University Of Aberdeen IT

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University Of Aberdeen IT

The MSc degree programme in Information Technology (IT) can be studied full-time on-campus as well as part-time online. It is a suitable programme for individuals with, or without a computing science background.

This programme is particularly attractive to those from an Arts and Social Sciences background as well as those who have studied in other branches of the physical sciences who wish to develop Information Technology skills, either to change direction or simply to “add value” in their existing area of expertise.

This is a well-established and highly regarded programme which allows you to develop skills in web and applications design, including key aspects of security.

Key areas of IT administration are examined while still providing a grounding in programming and software development. It has consistently evolved to reflect changes in technology and the demands of industry so you can be assured of a current degree programme.

The programme takes 12 months to complete full-time and 27 months for those studying part-time (30 months for those who start in January).

Individual units are available for continuous professional development Individual Subject Study (ISS) by arrangement. Email us for more information.

Why Study Information Technology?

  • Develop your awareness and expertise in identifying and exploiting IT opportunities in your chosen area/subject (e.g. Geography, Business, Marketing, Engineering, Economics, Health, etc.).
  • You will learn the fundamental programming and web development skills needed to build software systems.
  • Programming is introduced using the object-oriented scripting language Ruby and the web framework Rails; you learn how to create effective user interfaces and links to databases and the web applications for the internet.
  • Prepare students in the use and development of current and emerging digital technologies to improve organisations competitive advantage (e.g. cloud computing and Internet of Things).
  • The programme develops web site design and web applications design, authoring and administration skills, including user-centred design and evaluation.
  • You will be taught how to continually identify and revise clients’ software requirements by following agile development practices.
  • We will give you experience of working in a software engineering team, usually with external clients, developing both interpersonal skills as well as technical abilities.
  • You will study with like-minded people who are looking to develop their IT skills and move into a new career.
  • Individual modules are available for continuous professional development Individual Subject Study (ISS) by arrangement.
  • Our teaching is informed by the latest research in Computing Science and we have particular expertise in Agile Development, information security and Data Mining.
  • We are a very close knit department of students and staff and you will be given the freedom to develop your skills and learning whilst being supported along the way.
  • The Aberdeen Software Factory is a student-run software house, established in 2009, which allows students to gain work experience on larger software projects while providing clients with a flexible, cost effective solution.
  • Our degrees develop an ability to understand new and complex computer systems and to communicate this to others. Our graduates can choose from a variety of employment opportunities in industry, commerce or research.
  • Some of the organisations which employ our recent computing graduates include: Amazon, IBM, BP, Conoco, Hewlett Packard, EDS, CGI, CMG, SAIC, British Telecom, QinetiQ, Microsoft, Prudential, the Health Service, and Local Charities.

Fees and Funding

You will be classified as one of the fee categories below.

Fee information
Fee category Status Amount
Home / EU / RUK Students Tuition Fee for 2016/17 Academic Year £4,500
International Students Tuition Fee for 2016/17 Academic Year £13,800
Home / EU / RUK Students Tuition Fee for 2017/18 Academic Year £6,000
International Students Tuition Fee for 2017/18 Academic Year £14,300

Entry Requirements


Our minimum entry requirement is a UK Honours degree (or an honours degree from a non-UK institution which is judged by the University to be of equivalent worth) at 2:2 (lower second) class or above.

While no prior computer programming experience is necessary, a basic level of computer literacy is expected. Those with a Computer Science degree from a non-UK university, or other computing background, will be considered on the understanding that you may be repeating some material.


College of Physical Sciences Graduate School
University of Aberdeen
Fraser Noble Building
King’s College
AB24 (0)1224 272655


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