adequate English for MSc admission (IELTS 6.0). For students with an IELTS level of 5.5 the programme continues until August.

Course content

Detailed course guide

All students take the following 5 mandatory courses:

  • Project: Research Methods and Requirements Engineering
  • Project: Design and Implementation
  • Project: Testing and Presentation
  • Software Engineering
  • Professional Development

Students also take 3 computing course options from the following choices:

Semester 1

  • Artificial Intelligence and Intelligent Agents
  • Database and Information Systems
  • Software Engineering Foundations

Semester 2

  • Advanced Software Engineering
  • Operating Systems and Concurrency
  • Sociotechnical and Soft Systems

Semester 3

  • Software Engineering Master Class

Further details are available here.

IELTS 5.5 students also take the following 3 English courses

  • Academic Writing 1 or Academic Reading 1 (semester 1)
  • Academic Writing 2 and PG Research Skills (semester 2)