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What makes Computing MComp at Worcester special?

This is a highly flexible course that provides the opportunity to study to Masters level in order to pursue your passion for computing, further develop your skills, and improve your job prospects.  You can choose to study an extensive range of computing modules and tailor your course to suit your interests as they develop, with specialist modules available in web design, programming, information systems, systems analysis, computer science, cybersecurity, mobile application development, networking, database management, social media, e-business, drone technology, software engineering, cloud computing and games development.

With its strong industry focus, this course is taught by practitioners, consultants, project specialists and cyber-crime advisors who will support your live Software Engineering project in Year 4.

This course will be running again in 2018.

Key features

  • Provides the opportunity to study to Masters level, with funding available across all four years, to develop a broad range of computing skills, research capabilities and managerial/consultancy skills
  • The course has been designed in consultation with employers, aligned with industry standards (ACM, BCS, IEEE), and taught by experienced computing professionals.
  • If you enter on the MComp Computing degree, you can also change to the BSc degree, and vice-versa, throughout the first two years of the degree.
  • 24/7 access to excellent IT facilities, including dedicated PC and mac labs featuring industry-standard software.
  • Option to take a 1-year paid placement, engage in client-based consultancy projects, develop software for clients through the Business School’s Media Lab, or ‘earn as you learn’ by setting up as a freelancer.
  • Option to start your own business through the Business School’s Incubator.
  • Potential to progress onto a PhD in Computing.
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Throughout my three year undergraduate course, I learnt a great deal of technical knowledge that I am now putting into practice in employment. I would recommend the course to anyone looking at a career in IT/Computing.

Emma Faulkner, part-time student

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

112

UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

112 UCAS Tariff points (or equivalent) and minimum Grade C in GCSE English Language and Mathematics (or equivalent)

The points above are the new UCAS tariff, which will be used for courses starting from September 2017. See our new UCAS tariff page for more information.

Other information

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email admissions@worc.ac.uk for advice.

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from http://www.ucas.com   

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Course content

What will you study?

Here is an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ.

Year 1

Mandatory modules:

Optional modules:

GAMA modules for Computing Students

  • Theory of Play and Game Art (double module)
  • Game Design and Production (double module)

 

    Year 2

    Mandatory modules:

    Optional modules:

    GAMA modules           

    • Game Art Environments (single module)
    • Game Production and UX Design (double module)

    Year 3

    Mandatory modules:

    Optional modules:

    Year 4

    Mandatory modules:

    • Computing Dissertation
    • Research Methods
    • Software Engineering Development and Consultancy OR E-business and Social Networks Management

    Optional Modules:

    • Corporate Intelligence
    • Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Delivering Change
    • Interaction Design
    • Big Data Web Applications    

    Study options

    This course is available as an integrated 4-year degree programme plus an optional placement year. Transfers between MComp and BSc Computing are also freely permitted up until the end of the second year of study.

    Teaching and Assessment

    How will you be taught?

    You will learn how to

    Develop and sharpen key employability skills such as:

    • Problem-Solving skills that enable you to identify and overcome core challenges and recognise common patterns through abstraction
    • Practical Skills which allow you to design and develop software systems which address real-world problems
    • Appreciation for lifelong learning and the need to keep your skill set relevant
    • Awareness of and ability to address key challenges such as security, performance and user experience
    • Ability to innovate though the use of novel approaches and new technologies
    • Fluency in your ability to communicate, collaborate and share your ideas

    All of these skills are achieved through a rigorous curriculum designed and taught by experts working closely with industry partners. Modules make use of the latest technology and advancements and are taught by highly experienced academics with backgrounds in applied industry and research.

    Teaching Approach

    Worcester is a place where you will be able to reach your full potential as a self-directed learner supported by staff renowned for their friendly, approachable and accessible nature. You will progressively develop your expertise, skills and knowledge through a practice of enquiry based learning, leading to a portfolio of work that will demonstrate your technical and creative achievements addressing relevant and contemporary challenges in the Computing discipline.

    The course offers a variety of module options and assessment patterns which will enable you to tailor your learning to fit your career aspirations and personal interests. With strong industry links we also provide ample opportunities for you to engage in work-based learning through real-world projects and placements.

    The learning environment is supported by the up to date facilities including four on-site computing labs and a high quality wireless network.

    Careers

    Where could it take you?

    Employability

    We recognise that optimising your future employment and earning potential are a key factor in selecting your degree. All of our courses:

    • offer the option of a paid placement year which significantly increases your chance of getting a job when you graduate, possibly even with your placement company (except Information Technology for Education BSc (Hons)). We also advertise short-term vacancies on our VLE

    • offer the option to spend a semester abroad at one of our exchange universities in the USA, Canada, Europe, Australia or New Zealand to help you develop the intercultural skills that are so highly sought after by today’s employers

    • target selected Employability Standards in every module. These are designed by Worcester Business School in consultation with employers – so you will always be able to see the employability relevance of what you are studying

    • include automatic access to our electronic CV Compiler Tool to create a live and evidence-based CV

    • are accredited by, recognised by or mapped to professional qualifications and/or associations as appropriate

    • provide access to our broad network of business managers and employers (including our own Business School Advisory Board) who work closely with us to design courses, offer scholarships and prizes, host student visits, support student competitions, provide work-related projects and contribute to teaching activities

    • offer employment preparation workshops which include CV preparation, mock interviews/assessment centres and meetings with employers

    • are written and taught by business professionals and practitioners who are fully aware of what today’s employers are looking for

    • include work-based learning modules where you can learn via a live work-based project

    • adopt a real-world, applied approach to learning, teaching and assessment so that what you learn is relevant and useful to your future employer(s)

    • offer access to a host of CV-enhancing co-curriculum activities such as our start-up café, international study weeks, case study/business plan competitions, vacation research projects, mentoring activities, etc

    • promote ‘earn as you learn’ part-time work opportunities which will significantly boost your employability after graduation

    Read some of our work placement student stories

    Throughout my three years studying Computing, the staff were always there for me whatever it was. All of the advice from staff and skills I had learnt enabled me to secure a job as a Software Developer.

    Danielle Mackenzie, Syscom Plc, graduated 2013

    Computing Showcase Highlights

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    Costs

    How much will it cost?

    Full-time tuition fees

    UK and EU students

    The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in 2017 will be £9,250.

    For more details, please visit our course fees page.

    International students

    The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in 2017 will be £11,700 per year.

    For more details, please visit our course fees page.

    Part-time tuition fees

    UK and EU students

    The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students registering on this course in 2017 will be £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module and £2,313 per 30-credit module.

    For more details, please visit our course fees page.

    Additional costs

    Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying.  The amounts vary between courses.

    Accommodation

    Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

    We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls, 358 of which were new in 2009. We offer halls of residence to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £94 per week to the £153 per week 'En-suite Extra'.

    For full details visit our accommodation page.

    Employer's view

    Steve Borwell-Fox, of Borwell Secure Software Experts, talking about the Computing Showcase.

    Apply

    How do you apply?

    Applying through UCAS

    MComp Computing - 4-year course - I101
    MComp Computing (Placement Year) - 5-year course - I102

     

    UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK. Read our ‘How to apply pages’ for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.

    UCAS CODE:

    I101 or I102

    Apply now via UCAS

    Get in touch

    If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

    Admissions office

    01905 855111
    admissions@worc.ac.uk  

    Admissions Tutor

    Viv Bell
    01905 542072
    v.bell@worc.ac.uk

    Worcester Business School

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